comes under the category of "no one ever lost money underestimating the intelligence of the american public (even if they are jewish).
Rabbi Frand Powerful speech on Tefilah.http://thepartialview.blogspot.com/2013/09/rav-frand-keep-davening-no-tefilah-goes.html
It's the next step before virtual chickens. There was a time when I reverted back to the "old ways," using chickens and roosters for caparot. I felt 'frummer,' somehow. I'm older and wiser now: I believe that giving tzedakah for kaparot is the more efficient, humane way (-and less messy, to boot).