Is Dropshipping a SCAM?! (Things New Dropshippers Say…)


Hey guys, I want to say something. I absolutely love running this channel, I
love creating these videos, and I love talking about Dropshipping with [inaudible 00:00:09]. Most of you leave really thoughtful, kind
comments and questions. But sometimes, sometimes, it can be a bit
frustrating when people leave comments like, “Hey guys, just wanted to leave a comment
to warn you all. Set up my store and added products, ran Facebook
ads, made no money. Leaving my report on Scamwatch right now.” “My question for you is how can I do this
for free? Second question, if I start this today, will
I make $10,000 in the next 30 days? Please tell me how to make $10,000 in the
next 30 days without any prior experience.” “So I bought your course, very disappointed. I expected you to reveal all of the secrets
that you gurus know but don’t normally share. Instead, you taught me information that I
already know. Very disappointed, expected more.” “My question is, how can I do this for free?” “Hey guys, just wanted to leave a comment
to warn you all that this is all just a scam. They make it sound so easy like you will start
making money tomorrow. They don’t warn you that it’s harder than
it seems. Scam, scam, scam.” “Yes, I have a question, how can I turn no
money into $10,000 really fast? I need it in the next seven days. Looking forward to your reply.” You know what? It’s all good, it’s all good. I’m happy to address all of these concerns. Let’s just do it, let’s just jump straight
into the video. Is Dropshipping a scam? Obviously, I’m going to say that no, it isn’t. The honest truth is that you’re going to find
plenty of people out there that are going to say to you, “I tried Dropshipping and it
didn’t work for me. I didn’t make any money, it’s just a gigantic
scam.” You have to imagine that somebody came to
you and said, “Hey, I opened a coffee shop. Guess what, I didn’t make any money. Nobody came in and bought any coffee off of
me. Man, coffee shops are gigantic scams.” What would you do? I know what you’d probably do, you’d most
likely look at them sideways and think to yourself, “No, cafés aren’t scams. You just didn’t run yours right.” Cafés aren’t scams, they’re just businesses. The truth is is that most people aren’t very
good at running business. Yes, cafés are a business. You’re offering a product, which is coffee,
and you’re trying to get people to come in and buy it. If you aren’t very good at marketing your
café, then nobody is going to come in, and you aren’t going to make any money. If you open your store in an area of town
that nobody wants a café in, then no one’s going to come, and you’re not going to make
any money. If your café is next to another one that
looks nicer, is friendlier, and that people prefer to be in, then they’re going to go
into that on and not into your one, and you’re not going to make any money. Guess what? Dropshipping stores are exactly the same. If you set up your Aliexpress Shopify Dropshipping
store and you don’t spend the time and money marketing it and testing products, then you’re
not going to make any money. If you’re selling products that nobody wants,
then people aren’t magically going to buy them. They’re not going to purchase them, and you’re
not going to make any money. If your store looks unprofessional and untrustworthy
because you didn’t want to put the time and effort into making it look like those things,
then people are going to go to the stores that look trustworthy and professional, and
you’re not going to make any money. If you open a Dropshipping store and you didn’t
make any money, it’s not because you fell for a gigantic scam, it’s because you simply
didn’t run it right. Most of the people that I come across who
accuse Dropshipping of being a scam are usually the sorts of people that are looking honestly
for a magical money tree. They aren’t looking to run a business. No, they are looking and scouring over the
internet searching for secret hacks and tricks that are going to allow them to make money
through some gigantic loophole without doing any work, which is crazy. There are no secret tricks, or hacks, or loopholes
for how you can just make free, easy money on the internet. That’s not going to stop the people that live
in hope of finding the magical money tree. Occasionally these people stumble across Aliexpress
Dropshipping and they think that they found the secret hack or trick that’s going to allow
them to make their free, easy money. No, you haven’t. All Dropshipping is is bypassing the wholesale
and middleman. Instead, you purchase your items directly
from the manufacturer and you get them to ship them out directly to the customer. That’s it, there are no secret tricks or hacks
here, it’s just a form of order fulfillment. If you don’t put any work to build up your
store, then you’re not going to make any money. You need to be prepared to put work into creating
your store. If you took an espresso machine and you just
threw it into an empty box of a room, then people are not going to come in to your café. The same goes for Dropshipping. You’re going to have to invest money into
running ads for your store if you want to see fast results, which is exactly the same
if you opened a café. If you didn’t bother to advertise, then no
one would know that it existed. Guess what? There are no guarantees. Even most successful cafés were not immediately
successful. They didn’t just immediately start making
money. Why? Because it takes time to learn and understand
customers. It takes time to learn how to use advertising
efficiently. There is a learning curve, and the same is
for Dropshipping. Like any business, there is going to be a
learning curve for learning marketing and figuring out how to generate sales, especially
if you are new to the internet marketing world. Don’t get me wrong though, Dropshipping is
exciting and it is actually a really unique opportunity compared to most other businesses. It’s exciting because unlike running a coffee
