Hi everyone and welcome to my review of Drop Selling Academy or DSA for short. DSA is a new cloud-based dropshipping software and training that was released near the beginning of October 2018.
Hence the reason I continually seek out new software tools and training that will help me be better prepared and give me a greater chance at success.
DSA has similar features to these tools and some additional training on how to start a dropshipping business.
In this review of DSA I will go through what the system offers, the upsells and if is worth purchasing.
Who Is Devid Farah?
David is the person behind this new dropshipping software and training and he is a real person.
That may seem like a weird thing to say but the last ecom product I reviewed made some ridiculous claims and not only was the author using a false persona, but I am pretty sure he wasn’t an ecom expert as claimed.
David Farrah is a real person, he has been in the eCommerce industry a few years and has been very successful running dropshipping stores.
He has only released a few products and they have all been about eCommerce, so you can be pretty confident about the information he provides.
Drop Selling Academy Review
Before I get on with the review, I just want to touch some of the claims made on the sales page, like many products that show you how to make money online, there is a lot of hype on the sales page.
I understand the need to market your product so that it sells and DSA is a good product, but there is no need to make claims like below, there is no way a newbie will be profitable with this system straight away.
I personally do not like statements like ‘copy our system’ or ‘three steps to success’ it gives the impression to newbies that its easy to succeed online by just copying other people and that is just not the case.
It is a shame about the sales page because overall this is a good product that has some weak points.
What is DSA?
DSA is a cloud-based software application which will allow you to find trending products from AliExpress and import them into your Shopify store.
I will be honest here, I didn’t purchase this product because of the software, as I stated near the beginning, there are similar apps like AliDropship and Oberlo and both have an established reputation with tons of success stories.
I did try it out the 1 Click Dropship app and it is a pretty cool, it has some good features which I will explain later but the main reason I purchased this product is that of the training and some of the bonuses they were giving out.
You will get access to 29 training videos that cover a few topics but its main focus is on how to find a profitable product to sell and how to find reliable suppliers for these products.
The training videos vary in length but that they do not overwhelm you with too much information
There were also some pretty cool bonuses that really interested me like their own private supplier database and a list of over 2000 top selling products.
One of the most time-consuming parts of starting an eCommerce business is finding profitable products to sell and finding reliable suppliers so the bonuses will come in handy for those who struggle with both.
This is the main reason I purchased DSA, after researching the background of the vendor and finding out that he has a background in eCommerce and has had huge success with it, I was hopeful that the training wouldn’t disappoint, and it didn’t.
Like I stated, most of the videos are all about how to find and source products for your dropshipping business.
One of the main reasons many fail with eCommerce is not doing sufficient research before they choose a product to sell.
This is the reason the majority of the videos concentrate on this aspect of dropshipping and I have to say having gone through all the videos, there is a lot of good information that will help you in finding a good product.
David basically takes you through his entire process in finding a product and sourcing those products from reliable suppliers.
It was interesting watching his videos because he was very transparent, and the videos didn’t seem scripted, he was basically thinking out loud and would tell you which products would work and which wouldn’t and the reasons why he came to those conclusions.
There are three main places he recommends for niche research they are AliExpress, Amazon and eBay.
AliExpress is where most dropshippers source their products from and he does a good job of explaining his process of identifying hot selling items to dropship.
He also shows you how to validate your product ideas by looking up similar products on Amazon and eBay and analysing how well they are selling.
What really impressed me was that there are seven videos where he researches ideas for a product, identifies one and hands it to you.
Now, seeing that there are probably thousands of other DSA members who will receive the same product ideas, I personally do not think it would be wise to start dropshipping these products for your eCommerce store.
Then again, most people will probably not take action with this information, so you may strike gold with one of his ideas.
My advice would be to analyse his process and come up with a product idea of your own, still, it was cool of him to research these products and give it away.
The final videos are all about Facebook ads and how to run a successful campaign. Facebook ads is the main traffic generation method used by the vendor and he has seen great success with it.
However, like all paid advertising methods, you can lose a lot of money very quickly. Even with guidance it is not guaranteed you will see positive ROI on your ad spend.
