Is Dropshipping DEAD?! What You Need to Know in 2024

Almost every single day we get the question, “Is dropshipping dead?” The short answer to that question is, absolutely not. Dropshipping in 2024 is alive & well!

People have been asking me this question since 2012, when I was first starting to talk about my success with dropshipping. 

And It’s always been a good question. With the speed at which technology changes and advances, it’s important to keep up with the models and trends.

In this blog post,I am going to go through the common misconceptions about whether dropshipping is still worth it in 2024.  

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If you're completely new to this business, we have a blog post entitled "What is dropshipping?" that should get you up to speed on how this business works.

Is Dropshipping Dead or is it Still Worth It? - FAQ's

Before I created this blog, I wrote down a list of more specific questions our support staff and team hear most frequently about whether dropshipping is dead.

"Isn’t There Too Much Competition? It Seems Like Every Niche is Saturated..."

So, the first thing that people ask about when they ask, "Is dropshipping dead?" is competition. And competition leads to saturation.

Dropshipping is not new. I've been doing it, myself, since way back in 2008. And people have been doing it longer than me. 

The misconception is that dropshipping has been around for such a long time and there's no space for new stores.

Short answer is: No, that's not true.

When you're using this model when you're dropshipping, your goal should always be to work with new suppliers and new brands and always sell the newest and best products that come out. 


A bit of competition isn't bad. In fact, you will want some in your niche. If nobody is selling what you want to sell, that's could be a huge red flag.

So, the products that were popular back when I first started, are not still popular today. While some of them are, the majority are not. What do I mean by this?

Well, the industries that we sell in, they are still getting sales, they are still selling strong. But the top brands, the top SKUs, the top products, they are now in their 12th year. Products get updated. New brands come out. Brands release new product lines. 

So a big part of the answer to this question, is to always be that person that's out on the front of your industry. 

And I'm not saying to only sell trending products... But if you're in the office furniture space, then make sure every year you're working with the best brands that make office furniture. Make sure you're getting all of their new SKU numbers on your website. Make sure you're promoting them. 

Then all that competition you're thinking about. All those people that have been doing it for so long, guess what? Some of them are lazy, some of them don't update their sites. Some of them are comfortable making what they're making with stuff they haven't updated in the past five or so years!

So as long as you're willing to do the work and stay on top of your business, which I hope you would be, if you're really planning on doing this. Then, no, it's not too saturated. 

There are literally new opportunities popping up every single day when it comes to products and suppliers. There will always be new opportunity there. Do not worry about dropshipping being too competitive, because it's really not. 

"Won’t the Trade War with China put Dropshippers Out of Business?"

Next question that we get that comes in with "Is dropshipping dead?", is "I heard Trump is having all these tariffs and we're in a trade war with China and everything is going to be more expensive. Is dropshipping worth starting?"

Couple things on that. First, we do not dropship from China. If I was directly in that business, would I be worried right now. If I was dropshipping from China, I would definitely be looking a lot closer at it than I'm looking at what we do. 

What we do, and what I recommend you do, is work with domestic brands. So, for me, that means suppliers in the States. If you're watching this from Australia, that means suppliers in Australia. If you're in the U.K., That means suppliers in the U.K.

Now, with this whole tax and tariff thing, even if products that come from China to our suppliers here in the States get more expensive because thatmight happen. Then suppliers might raise our product costs.

But guess what? Then the product cost to the customer goes up and everything kind of works itself out. 

I'm not worried about it. You shouldn't be, either. Especially not if you're no the Drop Ship Lifestyle model. So, again, with domestic suppliers, I wouldn't worry about it. If you are relying on dropshipping from China, maybe re-evaluate your business, anyway. 

"is dropshipping still profitable - Yes!"

Absolutely, dropshipping is still profitable in 2024! One of the biggest misconceptions about dropshipping is that you need to invest a large amount of money upfront. The truth is, with dropshipping, you only purchase products when you make a sale. This model drastically reduces initial costs and minimizes financial risk. Operating expenses are also minimal, with basic costs like maintaining your online store and domain being quite affordable. Plus, since suppliers handle inventory and shipping, you don’t need to hire additional staff, keeping your overhead low.

Despite rising advertising costs on platforms like Facebook and Google, dropshipping remains a viable business model. The key is to focus on smart, strategic marketing. By carefully selecting high-demand products and targeting your marketing efforts effectively, you can maintain healthy profit margins. Unlike traditional retail, you don’t have to worry about unsold stock. This flexibility allows you to adapt quickly to market trends and customer preferences. So, while the landscape may evolve, the fundamental profitability of dropshipping remains strong for those who approach it with the right strategy and dedication

"How Can You Dropship Profitably with the Increased Costs of Advertising on Facebook and Google?"

Okay, next question about "is Dropshipping dead?" is about the growing costs of paid traffic and ads– specifically with Facebook and Google.

If you want to say that things are expensive now because 10 years ago they were dirt cheap. Well, guess what? Ten years from now people are going to say, "In 2024 things were so cheap." 

