3 Ethical High Ticket Niches You Can Make A Lot of Money Off.

Within the numberless list of niches that are out there, some have affiliate opportunities that extend beyond just a small or recurring commission, some of them have high ticket items within which 1 single sale can equal what is for some a month’s worth of income they’d get at a full time job. 

What are high ticket items?

They’re just extremely expensive products or services that offer a chance for people to promote them and depending on the commission rate, make anywhere from $100’s to $1,000’s per each sale. That is the most obvious pro to this topic.

But there are also many trade offs of promoting something so expensive, the biggest is that the traffic numbers for people who seek these things is also much smaller because most people generally cannot afford something like this so the audience numbers greatly decrease, but at the same time, 1 sale can make up for what would take dozens and hundreds or sales to make a lot of money. 

Note: They are also known as “big ticket items”.

The types of niches I will reveal to you:

Although there are 3 on the following list (Here are more, specifically #s 1, 7, 8 and 10), you need to know a few things:

1) The first is that you can find way more than ones I show you here and on the article.

2) The key is to open your mind, look at different niches and find the most expensive items there, then see if there’s an affiliate program offered as well as if the products within the niche are searched on Google. 

3) There are 3 categories with high ticket items: 

  • Very expensive products and a very small number of buyers.
  • There’s also very expensive products with no buyers in them, well maybe just a handful (we’re talking 1-5).
  • Then there’s ones which can a great deal of traffic, buyers who are willing to spend the ludicrous amounts.

Ideally, you want to try and find that third category and the 3 topics I have listed here do that.

Before you see the list, there is one topic however I will recommend you avoid promoting within and that is…

The make money online niche. It appears to be, at least in my recent findings that the make money online industry has shifted what it promotes.

Before it used to be small package, information products. Then it was software products to help your site rank better. 

Now it appears that high ticket coaching and products are on the rise and at a scary level. There’s MLM programs like this one and straight up affiliate products like this one which are costing people $1,000’s for inflated information.

I warn you about this industry because I find it completely unethical to promote anything that is so expensive within this particular one, simply because the vast numbers of products that have been coming out of it lately aren’t really products, they’re just informational training tutorials for the most part.

The only thing lucrative about them is that they pay you so much for each referral and their prices would put some college tuition rates to shame…

But anyway, I have been comfortable recommending or promoting these things personally because I felt the audience, no matter how rich or poor wasn’t in need of these things and from my personal experiences, once I had a good program that worked for me, it didn’t cost me so much to become successful so it wouldn’t be fair that I try to lead other people in anything but a similar direction.

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The only ethical, high ticket niche topics I personally endorse are ones where:

  • The people buying know exactly what it is and that it’s worth it. They aren’t being ripped of by hype products where they only know the product once they buy it, that’s utter nonsense.
  • Typically the product needs to be physical so people have a sense of satisfaction.

The 3 topics:

1) Washing machines.

How much do you think the cheapest washing machine costs? A few hundred for an OK one. But what about the high end ones? Several $1,000’s. 

So let’s me personally show you how fantastic this topic is, by just showing how many people search for a given keyword for it: 

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With a traffic potential of at least 10,000+ every month, as well as individual washing machines which can cost a lot, every sale you make can have you living quite comfortably…

But where would I go to sell them? Honestly, Amazon is perfect. What I did was, I went to it and selected washing machines which were in the range of $1,000-$10,000 to see which ones were selling and look at this:

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Now I only briefly went through the list of results, but there’s ones which surpass $3,000 from what I saw. Some of them are washer/dryer combos you get and many of them have over a dozen ratings meaning that people are buying it.

Now I did specify that ideally you want the topic that has the most buyers willing to spend a lot of money and in this basic niche, you do have that, but for these specific products, you do not, but that’s always going to be around.

If you target the main topic and within it promote these high ticket items, you can sell them, not often, but remember that the 1 sale you get for it can totally justify the marketing effort. Obviously, you want to promote something that has good ratings and won’t break down.

2) Laptops. 

If you’re someone who fixes, understands and even builds laptops, computers, you’ve got yourself another high ticket niche. I’ll let you figure out the keywords for it (tutorial on them), but here’s a brief look at all the expensive ones being sold on (again Amazon):

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Although the following screenshot displays the ones which are a little over a $1,000, on that page I saw more expensive ones, but I decided to screenshot this area because of the VAST numbers of people who are buying them. 

With these 3 laptops alone, you have over 600 people who have rated it and possibly way more who have actually purchased them. 

There’s people who go beyond buying those ones and aim for the higher up products. Fine, as long as it’s a good quality product and it makes them happy, you can sell it.

3) Watches (the obvious one you never though of, admit it!)

Yeah, we all know Rolex watches are expensive, but if you’re a watch freak like many people are, know that within that topic, you have a select number of people who are willing to buy them for so much money. $10,000’s or more even.

And guess what? Amazon has them too:

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Yeah people buy those too and while for someone like me, those prices are insane (and I’m not into watches personally), you may be and your niche certainly may be, specifically the ones above.