The videos do have some great tips on how to succeed with Facebook ads but I do wish he covered some free traffic methods as well.
1-Click Dropship App
This is the dropshipping app that they have developed over the last year and is an impressive piece of software and they spent $10,000 developing so I am pretty sure they will continually update and improve it going forward.
It has many features that will help in the day to day running of a dropshipping business.
Some of these features include;
Search and import products from AliExpress inside the app
Import unlimited products
Easy to navigate dashboard.
There is a lot of hype on the sales page around this software and a lot of exaggerated claims like ‘patented product intelligence technology‘ that will allow the app to identify winning products for you?? A bit over the top and it does no such thing.
One feature I really liked is having the ability to search and add products from Aliexpress directly from the app and also filter for products with ePacket shipping.
ePacket shipping for anyone not familiar with the term is an agreement between the USPS and Hong Kong post that allows for faster delivery of small and lightweight items from mainland China to many countries around the world.
It is the preferred shipping method for most dropshippers but AliExpress doesn’t let you filter products for ePacket delivery so having this feature will save you a lot of time.
Overall I liked the app minus the sales page hype, however, I was disappointed to learn that there was no additional training for this app.
I am a fairly technically minded person so I found my way around pretty easily but for someone completely new this app may pose a challenge to operate without any guidance.
One of the reasons I purchased this product was because of the bonuses they were giving out, in total there are 8 additional products you get as a bonus when you purchase DSA.
Facebook Extractor – A script that will allow you to extract information from Facebook pages and groups regarding their members and use this information to create custom audiences for Facebook ads.
WooCommerce Messenger Marketing Suite – An app that will come in handy for those who run WooCommerce stores, this app will allow them to engage with customers through Facebook messenger and send them automated messages.
Facebook Trending Post Finder – A script that you can run to find trending posts on Facebook
70 Wholesale and Dropshipping Sources – One of the reasons I purchased this was to gain access to this list of suppliers. It is hard to find reliable suppliers and wholesalers online, most of what you find are just middlemen and many are outright scammers. Most legitimate suppliers and wholesalers are known for not having websites or if they do, these sites do not rank on search engines.
2500 product ideas in 10 niches – The other bonus that caught my eye, one of the hardest parts of starting eCommerce business is finding a profitable product to sell.
The Ultimate Dropshipper – This is a series of video tutorials from one of Davids other eCom training program.
Facebook Ad Cheatsheet – Self explanatory.
OTO1 – Click Dropship Pro – $47
1 click ordering feature plus unlimited product sales reports
OTO2 – Click Dropship Gold - $47
Import products from 8 other sources including Amazon, eBay and Wal-Mart
OtO3 – Click Dropship Platinum – $37
Another three additional online marketplaces to source products from
OTO4 – Secret Supplier Database – $27
To many upsells in my opinion and I didn’t purchase any of them, although the secret supplier database is very tempting.
I really liked the training that is provided with DSA especially the tutorials on product research and selection.
The 1-Click Dropship app is easy to use and has some very nice features, however, it has some limitations which are only solved if you purchase the upsells.
From a newbies point of view, I think they could have provided a bit more training on how to use the app plus there was no training on how to open a Shopify store which would have been for helpful for absolute newbies.
The sales page hype is also something that doesn’t sit well with me, there is no way complete newbies will be earning six figures just by following this system. Plus there is a portion on the sales page that states you will need no money to succeed with the system, this is blatantly false as the main traffic generating method is Facebook ads and that will cost you money!!
I purchased this product mainly for the training and overall, I am happy, however, I do believe there are far better dropshipping apps than the one they provide.
If you are interested in operating a dropshipping business, check out my review on the following products
AliDropship – A fantastic WordPress plugin that has many automation features, plus there is a huge range of training and resources to help you get started with dropshipping.
Oberlo – The no.1 dropshipping app on the Shopify marketplace.
Dropified – A very similar app to Oberlo but Dropified is also compatible with Commerce HQ and WooCommerce.
So, have you tried DSA and the 1 Click Dropship app? Would love to hear your thoughts on it.