Yes, ad costs go up. Yes, as more competition goes to different platforms, bids get higher and higher and higher.

Does that mean there's not a market? Absolutely not.

What it does mean is that you can't just be someone who's trying to game the system. Someone that doesn't want to learn anything. Someone that believes that they can click a few buttons, and Google and get rich.

Guess what? That's dead.

Maybe if you were one of the first advertisers on Google, that was a real thing. That mindset, that business, has been gone a long time.

Now, if you're a real business owner, you get into this because you actually want to build something of value, that serves your customers and you. Then guess what? Ad costs are still ridiculously under-priced. Yes, on Google. Yes, on Facebook. Of course, you have to run them the right way

Dropshipping is not dead because traffic costs are up.

Again, just wait ten years. People are going to say, You had so much opportunity back in 2024. I can't believe you didn't do, you know, everything.

Start a business and build it. Don't look back with regret. Do this now and look back and be like wow that was an amazing ride.

"Isn't Every Good Niche Already Taken? Is Dropshipping Dead at this Point?"

Next one is with people saying, "Is dropshipping dead? Isn't every niche taken?" I hit on this briefly before, but you want to be involved a niche that other people are in. If you have some idea for a product that nobody is selling, that's a not a good thing. 

This was true even back when I started dropshipping in early 2008. I did not want to be the first one to ever try to sell something online. That's not how this business model works. 

You want to find markets that have competition and you want to identify their weaknesses– your future competitors. Then you want to start competing with them.

So that's a great thing if other people are selling the product types that you want to sell!

"The Good Suppliers Aren't Working with any New Stores."

Now, that kind of leads into the next thing we are asked sometimes– "Why would a supplier want to work with me? I'm brand new and there's established websites that have already been doing this for so long."

That's true. However, if you're actually a real player here, meaning you're trying to build a real business and not trying to game any system or get in for a quick buck...

If you're trying to build something real, then the good suppliers are more than willing to work with you.

They want partnerships like the ones they have with me, and my students, and you– if you follow a proven system. And, again, if you focus on building a real business. 

The bottom line is if you have integrity and you're building a business for the right reason, you will be rewarded– in many different ways. We also cover how to get suppliers in our Ultimate Drop Shipping Guide.

Is Dropshipping Dead? - Common Misconceptions

"Google Ads Doesn’t Like dropshipping."

That leads into the next points. One of the common questions being, "I heard Google Ads doesn't like dropshipping."

You're not wrong. In fact, it's in their terms of service that they don't like dropshipping, and guess what? It's been there for more than ten years.

I have never had a problem with Google Ads accounts for that. Neither have any of my students that use this system.

What they don't like is the model of trying to get into arbitrage deals like buy something on eBay and sell it on Amazon. And dropship from Amazon and sell it on Etsy and all that stuff. 

They don't like that because it's not a real business. So is that type of dropshipping dead because Google doesn't like them to advertise with those businesses? I wouldn't say it's dead, but it's not a real business.

It never was. That way was just a little hack to get some easy money. But, no, don't do that. That model is not what we do here. 

"Stripe Closed My Account Because They Don't Like Dropshippers"

Another one, Stripe gets the same issue. You might see in different Facebook groups you're part of, "Hey I'm dropshipping and Stripe closed my account for no reason." And I hate to break it to those people, but they didn't close their account because they're dropshipping, We've had Stripe since 2012. So have tons of our students.

The reason Stripe closes accounts is because there's too much risk. They see that there's risk when there's a ton of refunds and a ton of charge backs.

You know what type of dropshipping stores get a ton of refunds and a ton of charge backs? Ones that don't care about their customers. Ones that take three weeks to ship items. Ones that don't answer support tickets.

So, is that model dead? Yes, but that's the model of ripping people off. That has been dead since before there was even a little window to try to game the system. It's just not sustainable.

On the other hand, the model of having a real business that provides real value to your customers isn't dead. 

In doing that, not only will you thrive on all of these platforms, but you'll be rewarded in terms of customers coming back to you, sending more people your way, and seeing your business grow.

"How Come Amazon Doesn’t Like Dropshipping?"

Another thing that comes up is, "I heard Amazon doesn't allow dropshipping, is dropshipping dead?"

To be honest, Amazon's never liked dropshipping. And it doesn't matter...

Again, you don't want to be in the arbitrage model. You don't want to sell something on your site and have it shipped from Amazon. You don't want to sell something on Amazon then find somebody on eBay to fulfill the order. 

That's not a good way of doing business, whether it's dropshipping or not. So just don't do it, and it doesn't matter. That's always been dead.

And on a related note, you may be wondering how there are so many dropship guru’s popping up, willing to share their secrets if this business model really still works…

Now, one more thing that's somewhat related to that common "Is dropshipping dead?" question is about all these 'gurus' on YouTube.

