Last Updated on April 17, 2021
How to Spot Fake “Dropshipping Success”
We’re all inundated with success stories these days. Everywhere you turn, there’s a new inspirational story of someone who became a millionaire by doing something small or insignificant.
If all of these people weren’t trying to sell you anything, this wouldn’t be such a big deal. Examine many of these self-proclaimed success stories closely. You’ll notice that they always claim that you can be exactly like them by simply purchasing their product.
It’s deceptive. You may believe you are immune to such tricks, but thousands of people fall for them every day.
There are a lot of people who enjoy dropshipping. We’ve seen it before (and even fallen for it a few times), so we’ve put together this guide on how to spot fake dropshipping gurus.
They can’t back up their arguments with years of revenue
Perhaps you’re currently looking at someone’s course or something, and they’ve included a screenshot as “evidence” of their progress. They’re claiming to be able to back up their arguments.
We’re going to burst the bubble right now: taking a single screenshot is easy. We’ve been dropshipping for years and have seen our fair share of ups and downs. It would have been all too quick to show you a screenshot of our best month and say that this is how things are always.
For someone’s achievement to be true, they must demonstrate years of growth and sales. They must be able to demonstrate that they have persevered and gained experience over time.
Showing you a screenshot or two of a brief period of performance is the equivalent of showing you a single positive rating on an exam rather than a completely fleshed-out resume. You wouldn’t recruit someone who did that, right? We’re pretty sure we wouldn’t.
It’s also not impossible to have a brief period of success. We’ve had our ups and downs, as we’ve said, but we didn’t try to capitalize on each big. Before we thought about it as though we knew something, we wanted to create a stable and reputable base with years of sales.
They haven’t sold a website.
This section entails more than just making plans to sell a website. Intentions aren’t always important; recorded acts are.
The importance of a good website sale stems from the fact that it is the greatest measure of a person’s abilities and patience. You must go through months (if not years) of a website’s history to sell it. You’ll need to calculate the benefit from every sale made on that platform, as well as the costs of running it.
And, when someone decides to purchase the site, it validates your efforts. It demonstrates that someone examined it and determined that it was valid enough to invest tens of thousands of dollars in.
Compare this to people on the internet who claim to be experts because they once approached an influencer and made $5,000 in revenue (not even from profit). It’s easy to see why, rather than contacting influencers or using other flashy tactics, more time and experience goes into actually selling the company.
They make it a point to flaunt their way of life to you
People who do this are known as “digital nomads.” They’ll show you pictures of desirable aspects of their lives, such as beaches, tropical landscapes, and sports cars.
Then they’ll tell you that you, too, can have it all if you follow their lead. It will all sound easy, so you’ll believe that if you believe what they’re selling, you’ll be fine.
Here’s the thing: one of the simplest things to fake is an opulent lifestyle. Take a look at Instagram for a moment. It’s a platform that curates content, putting little glimpses of people’s lives on a show that simply looks well.
It’s completely devoid of substance. If you look online, you’ll find many articles detailing everything Instagram influencers must do to get that one perfect image.
In reality, becoming a digital nomad can be less expensive than living in the United States. We should retire to Thailand right now and share all these photos of ourselves looking like we’re having a great time…all while making less money than we have in the past.
We’re not implying that anyone who displays any of their money to you is lying. We also do it on occasion because catching people’s attention needs persuasion. On the other hand, someone truly good would not need to prove it to you by peacocking.
Ways in which Shopify Gurus are scamming you
People who are into Drophshipping business come across several videos which are all about Dropshippers making tons of money from their Dropshipping stores. You need to identify if they are fake or genuine.
Reason why Dropshippers lie in videos:
The simple and direct reason is money. People who want to make money on YouTube will tell you tons of ways in which you can adopt to grow your Dropshipping store. They do this to get views on their videos. People who are new into this business will obviously click and view such videos. More views fetch more ad revenue to the person who is making this video.
Such videos are created by Dropshipping Gurus without any prior research or actually trying out all the methods. They usually copy content from other videos and upload certain tactics and certain ways to grow your Dropshipping store.
People who are making these fake videos will trick you into thinking that they actually know what they are talking about. When they build your trust, they start to sell their course and earn money through it.
There are people who even upload fake results in their videos or just copy all the content and remake other Dropshipper’s videos. In this way they start to earn ad revenue in very short span of time.
Ways in which you are being scammed:
- Click baiting other people’s Dropshipping results
Tons of screenshots of other people’s Dropshipping results are available on Google. Instead of creating screenshots, they just save the already uploaded screenshots from Google and use in their videos.
- Making fake orders
People can also trick you by making fake orders. People create a Shopify store and have products but place fake order by themselves to trick people into believing that they are actually having amazing sales from their store.
We’ve been duped by these ruses before. This post aims not to make fun of people but draw attention to the red flags, so you don’t fall for it again. If any of the red flags we described appear in your life, hopefully, you will notice them right away and be able to escape the illusion.
Dropshipping companies can be extremely profitable and valuable additions to your virtual portfolio. In reality, our dropshipping sites account for a significant portion of our revenue. You can also see our true profit margin on this page.
So we’re not claiming that achieving success in this manner is impossible. Rather, we want you to be wary of those that would prey on your emotions to make a profit. A truly successful dropshipping company would be able to show you more than a few screenshots and pretty pictures to back it up. They’ll be able to back up their arguments with years of steady sales.