shop and most other businesses, you don’t need tens of thousands of dollars to start,
and you don’t need any special qualifications to start. There are no barriers to entry like fancy
degrees. Instead, all you need to do is to learn how
to do it yourself. That can be either through coaches, courses,
videos, or through trial and error. There are not many businesses out there where
you can start with less than a thousand dollars and no special qualifications, and yet have
such huge earning potentials. That is super cool, but it’s still a business
with work and most likely some trial and error. Basically, if you think that Dropshipping
is going to be a vending machine where if you put $20 in and you press some buttons
and you’re going to get $100 pop out the other side, you should probably go elsewhere. No, you can’t Dropship for free. Truthfully, I really shouldn’t get frustrated
when people ask this because I understand why most do. The reason why they want to start a business
is because they don’t have money, so they want to create one so that they can have some
money. Yet to build a business to make money, you
need to have some money to get started. Kind of a catch-22, right? If this is you, I’m really sorry. I wish I had a better answer for you, but
the honest truth is that you’re simply going to have to save some startup money. At minimum, you’re going to need $50 to get
started using Free Traffic. The honest truth is that most people are going
to find paid traffic a lot faster and easier. If you want to utilize paid ads, then make
sure that you are prepared at least $500. If you’re someone out there that has the money,
you just simply don’t want to spend it, well that is not the right attitude to have a business. Some people have very limited attitudes when
it comes towards money. They see it as a scarce resource, when in
reality it is an abundant resource. Why? Because you can spend money to make money,
that’s the point of business and reinvesting. Money is the gift that keeps giving. If you’re someone that has that attitude,
then what I would recommend is that you try to shift that mindset. If you do, you’re going to find it a lot easier
to scale and grow your store. Stop looking for secret hacks. There are really people out there that believe
that there are secret tricks and hacks that expert Dropshippers use. It’s those tricks that allow them to be successful,
and if only, if only they could learn those secret hacks, then they could be successful
too. Now spoiler, while that would be cool, there
aren’t secret underground societies where people are giving away the secret underground
hacks to making millions and millions of dollars every year with Dropshipping. You know, perhaps I’m wrong. Perhaps they do exist and I’m just cool enough
yet to be invited to them. Actually, I suspect that these groups don’t
exist. Listen, if you are buying a course because
you’re hoping to find secret tricks and secret hacks that you can’t find anywhere else, you
probably shouldn’t be buying that course. A really good reason to purchase a training
program or a course is to get access to step-by-step trainings so that you can have guidance and
direction, or to get access to premium tools and apps, or to get access to exclusive one-on-one
support. Here is the honest truth; most information
is actually available on the internet, it’s just extremely disorganized to say the least. Courses provide for you in a streamlined way
that you can easily follow. For example, with the Dropship Club, our claim
to fame is that we give you step-by-step training videos that are over the shoulder, so that
you can follow along with my screen. Every month I host a live Q&A sessions that
are exclusive for members. If you’re the sort of person that wants that
type of training and that type of support, then the club house is great. If that is you, I will have a link to it in
the description below. If you have been spending the past few years
watching every video that you can find on Dropshipping on the internet, then you probably
know quite a lot already and you should have opened your store by now. Don’t buy a course hoping that it will be
the Pandora’s box of secrets that you’ve been wishing and hoping for. Trust me, it isn’t going to be. I’m not quite telling the truth here, because
there is kind of one secret hack that not many people know about. I’m going to let you in on it right now. Secret hack; study sales psychology, focus
on copywriting and conversions. I’ve said it before and I will say it again,
most people who are drawn to Dropshipping feel a lot more comfortable working with numbers
rather than words. They want a numbers based business. If I spend X amount of money, then it will
send Y amount of visitors, which will make Z amount of revenue, which result in N amount
of profit. Yes, you can run your business that way, but
you will get far more visitors, revenue and profit if you also focus on copywriting and
conversions. You know what? Knowledge about copywriting, conversions,
and buyer psychology is something that very few people know about and bother to learn
about. If you know about it, it’s kind of like you
have a secret weapon. If you want to get a strong advantage over
your competition, learn how to use words, images, and videos to get customers to want
to take action and buy your items right now. There you go guys, if you would like to learn
more of my secret hacks, then be sure to subscribe to Wholesale Ted for more great videos like
this. If you haven’t already, be sure to click that
little notification down next to the subscribe button so that you don’t miss out on any videos. Actually, I kind of lied twice. I do have one other secret hack for you. Here at Wholesale Ted we have a free ebook,
How To Make $10,000 A Month Online With Dropshipping. You’ll find a link on how to download this
free ebook in the video description below.

