When I first started researching about dropshipping; this was the first question that popped into my mind. Is dropshipping dead or is it still profitable, even now in 2019? I will give you a short answer below and then I will go in-depth to answer this!
Yes, it is possible to make your dropshipping store succeed in 2019 and be profitable, but it might not be as easy as most gurus make it look like. You could still become rich if you spend your time building a store where you look first at what the customer wants and not what your pockets want.
So, Is Dropshipping Dead or Still Profitable in 2019?
As I said above, yes dropshipping is still profitable in 2019 and is definitely not dead yet, but the increase in competition does mean that you need to put more effort into your dropshipping store.
This also means that you need to start treating it as a real business in order to succeed.
Before this people could just open a Shopify store, put some trending products in it that are not sold in retail stores (so they have that “wow I never saw that before” factor) and boom they made sales and probably profit as well!
But nowadays more and more people are getting to know the dropshipping method.
For an example, you can read this news article here where a woman ordered a $70 hoodie of a store she saw on her Facebook feed, but then later found out it was much cheaper on Aliexpress.
It’s an article on The Wall Street Journal. So if you don’t have an account there, then I suggest going to this Reddit post.
If you need any more proof that dropshipping is still profitable, then I suggest looking at my article here. Which contains a lot of dropshipping store examples. You will see from these stores that dropshipping is definitely not dead yet!
How to Make Your Dropshipping Store Profitable in 2019?
Do you know what all these stores that don’t make it mostly have in common?
They don’t treat it as a real business. They treat it as a way to make a fortune overnight because that’s what everyone online is telling them happens when you start with dropshipping.
These gurus don’t teach you, that even though dropshipping is still profitable in 2019, that you need to put a lot of your time and effort in it to succeed, especially in the beginning.
To treat it as a real business you first have to change your mindset.
You need to go from making some quick money to helping your customers have the best experience they ever had when shopping online. And then, of course, you can still make money!
Customer service: Your key to success
To do this you have to make sure that you know how to do customer support. You need to treat your customer like a king. This could also mean that you get fewer returns.
Make sure that whatever your customer says that you reply as nice as possible. This will result in fewer people being upset at your business.
Also, if you helped them really good, with for example the tracking of there package, you have a great chance that they want to buy from you again because they know that they can count on you if they got any problems.
As you can see here in this survey, which is a bit old but still relevant if you look at the numbers, you can see that 60% would not make a purchase based on a poor customer service experience.
Branding: The key to keep your dropshipping store profitable
Do you know what most failing stores also have in common? They don’t pick a niche. They don’t focus their energy on one type of person, but rather just focus on everyone hoping something sticks.
Do you want to know the secret to staying in the E-Commerce game for longer and be profitable with your
It’s really simple, branding!
To explain it really simple, all you have to do is pick a niche, pick a name that has something to do with the niche (or not, just make sure it’s catchy or easily memorable).
Some great examples are:
If you want to learn more about branding your dropshipping store, then I suggest reading the article I linked to below:
Can Dropshipping Make You Rich?
I would say yes because the income potential is unlimited and you don’t have to worry about stocking products and shipping them to your customers.
So that means that theoretically, you can scale your store as big as you want. Or maybe even start a new dropshipping store to get multiple streams of income.
As I said above; if a lot of people are giving dropshipping a try, then the market could become so saturated that it will become harder and harder to get into as time goes by.
But with that said I still believe that dropshipping is not dead, but profitable in 2019 and that you can get rich with dropshipping!
I will show you below some proof of income that is coming from my own dropshipping store and also some success stories that inspired me as well to get started with
Dropshipping income proofs: The truth
I’m almost certain that these dropshipping income proofs are real, but there are many fake gurus out there who post photoshopped screenshots and fake sales. Just to make you believe that dropshipping is super profitable and that they got rich off it.
Also, a screenshot of sales of
So their profit margin is around $10,000 a month, which is still not bad for not holding any inventory, but a lot less than the $50,000 earning they showed off with.
Since we’re talking about gurus, do you know what their only goal is?
To sell you their course. That’s it. They earn so much money from all these people buying their courses.
You can do the math yourself if, for example, a course from a guru costs you $500. What if 100 people buy that every month? I think you got the same answer as me: That’s a lot of money each month!
And now there are gurus even selling a second course for even more.
But enough about these gurus you will find them sooner or later or maybe you have already encountered them. So let’s get to the dropshipping success stories!
Dropshipping Success Stories
The “success story” below was the first that I found when I started researching about dropshipping. He says he sold over $100k with Shopify dropshipping in 90 days. You can read the success story here.
Another one is Kate who runs a dropshipping store that generates $32.000+ per month by selling fan merch of the most popular anime series.
She explains in this article how she promotes the store and how she got to know the target audience.
Do you see that dropshipping could be really profitable if you put your time in it?
If you want to see a lot of successful dropshipping stores, then I highly suggest you read my other article here as well:
My income proof
Let me show you my best selling month, which was July 2018. In this month after a lot of research, I finally figured out how to get sales from Facebook Ads.
You can read more about how I quickly tested products with dropshipping here.
As you can see my best selling day that month brought me around $266 in sales. Which unfortunately mostly went to advertisement and product costs, because I was still learning and making mistakes.
Dropshipping vs Affiliate Marketing: Which One Is More Profitable?
When I started out this question popped into my head as well.
Could I better spend my time building out a dropshipping store or should I start with affiliate marketing?
In comparison with Dropshipping, affiliate marketing is a lot easier to start and manage. In a dropshipping website, you will have to actively monitor the store and order products through suppliers. All this requires time.
But in an affiliate website, you don’t have to actually do any of this because you get a commission by letting people buy through your link. That’s it.Can’t say it better than Cloudways with
Dropshipping or Affiliate Marketing: Which One to Start in 2019?
While affiliate marketing is great for starters who don’t want to spend a lot of time on the business side like customer service, I believe focusing on dropshipping is the best choice.
Dropshipping: The long-term solution
You know why?
This means you can earn more per acquired customer.
Not only that, but you can do so much to increase your own profit margins
In comparison to affiliate marketing where not you, but the other store where you “work” has the lifetime value of that customer.
For example, that person decides a few weeks later to buy more of that same item you promoted with your affiliate marketing. Guess who gets the profit? Correct, not you.
With affiliate marketing, you need to keep spending money on advertisement to acquire new customers or start learning ways to get free traffic like SEO as explained here.
While if you’re further with dropshipping you can tap into your past customers via email marketing or any other form of marketing and get them to buy again from you. Thus increasing the lifetime value of that customer.
And it’s not only when you’re further with dropshipping. For example, increasing the average order value is something you can already do from the beginning. You can find some great examples here.
Then you only need to work a few hours a week on your dropshipping store. Just to make sure everything is going the way you want it to go.
So yes, dropshipping is definitely not dead and will still be profitable in 2019.
You just have to put your time into your dropshipping store. Please don’t treat it as a get rich quick store.
There will always be people becoming successful short-term. And yes that might be you soon as well, but focusing on your long-term success will be your key to profit!
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