Some time ago I wrote a how-to hub and provided an Amazon listing for a rather expensive product at around $150 that was necessary to complete the task in question. It sold very well, at 2-3 sales per week, making it one of my more productive hubs in terms of income.
A couple of months ago, the sales stopped dead - I didn't sell any for well over a month. Investigating, I found that the price had nearly doubled and that it was no longer the cheapest way to go. Not having any options I left the hub as it was as it was still getting good traffic and earning that way.
Later yet I suddenly found a sale for a very similar product, different manufacturer, that I was getting credit for. Investigating, I found that it was indeed a direct replacement for the original product and could be used very effectively in the task I was describing - presumably a reader had followed my link, researched, and purchased the new option. I stuck in another Amazon capsule showing the new product as a viable option and have made two sales in two days.
Just a tip for those that have their "special" Amazon product fall off - sometimes it pays to check around as Amazon prices can change radically and additional products can come into being.
The only problem I see with this is that if I were the reader and you gave me what you thought was a great, reasonably priced product and then I searched around and found a better deal, I might question your credibility. Why not just place the cheaper product online in place of the more costly one?
In my case the expensive brand is known to be a top-of-the-line product, while the new, cheaper one is more a common, average product. I wonder, too, if the expensive one will respond to the competition and lower it's price to something more reasonable.
So I'm offering a choice - expensive but superior quality and a more reasonable price but average quality, too.
Wilderness, since you say sales stopped through the old product, why not replace the old one with the new product if it's essentially the same? Maybe people are clicking the expensive product and not buying and may not click through on the second link. It's best to work this out by experimenting. But just giving you my two cents based on my own experience.
TimeTraveler got the answer first, but basically the quality of the two is not the same. Although both will work, the expensive one really is a top of the line product while the cheaper is a common, average manufacturer.
There is also the wee matter that all my photos are of the expensive one (and there is a difference in appearance) and that I did not personally use the new one. The added paragraph and amazon capsule passed QAP but you never know...
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