100 thoughts on “Is Dropshipping a SCAM?! (Things New Dropshippers Say…)

  1. "It hasn't worked for me because I haven't put in enough time and effort into it, therefore it must be a scam!!!"

    or my favorite:

    "If it were so easy then everyone would be doing it, so it's a scam!!!" (Never mind that not everyone is going to do it, no matter how many YouTube videos they watch.)

  2. Granted…DS is not an easy go BUT yes if you put in the time to research the items you will be offering AND take is Sarah's advice and USE it…..well you might just see a difference in your sales numbers. I have been working and re-designing the site and re-doing it again and have yet to make any "Real" sales that get me excited but I do know in time and an honest effort things will turn around. NO people you are not going to make 1 million dollars by Friday. It just does not work that way.Sarah, thank you for taking the time and answering our questions as best you can.

  3. I would say the really valuable yt channel and I think the only professional and realistic is yours I searched a lot and I spend a lot of time trying to learn the problem is I don’t have any extra money right now to start a small business and when I will be able to start I will come back to you

  4. I don't mind if people think that dropshipping is a scam- just means more opportunity for me! 🙂

  5. I just started a internet business, I am trying my best to sound professional, and I created a Facebook ad, and I created a Google AdWords ad. Now I'm waiting on everyone to find me. Bonniesworld.net

  6. It seems pretty obvious that two things are very important for success of this business.

    1. Finding the right products
    2. Marketing

    Could you make a video on how to find products through Aliexpress and show us how you would market it on FB?

    Do you also think that I have to learn about FB ads more to be able to make profits and not fail on my ads that I place?

  7. Can I get sued if someone in America swallows my product or something ? And how can I avoid that ?

  8. hey, im almost ready to launch my store, maybe i missed the video but im wondering if there is a mark up range i should stay within, ive found that a lot of products on aliexpress are selling at a loss on amazon. im assuming thats because they go the fba rout and order in larger quantities than 1. should i not worry about it and go for a 3 multiple or just not sell those products?

  9. I love your accent, I could listen to you for hours no matter what you are saying, lol. Anyway, that isn't my purpose for watching your videos though. I have been looking at various ideas like this for an online business and I think this is the direction I want to go. I am willing to spend $500-$1000 to get started and this seems like a much better choice than starting with Amazon FBA. Plus some of those training programs are $500.

  10. Hi,

    Ur videos are very helpful. Can U do video on how we can hire ppl in china to inspect the goods bfr the manufacturere sends the goods to customers

  11. Great video. I've been overwhelmed with all the shopify videos, so much info don't really know who to trust. Some sound trust worthy and you certainly do. I decided to go with you as my go to mentor and will sign up for the training. I do have one question. I looked at all your videos trying to find one that was titled aliexpress vs dropified. Seems a lot of gurus and YouTubers promoting dropified because it has way more options, simplicity, automatic tools etc. Do you have a video on this or information. Is your training course strictly Aliexpress? Also do you have training on the POD products in the training as well? Thanks for the awesome videos!

  12. Love your videos Sarah! This one is particularly funny and I can relate to it as I'm sure lots of people will as we all want to be successful immediately with no effort and that is not reality unfortunately 😉

  13. if your course offered no benefit and they knew it all already you should just give them their money back, in exchange of changing the feedback of course.

  14. My total savings are about $700. But I'm terrified of piling in hundreds of dollars and being left with very little to do anything else. Any tips?

  15. There will always be people saying that what you do is in some ways wrong. Even the most successful people are getting criticized.
    I think trying to explain that this is not the case is a waste of time and effort.

  16. 😂😂😂😂😂😂
    10k in the next 7 days 😂😂😆
    Please teach me how to make 1 trillion dollars in one day 😅😅😅

  17. Ok I haven't seen any of your videos yet but the first thing I noticed is that the content is also in the description, which is AMAZING and something missing from many youtube channels.

