Times are looking uncertain for people who live for bizarre kitty litter boxes or questionably kitschy lawn ornaments. Xhibit Corp., the company that owns SkyMall magazine, is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and is looking to sell the in-flight catalog in the process. Turns out, technology is to blame for SkyMall‘s decline since more people are too busy fiddling with their tablets and phones to peruse through the expertly curated selection of stuff SkyMall offers. CFO and Acting CEO of Xhibit Scott Wiley expressed the company’s deep sadness that this gem of a catalog will now be blowing in the wind as the company tries to find a buyer. “We are extremely disappointed in this result and are hopeful that SkyMall and the iconic ‘SkyMall’ brand find a home to continue to operate as SkyMall has for the last 25 years,” he said.
They won’t be the only ones disappointed if SkyMall fails to get picked up. The catalog contains pages and pages of absurd and sometimes hilariously useful products that you didn’t know you needed, but when you see them, are all too tempted to buy. SkyMall isn’t kaput just yet, but the possibility of it disappearing is enough to make a jet-setter with a penchant for ironic wares want to shed a tear. SkyMall, we’d hate to see you go. Here are 10 reasons why. (more…)