As the saying goes, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Sounds rad unless you got catfished like Chelsea Guarriello. AFAIK, she’s not on Facebook, yet there are several accounts who are trying to pretend they’re her. One is even posing as a Bitcoin miner and Forex trader when Chelsea is actually a dropshipping gyal. Don’t be fooled and read my review below to know the real Chelsea Guarriello.
Chelsea, who also goes by the moniker Hunigold, introduces herself as a mother and serial entrepreneur who left Atlanta and her abusive ex with nothing more than her clothes and makeup kit in garbage bags. Oh, and the car. She also has a rundown car to haul allat to LA.
That makeup kit proved to be useful as she started her entrepreneurial career as a celebrity MUA for reality shows. Sounds glamorous yet she’s actually underpaid. To clarify, the pay is not that bad, just not enough. ‘Cause guess what, she’s still trading time for money.
She’s not ungrateful— she claims to be the opposite even ‘cause that’s what gave her another shot in life— she’s just channeling her inner Ariana and be like, “thank you, next!” She moved on from this always-on-the-call MUA life, tried dropshipping [desperate times calls for desperate measures typa beat], and the rest is history.
“Dropshipping has changed my life completely, there’s no other way to put it.” She then continues, “Without dropshipping, I would probably still be living check to check, gig to gig, and hustle to hustle.” That’s the truth, at least according to her.
So, in her quest to be self-sufficient and financially independent, she managed to establish four six-figure companies. All while generating seven-figure revenue in the e-com and digital marketing space. Not bad, huh?
Well, I’d be convinced if she reveals maybe one of her dropshipping gig. But she didn’t. Not counting the links to her numerous course offerings, she only has an Amazon affiliate page as her e-com thang. That’s it. Talk is cheap, hun. Back it up!
But yes, she is likely earning something in the digital marketing space with her courses. The most popular being From Pennies To Gold. It’s a do-at-your-own-pace online course about everything you need to know to start dropshipping.
Here, she’ll discuss the how-tos of doing product research, setting up and customizing your Shopify store, creating Facebook ads, and identifying key metrics that matter. This From Pennies To Gold offer of Chelsea costs a one-time payment of $3,997 or four payments of $999. Yeah, no, it’s too expensive IMHO. Not to mention the pathetic refund policy that’s only valid within 48 hours of purchase.
I don’t do dropshipping myself, not right now. But I got some friends online that do, right at the land of the great wall. They host TikTok Live to sell their dropshipping products [besides TikTok shop, they also have a Shopify store]. What they usually say, business is not good.
Paying extra for the best couriers don’t do sh*t. The truth is the shipping times from China to US will never be good enough. I tryna to be considerate here, especially with my girlies. But c’mon, it’s hella hard to be satisfied with a week or more waiting when Amazon can deliver your package in just a day. Harsh, but that’s reality for ya.
Also, I see how one could easily get lost among the sheer number of stores selling the same exact products. Not paying for inventory is fine and all, but does it even matter if you can’t sell at all? Think beyond inventory, y’know. There’s a thing called Shopify fees and ad spend that continues to rack up regardless of whether you make a sale or not.
Hell, even if you make some sales, does the teensy-weensy profit margin even cover all the spending? I don’t think so. You need to sell a LOT and again, that’s hard given the intense competition in the space.
All things considered, I’m not a fan of dropshipping. For me, it’s simply not the best business model out there. I’m not a fan of gurus in the dropshipping space either, but that’s a story for another day. ‘Kay, bye!