  18. Sorry you didn’t get invited to the secret drop ship society meetings. We booz it up at every meeting and share our top 10 tricks every week. We’re making so much money on these hacks. Millions, I tell ya.

  19. But how can I earn 100k a month in less than one week with out any effort or work whatsoever? preferably without having to pay for marketing, give refunds or pay taxes? Looking forward to getting the magical money tree.

  20. And then why is there so many hidden fees as you go deeper and deeper into the program why not just be upfront with all the fees that will possibly be available and tell that right from the start it's the same thing as back in the day pyramiding sales boost your confidence up to the high hilt and then they sell you the course for a price Meanwhile your confidence is through the roof of course you're going to buy into it don't know just a little suspicious to me of course hard work is hard work nobody I know makes $2,000 a week unless they're busting their tail

  21. Maybe the person who is selling this to people should test themselves and put the fees upward and upfront at the beginning so that people know what they're getting into instead of making them wait till the end of your sales pitch when their confidence is boosted through the roof falsely or legitimately just saying

  22. Sarah, I have a question. Could you try to not be so dammed cute in these videos? I really love your videos and the quality of your vast knowledge. But It is very distracting and makes it very difficult for me to learn from you, lol. Maybe a mask or something? I mean, for god sakes, I am trying to learn here!

  23. Hahaha.. .i bought your course n yes have seen a lot of negative comments n I was wondering if u wud hav a video to respond..lol. Love it.. il give this a shot n get back to u if it's a success. Cheers

  24. I find your videos very helpful. I don't have a business degree so some words like scaling, funneling and margins in reference to business aren't fully understood. But you use basic terminology which is very helpful for a beginner. I appreciate your videos and all the effort you put into them.

  25. Wow! I had to leave a comment. "Serah" you are awesome! You are a beautiful girl, an excellent teacher. I love learning from you

  26. This was months ago – but I wanted to ask anyways(for anyone who know's many other drop shippers): Do I really need amazon/ebay? Also, so many people are doing this now – out of all the people you peops know – would be awesome to see a "true average" of how long it took to find that first profitable product over all of those drop-shippers? Going through youtube and reddit – seems the market is a touch saturated. heh

  27. I watched a few videos and remember you talking about things to be sure to include on shopify pages. It was great info now I can't the videos to go back and implement it😣

  28. what i've learned so far from my dropshipping journey is that you don't learn it by reading or watching videos alone. it's a skill set, so you need hands on training. which is to say, the learning and the doing happens at the same time. you need to immediately apply the information that you have gathered. otherwise, you will just forget everything you've learned. plus, it takes some getting used to to get comfortable with navigating your store, the fb business mgr, your social media pages, communicating with suppliers, etc. all of it you learn by doing the actual work.

  29. what i love about dropshipping and being an entrepreneur in general is that it is fun. i've learned a lot in the past few months. i even learned photo editing using photoshop which is a really handy skill yet a fun hobby. my stalking/detective skills also improved.

    when you're an entrepreneur, you get to do things your way. that's enough consolation for me.

  30. I’m secretly in love with this girl 🔥 She’s intelligent, funny, and knows how to make a buck or 2 👏🏻 love the videos Sarah! You with all your videos are personally really helping me and others with their drop shipping businesses 💪🏻👌🏻 thanks babe xx Btw love your “funny accent” it’s cute as ❤️ next time your in Sydney, let’s have a coffee x

  31. YOUR AWESOME !!! Negativity can be discouraging and I can see being stressed. But like they say in Hollywood even bad news is good news. These new millennials don’t want to put the work in and want a magic wand to POOF instant business and want everything for free. That's lack go work experience and entitlement. If you put in the work you will get results nothing is for free.
    People need to think about how much it would cost to open up a store front and overhead, where they will get supplies gee what to do know Wholesalers called “Drop shipping” where do you think any product comes from they purchased. Every store font in America unless it’s by the designer themselves.

    Following you and researching for 2 month now with bad internet connection . I worked in service and retail and number of other business ,even my own till market crashed after 911, but always survived. It is extremely important to do the research carefully.
    Now, I am testing out products , quality and time of delivery. Some good some very disappointed.Need to keep in mind that now A days things are not meant to last, everything has an expiration date otherwise who would make money . Even when you buy a NEW car things go wrong.Think about It people!

    Macys, Target the local Dollar Store did not open over night each have different drop-ship directives for the clientele . Put in the work and you get results.

