I’ve had three or four people approach me on Facebook asking about Chris Wane’s dropshipping course, so I’ve decided it’s time to write a full review so that I can link you here.
To give you my story: I actually had done a consult with Chris back when he was beginning to upload videos onto YouTube (and even before his Oberlo interview) and even before he had started selling the Advanced Dropshipping Academy (ADA) course. I can personally vouch for Chris’ genuineness – during our call, he gave me a lot of advice that you can only really know when you actually know what you’re talking about with dropshipping, and I was asking about some pretty detailed questions.
Who is ADA for?
Most people who ask me about Chris’ course are people who are just doing dropshipping for the first time (or sometimes they have tried for a little while and haven’t been successful). Usually, you’re the kind of person who’s already researched a few other courses, and wondering if Chris’ is the right one for you. You’re usually wondering about whether Chris’ course will make you successful in dropshipping.
Why ADA is really, really good
ADA can be considered a shortcut. The topics include:
- A reveal of Chris Wane’s $500k+ store
- How to find a winning product and useful research methods
- How to build your online store
- How to test and run Facebook ads
- How to retarget customers
- How to scale a winning product
- How to sell your store
Each of these topics is extremely valuable in themselves. I bought the course immediately after Chris messaged me because of the genuine value he provided in our phone call.
Sure enough, the course itself is very much straight-to-the-point, and Chris doesn’t waste time. Each of these topics is covered with depth and with specific actions to take.
Regarding the “how to build your online store” – Chris talks about niche vs one product vs general stores. The course centres around a general store of his.
I think that with a lot of other dropshipping gurus, they spend too much time outside of the specific details, and say that there’s one way that you must follow in order to definitely succeed.
The truth is much more balanced than that, and closer to the styles of both Chris Wane and Gabriel St Germaine: you need to keep testing different creatives and offers until you find a winner. Chris’ tutorials are really great in this regard, as they emphasise relying on testing and data (and how to make sense of them) rather than being salesmanlike and saying “with this ONE trick you can get 1000% ROI”.
You can’t think of dropshipping as likely playing baseball and hitting a home run, but more like using data cleverly to find pieces of a map to guide you in promising directions.
Chris is very transparent about the way he did things and you really get an insider’s view into his store. If you’ve watched his YouTube videos, the style is similar, but slightly more in depth.
Even if you’re quite deep into dropshipping and already running Facebook ads, I think that Chris’ scaling tactics are really worthwhile too. In fact, my favourite part of Chris’ content has been his Facebook ad strategies.
Who ADA isn’t for
To provide a balanced view of things, I want to point out that ADA – and perhaps doing an expensive course in general – is not for everyone.
In particular, I commonly see a reason for wanting to do dropshipping is because one is lacking money and a little bit desperate to make something quickly. But this is a genuinely bad position to be in, because dropshipping itself inherently utilises paid traffic methods in order to test product.
As very very approximate figures: it takes roughly $25-100 to figure out which ad is your winning ad, probably at least another $100-200 for testing enough ad sets to make things worthwhile, and then you might not actually have a winning product anyway/may lose all of it. So you should not generally take a dropshipping course if you’re already in a financially unstable position. It’s a significantly better idea to get something more traditional first (like a side job), and then with a safer cushion of money (say at least $400 AND also the $397 for the course), then you can give it a shot.
There’s free ways that you can test products like how I’ve done in this article, but you’ll still need to spend money to test ads. Unfortunately, that’s just how it is.
However, that said, I think that testing it using Chris’ method and buying Chris’ course is a much more effective use of money than saving that $397 and spending it on ads yourself, where you may just lose the money instead and still have no idea what’s going wrong.
Is it worth $397?
If you’re actually committing to start a dropshipping store, then definitely. A standard consultation I’ve done for the Facebook ads component alone would cost around $200 USD per 1 hour consult, so having a full course for $397 including guidelines for all operations is going to save you way more than $397 worth of time.
If that’s too much for you already, then I’d honestly be considering about whether you should be dropshipping right now anyway if you’re that tight for money, as opposed to saving up money with more traditional methods.
I think with some of the great suggestions used in the course, you’d easily earn back that $397 if you had a winning product.
Is there anything that I need to know that Chris’ course doesn’t cover?
For the demographic of people the course is built for, I’d consider Chris’ course to be complete. The only thing that can’t be substituted by it or any course is actually building the store yourself and testing product.
Amongst other courses, is Chris Wane’s the best course?
I think for people that are new to dropshipping and want to have their hand held for a lot of the process, Chris Wane has the most comprehensive course.
For intermediate to advanced dropshippers, either Chris Wane’s or Gabriel St Germain’s course would be good. Gabriel’s course talks a lot about some pretty advanced Facebook ads stuff that would just fly past most people’s heads, especially if you’re just starting, and you’ll definitely find it a bit harder to keep up.
Some of my friends have recommended Beast of Ecom’s strategies, though I’ve not looked into them. There’s other courses I’ve tried that, out of respect for their creators, I won’t mention the names of – but often they’re plagued by excessively strong recommendations (“you MUST do an ad that looks like this”) that lead new people astray.
The Facebook group
Lastly, I can confirm that Chris has been active on the Facebook group. Lots of good questions there and he answers most of the questions asked. So if you find that extra bit of support important, there’s that.
I hope you found this useful!
If you’ve found this review useful/insightful, then it’d totally be awesome if you click on this link to get to the course. Full disclaimer: this is an affiliate link so I do get some commission if you use it. However, this article is not meant to purely be a promotional article: I genuinely think that Chris’ course and teachings are good, which is why I don’t mind giving him an overall good review on my personal blog at all.
I also genuinely do get asked about this topic quite a bit for some reason, which is the other reason I wanted to pen down my full thoughts on the topic.
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