While some people use sneaker bots to cop sneakers, others don’t want to use them. Maybe they don’t like the unfair advantage they give or they don’t want to spend the money on an expensive bot.
If you want to get all of the sneakers that you want without using bots, you need to have a strategy in place. There are several steps involved in the strategy. Skipping a step could prevent you from copping a large number of sneakers. With that in mind, follow the steps so you can leave the bots in your dust.
Get a Sneaker Proxy
Some people think that if you don’t use a bot, you don’t need a proxy, but that isn’t true. If you want to buy a large number of sneakers, you are going to need a proxy. Otherwise, you will have to follow the limits imposed by the sneaker sites. That might mean you are only able to get a single pair of sneakers.
It is critical that you buy a proxy that was specifically made for copping sneakers. Sneaker proxies are located near the sneaker sites’ datacenters so you won’t have to worry about long lag times slowing you down. Instead, you will be able to jump right in and start buying sneakers.
It is also a good idea to buy a large number of proxies. Don’t make the mistake of going with a single proxy. You need to buy a lot of proxies so you can assign each one to a different account. Then, you will be able to add sneakers to your shopping cart and check out without any issues.
Buy Your Sneakers from Regional Websites
You know that sneaker fly off the big retailers’ virtual shelves. That is why it is so hard to buy sneakers from Adidas and Finish Line. Lots of people use bots on the big sites to try to keep up. You can avoid this issue by going with a smaller retailer. These retailers are often overlooked, but they have some of the biggest releases out there.
Check out some regional chains when you cop your sneakers. You’ll have less competition, so it will make it much easier to get the sneakers you want without using a bot. That doesn’t mean you have to stay away from the big chains completely, but you should at least give the regional stores a try. You might be pleasantly surprised when you end up with lots of sneakers from the regional stores. Plus, you’ll help the local economy, as well. The local stores will certainly be happy with the influx of cash.
Use Autofill When Checking Out
Many people don’t realize that some sneaker sites don’t place a hold on items in the cart. That means that you can put something in your cart and someone else can steal it from you if you don’t check out fast enough. That is how so many bots win. They move so quickly through the checkout process that they are able to steal other people’s shoes.
It might not seem fair, but you can even the playing field by enabling autofill in Google Chrome. You don’t even need to download anything for this. It is built into the browser and it is easy to set up.
Open up Chrome and go to the “Settings.” Then, click “Show Advanced Settings” and go to “Passwords and Forms.” Select “Mange Autofill Settings.”
You can add your address and payment information into the autofill settings. When you enter your payment information, enter the CVC number and click “Keep a Copy of This Card on This Device.” Then, click “Verify.” If you fail to do this, you will have to verify the card every time you make a payment. It might only take a second to enter your CVC number, but that second could prevent you from getting your shoes. Remember, bots are set up so they don’t have to verify information, so you need to be set up the same way.
If you don’t like the idea of storing payment information on your computer, add it the day before the launch and delete it once it is over. Then, you can add it back in for the next launch. Just don’t forget to do it or you’re going to be stressed out during the launch. You will waste a lot of time adding your address and payment information to every checkout form, and that wasted time will cost you a lot of shoes.
Get the Inside Scoop on Twitter
Twitter is one of the most power tools when it comes to copping sneakers. In fact, it is so powerful that it can help you beat bots by giving you some inside information about surprise launches.
While sneakers usually follow a pretty specific launch calendar, manufacturers do slip in surprise launches now and then. Not everyone keeps up with these surprise launches, so you have a better chance of copping sneakers if you have the inside scoop.
Follow the different manufacturers and sneaker insiders on Twitter and enable your notifications. That way, you will get information about the surprise launches. Once you know about the surprise launch, you need to get on the site on the big day. Then, it is up to you to bring home some kicks.
Stay Connected with Apps
While Twitter is an important tool, you also need to stay connected with apps. You can download the apps directly to your phone, and they will let you know what is going on in the sneaker world. It doesn’t matter if you have an iPhone or an Android device. Apps will keep you connected.
The Adidas Confirmed App is a great option. The app will send you push notifications about release dates. You can also use it to verify your location so you can get a jump on automated bots. Finally, you can use this bot to reserve sneakers. Use proxies so you can reserve several pairs of sneakers and then have friends and family pick them up for you. This is a great way to beat the lines…and the bots.
