Hey all, welcome to my Simplified Dropshipping 4.0 Review.
Created by Scott Hilse – one of the YouTube content creators, sharing tips about the eCommerce business as well as showing off his lifestyle, let’s see whether the course lives up to what it claims.
I’m not associated with the course by any means.
It means that I’m not going to profit in any way should you decide to still buy the dropshipping course. Therefore, you are going to get my honest and unbiased perspectives on the course.
I have personally tried dropshipping business and took a few dropshipping courses before. There were a few things that I wished the creators had included and some red flags that I had learned to find when it comes to all these make-money-online courses.
If you’re thinking of getting the course – HOLD UP.
Read until the end of the post to figure out whether it is the course for you… because it’s definitely NOT the course for me.
Is Simplified Dropshipping worth it? Here’s the truth…
|Simplified Dropshipping Summary|
Product: Dropshipping course
Founder: Scott Hilse
Summary: Simplified Dropshipping was first marketed as Simplified Shopify… until Shopify asked them to rename the course. The course has evolved year to year and Scott has included more lessons now in 2021.
But does that mean the course is now complete?
I’m afraid not. Let’s see why..
What Is Dropshipping?
Dropshipping is when you promote and sell a third party product without handling the product creation, inventory and shipping.
When an order comes into your store, instead of wrapping and shipping out the products, the wholesaler or supplier will be the one that does the fulfilment.
Therefore, you only really need to focus on the front end and making sure sales are coming in for you to get your “cut”.
The cut is the difference on the retail price minus the wholesale price. If you’d prefer to learn this more through a video and animation, you can watch the video below:
Important to note: Please don’t get mislead with screenshots of sales that these “gurus” are making. Those are sales number. It’s typical for dropshipping business to only take home 1-20% from the sales.
What Is Simplified Dropshipping 4.0?
Simplified Dropshipping is founded by Scott Hilse – as mentioned just now, who’s a prominent YouTuber sharing content around eCommerce or dropshipping business.
That said, he now has more videos around stock trading… Not sure whether he’s going to come up with another course for stock trading now..
Unlike other YouTube content creators turned “gurus” on dropshipping business, Scott Hilse boasts about his lifestyle – while many dropshipping course creators that I have reviewed so far don’t.
It depends on how you want to see it.. I personally not a fan. It’s just a very old trick to me.
Scott also mentions (or rather proud) of being in the 300 exclusive group with Tai Lopez. If you don’t know this, you can also get invited to be in the group – you just need to pay $697 to get in 😊 Here’s the link.
Now enough about Scott, everyone can have their own opinion about his… way of marketing himself.
Let’s move on and talk about the course.
If you go to the sales page, you will see amazing sales results:
But you really need to understand that these are sales, not profit.
You have to minus the product’s cost, advertising spend (which is very high), hosting, domain and other backend apps that you will need to subscribe to every month.
In essence, the course’s outline is similar to any other dropshipping courses out there that I have reviewed. So…
What Makes Simplified Dropshipping 4.0 Unique?
I’ve tried to search high and low for why people need to buy the course, even if it’s just for 1 reason. Maybe an insider tips that you can’t get anywhere else.
But the thing about insider tips is that – everyone has some. And some people give them away for free on YouTube content.
Unless he has many insider tips that are going to make or break your dropshipping business, this course has nothing new to offer, unfortunately..
See, if the course doesn’t cost as much as this, I might give a different opinion. But with $497, there are other cheaper dropshipping courses that offer similar teaching like Project Verum at only $99 (they might increase this to $200+ soon).
How Much Does Simplified Dropshipping Cost?
The course costs $497 – just a one time payment and you can get lifetime updates.
You will get 36 lessons with 2 additional bonus lessons. Even though they have a lot lessons, those lessons and videos are not very long – mostly averaged at 5 minutes long. Exceptions to some lessons like Facebook Ads set up at about 20 minutes long.
And for the whole course, you’ll only be getting 3 hours + length of lessons.
Is that enough?
Well, you have to ask yourself. But this is the shortest dropshipping course I’ve reviewed so far and there are others that are a lot cheaper.
Worth mentioning here that the course doesn’t offer any refund policy – unlike the other dropshipping courses.
What’s In Simplified Dropshipping 4.0?
Lesson 1 – 2:
This is more like an introduction. He just added this part to the course. It’s basically just to get your mindset right when it comes to dropshipping business.
Previously this used to be where he shows his One Product Store $1,600/day Template. But since that part was quite controversial as that only happens on one day not a consistent $1,600/day, he has replaced this with “My Winning Products, Stores and Ads”.
Lesson 4 – 12:
This is the part where you will learn to build your store on Shopify.
From picking out your products to uploading them to your store and just the overall store set up. There’s absolutely nothing new here. No insider tips whatsoever to make your store stand out.
You can definitely learn this from Shopify themselves or even Oberlo. OR any other free YouTube content out there.
Lesson 13 – 24:
You will learn how to set up your Facebook Page, Business Account as well as pixel to start advertising your store.
If you’re a beginner you will learn how to get started but they are still pretty basic lessons. Once you get more advanced, you’ll definitely want to start testing out different techniques with your Facebook Ads.
There’s a lesson here called the “Freedom Funnel Setup” that sounds very interesting but don’t get swayed. This is just where you learn to install a few different apps on your store to make sure you improve your conversion rate.
