Is The Kibo Code A Scam

Is the Kibo Code a scam or not? I have gone through the course, so let me tell you what I found out about it. The Kibo Code is a product marketed by Aidan Booth and Steve Clayton. It is modeled after a Japanese store called Don Quijote Co. In case you don’t know, the Don Quijote Co, has over 160 locations throughout Japan, and a total of 322 stores worldwide.This store is described as a cluttered, crazier kind of Big Lots store found here in the US. Let’s take a look at how the Kibo Code training method creates a ecommerce store that resembles a Don Quijote. And in this review I will answer the question, Is the Kibo Code a Scam?

  • Name    – Kibo Code
  • Price     – $3497 0r 4 Payments of $997 + tax [$4227.28]
  • Owners – Aidan Booth and Steve Clayton
  • Quality –  Overhyped – Not as simple as they claim
  • Overall Rank – 5/10
  • Refunds – 30 day refund – You don’t see how the course actually works until after refund expires
  • Verdict –   Not Recommended

Is The Kibo Code A Scam

The Big Question – Is The Kibo Code A Scam – Or Not?

The Kibo Code is a training program that teaches you to create an E-commerce Store and sell products. Aidan and Steve claim it is done without the need for Facebook ads, selling on Amazon, blogging, or packaging and no inventory is required. Best of all, it only requires 5-10 hours a week. This allows you the freedom to work another job or run another business. So, anyone can do it. and no special skills are required. Everything you need to know is included in the course.

Maybe There Is A Better Way To Start A Business

The problem is you have to pay almost a thousand bucks just to find out how the Kibo Code actually works! Then, you are drip fed information for 8 weeks. You don’t really find out the true story for two months! Why not check out a program that also teaches you to start your own business for free. Once you sign up for premium, you can see the entire program immediately, and make up your mind.

This product teaches anybody how to set up their own business, and make money quickly. And when you start the Kibo Code, you will be making profits within a week or two. Supposedly, because they use their proprietary software to pick winning products FOR you. The Kibo Code creators have searched and tested millions of products. The result is all the products that are proven winners.

They call them “Done for You products.” And, the products are going to “sell themselves!” Well, not quite true, and you will see for your self as you read this review.

The method used is fairly straight forward, and not difficult to understand. It even uses some SEO (Search Engine Optimization) But, it also has a lot of steps that can be challenging, complex and not so easy.  And it can also become very expensive very quickly. Let me tell you more about the Kibo Code.

The Kibo Code Product Display of all the Software Included


  • Allows you to set up a Shopify Store quickly
  • USA suppliers eliminate the need for shipping products from China that take 3 weeks to arrive.
  • Step by Step Video on setting up Google and Bing Ads
  • Basic Steps Video on how to use Facebook ads
  • Overview of buying products in bulk from China.


  • Traffic is From Google Ads and Very Expensive – No Traffic – No sales = Failure,  Run out of money – nothing sells
  • Product Analyzer Picks Products From China – Shipping is a month or more- Customers get angry -Too many refunds
  • Kibo members Ads are the same. Same images, same ad copy and all in competition with each other for the same products
  • Website all look the same, same headlines, same product descriptions. not enough training on how to differentiate from others
  • If Shopify shuts your Store down, you lose everything.
  • There is no actual limit of sales on the Kibo Course. Sold under several different names, it saturates the market.
  • It may take up to 5 days to receive a response for Support tickets
  • No Live Chat – Only chat box is once a week for each module
  • Q&A Sessions – Verbally answer questions picked by Steve and Aidan only. You never see the actual list of questions asked or know what they were skipping over and not telling you.

The Kibo Code Training Program – Is The Kibo Code A Scam

Steve and Aidan tell us they have made millions from their own stores using the same method. And the system is easy enough that anyone can do it. This program sounded easy enough, so I took them up on it and purchased the product. Here is my review and what I found out about the Kibo Code.

Kibo Code Module List

I was shocked as soon as I purchased the program. I didn’t have the luxury of getting a look at the entire program all at once. The Kibo Code Training Program is painfully “drip fed” as 8 live Modules, once a week for 8 weeks.

With a 30 day window for the money back guarantee, this only allows 4 weeks to experience and test the program.

And to make matters worse the first video gives an almost painful to watch overview life story background of Steve and Aidan. Then, a complete replay of the “sales pitch” and what the course will include. What this does is waste a week of time so that you get to see less of what the program is about.

This allows only 3 weeks to see the actual training videos. And one day before they scheduled my #3 video, the 30 day refund expired!

So, everyone is only able to view 2 modules before the refund offer is over. This is by design. Because, the real meat of the program is described in module #3.

That is when you set up and run your first ads.

The Basic Training – 8 Video Modules

  •  #1 Buying a Domain – Setting up Your Store – 7 steps
  •  #2 Placeholder Products -Ad Account set-up- Apps set-up – 12 Steps
  •  #3 Products Overview – Google Analytics & Pixel set up-Your First Ad – 12 steps
  •  #4 Microsoft Ads Overview & Pixel set up – Returns and Refunds – 7 steps
  •  #5 Six Rules of Qualifying Products – Google Search Campaign – 8 steps
  •  #6 Facebook Ads, Facebook Page, Pixel set up, Retargeting Ads – 8 steps
  •  #7 Klaviyo Email System, Newsletters, Wheelio App – 8 steps
  •  #8 Google and Facebook Pixel Updates, Target ROAS Bidding Strategy – 2 Steps

The training modules are delivered as live Broadcasts each week. The broadcast is an overview that explains what you are going to learn that week. And under the overview module are smaller short videos that give step by step instructions.

You can watch these later if you can’t be present at the live event. They are recorded. But, you only get to see one per week.

Each module requires a pre-registration each week, and if you don’t register before the event, you can’t attend the live event and have to wait for the recording. This usually doesn’t take long and is available within the next few hours or the next day.

The Software included in the Kibo Code Package is totally overvalued.

The Kibo Code Value Claim of $51,423

The Claim of $51,423 in value is absurd! These fancy names don’t even come close to the real modules and what they do. This course is overhyped.