You've probably seen all these teenagers on YouTube making money from dropshipping and telling you to join their course to make money as well. You might think, "If they're all making all this money, why are they selling courses on it?"

Yeah, listen, I have problem with that, too. Again, I do believe that the model of dropshipping from China with three week lead times with bad support fas been dead for a very long time. And I also believe that a lot of these gurus you see popping up, are not actually doing well with their business. Surprise, surprise, right?

That's my thought on that. It's not what I would recommend doing at any point in my eCommerce career over the past 12 years.

I do think there are ways to do it right. But I think most people that you see out there, when you get flooded with a million people saying, "Hey buy my thing!!" I think, a lot of them don't have a thing besides that.

The reason is because they're not trying to dropship the right way, They're trying to use a model where they were gaming the system by basically just trying to sell as much crap as possible, and not caring what customers thought about it.

I never did that. And I never recommend doing that.

If you stick with real, quality products from real, quality brands, and focus on your business, you're not going to have that issue. You're going to see a lot less people that actually do this the right way. But, hey, that's a good thing for you, right?

So When it Comes to the Question: "Is Dropshipping Dead?"

So, is dropshipping dead? No, it’s not—if you do it the right way. Building a dropshipping business that provides real value to your customers ensures your success. When you focus on delivering quality products and excellent customer service, you’ll see profits, build a valuable business asset, and encourage repeat business.

There’s no end in sight for creating legitimate online businesses with the dropshipping model. Remember, gaming the system and exploiting loopholes is dead. Instead, focus on building something real: work with quality brands and care about your customers. If you follow these principles, dropshipping is far from dead. Our businesses have only grown since I first started more than a decade ago, and I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Do you think dropshipping is dead? Why or why not? Share your comments below, and let’s keep the conversation going.

  • Anton Kraly says:

    Hey Everyone,

    As many of you already know I created Drop Ship Lifestyle after selling a network of eCommerce stores and then trying to find a community of other store owners to network with… What I found was a bunch of scammers who promised newbies they would get rich quick by following their push-button systems!

    This led me to create a new community along with an online training program that shares how to build a REAL online business.

    I’d love to hear what you think… it’s a 2.5-hour training designed to help you drop ship profitably… all for free.

    Be sure to click here to check it out and send me your feedback!

    If you go through the “How To Start & Grow A Hyper-Profitable Online Store” webinar and still have questions just contact me and I will help you out

  • Heather Hartline says:

    When setting up a drop ship store…you need to do the Fed ID#, State Tax ID#(if required) and business license for the state you are doing business. Correct. Just like if I were trying to set up a brick and mortar store.

    • Anton Kraly says:

      Hi Heather,

      We cover these topics and more in Module 0 of the Drop Ship Blueprint 🙂

  • Patrick Carleton says:

    ‘Everything i dead’ – people will tell you that because they failed or don’t want you to succeed and/or become competition. I hear this all the time for all models, print on demand, dropshipping, Amazon FBA, the list goes on.

    Stop listening to the noise and do your thing. Take it seriously, invest and then see the results.

    I do Print on Demand via Printful and dropshipping thru an Ecwid store (Basically Shopify, but for one reason or another I prefer Ecwid).

    I do get challenged with finding suppliers and wholesale pricing. I primarily use Aliexpress (ship from USA) as my main source. I know I can do much better than that, just need to do some more digging.

  • Ester shikongo says:

    Wow! This is very nice and I’m very interested .

    • Anton Kraly says:

      Awesome! Hoping to work together soon, Ester 🙂

  • eduardo tavares says:

    How will I compete with brands of products that sell directly to the consumer?

  • Evina Yosiardi says:

    Hi. I live in Indonesia and I really want to start my dropshipping business but I want to target US market. Is it possible? Because also you mentioned in the customer will make phone call. How does it work if I’m in another country? Please give any insight. I have been wanting to start for a while but this thought put me off. Thanks!

    • Yes, it is possible! We have students from over 40 countries. Many of them are doing business in the US.

    • Hi Evina, same here! I’m from malaysia and I’m wondering the same thing . Not sure how would it work because I think we have to “setup a company “ in the states if we are targeting the us market ;(

      • Anton Kraly says:

        Hi May, I do recommend setting up a company in the US if doing business there from abroad. I share how to do this in a bonus course called “Doing Business Abroad” that is included with the Drop Ship Blueprint.

  • That is a good blog Anton, I took your course but never followed trough with it. At the time I had a Shopify site but wasn’t going anywhere with it, had it built with I believe, one of your so called gurus. Id like to have you look and comment on it.

    • I appreciate that, Thorton!

      Also, I took a look at your store and it was definitely not built by anyone from my team…

      Would you mind telling me who built it for you?

  • Not dead, just going to get bigger, why, more people are moving to online purchasing, retail is the one dying (Sears??).

    • Agreed! It’s crazy how many storefronts are for rent. I spent the summer in NYC and some of the busiest areas had rows of vacant properties.

      Now is the time to get into eCommerce… as long as you’re in it for the right reasons!

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