posted on Aug, 29 2012 @ 11:46 AM
This topic is very interesting.
Google Shopping with location set to NYC.
Search for "Now Foods", a supplement brand, yields these results.
A search for "Now Foods Supplement" comes up empty
Google is clearly filtering results based on specific search terms, like "vitamins" and "supplements", but not on these specific products.
Some brands don't appear in shopping results, but they do show up in paid Ads.
My guess is that while they are converting the free program to a paid one, the supplement categories are being messed with.
Building a better shopping experience on Google
On May 31, 2012, we announced a new initiative to improve our shopping experience over time, so that shoppers (your customers) can easily research
purchases, compare different products, their features and prices, and then connect directly with merchants to make their purchase.
We believe that having a commercial relationship with merchants will encourage them to keep their product information fresh and up to date.
Higher quality data — whether it’s accurate prices, the latest offers, or product availability — should mean better shopping results for users,
which in turn should create higher quality traffic for merchants.
I'd be interested to find out if there are other (what should be) non-sensitive categories undergoing the same scenario.
Follow the $$$
Edit to Add:
This might also explain why it's only impacting the U.S.
edit on 29-8-2012 by Zarniwoop because: (no reason given)