$10,000 for the live event ticket! Come on! It was a 3 day event that was cancelled due to the Covid 19 shutdown in the U.S. It was an event showing other vendors with more upsells for their programs.

It’s all done to take the sting out of not charging you $51,423, not $40,000, or even $20,000 ,they would have no problem selling it at $10,000…so the pitch goes on…..until it’s finally a  $4000 final cost. Which is a ridiculous price!

Similar hype is used to sell a similar program by Adrian Morrison. You can read my review here.   eCom Success Academy

The Kibo Code Image Claiming $76,993 In 24 Hours


A students success story is displayed in the sales videos. This is certainly not typical. It has some great visual impact! The product that caused such a huge payday in 24 hours, is never disclosed! They claim this is what is possible. Then, give you hypothetical calculations of how you can grow your store the same way.

JB From Argentina Successful Tester

Does the Kibo Code Work Or Is the Kibo Code a Scam

The Kibo Code is a dropshipping program, and here is how it works. You build a website on Shopify, create and run google ads to get customers to purchase the product. When your customer buys your product, you then purchase the product from a supplier like Banggood and then Banggood ships the product to your customers address.

This eliminates the need for purchasing any inventory, and the hassle of keeping stock on hand,  and having to package, label and ship products. However, one of the problems is you have longer shipping times, and will be buying retail products to sell higher than retail prices…about 40% higher or more.

You are told to run ads on as many as 5 products in both Google Ads and Microsoft Ads at the same time. This runs up ad costs very quickly, the hope is you will find a winning product faster and start making profits. What really happens is you lose money faster on ad spend, and you find out quickly that finding a “Winning Product” is not easy!

After I tested over 30 products, none of the products were “winners”. This is what the entire course is based upon, “Finding Winners”

And remember, these products are “Proven, Done For You Products”, that were “Tested, Proven Winners!!” Now, you have to find your winners!

Kibo Code Picked For You Products – Done For You

The sales pitch includes a software program that picks products that are proven winners! And will give you access to hundreds, if not millions of products that are exclusive to you.

These products are “Done FOR You” with the images and ad copy installed.

This is only some ad images and ad copy, not all of them. And it turns out it is only a very brief description for products in the beginning. Soon, the ad copy and images becomes very limited. Then you do all your ad copy and images.

Tthey are no longer done for you at this point.

This was one of their selling points, that the products are all done for you! Only at first, until you learn to do them yourself. Once you start picking your own products, ads,images, and copy can take hours to do, not 20 minutes like they claim. If you work with people from Fiverr, it may take days to get your work completed.

I even worked on some product ads, and the supplier was out of stock before I finished creating the ad! I had to start another ad for another product! A complete waste of time!

Once You Pick Your Product It Becomes  [Your Exclusive Product] – Or Does It?

Those products were claimed to be “your exclusive product” and were supposed to be unavailable to anyone else from the list. However, that wasn’t the case.They were removed for a period of time then showed up again days later. They were not completely exclusive. Other members will choose the same products. And, the suppliers will display ads on your browser that are the same “exclusive products”  other Kibo members are selling and running ads on. Sean, the trainer at kibo code eventually said you will always have competition, these are not exclusive products. Such lies.

So, what really happens?  You compete against your fellow Kibo members when you run your ad! If 5 other members have the same product, you are running ads of the same product. It quickly becomes evident, that all the members are gyrating to the same products, as they figured out what was selling.

However, most members are struggling just to get a few sales before they burn up any possible profits running ads! A few members were fortunate enough to find a “Winning Product” and had some success quickly, but then it seemed sales died off for some. Even the lucky ones were saying it was about a break-even after ad spend. When you run ads it is like throwing money into a dark room, you really don’t know what is going to happen.

Kibo Code Product Analyzer Begs Is The Kibo Code A Scam?

Eventually, this “winning product software” was named the “Product Analyzer”. It delivered 100 products a day. Then that increased to 1000 products a day, and more suppliers were added. It was a great improvement, and gave a variety of suppliers to choose from.  This helped a lot.

Then what happened is, all the members focused on the same products. Why?

Many suppliers have “membership fees” that you had to pay monthly to purchase products. This is More added cost that would eventually have to be included your product selling price.

Other suppliers, had high shipping costs that would also raise the price of the products you sold. The products everyone tried to sell were from suppliers that offered free shipping and no membership fees.

Kibo Secrets To Creating Good Ad Copy – Reword Other Ads

This course only supplies the basics of creating ad copy. It is essential to learn how to create your own images and ad copy. If you don’t already know how to do this, you need additional training from somewhere else. All they show you is how to copy and rewrite someone else’s ads. The Kibo Code technique to find images and ad copy to use for your products, is go to Amazon or Ebay and copy them.

When you copy an image, they are a copy of somebody else’s ad image, (which is actually illegal). But, copying images will result in another ad with the same image. (and the image owner would definitely recognize his own image).

If the product price is lower in another ad with the same image, which do you think will sell? Now, the supplier may be ok with everyone using the same image to sell their products, but using someone’s else’s image is not good business. So, you have to be careful there. Google doesn’t want to see all the same images, so this most likely hurts your ranking as well.

This is why you also need to know how to create original product images.

The only training in Kibo Code on making images is they suggest to use Fiver! The problem is, it takes days to get images to use from Fiver. By then, your supplier could be out of product.

The dropshipping business is heavily dependent upon reliable suppliers. This is another problem, you are at the mercy of your supplier.

The Product Analyzer Displays “Winning Products ” Tested, Proven and Picked For You

The Kibo Code Product Analyzer That Displays Winning Products Picked For You

Kibo Code Product Analyzer Picks Products Shipping from China

One thing that I liked from the Kibo Code sales pitch, was the fact that the products would be available from suppliers in the USA. The Kibo Shopify store offers free shipping . You only sell in the Continental US, and eliminate any high shipping costs to Alaska or Hawaii.