And every other dropshipping courses out there also teaches this “Freedom Funnel Setup”.
Lesson 25 – 32:
This is where you learn whether or not your product is a winner – or a loser. And if it doesn’t work, how you can fix it.
And if it works, how you can scale it even further to squeeze the sales.
You will also learn how you can automate some of the processes backend with the help of Shopify apps – Oberlo and Slikroad.
Again, this is something you will learn with any dropshipping courses out there.
Lesson 33 – 34:
Scott also goes through briefly on forming an LLC as well as when and how to outsource VAs (virtual assistant) so you can take the business semi-passive.
This is definitely lessons that you will focus more on once you’re doing well with your store.
Lesson 35 – 36:
This is where you will get more of an “insider tips” from Scott – but not really.
For lesson 35, you will get his method on getting Page Likes which is nice but at the same time, Page Likes are not something that can get you more sales.. Facebook had changed the algorithm that Page Likes are very irrelevant in 2021.
And for lesson 36 where you will learn advanced Facebook audience – it’s just creating lookalike audience for scaling. You can definitely get this information for free on YouTube.
Lesson 37: Outro and wishing you good luck!
You’ll get to learn how to use “Rules” on Facebook Ads – cool but again, free information on YouTube 😊 I also learned this on YouTube, no shame 😊
Apart from all these lessons, you will get an access to his private Facebook group as well lifetime updates to the course.
Is Simplified Dropshipping 4.0 A Scam?
No, Simplified Dropshipping course is not a scam.
Even though looking at how clickbaity and how he shows off on YouTube, the course still delivers tutorials and lessons on how you can get started with your dropshipping business.
That said, I do encourage you to take his claims with a grain of salt.
Yes, the videos are easy and least overwhelming because they are very short and most of them are basic information.
And yes, you can get started in less 6 hours – though I believe if you’re a beginner, you will need more time than that to digest and do your appropriate research. 6 hours are for the seasoned dropshippers – not for a beginner.
You can possibly make your first sale in less than 24 hours – possible but unlikely.
It’s better to take things slow and go through more in detail rather than going through it as fast as you could and end up with sloppy stores and ads.
What I Like About Simplified Dropshipping
1) See His Store
Even though Scott isn’t the only course creator that shows us their websites, it’s always nice to see how they have set up their stores and the ads that they had run.
But, what I know is that if you’re a student who doesn’t really have an idea on what to sell, you can easily feel like you want to copy his niche or product.
Don’t do that.
It happens every time with a course. You need to figure out your own products and be original. The more you stay away from the niche that he is showing you, the less competitive the market for you will be.
(Cause just imagine every student is having the same thought/niche as you).
What I DON’T Like About Simplified Dropshipping
1) No Refund Policy
They are the only dropshipping course that I’ve reviewed so far that doesn’t offer any refund policy.
I get it if the course’s price isn’t that high. But it’s pretty expensive for normal people to get and they still need to spend on ads, hosting etc.
2) Extremely Basic For The Price
I don’t get how he come up with the price.
The content is very basic – you can definitely find more in-depth lessons on YouTube for free.
3) Not Sustainable
Scott promotes the course to be a one-product store and later in the lesson explains how you can expand and create your own niche store – which will require you to open another store.
Meaning another set of advertisement, paying for hosting etc.
If there’s a need for you to expand and scale for more-than-1-product store, then we can agree that the model he’s teaching isn’t exactly the most sustainable.
4) Very Clickbait-y
I just don’t like clickbait things. And his YouTube videos are VERY clickbaity and boasting about his new cars.
I understand that before this, YouTubers or course creators usually show off their lifestyles to get people to see them having this massive wealth. Unfortunately this trick is extremely 2000.
We – or at least I, appreciate more humble wealthy people. Because they don’t need to show in order for people to trust them. Their work just speaks for themselves.
I can’t say the same for Scott Hilse.
Is Dropshipping Still Worth It?
1) Only When You Have Capital
Dropshipping is really NOT for someone who are strapped with money. There are so many other expenses that you will need to pay such as:
– Domain name
– Transaction Fee
– Shopify hosting
– Facebook Ads
– Instagram Influencer
– Additional paid apps
So unless you have at least $2,500 to spare to start this business model, dropshipping unfortunately is not for you. You’ll be spending at least $2,000 to get started – and that won’t even guarantee any sales coming in.
2) Not The Best Business Model
As I’ve mentioned in 2021, dropshipping isn’t exactly the best business model out there. A lot of people already know the trick of “free product + shipping” and asking them to wait for 2-3 weeks for product delivery is a deal-breaker.
Put yourself in the customer shoe, will you go and buy a product from a store that will take 2-3 weeks to ship the products to you or you’d rather go to Amazon.com and get your products delivered the next day?
I’d go with Amazon.com. And that brings me to the next point.
Alternative To Make Money
After I left dropshipping, I found a better way to make money online that is a lot more passive and won’t need me to fork out so much capital when first starting out.
I really wish I’d found this sooner.
I switched from doing a dropshipping business to affiliate marketing.
– it was free for me to get started
– I don’t need to be running ads all the time
– my traffic is organic, therefore a lot more sustainable
– I don’t need to handle refunds or customer service
– it’s much easier for me to do with a 9-5 job
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