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11 Best Sneaker Bots of 2021 – Good, Bad & Where To Buy
Sneaker bots, a new concept to the world of fashion, are taking the industry by storm.
Simply put, sneaker bots are behind almost everything sneakers-related right now.
Sneaker bots have become critical tools to hardcore sneakerheads, sneaker spotters, resellers, and collectors.
These tools are also paired with residential proxies to avoid any blocks on sneaker online storefronts – check out this Smartproxy blog to learn more.
Sneaker bots are used to find the latest releases, buy, sell, boost online advertising and sales, and even copy sneaker designs.
With hundreds of exclusive sneaker releases dropping every year, accounting for hundreds of millions of dollars in profit, the sneaker bot business is growing fast.
In this article, I’ll detail the sneaker bot business, and introduce you to the best sneaker bots of 2021.
I’ll also share with you what we like and what we don’t like about each sneaker bot in this list.
Finally, at the end of the article, I’ll answer some of the most asked questions right now, such as: are sneaker bots illegal, how do sneaker bots work, and so on.
IN THIS ARTICLE:
Top 11 sneaker bots of 2021
What is a sneaker bot?
How do sneaker bots work?
Are sneaker bots illegal?
Do sneaker bots actually work?
How much does a sneaker bot cost?
What are the best sneaker bots?
Top 11 Sneaker Bots Of 2021
New sneaker bots join the market every year, but there’s no way to tell how they’ll perform.
Thus, rather than making a risky investment in unknown bots, it is better to focus on trialed and tested bots.
History shows that a bot that’s been performing well in the past, does well in the next years too.
In this guide, I’ve picked each sneaker bot based on past performance, features, and price.
I have also checked each sneaker bot’s Twitter account, discussions on Reddit, and lots of users’ reviews, to ensure each sneakerbot legitimacy and performance proof.
Without further ado, these are the best 11 sneaker bots of 2021 you can buy right now:
Overall Score 7
Very easy to use with a fast return on investment, if you use it right.
Reselling price is very high, around 5k USD.
SUPPORT | 8/10
EASE OF USE | 7. 5/10
SUCCESS RATE | 8. 5/10
AVAILABILITY | 4/10
Ganesh is one of the best sneaker bots to perform on EU-based sites.
Catering for a part of the community that’s long been overlooked.
In terms of websites, Ganesh supports Footlocker EU, Footsites, Finishline, Solebox, Offspring, and many more.
With an applaudable performance on Footlocker EU and Footsites US.
Of course, that’s all great news for EU fam, but if you’re located in the US and want to run Ganesh.
Well, you can always resort to reshipping services. Even if they’re gonna add to your running costs.
Generally speaking, 2020 was a successful year for Ganesh users who copped the Mochas, Jordan 5 Oregon, AJ5 “What The”, Nike Sacai Vaporwaffle, AJ1 Lucky Green, and a lot more.
The retail price of Ganesh falls more into the higher range of prices at £550.
In addition to the renewal fees of $80/ 6 months. But, that’s nothing compared to its aftermarket price.
If you’re looking to buy Ganesh and can’t waste time waiting for a restock, it’ll cost you anywhere between $4500 and $5000.
Pretty pricey, but as with all great sneaker bots, copping the right pairs will pay you back very soon.
Good retail price and fairly available, if you know where to look.
Support can be a total letdown at times, so rely on Reddit groups if you need help.
SUPPORT | 6. 5/10
SUCCESS RATE | 8/10
AVAILABILITY | 6/10
Cybersole is one of the most in-demand sneaker bots at the moment, at least on the secondary market.
Part of this goes to the excellent success rate it delivers.
Flipping a key of Cybersole, which is Out-of-Stock, could make you as much as selling 3 or 4 pairs of new Yeezys sneakers
Why does it cost so much? Well, because of the reselling bots.
So, if you want to get your hands on the Cybersole bot, before the next drop, you’ll need to pay a good sum.
Now, even if you’re short on cash, you can still cop Jordans and Yeezys, using Cybersole.
After all, the bot sneaker community is one of the most helpful you’ll ever join.
You can rent a good sneaker bot for a period as short as one day, or as long as a month and the bot renting business also applies to Cybersole.
Cybersole bot has earned this reputation by having a consistent and strong performance throughout 2020.
People using this bot have been successfully copping Supreme, Yeezys, Jordans, Off-whites, and streetwear items from Shopify, and Footsites.