Because the products shipped from USA suppliers, and NOT from China, it would insure fast shipping in 3-8 days. With Amazon shipping in less than 4 days and overnight for prime members, this is another headwind.

Since the Kibo Model is shipping from the USA only, the product analyzer should only pick products from the USA. But it doesn’t always do that. In fact, 9 out of 10 products it picked were from Banggood, (a USA Supplier), and shipped from China only. The shipping times were at least a month! If you aren’t careful, it is easy to overlook when buying, and sending these to your customers.

That creates a huge problem. After 8 days, the customer is complaining, and doesn’t want to wait for the shipping time, they demand a refund. You have no choice after promising them fast shipping! We were taught 6 criteria you must use for choosing products, and one was “they must ship from the USA”.

So, why does this product analyzer also pick products from China?

Fighting Competition From Your Supplier And Other Kibo Members

The products that you sell, are purchased from “retail suppliers”. These suppliers also run their own ads of the same products at what is your cost to buy them. Think about that! Now you have to add your profit to the cost and compete with the same suppliers!

This creates a headwind immediately! The program is based upon running ads on google. There, you are in direct competition with your supplier, who is also running ads. They are selling the same product at the same price you paid for that product!

And that price is before  you add your mark up to the price of the product. This mark-up has to be 2 or 3 times your cost to produce your profit margin! A bare minimum is 40% mark-up.

Do you see a problem with a product selling for $20 from your competitor/supplier on an ad right beside your ad for $60 for the same image of the same product?  Personally, I price shop for lower cost!

Kibo Code Method – Buy At Retail – Sell 40% Higher

Normally, businesses use a supplier that offers the products at a wholesale price to allow some room for profit. And the supplier sells the product at their suggested retail price, usually at 1 to 2x or more above the retail cost. They DON’T sell the product at the wholesale price you as a business partner pay for it. This is the KIBO CODE METHOD. Buy your product at retail cost, create a great ad, and sell the product for at least a 40% mark-up to get your profits.

When support was asked about this problem of the higher costs, the response was “it didn’t matter”. “Some people don’t shop for price” While this is true, and you CAN sell products at a higher cost than your competition.

But, my experience was that only a few products sell, and it costs as much to advertise for sales, so you lose money! And, you eliminate all those people who ARE looking for the best price, and your competitors have the advantage of selling their products at LOWER prices than you can. It’s a major headwind when you are trying to become profitable, price limits your profits on products.

I have had refunds because the customer saw the product elsewhere for a cheaper price. Price matters!

Dealing With Images And Ads Says Is the Kibo Code A Scam

And, because the course teaches you to use the images from the suppliers, or elsewhere like Amazon products, all the ads have similar images and basically the same ad copy. That is a problem. If you have 6 years of internet experience in marketing and ad copy, you would possibly know how to have unique images created. But for someone with very little experience, it is a challenge to create images, and write great ad copy!

The Kibo Training Videos use Fiver to get images enhanced for $5. For those who don’t know, Fiver is a website where you can things like ad copy and images done cheap. Some jobs only cost $5. But a job offered at $5 Is very limited selection and is mostly beginners trying to get established.

Normally, you will have to spend more like $30 to $50 for something worthwhile. And you can spend much more than that as well. Plus, it takes days to get work done. If you have ads running, you would have to pause your ads, or keep paying for them to run. No ads or poor ads cost you money, and you have no profits coming in.

All these costs come out of your profits. If you aren’t seeing sales, then it becomes debt you owe and have to pay back.

What About Extra’s Like Shopify Costs and Fees

The Kibo Code system uses Shopify stores to build your business. The basic plan costs $29 bucks a month for their cheapest plan, and you will also have to purchase some apps that also have a monthly fee. You have no choice. I have a monthly cost of $49 for apps that I must have for the Kibo Code.

You need a payment processor to handle credit cards, and they charge 2 to 4% for each transaction. Also, most payment providers offer free returns for the customer, BUT, they charge the seller the transaction fee! So, you return the cost of a product, and pay a transaction fee on top of that. If a customer files a complaint with Paypal, you get a chargeback, that costs you another $20! This is out of your pocket.

Kibo Code World Class Support Features

Steve and Aidan claim to have “World Class” support. They offer 2 basic ways to get help. You can create a support ticket (Send an email), or join the Kibo Talk Forum. They do not have a “Chat” feature for instant help which is almost unheard of in today’s training courses.

So, it can’t possibly be World Class support without instant access. There is also no Facebook group either. If you need help immediately, you may be out of luck for days. They may claim to have support 365 days a year, but it is posted help. No phone calls or instant chat. It is not immediate help.

Kibo Tools

When I bought the program, the first live broadcast was the history of Steve and Aidan making their millions. They bragged how they will be there to help everyone to succeed and become successful in this year ahead. Sounds great!

Steve and Aidan are around until the refund period expires, then they disappear into thin air. Only support and members answer your requests after that.

In order to view the course content, you must have a password to sign in and access  the Kibo Tools section.  Inside is a list of the videos included and the dashboard displaying different sections of the website.

Dashboard Display Site Map Displaying Areas of the Kibo Code Site

Kibo Talk Forum

You have access to a Kibo Talk Forum where you are told it is a privilege to be inside the forum, and if you complain, you will be banned from the forum. If your post is too negative, and it looks like you are complaining and making the course look bad, it will be deleted.

The help forum is censored to keep only comments that show positive remarks. It was obvious the point was to keep people happy until the 30 day refund expired. And you have to play nice or you lose the closest thing to live chat you have available. It is a privilege.

Kibo Code Talk Forum

People inside are all newbies to the Kibo course. But, they vary from highly experienced people in marketing to people who have no experience at all and are just beginning their online experience. You can post a question and then you wait to receive an answer. If someone is online and is able to help you, you can get a quick response.

Answers In The Talk Forum May Take Awhile

When you post in the talk forum, you might wait a day or two for someone to get back to you. When I first joined the course, Steve and Aidan were inside periodically to answer questions. They promptly deleted messages they thought were too negative or just complainers. Then, it didn’t take long after the refund expired and they just disappeared.

