The Parker brothers, Klint and Grant Parker, are the brains behind Dropship Downunder (which was released in January 2018 as far as I can remember); the brothers claim that it is a drop shipping course focused on building a drop shipping store based in Australia, sourcing products from Australia-based suppliers and manufacturers and serving customers based in Australia. Prior to rebranding, their YouTube channel was known as Dropship Social, which apparently was a social networking space for likeminded drop shippers or otherwise aspiring drop shippers.
The course costs $997 AUD (or two monthly payments of $598 AUD); I’ve never purchased the course, and given the price point (along with numerous complaints from anyone else who was unfortunate enough to hand over their hard-earned cash to them in exchange for a website that’ll supposedly help them fast-track their drop shipping ventures), I’m in no rush to buy it any time soon, if at all.
There’s word that the Parker brothers were once students of Anton Kraly’s Drop Ship Lifestyle before they branched off at one point and started a course, though I’ve seen comments which claim that they were booted out of Drop Ship Lifestyle because they supposedly stole the niches of the students they coached.
After I did some research high and low, I discovered that Klint Parker was once involved in a YouTube channel, eCom Fire (now inactive), and actively endorsed Drop Ship Lifestyle in the videos he appeared in. Here’s just a sample video of him talking about the course:
Anyway, before I deviate from the main topic of this post, word has it that they occasionally set up supposedly done-for-you Australian drop shipping stores built on Shopify, ready to sell to anyone who want to start up a store without doing all of the work themselves, whatever the reason may be. Further details can be found in one of their Facebook posts below:
The product categories were also a mess; not only did the sub-categories get their own pages, the categories themselves also had their own collection pages, which only made things even more confusing, since not all products in the main category page could be found where they could easily be found in their respective sub-categories. Products with multiple variants getting their own separate product pages, treated as if they’re completely distinct from each other, didn’t help matters either; even products with no variants were uploaded as if they had multiple variants!
While I did eventually begin making sales with it, I had to do a lot of fixing up by myself such that customers can easily navigate the site; it took me hours just to clean up the mess, group all products with multiple variants into a single product page (rather than separate, multiple product pages), change the price points such that there’s consistency between other products’ prices, and modify the Returns/Refund Policy to be unique to my store rather than just stick to the default templates which many startup Shopify stores seem to be guilty of because they’re not bothered to write up their own.
Also later on down the track, I saw comments on sites such as ripoffreport.com which accuse them of swiping content from Drop Ship Lifestyle and recycling it in their own course, Dropship Downunder. You can see further details for yourself and dictate what to make of it:
I also looked into the Drop Ship Lifestyle Theme, and having watched a video which gives an overview of the theme and comparing the format of it to the ones sold by the Parker brothers, they’re indeed similar (minus the fact that the stores sold by the Parker brothers use the Booster theme instead). The fact that they use the same exact default Shipping/Returns Policy and Price Match Guarantee templates, too, raises a red flag.
You can watch the video of the Drop Ship Lifestyle Theme overview here:
I should also mention that one of the other sites I was offered by the Parker brothers was eventually purchased by someone else, but it went completely unused ever since. Want to know why? Feel free to take a look for yourself here and take a wild guess.
So, having purchased a done-for-you website from one of the Parker brothers myself, here’s my verdict: while I wouldn’t go as far as call the Parker brothers a scam since they do at least keep to their word and give you the website, it’s in my opinion not at all worth flogging out a hard-earned $1000 AUD for it, especially considering that these types of stores can easily be set up in a matter of hours by yourself, never mind how many products you intend to start selling.
Now, you might defend the pair, disagree with me and claim that you may not have a lot of time to deal with the hassle of building your store from the ground-up. Overused excuse aside, once you read through this entire article and find out that you’re being sold regurgitated stores sharing the exact same design but with different logos and colours, would you really still consider buying a supposedly “done-for-you” site from them, poorly organised and uploaded with crappy products?
I highly encourage you to think it over very carefully before you decide to buy from them, and hopefully this insight gives you enough information to decide whether you’d rather invest time into building your store from scratch by yourself whenever you can and save that money for yourself to invest in paid advertising (you’ll need it, trust me), or if you’re that desperate to part ways with your hard-earned money to someone who was not only allegedly kicked off a big-name drop shipping course, but is also accused of swiping content from them and regurgitating it in their own course.