Moreover, the bot’s success rate with Supreme merch is what made some critics call it ‘the best supreme bot of 2021‘.
Overall Score 6. 8
Decent success rate and renting option is relatively cheap for those new to sneaker bots
Balko does not support Footsites.
SUPPORT | 7. 5/10
EASE OF USE | 7/10
SUCCESS RATE | 7/10
Another top sneaker bot in the business, Balko supports Shopify, Adidas, and Supreme.
Balko has a decent success rate, you gotta wait for a restock or buy it for the resale price of $1500 to $2000.
However, with Balko, renting is the cheaper and less time-consuming option.
Renting Balko bot isn’t that hard. First, check Twitter and Discord to find plenty of renting keys for a short period of time.
However, one negative point is that Balko does not support Footsites.
As you may know, most air Jordan sneakers drop on Footsites.
Running a bot that doesn’t cop off these sites means a major decrease in your ability to get some of the most coveted pairs of sneakers.
Along with all the cash you’re spending, and the cash you could’ve made flipping them.
Overall Score 7. 8
One of the easiest to use sneaker bots out there with a good success rate.
Higher priced bots for shoes than some competitor bots.
EASE OF USE | 8/10
SUCCESS RATE | 7. 5/10
AVAILABILITY | 8/10
NSB (Nikeshoebot) is another highly-performing All-in-one Bot in the sneaker industry.
And just like AIO bot, it supports Shopify, Footsites, Supreme, and many more sneaker shops.
In 2020, NSB’s name was mentioned among the top-scoring bots on most releases.
Among NSB’s best cops this year were the Jordan 1 Satin Snakeskin, Yeezy Carbon & Zyon, Travis Scott’s Cactus Trails, and thousands of Supreme pieces.
Nike snkrs bot NSB has been maintaining a consistent rate of success, so far.
Plus, being always-in-stock is what makes NSB one of the most sought-after bots.
Moreover, if you were to compare its retail price of $499/year with the resale value of OOS bots, NSB might actually win.
One of the oldest sneaker bots in the business, great availability, trust, and success rate.
The support can get better, especially for the operating age of the team behind the bot.
SUPPORT | 6/10
SUCCESS RATE | 6. 5/10
AIO Bot is the OG sneaker bot and a major sneaker bot.
It is the first name that comes to your mind when you think about copping, collecting, and reselling rare sneakers.
Right now, AIO Bot is one of the best sneaker bots in the business.
Not only in 2020 but ever since it launched back in 2014.
The bot supports Shopify, Adidas, Yeezysupply, and Footsites.
AIO Bot is also one of the easiest bots to run if you’re just getting started.
The price of $325 and the availability factor, make it one of the best sneaker bots ever.
In terms of numbers, AIO Bot users cooked on every single Air Jordan Release, including the AJ1 Royal Toe, Satin Snakeskin, Jordan 1 Smoke Grey, and a lot more.
And Yeezy-wise, The Adidas Yeezy 350 V2 Carbon, and Zyon were 2 of the best releases of 2020 and some of the best cops for AIO bot.
AIO Bot would cost you $325 with $69 renewal fees every 6 Months.
KODAI SNEAKER BOT
Cheap sneaker bot (if rented) with a simple user interface.
Very high resale price with slow return on investment, at least for beginners.
Kodai might not have always been under your radar, but it’s been one of the best sneaker bots in the industry so far.
As an all-in-one bot, Kodai supports Adidas, Yeezysupply, Supreme, and Footlocker EU, and Shopify.
However, Kodai’s biggest strength is the Footsites US.
Since the bulk of sneaker stock drops there, running Kodai can increase your chances of copping, flipping, and cashing in.
Unless you buy it for the resale price, which falls between $6000 and $7000, then you’ll go short on money for a long time.
For that, it’ll take some time for Kodai to start paying you back.
Some of Kodai’s biggest moments of 2020 were:
The Jordan 1 Mochas, Yeezy Carbon, AJ1 Satin, and Jordan 12 Gold.
Check out their Twitter feed, for proof of success.
As for the usage, Kodai’s interface is smooth and relatively easy to use.
So if you’re still new to the sneaker bot business but can afford it, go for it; you shouldn’t have a hard time running and benefiting from Kodai.
WRATH SNEAKER BOT
Overall Score 6. 4
Easy of use, with good results.
