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Ecom Dave Review (Updated 2024): Is David Scheuer Legit?

By: JosiahDec 13, 2023Ecommerce
Ecom Dave Review (Updated [year]): Is David Scheuer Legit?

Introduction to my Ecom Dave Review

David Scheuer, better known by his eCom Dave alter-ego, has been grinding away trying to sell on Amazon since the age of 18.

He blew all his money and made a ton of mistakes early on, but now he's bounced all the way back to the point he actually runs his own Amazon FBA Academy now!

And if you're reading this, I'm guessing you got hit with one of his many ads across Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube.

That means one of two things:

You either fit the demographics he's looking for (age/sex/race etc.)...or you've been searching up ways to make money online.

And if you've specifically been looking up how to run a successful Amazon FBA business, then it's no wonder you're here - heck, you probably looked up some of Dave's competition like the Rainmaker Challenge.

If you're like me when I started out, then you might feel a little exhausted by it all...

...but I have good news.

I've written a ton of these articles by now, so I've figured out what to look for in a guru or their program. And believe me, there are always signs to either buy into these courses, or red flags to run away as fast as you can!

When I say I've been through the online money-making world, I mean everything from affiliate marketing niches to how to become a real estate investor!

So what I'll do for you is separate the good from the bad with Ecom Dave, figure out how much all this costs, and we'll even see if there are some solid alternatives to Amazon FBA as a whole.

Now, let's get going with our Ecom Dave review!


This Ecom Dave review has been thoroughly researched with information and testimonials that are available to anyone in the public. Any conclusions drawn by myself are opinions.

  • Pretty nice website, which means you won't have to deal with broken links or anything annoying like that.
  • As you might guess with a name like "Ecom Dave", he's been doing this for years - and that means you're at least not getting a rookie here.
  • Dave is transparent about his failures with Amazon FBA, which means at least you know there could be trouble.
  • Jeff Bezos and Amazon keep taking more and more of FBA sellers' profits, which means you're not gonna have a lot of room for profits after paying off Dave as well.
  • There are some awful reviews out there calling Dave's program a scam, and that might mean you need to be careful if any of what they say is true.
  • Amazon FBA is super oversaturated, which means it's not gonna be nearly as easy to break in as it was 5-10 years ago.

Why Listen To Us

My name is Josiah, and this is my Dad, Joel.why listen us

Together, we make up the team here at Scamrisk.

If you’ll let me bother you for two minutes, I’d like to quickly explain why I’m even here writing this review.

In early 2020, I had just graduated from college & had no real career prospects.

I knew I was destined for something more, but I had no clue how I was going to make it happen.

I had this sinking feeling in my gut all the time… like the “big man upstairs” had accidentally given me the version of life where I’d be mediocre forever, instead of the one where I was, ya know – happy & fulfilled.


I had fiddled around with some different online businesses in college:

Some random MLMs, a bit of affiliate marketing, a (failed) dropshipping store or two, all the usual suspects.

Even my dad had been involved in MLMs back in the day… selling knives & other random nonsense people (probably) didn’t need.

All I really wanted was to find something that was going to actually work for me.

Maybe those things had worked for others, but for me it all turned up a fat “0” in the bank account department.

So I searched! And searched… and searched… and searched…

And eventually, I somehow stumbled upon a program that promised to help me build an income online (read about it here if you’re curious).

I didn’t really want to be “rich”.

The thought of making a reliable $5K per month & not having to worry about clocking in to a 9-to-5 ever again was all I needed.

Sure, there were people in the program doing high-6 and low-7 figures per year… but that wasn’t what I was out for.

I just wanted to provide freedom for myself, and if I was lucky, take my family along for the ride.

Fast forward a few days and a few phone calls & I was enrolled!

Here’s the first “money making website” I put up:

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I built that site in 2020, and it still makes me $1,500 per month. It’s a basic 5 page website I built based on a template the program provides.

The best part to me? My dad and I get to do it all together!