The problem is that it is members mostly trying to figure out what to do. Or sometimes people who had some success and they explain what they did to solve their problem. You can’t email Aidan or Steve, they only allow access to support. The only other option is a support ticket email.

Kibo Email And Support Tickets

Kibo support is by email. You open a support ticket and wait for a reply. The normal reply for me was 4-5 days! You have to look to the Kibo Talk forum for any help you need right away. People may answer you quickly within the hour, or you may wait a day or two in the forum as well. This is poor support in this day and age, and definitely is a problem that needs addressed.

In the Kibo support email system, the original copy of the email is not included when you get your email answer. When I finally got my answer, they were a very brief, one line sentence. Most answers were just a remark like “that is covered in the training”. When it really wasn’t!

After taking a week to get an answer, I had usually moved on and forgot what the question even was! Without including the question along with the reply, I had to sort through my emails I sent to refresh my memory. What a hassle!

Kibo Code Accountability Groups Wonder Is The Kibo Code A Scam

In the first week or two, you are encouraged to sign-up for Kibo Accountability Groups. Then, you meet with other members once a week and report to other members what you have accomplished each week. This is to keep you accountable to other members. In my group we discussed our successes, and problems that occurred. Sometime other members could help, sometimes not.

All the members in my group were struggling. Even the people who had sales, were not finding the “Winning Product” that we needed to begin to scale our stores. One person had some limited success with a few sales but had to return most of his products because they were “out of stock”.

He woke up one morning a few days later, and his Store was shut down by Shopify and they didn’t give a clear answer why. He ended up spending $5000 on ads over what he got in in sales. Nobody in my group ever found their “Winning Product” either. Everyone had lost money.

Is the Kibo Code a Scam – It Has a 30 Day  No Risk Guarantee

Kibo Code offers a 30 day money back guarantee. While Aidan’s previous course offering a 60 day Guarantee. Why? You can only view the first two modules in 30 days time. This allows viewing of the store set up, but not how Kibo Code actually works.

This was a major red flag for me, I should have known better. I am not a quitter, I really wanted this to work! So, I was dumb enough to stick it out. Who doesn’t want a business that only requires 5-10 hours a week?

I found myself working 10 hours days on this course, constantly finding new products, making new ad copy, watching the ad cost and killing ads, filling orders and refunds, and constantly looking for other suppliers. But, always watching the ads suck up any profits, until you reach the cost of the product you are trying to sell.

After your first sale, you let the ad run for at least 1 to 1 1/2 times the cost of the product. This determines if you have a so called winner! Now remember, Kibo Code owners Steve and Aidan have already claimed the products are winners!

Only 20% Of The Winning Products Turn Out To Be Winners

Products turn out to be winners, only 20% of the time! Why are only 20% of the “picked for you products” winners? They are supposed to be so good they “Sell Themselves”!

Running ads take a lot of logistics that are time consuming, and you must run ads to get traffic. Then, you have to constantly monitor your ads and try to figure out how to improve them, Change headlines or change ad copy, or as a last resort, lower your price! And you also have to keep you books and record each sale and refund you make.

When you run out of money for ads, your store doesn’t do any business. My #1 method does not require ads, or ad copy, or chasing suppliers, no price competition, and no start up costs. If you are looking to start a business without spending an arm and have a free trial period to look it over, it just might be for you.  

Claims Kibo Code Made That Make You Wonder – Is The Kibo Code A Scam

# Remember – we never open our products again – you are in the club now!   Steve Clayton   –    Not True

The Kibo Code Claim To Close the Program

Sure, they closed the doors to the original Kibo Code, but they produced an identical programs they continue to sell today!

And another one, called  Underground Sales System

# People have made sales the very same day they opened the store and this is very much the norm.   Steve Clayton   –  Not True!

  • No, it is not the norm. A few success stories yes, but more times than not people got a few sales after weeks, then struggled. Some, no sales.

# You don’t need to talk to customers  – Steve Clayton – [Maybe not face to face, but you will deal with customers by phone or email]

  •  I got a customer that was furious on my very first sale. The electrical product he received did not have a USA style plug. He immediately called paypal and filed a claim costing me $20 and Paypal fees, even when he got his refund. He talked to me plenty through email. You will be communicating with customers, maybe not face to face, but by email and possibly by phone.
Steve Clayton And Aidan Booth

Is The Kibo Code A Scam – Not Entirely, But Not Recommended

The Kibo Code is not a scam because it contains a lot of information about building a store, and providing products and suppliers, and additional information about Facebook Ads, and selling on Ebay and Amazon. The problem is the sales model and getting consistent sales. Why is a “Facebook training” included if they said we didn’t need it?

Display of the No Facebook Claims by Aidan and Steve

Much of this information is available on the internet for free. Shopify offers a lengthy training for setting up a Shopify Store. And includes ways to make the store profitable for free. Some of the information provided is unique. But, what seems to stand out to me, is the program is not going to be a success for many people.

Sure, some will make a living, and if they find the right products, maybe become successful enough to make 6 figures. But, that is the exception rather than the rule. If you don’t have any success, you are going to be out the $4000 cost of the course. Plus additional ad costs, membership fees and plugin costs. The ads costs alone could easily equal the cost of the course if not more. It happened to me, and it can happen to you.

Expect Plenty Of Spam

Once you sign up to this program, expect your email box to be swamped with a barrage of spam. All money making programs sold with the same overhyped sales talk guaranteeing you will make a ton of money. The only ones making a ton of money are Steve and Aidan from people buying their sales hype. In fact it is reported they made 11 million from The Kibo Code release. Think about that. And they are still selling it!

Update: Aidan and Steve have now made over 18 million dollars selling the Kibo Code course!! And people who bought it estimate a 95% failure rate among members.

Expect To Spend A Lot Of Money

You need to be able to spend $10,000 and not feel bad if you lose it, because it is very possible you could lose that and more! PPC Ads are expensive! They need images changed, headlines revised and reworded. Ad copy needs constant updates. People steal your work and use it for themselves. Shopify shuts down stores! If they shut your store down ,everything is lost. You are renting your store from Shopify.

