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Why Doesnt Google Shopping Return Any Results on Vitamins or Supplements in the US?!?

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posted on Aug, 16 2012 @ 09:45 AM

Originally posted by duffdean
Works fine for me even the US version, noted im using mobile version but still the same as desktop version. It shows everything in dollars and from US sellers.

edit on 16-8-2012 by duffdean because: (no reason given)

The US version returns no results... if I search I get tons of results.

I can't even search for aspirin or advil... ... no medication whatsoever...

Search 1 in US: No Results

Search 2 in UK, all I did was use the same url and change com to 4,770 results

posted on Aug, 16 2012 @ 09:49 AM
The adwords policy is probably applied to google shopping .. google doesn't allow advertising of many things.. so it stands to reason this would apply to their shopping search..

By the way, it varies by country .. so makes sense may work for people in the UK because it's possible to identify your location by your IP address..

According to this short, useless blog entry.. Google did this on June 28

We should probably complain in mass =) I don't like censorship of completely legal things.
edit on 8/16/2012 by miniatus because: (no reason given)

posted on Aug, 16 2012 @ 09:53 AM
I also found this...

An economic embargo ordered by the FDA and obeyed by Google Adwords

This action is just the latest round in the FDA's war on nutritional supplement companies, which have been subjected to armed raids, threatening warning letters, product seizures, and even international kidnapping by the FDA itself

posted on Aug, 16 2012 @ 09:58 AM
reply to post by loam

That IS crazy spooky.

I just tried it, too.

green tea powder =1,000,000+
green tea capsules=0
Green tea extract=0
omega fish oil=0
equate allergy relief=1
Vitamin A,C,D=0
garlic oil=0
garlic capsules=0
garlic powder=1,000,000+

Very strange.

Google doesn't like RX ad/keywords.

posted on Aug, 16 2012 @ 10:18 AM

Originally posted by loam
reply to post by intrptr

Your link is a generic google search.

I'm talking about Google Shopping.

Sorry. Thanks for the correction. I will wait to see what kind of "glitch" this turns out to be.

posted on Aug, 16 2012 @ 10:40 AM
I've checked multiple countries at this point. They all work, but not the US version.

It's amazing to me this is not MSM news.

edit on 16-8-2012 by loam because: (no reason given)

posted on Aug, 16 2012 @ 10:43 AM
reply to post by miniatus

Yeah, I found that too.

Other than these two sources, I see no other information addressing this subject, and Google has been blocking these results since at least June.

Google turned off Shopping functions for vitamins, supplements and other healthcare products on 28 June, without advance warning or explanation

Google turned off Shopping functions for vitamins, supplements and other healthcare products on 28 June, without advance warning or explanation.

For example, if you Google “vitamin C” the Web search returns 94.7 million results; if you then click on “Shopping” to find sellers, the shopping search returns zero results.

It’s as though no one’s allowed to sell vitamin C via Google Shopping. Even “Bayer aspirin” is blocked.

Google publishes a list of products in this category that are blocked as a matter of corporate policy in the public interest. So shopping results for steroids are always blocked. We’re talking about something completely different here: Google is blocking whole categories of respected, brand-name products like One a Day vitamins from online shoppers for no stated reason.

We’re sellers of vitamins and supplements and trying to determine whether Google’s lack of results is a policy change or a goof, temporary or permanent. Of course, our business is severely hurt by this situation. We rely on Google — and pay them — for including our name among all other sellers, and all sellers are in the same boat.

Google, please don’t be evil. Be responsive to vendors whose businesses you’re kicking over. Tell us what’s going on by your blocking shopping results for vitamins and supplements.


Google complies with FDA demands to secretly disable Adwords accounts of nutritional detox companies

The latest attack on free speech in America comes from the FDA and is supported by Google Adwords. NaturalNews has learned that the FDA is quietly, and without notice to affected companies, commanding Google to disable the full Adwords accounts of nutritional supplement companies offering "detox" or "chelation" nutritional products.