Unlaced is another great app. It has all of the up-to-date sneaker information you need to beat the bots. You won’t have any trouble staying informed if you download this app.
You should also consider downloading the Foot Locker app to your mobile device. The release calendar will show you when shoes are launching. You can also use the launch locator to see where the releases are dropping. You shouldn’t miss a launch with this app.
These are just a few of the apps out there. Look through your app store and add some sneaker apps. Then, make sure that you enable the notifications so you are alerted whenever there is a new launch or some big news. With the help of various apps, you will be plugged in at all times.
Use the Visualping Extension
You can get some additional help copping sneakers with the Visualping extension for Google Chrome. Once you enable this extension, it will let you know every time a change is made to a site you’re watching. That way, you will find out if sneakers are suddenly available. For instance, a site might be out of sneakers, but then, someone cancels an order. Suddenly, it has sneakers available. This extension will notify you.
It also lets you know when sneakers have been restocked. Then, you can jump back on your computer and buy your sneakers immediately.
Optimize Your Computer
A slow computer is going to hurt you if you’re trying to beat sneaker bots. Get rid of the bloatware on your computer so it doesn’t slow it down. Bloatware is unnecessary software that comes with your computer. For instance, you don’t need tons of games on your computer. They slow your machine down.
Also, make sure that you’re using a good router and modem. You want to maximize your internet speeds.
Finally, consider using a tool like CCleaner to speed up your computer. It will optimize everything so you will be able to run at full force on the day of the launch.
Conduct Practice Runs
You need to know a website inside and out if you’re going to beat the bots. That is why you have to conduct practice runs before the day of the launch.
For example, let’s say you plan to buy some sneakers from the Foot Locker website. Start by finding out how the site handles its launches. You need to know if the site puts them on the homepage or if the site lists them with the brand.
Then, go to the site and practice buying sneakers. You don’t have to actually purchase the sneakers, but you do need to go through the motions. Start by going to the page where your sneakers will be listed. Then, add them to the cart. You also need to choose the size and make your way to the checkout. Have the autofill input your payment information, but don’t submit it.
It’s important that you go through the practice runs until you can practically buy the shoes in your sleep. Time yourself and watch as you get faster and faster. Once you can’t get any faster, you are ready for the launch day. You should be able to fly through the site and cop lots of sneakers.
Don’t Just Go After the Biggest Releases
If you’re trying to make money by selling sneakers, don’t make the mistake of just going after the biggest releases. Everyone wants the newest pair of Yeezys. However, for every pair of Yeezys, there are 100 smaller releases. Get your hands on some of the smaller releases so you can turn around and sell them. These releases also sell out, but it is easier to get your hands on them. You won’t have to fight off as many bots, so it will be a lot less stressful. Then, you can graduate up to the bigger releases later, when you have some practice under your belt. This will make it easier for you to take on the bots.
Form Sneaker-Buying Teams
There is power in numbers. If you have friends who don’t want sneakers but they do want to make a few bucks, enlist them as part of your sneaker-buying team. This will make it easier for you to beat the sneaker bots.
Map out what each person should do. For instance, you might have one person go to Foot Locker and the next person go to Foot Action. Also, give each person proxies so he or she can buy multiple pairs of sneakers if possible.
Then, let everyone get to work. If they manage to get some sneakers, pay them an agreed upon fee. For example, you might give your friends $20 for each pair of sneakers they cop. That might sound like a lot of money, but when you consider how much you can make when you sell them, it’s not much at all. People are willing to spend double or triple for a pair of hard-to-get sneakers, so it’s well worth paying your friends a few bucks to help.
Keep in mind that your friends might not want to spend their own money on the sneakers. You can avoid any problems by getting prepaid credit cards. Have them put the credit card information in their autofill settings so they will be ready to go. Then, they can move through the checkout process quickly and help you cop some sneakers.
You don’t have to give in and use sneaker bots. You do have to be patient and find the strategy that works for you, though. Incorporate these different tips into your sneaker copping strategy so you can go up against the bots. You might not win every time, but you should have a great deal of success. Then, you can let everyone know that you did it by yourself, without the help of a bot.