High retail price and a further subscription model that charges you every month.
Launching back in February 2018, Wrath bot is not new to the sneaker bot wars.
However, 2020 seems to be doing the bot justice.
The retail price of Wrath starts at $350 plus a monthly subscription.
But as cupcakes and rainbows as this price sounds, Wrath also follows the very trendy “Out-of-stock” model.
Making it impossible for you to get a key unless you pay the resale price for it.
Which, in the case of Wrath bot, is about $5000 to $6000!
Or you could stay glued to their Twitter account hoping for a restock.
Quite frustrating when you got a whole bunch of Yeezys lined up to drop soon.
Wrath cops sneakers from Footsites, Shopify, and Yeezysupply.
And for your weekly dose of pricey streetwear, Wrath also supports Supreme.
However, to continue on this copping journey, you must pay $125 every 6 months to keep sneakers coming through your windows PC or Mac.
So far in 2020, we’ve seen Wrath cop on almost all hyped releases with checkout numbers ranging from good to impressive!
Some of the biggest successes of Wrath bot would be the Yeezy Linens, Jordan 1 Royals, New Balance Casablanca, and of course Supreme.
PHANTOM BY GHOST
Overall Score 6. 5
Good price, easy to use, and good support.
Sold as an AIO sneaker bot, but it lags updates with certain sites.
SUPPORT | 7/10
SUCCESS RATE | 6/10
Designed $300 for a decent all-in-one bot is not much to pay if we’re being honest.
And Phantom, the AIO Bot by Ghost is one that’s worth your cash.
However, when such a sneaker bot opts for an OOS business model, things get pricey.
So, if you’re aching to cop sneakers or Supreme using Phantom, brace yourself to shed anything from $1500 to $2000.
But even that is not a lot considering how much you can make when you play your cards right and cop smart.
Some of the latest successful drops for Phantom include the Yeezy Quantum Barium, Jordan 1 Royal Toes, Jordan 13 Flints, and Yeezy 700 MNVN Black.
And though its performance on Supreme wasn’t a match to its competitors’, Phantom still counts as an AIO bot.
One that’s actually compatible with Windows and Mac.
Great success rate, with an increasing number of verified checkouts.
Just out of beta testing, little things need ironing here and there, before it goes wrong.
EASE OF USE | 6. 5/10
AVAILABILITY | 7/10
Easycopbots best sneaker botsOne of the promising sneaker bots that joined the industry recently is Easycop Bot.
Known to be a Footsites only bot, Easycop is slowly getting the attention of sneakerheads on big releases.
In terms of performance, this sneaker bot has been getting an increased number of checkouts regularly.
With their recent success scored on the Yeezy Asriel release where they claim to have copped thousands of pairs.
And we can’t help but notice the big hype over this new bot.
The number of shoutouts and rate of engagement on Twitter is remarkable for a bot just out of beta testing.
As for the sites, Easycop supports Footsites only.
And it’s still not clear whether or not it will add more sites anytime soon. However, for a relatively new bot, Easycop’s performance on Footsites is quite remarkable.
Among its recent wins, we can mention the Black NMD HUs, the Yeezy 380 Natural and Carbon, and the Kobe “Bruce Lee” on which ECB scored a success rate of 95%.
At the price point of $600, Easycop is not so easy on the pocket.
But again compared to the crazy resell prices of OOS bots, it’s not a lot to pay for such performance.
However, if you’re into all-in-one bots and streetwear, ECB is not your bot.
THE SHIT BOT
Overall Score 7. 5
High-performance dedicated sneaker bot to Nike releases.
The price keeps changing which can be very confusing for starters.
We’ve focused more before on AIO bots and those specialized in wiping shelves of Footsites and Shopify.
But unless we talk about Nike bots, we’d be overlooking one major subsection of the sneaker industry.
Nike bots have always been a major part of the industry.
In fact, the whole sneaker botting scene kicked off with Nike bots back when Kanye was part of Nike and Nike Yeezys were the real deal.
Five or six years later, Nike bots are back in the spotlight, with Nike dropping most of the stock on hyped Dunk and Jordan releases.
And although BetterNikeBot is one of the oldest Nike bots around, it seems like The Shit Bot is taking the limelight lately.
With a unique character, one-of-a-kind UI, and lately great performance on SNKRS, The Shit Bot (No really, that’s its name! ) is considered one of the best Nike bots out there.
