The Parker brothers, Klint and Grant Parker, are the brains behind Dropship Downunder; 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 drop shipping focused social networking space. It’s discontinued as of late 2018.
The course costs $997 (or two monthly payments of $598); 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. I don’t have any hard evidence of this, so I can’t confirm whether or not this is true.
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.
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; it went completely unused ever since. Want to know why? Feel free to take a look for yourself here and take a guess.
In short, they aren’t a scam since they do give you the website, but it’s in my opinion not at all worth flogging out a hard-earned $1,000 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 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 encourage you to think it over before you decide to buy from them, and hopefully this insight gives you enough information to decide whether or not you’d rather invest time into building your store from scratch by yourself and save that money for yourself to invest in paid advertising (you’ll need it, trust me).
If, however, 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, feel free to risk it. I wouldn’t, that’s for sure (at least not anymore, anyway).