This secret war against nutritional supplement companies is being waged entirely outside the law, as the FDA gives no notice to affected companies and does not give them any opportunity to respond in their defense. No judge, no jury, no notice, no due process. The FDA simply bypasses legal notice requirements and goes straight to Google, which complies by disabling Adwords accounts, shutting off an important source of revenue for nutritional supplement companies.

An economic embargo ordered by the FDA and obeyed by Google Adwords

And then there is just this:

But a comment below says:

It's not broken - I have a contact at Google and they have made the Vitamin category a "sensitive category" and will not be showing results for google shopping/product listing ads. It is unknown if this is a permanent change or if this will be fixed once they have reviewed all of the products in the Vit/Sup category. It's unfortunate and very stupid that they did not send advertisers involved a warning message or notification of any kind.

Clearly, this is more than just something broken at Google.
edit on 16-8-2012 by loam because: (no reason given)

posted on Aug, 16 2012 @ 11:05 AM
Well, here is another resource that popped up this morning with a clear conspiratorial bent. It's dated today:

Google Bans The Sale Of Vitamins Through Their Shopping Platform

(We Are Change) It was just four days ago at lunch, I was discussing with a close friend about writing a blog on how Google just flicked a switch and shut down all my vitamin sales. But it wasn’t just us. You can no longer search – Vitamin B12 or any vitamin – in Google Shopping and find a list of products and competitive pricing. As the owner of an advertising agency he was in shock and in disbelief, until I showed him on my Android phone. At first we thought it was Google changing Shopping to a Pay Per Click service, which in itself is a horrible idea. It limits choice by driving out smaller companies and has already driven the price up 25%, if you can find it at all.

I noticed visits to were down 50% since July 1. It felt like Google was forcing everyone’s hand to start paying up for ads. So, I reached out to a Google AdWords Specialist for assistance with setting up an ad campaign and was then told that they could not help me because I sold vitamins, herbs and supplements. I was told that if I had questions I could email . Big surprise, no response. This was now sounding crazy to me. How could Google just ban whatever they like, whenever they like. Boy what a blog this would be: Google – Greedy Monsters or Monster Idiots. After doing a little research it now appears like the Monster is just scared of the exposure to potential sanctions by the European Union if certain product are sold though Google Checkout .

In my very first search: Google Bans Vitamins , I found: EU Set to Ban … & EU Bans Vitamins and Herbs in effect on April 2011 . Wow! Really! Then I found this went back to 2005. The people of Great Brittan did not want to go along with Brussels and how Tony Blair caved. Read: And Guess Who’s Going to Benefit? by Geoffrey Lean Daily Mail, 13th July 2005 & Brussels Gives a Healthy Boost to Pharma Giants by Christopher Booker; The Sunday Telegraph, 17th July 2005 .

This is interesting, but as I read more and more articles of how and why, I started to notice: Germany, Codex Alimentarius, UN, World Trade Orangization, 1996 . Whaaaat??? Believe it. This goes all the way back to German Pharmaceutical companies angered by their government taking control of Heath Care and price controls.


The problem I have with that analysis is that the European ones I checked all still work. It's the US version that does not.

posted on Aug, 16 2012 @ 12:38 PM
No your quite right, my sister has operated a Alternative health shop on line for years, and though other search engines listed it within days of it being submitted Google have not once listed the health food site, they may be connected to that type of sales in some way, maybe the Directors wife sells it, but no they are not happy to list health sites.

posted on Aug, 16 2012 @ 01:01 PM
reply to post by Alternative4u

I guess I remain confused why there isn't a torrent of posts at Google Support and news articles asking why this is the case?

I see them for the ammunition and firearms issue, but almost NOTHING for this subject.

Whatever your position of firearms, I find this move against vitamins and supplements by Google far more disturbing.

I think this changes the nature of the Internet in a profound way. What's next?

edit on 16-8-2012 by loam because: (no reason given)

posted on Aug, 16 2012 @ 01:46 PM
Side note, but they also removed any shopping links for guns and ammunition a while back.