Why not create your own website and keep your work. Nobody can take it away from you.

The logistics of a ecommerce store are time consuming. It takes time and effort, refunds are costly, and it creates wasted ad spend. You could only run your store in 5-10 hrs if you hire help. And you need steady profits and winning products to be able to do that. Both are hard because of major competition from other Kibo members. using the same identical wording and themes in their store, and eventually running ads for the same products.

They also included an entire module of training on Facebook ads! Even after saying, no Facebook, no Amazon…they include complete training on how to run Facebook ads. Most people who have run Facebook ads know that you take a chance of Facebook shutting down your account at anytime. When it happens, you are done running any Facebook ads. It happens a lot and they will never tell you why they did it.

The Kibo Code Depends On Suppliers

The Kibo Code is not a reliable, easy business model to get to work.  From first hand experience, it is very expensive to work and totally dependant upon suppliers! If your supplier doesn’t have products when you finally get customers to buy them, you have to scramble to find products somewhere else. If you don’t, you have no choice but to refund the products, and all your work and money went down the drain.

Suppliers that ship from China will take a month or more. That will not work when you are promising fast shipping from the USA. Customers demand refunds quickly when shipping takes too long. As a Seller, you are stuck with all the payment processors fees. Or even a $20 chargeback to boot!

When you don’t make any profits and run out of money, you still owe the cost of the program, all the ad costs, and store fees .

The Cost Of the Kibo Code Method

Verdict – Not RecommendedThumbs Down Image for Not Recommended

Why spend $4000 and spend $2-3,000 or more “testing product ads” not to mention extra fees, shopify store costs, apps and complex taxes! I worked this program and followed all the training. The ads got a few sales. But the revenue from sales was much less than my ad costs. This is a lot of work, time and money!

Trying to get a business going is hard, but digging a revenue hole with costs, doesn’t help! I can’t recommend this to anyone, save your money! Unless you have a ton of online marketing experience, you are going to struggle with learning all the extra skills you need to succeed.

I can show you a much safer route, you control and create a business you own… much cheaper. Take a look for free. No credit card needed.

My #1 method has no ad costs, and has a 7 day free trial to look it over. And you can sign up for $19 bucks and look it over another 30 days! And you get to see “Everything about it, all at once”, not a small piece each week! Once you chose your monthly or yearly plan, there are no additional upsells, no hidden costs, no fees to pay each week, and you own everything you create for your business. No-one can take it away, shut you down, or keep you out of your business!

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  • Quick Store Set-up
  • Suppliers in the US
  • Step by Step Instructions


  • High Ad Costs
  • Many Details and Pitfalls
  • High Competition From Members

34 thoughts on “Is The Kibo Code A Scam”

  1. Kibo code is a scam cleverly disguised as having the best customer service to assist with store set up…….. not true. These reps took days to respond and only offered a single solution which often did not work. They did not care that you were setting up a store, Paying Shopify, paying for apps, paid alot of money for the program and they could not respond to solve the problem.
    My daughter and I had to shut down the store as KIBO Customer service could not solve the problem of google advertising hiccups. The products in profit vault were mainly shipped from China (a problem Steve and Aidan promised to get us away from) and they were mainly cables for all sorts of things. We lost over $5,000 USD and never opened a store for 1 day!!!!!!!. Steve and Aidan should refund monies to all who paid for this sham.

    • Hi Margaret,
      Sorry to hear you got taken by these guys. Thank you for taking the time to let others know about your experience.

      I got a refund from them. You can try to contact them and tell them you want your money back, you may get a refund. You have to be determined to get your money back. Call them and tell them you want a refund. They will tell you no, but you have to keep on sending emails, demanding a refund and ask them who will be handling the case when you report them to the Attorney Generals Office. Ask for a business address, and a phone number when this person can be contacted. You must keep contacting them every few days until you get results. If you are a senior, or handicapped, tell them they took advantage of you. That is what I did and it worked.
      Try this before you contact the Attorney General, if you are not successful after two weeks or so, then contact the AGO, and ask for help. Also, file a report with the FTC.
      Let me know if I can help in any way. Good Luck!

  2. Thank you Chas and thank you to all posting here. It helped confirm my suspicions about these guys. Clever con-artists. If it’s too good to be true, then it is!

  3. All your info is 100% spot on.
    I bought the Feb 2021 version of KC where they focused on free ads – using FB Marketplace. For anyone living outside the US, simply change your address and it will work!
    No, it doesn’t. So much work – listed over 400 items in the Cartzy store (so slow to open) and same # of items in FBMP.
    After all that work, got shut down by FB.
    Finally got it back after months but the views and messages were minuscule.
    Everyone wanted to pick up but of course we can only ship items.
    The Vault of products is a joke. All the products are so expensive compared to EBay and Amazon and most go out of stock before they even get views.
    My conclusion is that people are good at lying. People are good and gaining your trust with false, hollow promises.
    I got sucked in because it looked so easy.
    The Kibo Chat was heavily censored and anyone putting up a negative or a questioning post would simply be banned.
    Aiden and Steve promise to stay with us all until we’re earning the big bucks… what a joke – all but disappeared and you can never get through to either of them.
    Fake. Frustrating.
    I gave it my all and followed to the letter.
    Their only mantra to success?
    Keep listing!!!
    Oh okay – so you do and presto, you’re blocked by FB.
    All that work for nothing.
    Can’t believe I believed them!
    As I said… people lie.

    • Hi Anne,
      Sorry to hear you got involved with the Kibo Code. They do talk a good story and make it sound easy. But, it is one hell of a lot of work and doesn’t make you rich. Yes they censor anyone who is trying to tell the real story, or get to the truth. They remove it, and block them.
      Adian and Steve can’t be found after a few weeks, they know the story. They know it doesn’t work, but they made millions of selling this BS to everyone by great hype!
      They sold The Kibo Code, The Kibo Code Vip Edition,The Kibo Code Quantum,and the Underground Sales System. And made millions off of all of them!
      I was excited by the hype too, but got skeptical real quick. The way they deliver the program one week at a time for 8 weeks, makes it impossible to find out if it works before the money back guarantee expires. They did it, and they know it is a lot of work. They claim the made millions from their store, but it was years ago and things have changed on the internet. You can’t sell those overpriced items anymore, people have learned to shop around.
      And yes, Facebook shuts down your account after awhile. Many things said by Adian and Steve are simply not true!
      You are correct Anne, they mislead everyone.
      Thanks for taking the time to write such an in depth comment and let people know the truth about the Kibo Code!

