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It sold poorly enough to give it a bad reputation.
No, it didn't. FF8's "reputation" had nothing to do with its sales. Again, FF8 sales were amazing - it sold better at release than FF7 did. It was the fastest selling FF game ever at the time. It held this record until FFXIII released.
If you don't care about something, then it's "I couldn't care less" NOT "I could care less"! Why do so many English speakers get this wrong?