Scrolling through TSB Twitter, you can tell it performs very well and cops sneakers that aren’t accessible by other bots.
And well, when you add up the number of the Jordan 1 Mochas, AJ5 Off white sail and Nike Dunks copped, TSB’s users seem to be making some good cash!
According to their website, using TSB you can cop Nike sneakers from more than 45 different regions.
As for the retail price, the 10 Grand on the website might look freaky, but the actual retail/ restock price of this Nike bot is $299.
So it’s on the lower side of the price range.
THE KICK STATION
Overall Score 6. 6
Good sneaker bot, once found! Great success rate and good support.
Very hard to get hold of, even the website requires an invitation of password access.
After a very successful year in 2019, TKS has had a rough time getting that same level of success in 2020.
So, if you’re looking to invest in a top-notch sneaker copping tool, TKS might not be the bot for you.
Best bots TKSTheKickStation, aka TKS, was one of the best sneaker bots in 2019.
With its power points being Footsites and Shopify-based websites.
TKS UI is considered a bit tricky to work with so it might not be the best bot for beginners.
However, at the price of $360, it is a fair investment if you consider the potential ROI if you cop.
The biggest downfall would be that it’s out of stock.
So you can’t just buy these shoe bots when you’ve saved up enough.
In fact, you’re probably doomed to pay the resale price which can go up to over $800.
But just in case you really need this bot, in particular, you can always rent it or buy it second-hand off Discord servers.
And that’s where most sneaker bot trading happens.
You just need to find a sneakerhead that’s not interested in whatever drop you’re copping.
Ultimate Beginner Guide To Sneaker Bots
This is the ultimate guide to everything sneaker bots right now!
I’ll show you how to use sneaker bots to increase your money-making chances exponentially, with minimal effort.
Right now, there are many bot services around and endless YouTube tutorials on how to use them.
But, before you start, you have to understand the business where sneaker bots are most used: reselling sneakers.
Rare, expensive, limited-edition sneakers, a good sneaker bot will help you find and sell them very, very fast.
The easiest way to explain how the reselling of sneakers works is via a parallel to concert tickets.
Most concert tickets re-sell for more than their retail price.
However, it is hard to know when someone decides to resell the ticket. For that, some clever buyers use automated bots to spot and buy them.
Just like the ticketing industry, the footwear industry is also run by bots.
Retailers, brands, and designers often speak out about the use of bots are a potential problem, attempting to stop them or to fight back.
More recently, KAWS announced that they were canceling and blocking orders made by bots.
Similarly, Berrics tricked one bot user into spending $11, 000 on a sneaker, while Kith used a similar bait-and-switch tactic to dupe someone into buying 21 pairs, or $1, 700 worth of “Wheat” Jordan 1s.
The sneaker bots war is ongoing, with both sides consistently re-positioning to gain new ground.
What Is A Sneaker Bot?
A sneaker bot is an application, or an automated script, designed and used to speed up the checkout process when buying products online.
Any computer can run a sneaker bot. However, large servers are preferred, given their extra processing speed.
Sneaker bots facilitate the purchasing of extremely rare or limited edition shoes that make their way to the aftermarket to be sold for profit.
Most Valuable Sneakers – adapted from ‘The Korea Economic Daily’.
Many of these shoes are nearly impossible to find and buy without using bots.
Why? Because there are hundreds like you, simultaneously “botting” the same sneakers, so there’s crazy competition right from the start.
The most usually botted sites are Supreme, Dover Street Market, Shopify stores like YeezySupply, and Footsites (Foot Locker, Champs, Eastbay, and Footaction), given that they regularly drop covetable pieces.
For more sneaker stores, check out our full list of best sneaker websites.
How Do Sneaker Bots Work?
In a nutshell, you type your information and purchasing details into the bot interface, such as your credit card, name, delivery address.
Then you instruct the bot on what to buy.
This part can be done in two main ways:
1. Just enter the URL (web address) of the product into the bot.
2. Provide the bot with the product name and other related keywords.
Buyers often search for early information (like the product URL) from so-called ‘cook groups’ which provide support to botters.
Once the bot is launched, it will automate the checkout process and purchase items quicker than is humanly possible.
In fact, a good sneaker bot can check out products in as little as 0. 2 seconds.