What I would do if you were in this niche, is I would target the high end company that sells the watch (Rolex, Omega or whatever other company known to have the most expensive ones) and then make product reviews for each one. 

It helps if you own one of these so you can be seen as an authority, but knowing the information on these watches is enough to sell them. 

My final thoughts:

Like I said, there’s far more than just the 3 above but as long as you know how to find niches and then the most expensive products in them that won’t scam people, you have a great opportunity to sell them.

As long as your marketing efforts are correctly targeted, making just a few sales is enough to carry most people on for a year…

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Keep in mind that this route isn’t the only one for affiliates. I personally don’t sell anything high ticket (yet) because a majority of my niche audience isn’t ready to spend that much. If that’s the case, fine, then focus on more sales volumes to make up for the money. 

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28 Comments

  1. JonBro

    When I read “high-ticket” in your headline I immediately thought of overpriced information. Any Google search about online business or making money from home will reveal tons of high-ticket programs.

    And you’re right. Most of them sell recycled info that’s all hype. There are a few big players that make loads of dough but at the expense of many who never see a return.

    Thanks for opening our minds to a different way of approaching affiliate marketing.

    I’m now thinking of expensive products that may have affiliate programs… have you ever seen programs for precious metals or luxury cars or real estate?

    • Vitaliy

      Precious metals are an interesting choice and there was a period where I looked into it Jon, however, I couldn’t find any legitimate program I could trust. Look at Bulliondirect as a starting point, as that is a legitimate site that sells them, but I don’t know if they have an affiliate program.

      As for real estate, I would actually go about it by creating a more localized niche site where you can actually put up some house offers yourself, while on the blog part of your site, share real estate tips to collect more traffic and possibly even sell real estate books.

  2. Shawn

    Really interesting idea, and one I plan on taking a look at in the near future.

    I like your recommendation for learning how to market these items, that place in number one is on my list also.

    Washing machines, who would have guessed! I wonder if Refrigerators might not make the list also?

    Nice job bud!

    Shawn

    • Vitaliy

      Great idea about refrigerators Shawn! I would look up the amount of sales (if the info is available) about how many home appliances people get from the internet vs a nearby store.

      If there is a substantial amount of people who buy that stuff online, then it’s certainly worth the evergreen medal to be put on it.

      I would also add, that a website which sells these things has to also have how to’s on fixing these appliances just in case they break down. It would offer the site more valuable content and trust.

  3. Wendy

    Hi Vitality.

    I found your review very informative and have to admit that I’ve never thought of promoting such items. I understand what you’re saying, but I don’t think my target audience would be interested in such items. But that doesn’t mean I can’t think of others that might be of benefit to them, albeit at a lower price.

    Do you think Amazon is a good site for promoting eye drops, heat masks, and face cream for people with Rosacea or would you recommend finding individual affiliate programs?

    Looking forward to see what you come up with next!

    Best,

    Wendy

    • Vitaliy

      I would start with Amazon as your default place for promoting those items but if you can find a trusted affiliate program outside that one and they’ll pay you more, I’d consider them vs Amazon.

  4. leonard

    Hi, Vitaliy. You have some really useful information on big ticket items. I’ve been thinking of targeting 4K televisions as a niche but am not sure whether it’s too general or even how I would go about promoting that.

    As a new marketer, would you recommend promoting big ticket items or should one start small and grow?

    • Vitaliy

      The price or the product shouldn’t be what makes you choose the niche, it’s the niche and you passion for it that should be the determining factor Leonard. If you like and know a lot about 4K Televisions (and this is a niche), you should go ahead and make a site promoting them.

  5. Philip

    Great tips! The watches – such an obvious one but I would never have thought about it.

    You are right about the MLM programs that provide “training” for selling high ticket items. I have seen a few for gold and cars with ridiculous sales pages that have the usual temptations of fast cars, loose women and private jets to entice people in. So many people must lose a lot of money with these programs.

    Thanks for these tips – Do you think the laptop affiliate market would be hard to break into? I would imagine it would be very competitive.

    • Vitaliy

      You can break that particular niche by reviewing different laptops as a whole Phillip, but you can also select different niches of people that would benefit from different types of laptops. For example, gaming laptops, touch screen laptops, ect…, there’s different classes of them, each is a niche and each can be profited of.

  6. Jimmy

    Wow, I did not think of these types of items. Great, now I’m going to be laying awake tonight thinking of these. lol.. Really great info, stuff to get folks to think outside the box..

  7. Allie

    Well, that is an interesting area to explore. You explained it so well I think I may have to take another look at my own niche for higher priced items. Very well thought out post. I also agree with your thoughts on sharing the more affordable training as opposed to the high end ones that really offer the consumer little value.

  8. Sharon May

    That’s twice I’ve come across your site, and as I’ve stated before the information you provide is awesome. Again, I’m posting this into my favorites, I feel I need to study it a little more before making up my mind what niche to create.