  4. Glad i read this post as i was considering purchasing the kibo code quantum and could only fine reviews which were obviously sales pages created by the owners. Than you! I will not be purchasing….

    • Hi Mark,
      I am glad I saved you the time and money. Yes, most of the posts that give all the glowing reviews, are either Steve and Aidan or just affiliates helping to sell the Kibo program. I have done a review on their latest program, The Kibo Code Quantum. It has rave reviews filling 13 pages in google search with just affiliates selling the program! It’s basically the same program, using free ads as the new gimmick. Thanks for taking the time to let me know my article helped you. Please stop back!

    • Hi Arron,
      That’s great to hear! Yes, all the other reviews are affiliates that are making more money than most of the people who bought the Kibo Code! I am actually working on a review for their latest product just released this January…Kibo Code Quantum. It is the same stuff with a few twists. Same old product! Stay tuned!
      Thank you for taking the time to let me know! It makes me smile and keeps me going!

  5. Hi Chas,

    I’m a fellow Kibo Coder and I agree with a lot you have lined out. I’m certain Kibo Code isn’t a scam (there is legit training and services). However, as you stated, this program was totally overhyped and false promises were made (and no, Covid-19 has nothing to do with it). IMHO, Steven and especially Aiden deserve a medal for being one of the best sales pitch folks I came across.

    I dumped about $7500 in program cost, fees and ads – almost completely wasted this money (again, training was legit). And lost about 5 months of time, daily work including weekends – never finding a consistently selling product (not even mentioning a “winning” product). Before closing my shop, I had 65 products in it and maybe 10%-20% had a sale from time to time.

    I took action – looooots of it. Plus, I’m a software engineer with over 20 years of experience in the www. They have nothing to stand on. I followed the training to a “T”. All of my so call “Pick for you” products were nothing but losers! 0 sales for each product.

    I was a Kibo Code accountability leader and nobody in our group ever made any profits. Some of us are still meeting but since then have pivoted into different online avenues.

    And the best of it all (which I will never forget) was Aiden’s claim in his last pitch just before closing down registration. I’m paraphrasing: “The profits you will make in the month of Feb 2020 alone will easily pay for the travel costs to come to Florida. Do not worry about this.” Well Aiden, I’m fully aware of the fact that we could never meet in Florida due to Covid. However, after 5 months of trying to get airborne I’m still anticipating to have my flight ticket covered…

    Maybe you guys should reconsider what false promises you make – you take more than a mouth full. You made me feel like an idiot if I wouldn’t buy this program – it’s soooo easy to make money folks!

    I have absolutely no proof, but I have a theory that 95+% of Kibo Coders have been unsuccessful. There’s maybe a handful of them that could build an online store with consistent sales and making profits.

    And yes, you are not allowed to criticize and “be negative” in the forum or they shut you down (reminds me of censorship going on in our society currently).

    My verdict: It’s not a scam, since the training is legit and you learn for sure. However, false promises were made and don’t fall for “you will make profits in no time”. And for me probably to biggest one: Starting and running a successful online business is hard. It take lots of work, dedication, smart business decisions and upfront cash. This program is not for an “average Joe Blow of the street”, even though they want to make you believe this!

    • Hi Ben,
      Wow what a great comment. It is clear that you experienced the same thing I did! Yep, I can’t agree with you more! It is shameful how they take people money to train you on something that just doesn’t work! I had my doubts early on when “Aiden and Steve just humiliate anyone who says anything negative about them. That was a big red flag right there!

      They don’t answer any questions that are asked in their Q&A sessions either! That is all staged questions that they want people to hear! I am like you, the training is legit, but it just flat out does not work. I think the products they advertise for “picked for you products” are actually surplus inventory products that would not sell, and people are trying to unload them!

      I totally agree that most Kibo coders are not successful, because the same thing happened in my group! Nobody made any money! If they did find a product that did well, they couldn’t get products except from china, and customers didn’t want to wait. Or you couldn’t deal with the suppliers….The US prices were all retail!
      If you can afford to buy a boatload of products, and have the finances to deal with the details of having them stored and processed, you will make money. But Normal people are losing their $5000 investment.

      Ben, I can tell you this, try to get your money back!!! I did!! They balked at first and said no refunds. But, I was persistent and told them I wanted my money back. I asked who would be handling the case, because I was contacting the attorney general and needed a managers name and business address and phone number for them to contact about the case. And Again I said I want my money back!!! They relented and took the charges off.

      You should do the same, and tell them you are also filing a report with the FTC. They are not legitimate. The program they provide doesn’t work!! You are absolute proof of that! If you need some help with contacting the Attorney General and what to do, check out my page What Steps To Take If You Get Scammed and you can also have look at my checklist

      Thank you Ben, for taking the time to write such a great comment detailing exactly how the Kibo Code and Aiden and Steve operate!! I hope you request your money back for the program! They are making their money off of lies and deceit! If you do try to get your money back, I will help you any way I can!
      All the best,


      • I agree completely with your reviews and experience. My FB marketplace was shutdown just hours after posting my first DFY product and then days later my FB profile of several years was permanently disabled. All this for a clean profile. I asked for alternatives to them but none came. They just asked me to wait for other channels. I realised this is a rip off in the making and quit before the refund period. Again no response from their billing team when I asked for a refund. I went ahead and raised it in clickbank from where i purchased. They had to refund me. With God’s grace I saved the ad costs and further course expenses. I lost a $100 in paypal charges but that was it.. Thanks to your posting such a wonderful review. THough I am reading this after getting my refund it resonates with what I experienced.