So between the:

  1. Ease of reaching $5-$10K per month in income online

  2. Straightforward-ness of the system to do it

  3. Fact that I get to do it w/ my family

Is why I recommend local lead generation as my #1 business model for making money online.

Sure, it takes some work and dedication – but anyone that tells you that there’s a business out there that requires no work is selling you a lemon.

I’m not saying you need to sign up for the same program I did, but I would definitely recommend giving the business model a peek!

TLDR - What's The Verdict On eCom Dave?

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Amazon FBA was never easy to begin with, but has become harder than ever these days with Jeff Bezos taking bigger and bigger cuts, and with the overall oversaturation of the industry.

But don't tell that to "Ecom Dave".

He's still very passionate about selling his Amazon FBA training course to anyone willing to take the plunge, but a lot of people are still asking:

Is Ecom Dave a scam?

Well, that depends what you mean.

Usually a scammer is someone who's not really selling any product or service at all, just stealing your money and giving you nothing in return.

I can't ignore the facts that Amazon FBA has been in a freefall as a business model, and it's hard to pretend the bad student reviews from Ecom Dave's FBA Academy don't exist either...but I think if you hand over a bunch of money to Dave, you'll at least get something in return.

The guy has been at it since he was 18, so I have to assume you'll at least get a rundown of how you could sell some products on Amazon.

That said, I have heard that some of the instructions he gives you aren't always accurate, and even the "Done For You" has led to students losing money.

Listen, I love a good challenge as much as the next entrepreneur...but if I'm gonna go out and throw my life savings into a business plan, then it has to be smart. Amazon FBA has way too many barriers to entry these days, and it's getting more difficult to make a profit every year.

And I'm not sure how you can feel like you're your own boss if Jeff Bezos can alter Amazon's rules overnight and suddenly remove your account overnight, washing all your hard work down the drain.

If I was to get into an industry right now, I'd wanna get in on the ground floor...not trying to squeeze onto the elevator when it's already at capacity.

The big thing I'm hearing about right now is Digital Leasing, something where you actually have control over your next move in life.

The students seem to be enjoying themselves, and it sounds way better to help out local businesses bringing in customers (all online) instead of trying to compete against the entire world!

Who Benefits From Ecom Dave...And Who Should Avoid Him?

Time Investment1/5You're not getting and freedom with your time here, you're moving from the 9-5 to the 24/7.
Level of Control1/5At risk of Amazon banning your account, could face new fee/revenue-sharing hikes.
Ease of Implementation2/5Ecom Dave might make the implementation slightly easier with his software, but it doesn't seem that it's actually that useful.
Profit Potential2/5With so many expenses that come along with Amazon FBA, it can be hard to make a profit.

Ecom Dave might be for you if...

  1. You've done well with other FBA courses (like Sophie Howard)
  2. Let's be honest, you like the nickname
  3. You have enough money to keep up with all the Amazon FBA expenses

On the other hand, it probably doesn't make sense to join up if...

  1. You don't want to constantly have to fight against thousands of other sellers
  2. You don't like the idea of surrendering huge chunks of your revenue to Amazon
  3. It concerns you that your account could be removed overnight

Ecom Dave's Coaching Program at a 1,000 FT View

ecom dave is amazon fba worth it

Amazon's not pretty these days.

Where to begin?

Well, for a start, your cash flow is gonna be tied up in storage for all the physical products you're gonna be selling. Maybe that can start in your garage if you really think that's a good idea, but it's more likely you'll end up paying someone in China who has a relationship with your suppliers to keep it there.

And that leads us to the hassle of figuring out which suppliers are reliable, and figuring out of those manufacturers are also willing to ship - and if they're equally trustworthy in both ways.

If you have any errors when you're just starting out, you could end up getting some bad reviews...and that could sink you.

Think about it, if I'm buying some little things on Amazon (you're not likely gonna be selling Nike shoes), I will be looking at the average ratings by consumers.