    My interest is quite varied, so maybe you could point me in the right direction.

    I know it’s important to love your niche, but quite honestly who has an interest in a topic that doesn’t make money – lol not me and that’s from experience. If it makes money, then I’m interested.

    • Vitaliy

      Well you’d have to tell me what this non profiting niche topic is Sharon but honestly speaking, anything that has a niche crowd and products has the potential to make money.

  9. dreamgirl93

    And what do you think about selling self-improvement items? Like programs from the most prominent gurus in this field?

    I also have to say that you have at least to be interested on your niche to be able to write about it. I am not interested on washing machines or lap tops. Even if they make millions I am not an expert to write about them

    • Vitaliy

      You’re right on what you said about interest and niches but again, these were just examples. I might do another bunch of high ticket examples in the future.

      Now as for the self improvement topic, I have one with it:

      The self help topic is too generalized. Self help can be a bunch of different and specific problems people have and what I would recommend is targeting a specific issue, vs an overall self improvement subject.

  10. Derek Marshall

    Hi there Vitaliy,

    It seems that every time I check out your site you are so full of genuine helpful and useful advice and tips.

    Admittedly I have shyed away from high ticket items in my niche. I guess I really out to give it a shot as there are a few products selling at few hundred US$.

    Do you use any particular or specific techniques when promoting more expensive items?

    • Vitaliy

      Hi Derek, thanks as usual for checking in. I don’t know what your niche is, but it sounds like it may be MMO based on what I know from our conversations, in which case, I’d avoid ANY high ticket items there since that niche has products and items whose value is completely inflated.

      As for myself personally, I have never really promoted anything high ticket. Most of my niches were either make money or weight loss based in which the most I’d make per sale is about $50.

      However, if I were to be involved in say one of the 3 niche topics I listed here, I’d sell them by first being very knowledgeable about them. The target audiences here are very, very specific and by this time, probably know their product and the topic, so you have to be someone who owns it or at least knows more than they do about it to help them justify if they should spend that kind of money on it.

  11. Cynthia

    Great approach! I love the idea of the high ticket items to promote. Yes Amazon is the best place to create mini sites to promote these high ticket items. I however, live in one of those states! I am left out in the cold!

    There are a lot of other affiliate programs I can promote though. I probably will have to do a little searching.

  12. Marcus

    I think you are right about the make money online niche. If you look on muncheye, you see just how many MMO launches there are constantly. Some days there are 10 or more new products being launched. And the worst part is that all of them have upsells, some of them huge! They tend to offer the main product at a really low price like $7, then if you buy all the extras that they offer you, sometimes you can end up paying well into the thousands!

    I think computers are a great niche. I know of one internet marketer who last year made $10,000 in Amazon commissions from a website about gaming computers.

    Anyway, I’ve saved this for future reference. There are some things I hadn’t thought of before, such as washing machines.

  13. Marc

    Great stuff! I agree being ethical is key. I often get caught up reviewing items that just don’t have enough value to make a site profitable. Watches are a genius idea! Easily shipped as well, unlike washing machines. I will come back and reread this again later. Thanks! Any other small size big impact ideas?

    • Vitaliy

      Well I have a few other big ticket niches in my mind, but I’ll save that for a later blog post Marc, I just gave these 3 to show you can promote something expensive that is actually equal in value.

  14. Snow White

    This is a great idea although it has a scary feeling with it especially if the high ticket item is on the watches niche. It’s true that some people do enjoy these high quality things but not all. It looks like a bit risky because the traffic may not be that much. I think the laptop is one of the good ones because more and more people are buying laptops nowadays.

    • Vitaliy

      Yes the laptop niche is one of those that will get high audience numbers and you can actually expand on it, meaning, instead of just targeting the most relevant audience/s (people who know everything about the laptop, including the model number), you can also pitch it to a more general audience of people just looking for a new laptop where they don’t care about the price, as long as the model is excellent.

  15. Margaret

    Thanks for writing this post. What you say is true. The make money thing does not work. We all want to make money of course but we tend to be suspicious of these make money sites. High end products like you mention will mean high commission on sales anyway. I always believed no one would buy a washing machine online but then my daughter did just that so it seems people are more willing to buy online now than they ever have been before.

    • Vitaliy

      Yes that was surprising to me as well, but online sales are apparently going to continue to grow moving forward Margaret meaning we’ll see more and more gigantic and expensive products being purchased online.

      About the make money thing, you’d be surprised to know how many people do buy into that, my main thing against it was that it’s a scam, not that people weren’t willing to spend trying it.

  16. Hannah

    This is a brilliant idea, choosing a niche with much more expensive items to sell. I suppose you would need to make much less sales than usual, but I can imagine it would be harder to make each individual sale. I could be totally wrong though. I suppose it’s all the same principal at the end of the day!

    • Vitaliy

      The idea is always the same Hannah, if someone is looking for a specific product, they already usually know the price of it, so it’s a matter of letting them know if them thinking about buying it is the right choice.

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