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Why Drop Shipping Does Not Work



In a world saturated with promises of quick riches through drop shipping, it's time to unravel the truth behind the hype. This article isn't a sales pitch for a course; it's a candid revelation from someone who dove headfirst into the drop shipping world, only to discover why it doesn't work for 99 percent of us.


  1. The Quest for a Winning Product:

  • The obvious starting point is finding a winning product. No matter how stellar your marketing or website is, a product no one wants won't sell.

  • Even if you strike gold and find a winning product, the threat of copycats is real. Websites track best-selling drop shipping products, providing a blueprint for others to replicate success.

  • It's not a matter of "if" but "when" someone will emulate your product, undermining your unique selling proposition.

  1. The Advertising Conundrum:

  • Advertising costs can quickly surpass the expense of the actual products. Creating a Shopify store demands consistent trial and error to find what works.

  • Constant updates to ad elements, from wording and video content to placement and duration, are crucial for effectiveness.

  • Social media following can be an alternative, but for most, building a massive following is a daunting task. Selling the same audience repeatedly becomes ineffective, necessitating fresh approaches.

  1. The Steep Learning Curve:

  • Many are in search of a side hustle that yields quick profits. The drop shipping learning curve, however, can be steep and time-consuming.

  • Personal experiences include financial losses despite significant investments in time and money.

  • Beyond product selection and advertising, a multitude of skills is necessary, including website design, copywriting, shipping logistics, customer service, handling returns, and navigating taxes and tariffs.


While some individuals do make millions through drop shipping, this article sheds light on the reasons why many have abandoned the pursuit. Learning from personal experiences, the challenges of finding a winning product, navigating advertising costs, and overcoming the steep learning curve all contribute to the realization that drop shipping might not be the ideal side hustle for everyone.


Share your experiences in the comments below. Have you tried drop shipping, and if so, what was your journey like? In the vast landscape of side hustles, there might be easier and more profitable ventures waiting to be explored. Until then, see you in the next one!


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