Anything below 4/5 is a red flag to me, and if your competition is all 4.5 stars or higher, then anything below that will look bad.

A bad start with bad reviews can sink your eCommerce ship before it even leaves the dock.

One of the other big deals when it comes to lower-ticket sales (or any sale, really), is the pricing. If you have no Chinese connections for cheap suppliers, shipping, or storage, then that means it's unlikely you will be able to compete with Chinese Amazon competitors.

They are much more likely to have connections that enables them to beat you on price every time, while still making enough money to prosper.

Keep in mind, this is all in addition to that whole "Amazon takes half your revenue" problem, too.

Ok, it's not quite 50% (as of this writing), but there's basically nothing stopping Bezos from doing whatever he wants at this point.

With all these serious problems facing the modern day Amazon FBA seller, why not just take all that energy (and money) and invest it into a prosperous business model?

Lead generation has been killing it lately, and those Digital Leasing guys I mentioned earlier are innovating it in a very interesting direction.

The industry is way more stable, and actually packs more upside as well.

I get it, I'm attracted to some of the "high risk, high reward" challenges in life...but if you have the choice between that and "low risk, high reward"...frankly, we'd be stupid not to jump at the opportunity.

Who Is David Scheuer?

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Dave Scheuer has had an interesting life.

While attending Florida International University, he worked as a bartender, staying up all night and barely getting by while ruining his health.

So he did what a lot of us do: check out YouTube for ways of making money online.

At first, he saw a Gary Vaynerchuck video that caught his attention, then next think you know this guy was smashing through Tom Wang Amazon FBA videos for hours and hours!

Next thing you know, Dave went all in, taking out loans and putting all his life's savings into Amazon FBA...and he lost everything. He thought he had it all figured out, copied a successful seller's formula, but he got priced out of competition and was suddenly out of $20,000.

I gotta say, I appreciate the honesty.

Now, I want you to think about all that. Back when Amazon FBA was actually easier to get into, with less competition...a guy whose name is ECOM DAVE lost all his money trying to make it big in this industry.

Now, flash-forward to today, where the competition is way more brutal, and even gurus like Tom Wang are just barely hanging in there.

It is very hard for me to recommend Ecom Dave's programs because of all this, regardless of how good his advice is.

E-com Dave: Course Price?

e com dave course price

Alright, here's where things get a little tricky with the e Com Dave course price.

It appears that Ecom Dave will get his students hooked on a free Amazon training video, which is nice to have...but eventually it's all gonna end up being one big pitch for his paid course.

From what I can tell by searching around the internet, his basic course will cost you somewhere around $4,000-$5,000 USD.

I wish he was more transparent about this up front.

And to make matters more complicated, there is a Done For You service (Dave pays people to set things up for you) that'll set you back another $4-6k.

Then, there are software fees, and expenses toward paying for ads...

...all in all, don't be surprised if Ecom Dave's program sets you back over $10,000.

Ecom Dave's Refund Policy

ecom dave refund policy

Ecom Dave has a "100% Money-Back Guarantee" but then makes sure to point out there are conditions on this...

...and considering some students have called out the claim as fake, there is a possibility he has a clause in his contract that states all refunds are ultimately "up to my discretion".

In other words, be careful and make sure this is really what you want before joining up with Ecom Dave.

Is Ecom Dave Legit Or Not?

Social PagesLink
YouTubeSource Ecom Dave legit?

I guess that really depends on what you mean by "legit".

He's a real FBA coach who offers a real Amazon FBA training video program, so he's not an outright scammer by any means.

But at the end of the day, while Ecom Dave might not be a scam artist, there is a chance he might be trying to squeeze the most out of a dying industry.

Obviously, Amazon as a company is not going anywhere...but it's gonna be a lot harder for the little guy to succeed, never mind get started.

Something I saw from another Amazon FBA training company was a whole section mentioning ways they will give you advice on how to make sure you don't trigger Amazon's algorithm for the worse and get your account banned.

