Almost brand new, can you help me figure out which way is up?

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Good morning, CubeMonk3y here with my first post on the forums.. Please forgive me if i missed a FAQ or sticky thread about this. I'm happy to be here!

So my e-commerce story started with listening to the 4 hour work week on my way into work and hearing about how people have completely changed their lives by creating somewhat passive income through e-commerce.

Recently i signed up for an account on Salewho for $67 and got nothing but a list of publicly available warehouses and a labs tool thats basically useless. My plan was to find niche products to dropship on ebay.. easy right? Nope-- it seems these warehouses are already on ebay with lower pricing than i could get.

So i moved onto reading about the 100kfactory and their pitch to coach you to success... I then looked into their reviews and found negative feedback all over and instead "the wealthy affiliate" was recommended.. and since reading their reviews ive also been skeptical.

SO.. Given all of these cash grab educational sites my head is spinning on where to start. Does anyone have advice on how i can either find my product or niche to get started.. or perhaps a legitimate course to look into?

tldr.. Newbie trying not to get scammed -- any good courses for e-commerce and finding niche/products?

Thanks,
CubeMonk3y
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    You can always sign up for our free course and at least get some direction.
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    StoreCoach.com- Learn How to Dropship the Right Way - Buy & Sell Websites - Partner with Coach
    My PROVEN ecommerce process, as seen on: Fox News, the NY Times & Flippa
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    • Profile picture of the author CubeMonk3y
      Dave, i would like to do that. Forgive me for not knowing the layout around here, is that your course, or a warriorforum course? where can i find it?

      Thank you
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      • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
        Originally Posted by CubeMonk3y View Post

        Dave, i would like to do that. Forgive me for not knowing the layout around here, is that your course, or a warriorforum course? where can i find it?

        Thank you
        The link to our course is in my signature, below. We definitely do not promise it is easy or instant profits. Anyone who does is straight up lying to you. That said, it is something anyone can do if they have the proper mindset, work ethic and ability to follow instructions and if they do not let themselves get misled by taking what looks like the easy way out (which is what most people who fail, do).
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        StoreCoach.com- Learn How to Dropship the Right Way - Buy & Sell Websites - Partner with Coach
        My PROVEN ecommerce process, as seen on: Fox News, the NY Times & Flippa
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  • Profile picture of the author Splatterfox
    First of all: don't expect a course that gets you a super easy way of building your business. Don't fall for programs that advertise the super cool and easy "dropship lifestyle" where you can work everywhere from your laptop and life is a paradise. Landing a hit in E-Commerce is a lot of work, creative brainstorming, strategizing and constant testing. There are no directories with dropshipping items that "work per se" - if there were then 10,000 people would do it the next hour and make it useless again.

    So before you get too much into all this stuff I recommend that you take a look at the most common mistakes in Dropshipping before you go ahead. The video was found helpful by a ton of people who went in with completely wrong expectations:


    Hope it helps
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    • Profile picture of the author CubeMonk3y
      Splatterfox,

      I appreciate your reply -- truly.

      I understand that there is no easy way to set up a dropship lifestyle and with that said, of the people that do succeed in e-commerce, what would you say the split is between the dropship route.. and the affiliate route, and some other strategy.

      Where do most people see success? I havent fixed my mind on any specific path but clearly the lifestyle associated with dropship business is a big draw.

      -cube
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      • Profile picture of the author Splatterfox
        Originally Posted by CubeMonk3y View Post

        Splatterfox,

        I appreciate your reply -- truly.

        I understand that there is no easy way to set up a dropship lifestyle and with that said, of the people that do succeed in e-commerce, what would you say the split is between the dropship route.. and the affiliate route, and some other strategy.

        Where do most people see success? I havent fixed my mind on any specific path but clearly the lifestyle associated with dropship business is a big draw.

        -cube
        I don't really like the affiliate model where you basically imitate a store and then redirect your users to a REAL platform like AliExpress. It causes a lot of confusion and margins are substantially lower (with still lower conversions typically).

        The third model then would be buying stock upfront, which I'm a huge fan of and do most of the time, but I can understand that its intimidating at first sight (even though you can buy stock for a few hundred $ already).

        The vast majority fails everywhere, so its ultimately up to you which way you think would be the one where you can make most of. There is no good or bad. If you want to know my ranking:

        1. Buying stock (of course you can't buy 100 different articles then but focus on a few, maybe even one, really good item)
        2. Dropshipping
        3. Affiliate Store (wouldn't do at all)
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  • Profile picture of the author carltonman
    I am doing quite a lot of dropshipping from aliexpress and I mostly use Shopify as my ecommerce platform.
    What I learned is that the main thing is that your store must look so good, that even YOU would buy from it. You have to optimize everything. From design to product prices. And as some already said, this will not be an easy journey. It is honest and hard work.
    And there is one more thing I would like to share with you.
    I know that it can be very hard to get some reputation for your store when you start. People just don't trust you. Honestly, why would they? This is why a lot of online stores use different apps for showing recent sales in their stores. It shows recent sales in a form of a popup. But these apps cant help you if you don't have any sales yet, right?
    This is why you have to choose the right app to do the job for you. There is an app which allows you to add sales from "other platforms." And you can use this to add some "fake" sales and show them to your visitors so they will trust you and make some real orders The app is called Show Recent Orders and you can get it here https://apps.shopify.com/show-recent-orders. Of course, only if you choose shopify as your ecommerce platform.

    I wish you luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    Have you considered going to a tradeshow and networking from there?

    You might find direct partners

    The problem with AliExpress and others is they have been BEAT TO DEATH

    You need something FRESH

    And unfortunately, you will have to hustle to find those fresh leads
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