Beans, bullets and bayer -- one out of three ain't bad.

posted on Aug, 16 2012 @ 02:36 PM
reply to post by loam

Vitamins - 59,724 results, pages and pages of vitamins and minerals
Mineral supplements - 11,248 results, ditto on page examination

End of thread. Unless you wish to claim I am member of the illuminati with extra amazon powers.

posted on Aug, 16 2012 @ 02:44 PM
They had that guy on Alex Jones yesterday who created the Pollen burst and others. He was talking about Vitimin c in great detail. It was shocking. The recommended daily allowance is something like 100 times lower than what say an animal will produce for itself daily. So it tricks us into thinking these tiny amounts are fine.

So I heard this thing about a guy who takes 3000mg of vit-c daily and hadn't got a cold in years. There might be something to that. Not only that but on the AJ show he said that the reason some old people look really bad is because they're actually suffering for scurvey. Your on a deficient diet of vit c for decades and it catches up with you. You start to look terrible. Some of them are actually suffering from scurvy.

You can buy these 1000mg capsels at walmart for cheap. So I bought some of those, along with my multivitimin. I use to take that stuff casually but from what I've learned you really can't. The guy on the AJ show said that even if you're on a really good diet you won't get enough vit's n minrs. YOu have to supplement. Otherwise you'll likely get some kind of decease at some point.

Anyway food for thought

posted on Aug, 16 2012 @ 02:45 PM
No problema whatsoever!

posted on Aug, 16 2012 @ 03:40 PM
reply to post by nakiel

Originally posted by nakiel
No problema whatsoever!

I'm a little confused by your graphic.

The inlay has a UK url, but the other URL on the main page looks very different than the one I get...

Here is what I produce using the same search term:

Where are you located?
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posted on Aug, 16 2012 @ 03:42 PM
reply to post by yorkshirelad

Originally posted by yorkshirelad
End of thread. Unless you wish to claim I am member of the illuminati with extra amazon powers.

Not so fast, wiseguy.

Post a pic of your result along with the URL.

I am not talking about a generic google search. This thread is about what can be found in the US version of Google's Shopping page.

Google Shopping

Demonstrate what you can do from the US with the link above.

edit on 16-8-2012 by loam because: (no reason given)

posted on Aug, 16 2012 @ 03:45 PM
reply to post by loam

I get 4,120,000 results

Not that I have any interest in buying vitamins.

Edit: I'm in the UK though and don't have time to fly over to the US in my private jet tonight in order to try through a US server.
edit on 16-8-2012 by AndyMayhew because: (no reason given)

posted on Aug, 16 2012 @ 03:46 PM
I'm in the US and I get two vitamin vendors and one homepage for a vitamin manufacturer. I get Puritans Pride and the Vitamin Shoppe along with the "One A Day" official site.

They may be screening. Most of the so called health supplement vendors are walking a thin line making health claims without proof and perhaps they don't want to be involved in that. The supplement and vitamin business is likely the largest scam going on the planet right now.

I'm not talking about legitimate supplements and vitamins, but the fake stuff like colloidal silver solutions and the tonics or inert weeds stuffed into capsules that carry false health claims. People actually do need protection against the Snake Oil Salesman that are emptying peoples pockets by using fear and misleading advertising to trick people.

When I go into a local store that sells that stuff I'm floored by the insane price point's and the row after row of placebo's with high price tags. What a scam. One here even sells ordinary charcoal (all charcoal is organic) packaged as organic for three times what the same charcoal costs in ordinary packaging. They sell Bison for more than twice what it sells for in a meat market. Like I said, what a scam.

posted on Aug, 16 2012 @ 03:47 PM
reply to post by AndyMayhew

That is a generic google search.

Do the same going to their shopping link.

Have I not been painfully clear about this???

posted on Aug, 16 2012 @ 03:50 PM
reply to post by Blaine91555

You're getting ads, not actual pricing hits...which is how it is supposed to work.

For example:

Big difference.

See also these examples:




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