        • Hi Krish,
          Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment, it is appreciated and does help others! I am not surprised about Facebook. I was running paid ads and got my ad account shut down, and my business managers disabled as well. They only told me I broke their rules somehow, but never really explained why or what I did wrong.
          It may have been for duplicate content or images. Since the picked for you products are given to everyone, there will be the same posts running. Facebook doesn’t like that. And they will cause problems in the other social channels as well.

          I assume this is the latest product from Steve and Aidan, Kibo code Quantum? The Kibo support team overall is not very helpful. They seem to just brush you off if you ask the hard questions. But, you did the smart thing and got out. Yes, you would have had other expenses and plenty of spam in your email box. I’m sure you do now!

          I am going to be releasing a new review on the Kibo Code Quantum shortly. If you want me to include anything I don’t mention in the new review, let me know. I will be glad to put it in there. It is hard to try to let people know about the Kibo Products beforehand, because they drip feed the program over 8 weeks. And the refund is only good for 4 weeks.
          I am glad to hear you got your money back! I hear others say they are going to charge a $100 monthly fee in the near future in addition to the outrageous cost of the program!
          Thank you again, please stop back.

          • Hey Chaz,
            Here’s the Kibo Quantum sales pitch:
            “Well, this time, Kibo Code Quantum students WON’T NEED to pay for any recurring expenses. For example, last year’s students had to sign up (and pay monthly) for Shopify + apps at around 1K per month ! There won’t be any of that this time”

            In the Kibo Code Quantum course, the MAJOR FOCUS will be on untapped “Free” Traffic sources; this means students will learn the “art of generating” relevant free traffic ”.

            Is There a Refund Policy with Kibo Code Quantum? Absolutely! There is a 30-day money back guarantee for All Kibo Code Quantum members, so there truly is zero risk for those who want to try it out, but are not 100% certain if it’s for them.


          • Hi Art,
            Thanks for the latest update on the Kibo Code Quantum.
            I didn’t pay $1K a month for apps, but I did spend a $150, plus $500 in yearly app fees. I guess this makes their $100 monthly fee sound like a deal?
            Shopify costs $39 and you get hosting included. But, yes the apps cost extra.

            Aidan and Steve don’t tell you about the extras until you are past the refund period.

            I am not surprised about Facebook Marketplace. They always make quite a deal out of stuff that people can get for free online! Like it is something secret!
            Yes I know they have a 30day refund, but it is totally worthless. They drip feed their course over 8 weeks so that you can’t see more than 3 or 4 video’s before you have to make up your mind. You won’t get to see the real meat of the program unless you pass on the refund. So you won’t be 100% certain in 30 days!

            That is crazy they don’t have the bugs worked out yet, but I know they don’t care! Once they get your money, they will offer some lousy trinket to make up for your trouble. But, people who are in the program are now stuck with all the problems and bugs, and paid a fortune for the product!
            This is exactly why I totally recommend the platform I use, and have used for over five years. Check Out My #1 Recommendation Here.
            Thank you for taking the time to write a comment, it is appreciated and will help others avoid this nightmare!

      • Hi Chas,

        I am genuinely thinking of fighting for a full refund but I feel it has been a while since the first kibo code was introduced in the beginning of 2020. What are the chances of getting my money back after a year of trying over and over again to get this program to work with no success.


        • Hi Justin,
          I think you should give it a try. You have to be in the right frame of mind. They are going to tell you no, we don’t give refunds. You have to keep telling them you want your money back.
          If you say, who is the person who is going to handle this? I am reporting this to the attorney general, and I need a name and business phone number to give to the attorney generals office. Just keep telling them it’s been a year, and it doesn’t work, it’s a scam, you want your money back. It’s your money and you are the only one who is going to fight hard to get it back.
          Sometimes, they will consider it, because they don’t want the attorney general snooping around. They have made millions of selling this program and very few people have become successful at it. Tell them they can afford to give you a couple of thousand after making millions.
          I don’t have any stats, but I am sure 90% of the people fail at it.

          I think they might offer to help you somehow, and you might get some helpful stuff, who knows? But, they charge a lot of money, and it is a crime when it doesn’t work (IMHO)
          Are you a senior citizen? If so, then you can tell then it has created a hardship and you don’t have the ability to replace the money. Then they are taking advantage of a senior.
          But, you really aren’t going to be able to hire an attorney, because it will cost you that much more. So, it’s up to you to get mad as hell and keep pounding at them to give you your money back. You can threaten a lawsuit as a last resort, and maybe have an attorney send a letter. but, following through with it it too costly.
          I hope that helps, you want to do all the free stuff first. Try calling them and threating the attorney general, then file a claim with the AG. They will contact them. But they do want you to try on your own first. That is all free.
          Let me know if I can help you with anything, and good luck!

  6. Dear Chas, thank you for taking the time to create this comprehensive, honest and detailed review. Sharing your experience will save myself and others thousands of dollars. I am very grateful to you and I’m sure that others who find this review are too. I appreciate your time, your article is truly helping people! If only there were more people like you.
    Many thanks!! Laynie

    • Hi Laynie,
      You are welcome! Thank you for the kind words and letting me know I helped someone! It truly makes this all worthwhile! I looked for a good review on the KIBO code when I first joined, but all I found was the glowing affiliates praising the program! Those reviews are nothing but hype!
      Thank you for taking the time to write a comment, and please stop back!!

  7. Thank you so much for sharing with us a wonderful and informative article, Is The Kibo Code A Scam. It is truly incredible that you have detailed this topic so well in your review. I have learned a lot by reading your article and gained a lot of knowledge about Kibo Code. Of the points mentioned in your article, I like the section that describes The Kibo Code Training Program in detail. I will never join this platform because there are golden opportunities in Wealthy Affiliate from where I can join and train for free.That’s why I joined with Wealthy Affiliate and received training from here.

    Finally, I enjoyed reading your article and so I’d like to share your article in my Facebook group if you don’t mind.