There's nothing like that here, or with most Amazon courses.

You might learn a thing or two about Amazon PPC (Pay Per Click) and some other useful advice...but a lot of former students have complained that the sales projection software you are forced to buy doesn't even work right.

All in all, save yourself the headache and go after a strong business model, and make sure you get a mentor who will be there to lift you up along the way.

Pick something solid where you'll be helping out local companies, while making a steady paycheck every month, and you don't have to live with anxiety worrying about your website being taken down overnight.

Personal Opinion On Ecom Dave

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So, how do you choose the right program?

  • Make sure the guru has made it big on his own already
  • Figure out the costs, both up front and monthly
  • Think about if this is really something you can see yourself doing for ten years

Most Amazon FBA programs are tough to like, and this one isn't much different.

However, in all fairness, let's do a quick 3 things I like about them:

  1. Slick website, easy to navigate
  2. Ecom Dave's strategies are transparent
  3. Apparently his Amazon FBA Facebook group is decent

...and, to be fair, 3 things I don't really like:

  1. Amazon FBA is way too oversaturated
  2. The long-term expenses may run you out of business
  3. You can lose your business overnight if you don't have the right coach

What’s Inside Ecom Dave's Program?

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The typical Amazon FBA promises are made within Ecom Dave's course.

He has help for those of you who are looking to get into both the private label and wholesale side of things, here. He claims that he has the only Amazon FBA company that offers help with both Private Label and Wholesaling, but this is objectively false.

Private Label

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  • how you can find profitable products
  • how to source from the best suppliers
  • ranking your products on page 1 of Google
  • how to scale and then outsource the work

A lot of this will be accomplished through software that Ecom Dave says will work great, although former students out there have debated if this is actually the case.

Ranking on Google is a very useful skill, and goes hand-in-hand with Search Engine Optimization (SEO), although it's better if you can put that to use in a stronger industry like lead generation.

By "outsourcing", Ecom Dave actually means hiring foreign workers (virtual assistants) for cheap wages, and trusting them with not messing up your livelihood. It sounds nice, but comes with unique risks of its own. And if you take this route, it may qualify as "Done For You", meaning you'll be paying Dave another big chunk for the service.

If you really want VAs, you might just wanna check Fiverr.


ecom dave wholesale

  • finding good brands and distributors
  • how to find the best products
  • optimizing your sales numbers

Ecom Dave's wholesaling seems to be all about selling name brands, which can be trickier to do depending on your situation.

Dave again offers his software as the main way of breaking through the obstacles in front of you, so it had better be pretty good!

Ecom Dave's Amazon FBA Academy

Here are the lessons you'll go through if you sign up for Dave's whole course:

  1. Introduction to Amazon FBA
  2. Product Research
  3. How to Beat Your Competition
  4. How to Communicate and Negotiate With Suppliers
  5. Creating a Product Listing
  6. How to Ship Your Products
  7. Ranking and the power of Amazon PPC
  8. Paid Per Click Campaigns
  9. Ranking
  10. Expanding Your Business
  11. Monetizing Your Knowledge

All in all, there's nothing groundbreaking here - but I would also acknowledge that Ecom Dave covers a lot of the necessary basics.

Conclusion Of My Ecom Dave Review

So...should fork over the big bucks for Ecom Dave's services?

Probably not.

Even if you really wanna do Amazon FBA, I think there are stronger options out there.

And for everyone else...why would you want to make your life even harder when trying to get a business off the ground?

I really recommend trying that Digital Leasing thing - you have to put a little work in at the beginning, but after that, you can sit back and watch your bank account grow...

...who knows, maybe you can even try this gig from the beach.

What Is My #1 Way To Make Money Online in 2024?

Digital Leasing

I have spent years researching, reviewing, and vetting dozens of business models and thousands of programs.

While there may be no “perfect business”, the research IS conclusive:

Digital Leasing is the #1 online business model for those just starting out.