    I have not quite seen all your videos , I don’t know if you have one on numbers, figures, time frame starting up a drop shipping store ( maybe a laundry list) if you have please send me link.I don’t like signing up on stores with free trial and be surprised by a large monthly charge membership. I like to get a figure on all coast before I move forward. I have new emails, will be opening bank account with a different bank to separate from personal, will get new paypal account with different email name, and so on.. things one needs to think of before proceeding a new business venture.
    Thank you so much for all that you do you have a great heart to help others, in the end is always a great reward.

  32. This is a big scam. XD lol people selling stuff through computers. That's bullsh** how clicking on an item on your computer can teleport it to you. Big SCAM hahahaha. I love you wholesale Ted

  33. WHAT!!! (insert any wide eyed emoji here) No Secrets???
    Biggest take away here must be fore people who do not understand the value of a course that has streamlined the process for you… and can guide you through the pitfalls and traps.

  34. love this video and how straight forward you are about everything (in all of your videos)

    nearly every other drop-ship guru play it up as a get rich quick scheme to sell really expensive online courses (alex becker for example).

    well I've been around long enough and tried enough things to know there's no such thing as get rich quick schemes and you're the only one i've come across who clearly explains that (like any business venture) it takes $ , hard work, and patience to make it successful. If you're free content is any indicator, I'm certain I will find value in your VERY well priced paid training videos as well.

    thank you for the shared knowledge!

  35. Hi Sarah, is Willy here I want to start drop selling I have the money to get started but I don’t know how I’m going to find the right product, I’m not so much into coffee wink wink sports is more of what I’m knowledgeable about, how do I find what products to put on my page? Do I focus on one single sport or should I do several?

  36. I've watched so many videos, and really I should've just taken a class. lol!! It would've saved me more time. Right now i'm stuck on shipping. I have two print on demand centers, and Aliexpress with their own ways of shipping. Through hours of watching videos, and contacting support I found two apps. Advanced Shipping Manager, and Advanced Shipping Rules. Advanced Shipping Manager seemed like it would work well for me, and the rep said they would be able to do what I needed. BUT then they got back to me saying they couldn't after I signed up. Now I need to cancel them, and go with Advanced Shipping Rules since they're integrated with printful, and printify. I have both because printful seems to be higher quality printing, and printify just has way more items to choose from for printing- like shoes. But when it comes to shipping it can get complicated. All this is a lot of work, A LOT OF WORK! lol and I just popped out a newborn in January on top of it all. But I love it, it feels good to be creating my own online business, and i'm not a super great artist, but I love that I can hire ones on Fiverr to make the designs that are in my head. That can get pricy too for a good illustrator, but it's worth it. I can't wait till everything is set up, and then its Advertise! Advertise! Advertise! lol I'm not skilled in making websites, I'm not skilled in a lot of things, but we have the internet with people who have the skills that can help. My skills are sales, and creativity. So the other skills I pay for lol

  37. Can i start dopshipping business from Bangladesh? I studied and knew that the payment getway from Bangladesh is not so well, as the paypal is not workable here. Only 2checkout can work. I already seen u r video on dropshipping outside USA. But i did'nt helped a lot. Would u pls make a video or give me a proper guide about dropshipping from Bangladesh. Many bangladeshi people will get help if u make a video. Thanks. M.abedin
    Dhaka, Bangladesh.

  38. The most important part about dropshipping is that you actually need to have passion for it and for whatever you are selling. The reason why most people fail is because they just see all the "how I made millions" stories and decided to get into it without actually figuring out if they actually have some sort of passion for selling products they truly have passion for.

  39. The reason successful people still buy courses is not to learn the 99 things they already know but that one thing they don't know I can make all the difference.

  40. hehehehe the V for vendetta masks Illuminati….

    I wonder if i could dropship those masks… I'd buy one 😉

  41. I love this channel.im building a store right now for the first time and im learning everyday about how to set up and run a webshop. I cant wait for the actual bussines side of things when i start selling products because i really want to learn that.this channel gives some great advice

  42. Too many annoying jump cuts in this vid. Basically, you're Talking continuously but u keep jumpcutting your vid to make it more interesting and its just annoying. https://www.reddit.com/r/NoStupidQuestions/comments/2zc33u/why_do_so_many_youtubers_cut_their_videos_every/

  43. almost everyday I watched your video…. even in my dream I see you 😵… learning from you stip by stip 😂✌ thanks sarah 🙏

  44. OMG, i think i am falling in love with you. It's truthful videos like this gives good name to drop shipping coaches.

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