    • Hi Md.Asraful Islam,

      Thank you for taking the time to comment on my review. I wanted to write this review and let others decide, Is the Kibo Code a Scam for themselves. It is a step by step program generally, but the proof in in the details. You are required to do a lot on your own to become successful. If you don’t know a good deal about online marketing, and how to write great ad copy that sells, then you will struggle. They use PPC ads which get expensive quickly, especially if your ad copy is not good. They don’t tell you much about ad copy, but do try to sell you a $10,000 upsell to make your store make money.

  8. Hello Chas, I have been scammed several times by online programs promising to make me wealthy. And it’s sad when I see other people fall victim of these sites as well. It’s always as a result of poor research and I feel badly about it. The Kibo Code is a platform I was really expecting to get the best positive results from, but it turned out to be a scam site as well. I am glad I found your review and I didn’t fall victim to this site. Thanks for the wonderful review.

    • Hi Bella,

      Thank you for taking the time to offer a comment. I am sorry to hear you also got scammed by other sites. But I am also glad to hear I saved you from becoming another scam victim. The Kibo Code offers a good deal of information, but honestly, much of the information is free online. That makes the cost really outrageous. And they use PPC advertising which gets very expensive very fast. If you are unable to write great product ads you will lose money until you learn. it is quite risky.It is very similar to another scam called The eCom Success Academy.  

  9. There is a  long list of cons on this platform that makes me very reluctant to try this Kibo Code. But, even more than that, I can’t afford the high price they are asking for this program. Even when they offered it in four payments and made it easier to afford, it’s still a big Price to pay. I don’t think I would want to part with such amount of money right now. I’d rather not join the Kibo code. I am also very glad you described in great detail how the program works. That allowed me to make up my mind for sure, thank you.

    • Hi Peyton,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment on my review and determine for yourself if the Kibo Code is a scam.  Yes, there are quite a few negatives with this program including the cost for sure. They also use PPC advertising to promote products that they pick for you. And everyone learns to write the same ads, with very similar ad copy. Then, they have oversold the program and saturated the market using PPC ads for the same products. It is very hard to write winning ads with everyone selling the same products.

  10. The list of cons is warning enough for me as something worthwhile.  To top it all, the money outlay involved with The Kibo Code is quite significant.  I don’t think I would be comfortable parting with those dollars (albeit with a money-back guarantee).  I am very risk-averse on schemes like this.  I would rather check out your #1 Method for free!

    • Hi JRandZen,

      I had first hand knowledge of how the Kibo Code works, so the list of cons wasn’t available before I got in. In fact there were not any reviews that were telling much about how the program really works. I think that was because most of the reviews are affiliate selling the program. 

      They are only going to give an overview and don’t know the facts. What I didn’t know about the Kibo Code was they only deliver information once a week and withhold the most crucial information until after the refund period expires. That is not truthful marketing and is another reason why I have a problem with this product.

      They do deliver a lot of content, which is expensive at the price, but it is not just a blatant theft by deception. But,it is a risky business that I cannot recommend.

  11. Wow, such a detailed review, which unfortunately for you was only possible after spending all that money!  You’ve really gone through this product with a fine tooth comb, giving the readers a great idea of what to expect.

    I like the overall recommendation at the end, which is sometimes missing from reviews.  I also like that you concluded that the Kibo Code wasn’t a scam, even though it kind of sounded like one.  They do offer the opportunity for success, but at great cost, and not the ideal way.  You’ve provided the reader with your recommendation at the end which is great too.

    • Hi Chris,

      It is a bit easier to write in detail when you have been there and experienced the product. I was really thinking this would be something that would work for me. But, unfortunately this method is not easy, and it is quite a gamble! So, is the Kibo Code a scam, no but it is not a conventional store by any means.

      It is very similar to the Ecom Academy that Adrian Morrison peddles. That is truthfully why I can’t recommend this product.

  12. First of all I do not like the 4 payments of $997!  That alone would make me steer clear of the Kibo Code.  I would have to have a money back guarantee and see results fairly quickly.  The list of cons you have also would scare me away.  Just seems like a good way to waste money, not make it.  I would not want to spend 10,000 and then have the possibility of losing it.  Too much of a gamble to me.

    • Hi Leahrae,

      The cost of the Kibo Code course is only the beginning! You ARE given a 30 day money back guarantee! However the problem is that the training is delivered in weekly installments. Plus they burn up one week with a worthless video on the background of Steve Clayton and Aidan Booth. Which means you only see 2 videos before you have to make your mind up. They are slick salesmen and continually claim they will be there to help you every step of the way, it is quite convincing! 

      Also, you don’t have the advantage of the cons I am showing you because you don’t know that until you have completed the 8 weeks of training and tried to apply the system. Then you find out the real costs of PPC ads!

      Most people would agree $10,000 is a huge gamble to start up a business. But, as I said you don’t have the option of knowing before you buy the course. It is a real risky way to start a business. Completely different than the low cost correct way to start a business taught by my #1 Method for starting a business online.

      Thank you for reading my review and taking the time to leave a comment.


  13. One of the things I hate most is being lied to or not being straight with me, that is why I love to make my own research regardless of what people say especially when it comes to online business opportunities. When a business like kido code is over hyped, it makes it very visible that it’s not up to the standard of what they claim they are and it’s good that you’ve taken your time to help find that out .

    • Hi BeyondCol,
      I know people appreciate the truth in a review. The problem is the product affiliates always paint a rosy picture, when often that is not the case. I am basing my review on my experience, and the experiences of others I have communicated with. The program has had some success for some people, but I personally believe that the success numbers that the Kibe Code reports are suspicious at best. When you keep people who are struggling and frustrated from posting real results, or asking others about their progress, there is something you are hiding.
      These guys have great sales hype and I admit it even entice me to give it a try. Well, after trying almost 30 products, creating ads for many more, and spending quite a sum on advertising, I can say, something is wrong if tested products don’t sell? And I am not alone in not getting results. Many in the Kibo talk forum struggle as well. The Kibo Code is not what it is claimed to be.


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