Let us guess.
You clicked on this link because you’re upset.
Chances are, you’re in the dropshipping biz, browsing the web for the latest tidbit of advice. Within your quest to find information on how to select a winning product or find the best dropshipping software, you’ve stumbled upon this article that seems specifically geared to ridicule your dropshipping dreams.
This isn’t good. You’ve picked out your revolutionary item — an Apple watch scrunchie, hands-free dog leash, or an Angry Mama microwave cleaner — and are riled up to just post your product on Amazon already and generate that 7-figure income. After all, you watched like, at least 8 hours of informational Youtube videos from The Beast of Ecom and even downloaded their FREE Dropshipping Secrets eBook.
You’re invested. You’re ready to quit your stupid little 9-to-5 and wake up that tiger DNA inside of you. You’ve got passion, you’ve got guts, but most importantly, you’ve got knowledge. You binge read all the books on Amazon’s online multi-level marketing entrepreneurship youth section. You know the exact formula to start making $10,000 per month in 10 weeks. It’s your time to shine.
E-commerce, baby. It’s the future, and you don’t need us to tell you. The Beast of Ecom or Tai Lopez probably drilled it in your head already.
Yeah…we’ve got some news for you.
You’re not gonna make a cent by dropshipping with Shopify or Amazon.
Sorry for the brutal delivery, but we’re telling you this because you’re going to find out one way or another. I mean, it was only a matter of time until you realize your little microwave cleaner device isn’t going to make you a millionaire.
The whole dropshipping marketplace is just an absolute wreck. It’s extremely similar to an MLMs. There are fake gurus, bogus products, and most damningly, you have to spend money first before you can have any chance at making some.
Dropshipping is the modern “get-rich-quick” scheme. The snake-oil salesman has morphed into 19-year-old Jyler flexing his wealth on IG. Dropshipping is here to trick you into thinking that selling cheap plastic products shipped from a manufacturer in China is your ticket to a luxurious lifestyle. If only things were this easy. Trust, we’d be sipping piña coladas in an all-inclusive Mexican resort by now if that were the case, filthy rich off of selling Apple watch scrunchies.
We get it. It’s easy to understand how you were duped. On the surface, the concept seems relatively simple. Feasible, even. All you have to do is:
- Conduct some market research to find a trending product, usually through e-commerce platform AliExpress
- Create a website, most likely through Shopify
- Identify your buyer profile and start targeting them primarily with Facebook ads
- Find a cheap distributor in China to ship out said product
- Once an order is placed, you forward the details to the supplier/manufacturer
And plus, if the 19-year-old kid who’s flexing on Instagram from his private jet can do it, why can’t you? Who doesn’t want to be an e-commerce hustler, bathing in the jacuzzi of the Airbnb Villa located in Malibu after a day of partying on a *rented* yacht to celebrate the success of (insert e-commerce accomplishment here)?
An asteroid is coming that’s going to annihilate the dropshipping marketplace, and you’re better off for it. The whole concept around dropshipping is just bonkers. You’re:
- Selling a product you’ve never seen
- Shipping it with a manufacturer from a country you’ve never visited
- To customers you’ll never meet
The glory days of dropshipping are over. Scams run rampant throughout the industry, making Facebook say, “No thanks.” Facebook used to be a gold mine for these aspiring ballers for advertising, but is now increasingly hostile towards dropshippers due to their contaminated reputation. A shame.
Not to mention, these dropshipping ventures limit you to a specific category of retail. You promote something you don’t even actually like. Do you dream in your sleep about microwave cleaners? We don’t.
These phony entrepreneurial gurus target the impressionable 18–25-year-old demographic. Primarily because they’re naive and impulsive, yet also because they seek an alternative from the dreaded corporate 9-to-5 world. And for that, we don’t blame them.
But let’s be clear. These fake gurus do not get rich from being a retail middleman.
This is how they achieve “financial freedom”:
- Give them the three numbers on the back of your credit card
That’s it. That’s the plan.
You will not get rich from signing up for their course.
Most people in the dropshipping business exit as abrasively as they entered it. Make a quick buck, sell a course, and poof. They vanish.
They don’t care about forming a relationship with the audience around their product. They don’t care about selling high-quality products that they’ve tested and tried. They don’t care about building a community around their product because it’s just that great. They just want…you guessed it….your money.
All dropshipping truly is, is finding cheap products online and selling them for a higher price. You’re not solving any sort of problem that society is facing, innovating something meaningful, or changing people’s lives.
You’re just participating in the most basic form of trading. Buy cheap, sell high.
Once you realize this and take off your rose-colored glasses, you can see the dropshipping ecosystem for what it really is. A narcissistic, capitalistic, greed-fueled dump of a “business” that uses attention-mining to cater to your quick-win mentality. It tricks you into thinking that the formula to becoming wildly successful simply entails selling miscellaneous products online.
And let’s say you want to give us grief about this. “Well, actually, dropshipping is super useful because you can test out demand for a product.” Hmmkay. Or maybe, “Dropshipping lets you learn the needs of your target audience.”
We get it. There’s a chance you can make dropshipping lucrative if you work hard and do it right.
Even if you are one of the very, very few that somehow make it big in the dropshipping world, is it really what you want to dedicate your life to? Selling junk on the internet?
In the future, there’s going to be another way that you can achieve “financial abundance” that won’t require you typing in your credit card info.
What if you could make money by recommending products you actually like to people?
Envision a community-centric platform for creators, teachers, and coaches where they can share their knowledge and favorite products. No BS algorithm recommendations. No sponsored posts. No influencer marketing.
Not a single drop of third-party money that’s trying to dupe you into buying a product that holds no legitimate value (insane concept, right?).
But think about it. The best form of marketing is simply word of mouth. Your friend’s product recommendation stands out to you tenfold in comparison to the manipulation you endure on a daily basis from whatever social media algorithm you decide to scroll through that day. Your friends’ recommendation cost them nothing. But for a brand, it’s the most powerful form of marketing.
Organic, friend-to-friend marketing > trying to sell a random item to an anonymous audience.
We’re sorry to let you and your dropshipping fantasies down. But don’t worry, we have a backup plan where everybody wins.