Whether you’ve never made a dollar online, or you’ve been in this space for a while but never really “made it,” Digital Leasing is for you.


1) It’s Flexible: got an hour a day? You can do this. Ready to drop everything else and dive in full time? You can do this. Yes, the more time you put in, the faster you see results. But even with a little time each day, you can move the needle in a Digital Leasing business.

And because this system is so flexible, you don’t have to constantly be working to make more money. It’s called PASSIVE INCOME because if you stop working, the money doesn’t.

Imagine taking 3 months off to just tour around Europe, rent a cabin in the woods to write a book, hike the Appalachian Trail, or live on the beach and surf all day.

This is only possible if you have an income stream that’s not tied to your time.

2) You Own & Control EVERYTHING: With Ecom Dave, you don’t really own anything. Yes, you technically own the products before you send them into an Amazon warehouse, but that’s it.

With this guy, you don’t own the sales platform, you don’t own a brand, and you don’t own the customers.
Not to mention, Amazon can literally shut you down at any time if they believe you’ve violated their constantly changing terms of service.

So you’re building a business that could be completely taken away from you in the blink of an eye.

With Digital Leasing, you own the assets, which means you have all the power and all the control.

3) Little To No Startup Costs: It’s possible to get into Digital Leasing with zero dollars upfront. Because, using the strategies outlined in this program, you can get a client to pay you BEFORE spending a penny out of your own pocket...even before you do any work. 

Even without getting paid in advance, you can have your first Digital Rental Property up, running, and generating profits for less than $100.

4) No Inventory: As mentioned above, with Ecom Dave, you'll be spending 4-5 hours a day prepping and packing products to send to Amazon - it's a huge time commitment.

With physical products, you’ll always have limits on your time and freedom.

With Digital Leasing, a 100% online business, you never have to worry about that.

5) Easy To Duplicate: Ok, here’s the best part: once you have your first Digital Rental Property up and running, you can literally DOUBLE your income with a few clicks, a couple keystrokes, and a single phone call (and you don’t actually need the phone call).

Remember: each Digital Rental Property is worth $500 to $2,000 a month in semi-passive income (over 95% profit). Every time you decide to create another one and increase your income, it gets easier.

Because you have more knowledge, more experience, more results, and more momentum. 

If you wanted to double your income with Amazon FBA, you’d have to double your inventory OR your profit margins. And, guaranteed that’s a lot harder than a few clicks and a few minutes of your life.

6) Make Money Helping Real People: This part is what makes it all worth it. Amazon FBA is a decent way to make yourself money, but it doesn’t improve anyone else’s lives.

After all, there’s always someone else selling rubber spatulas and umbrellas - or even branded higher quality gear. That might be fine in the short term, but in the long run you may feel like you’re missing a purpose.

With Digital Leasing though, you’re actually helping people by solving your clients’ biggest problem…

Small, local businesses need more customers, and with Digital Leasing, you are unleashing a flood of happy, paying customers for these businesses.

You make money by helping them make money. 

Not a big, faceless corporation either...a small business owner who’s using that money to put food on the table for their family, start a college fund for their kids, or take care of a sick parent. 

Once you see how Digital Leasing makes a real impact in the lives of real people, you’ll sleep like a baby with a big smile on your face.

Now, the choice is yours. You could continue browsing, looking at opportunities like with Ecom Dave, who could one day make you money if you can ever make back the big money it costs to invest.

You could continue researching, never making a decision. 

OR, you could take a look inside, consider what you really want, and join a program that makes your dreams a reality. At the same time, joining a community of over 2,000 successful students that are living life on their own terms thanks to Digital Leasing.

A consistent, reliable, semi-passive stream of income that doesn’t depend on you or your time to keep producing profits. 

All while genuinely helping real people who are grateful and happy to pay for it. 

If this sounds more like what you want out of life (or if you just want some nice side income), click here to learn more about Digital Leasing.

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