Without bots, shopping limited-edition releases would prioritize those with fast internet or close to the manufacturer’s server.
“In order for any release to be fair, everyone has to be using the same speed of internet. Moreover, everybody must be at the same physical distance from the servers, as that also affects the amount of time it takes to be first in line, ” said Erik Fagerlind from Sneakersnstuff.
Although it sounds simple, using sneaker bots can become quite complicated.
That is because you have to set up and use proxies, alongside a dedicated server and the bot.
Servers are preferred with bots because they increase the speed to which you are connecting to the site that sells rare sneakers.
Proxies are unique IP addresses that can be used to make you seem like you are multiple buyers, from different parts of the world.
For instance, if you want to enter into an online queue to buy the latest YEEZYs, the more entries you have, the higher the chances of completing your purchase.
If you don’t use proxies, the site will identify all your entries as one source, resulting in an IP ban.
After procuring a sneaker bot, a server, and proxies, it comes the training time.
You’ll have to get used to your sneaker bot, know the delays, how the targeted site works, and if it has bot protection.
The bot and user training part sometimes takes months as it is not something you pick up once you get the bot.
Also, buying an expensive bot won’t assure you to get sneakers.
There are sneaker bot users, usually, the people copping and cooking shoes, that have been in the sneaker-reselling game for a long time.
They know this business from the back of their head, so remember that in your early days. It might take some time.
1. Sneaker Bot Proxy
There are Unknown proxies, Oculus proxies, Shadow and Leaf proxies.
But, the most popular types of proxies are ISP and residential.
Residential proxies are needed for sites with very high bot protection.
Most residential proxies are rotating the provided IP addresses while, on the other hand, a data center doesn’t rotate IP addresses.
So if the IP gets banned, it’s banned and you have to wait until you’re unbanned.
2. Sneaker Bot Proxy
There are Unknown proxies, Oculus proxies, Shadow, and Leaf proxies.
3. Gmail Accounts For Sneaker Bots
Gmail accounts are needed for four different sites: Supreme, Yeezy Supply, Footsites, and Shopify.
When a CAPTCHA message pops up, Gmails make it easier for you to solve the CAPTCHA, and thus, it gives you fast access time.
Ideally, you’ll use an aged Gmail account.
Aged Gmail accounts are from 2010 and even older.
There’s a black market for Gmail accounts, but the most wanted are old Gmail accounts.
Another way to get an aged Gmail account is from people that farm Gmail.
Gmail farms put a lot of activity on these accounts so they don’t look fake.
4. Virtual Credit Card Profiles
There are many ways to get credit cards for sneaker bots.
For once, there are virtual credit cards. Here’s how it works.
Most modern credit card providers have a feature called virtual cards that allows you to make unlimited cards.
Always use these virtual cards so your card does not get flagged and canceled.
As a form of bot protection, most sneaker sites no longer allow buyers to save profile checkouts anymore.
For that, use different credit cards, names, numbers, and addresses.
But, how do you use a different address on your card? It’s simple, you just jig on your virtual credit cards.
5. How To Jig On Credit Cards
Let’s say your address is 123 Apple St. It is a house, and it is just you living at that address.
But, by jigging, you’ll add a ‘Room 1’ to your address.
Then, on the next profile, you put ‘Room 2. ’
The third profile you put ‘Room 3 and so on, up to 500, if needed.
You can change room to an apartment (in the same house, 123 Apple St. ) and can go up to 10, 000 apartments.
In this way, jigging shows the company or the site that’s dropping the sneakers that this guy is not getting multiple pairs of shoes.
To them, these are all different addresses.
In reality, you’re just changing the room number, in your own house.
6. Sneaker Bots Updates
The developer of the bot pushes frequent updates.
Most sneaker bot developers tend to push updates every day.
Software updates are needed because the sites fight to ban the bots, and developers create patches or updates that allow them to fight back.
Usually, developers inform users on Discord when there’s an update available.
If you don’t update, your sneaker bot might not work as expected or, you might get a bunch of errors during the drop.
Are Sneaker Bots Illegal?
Sneaker bots are not illegal.
However, the use of sneaker bots goes against the terms and conditions of most websites.
Supreme, Shopify, Nike, and Adidas are aware of sneaker bots, and they all update their online protection against them on a regular basis.
However, sneaker bot developers are also quick to update their operating software in order to bypass any new protective measures.
These bot updates entail changes in coding that aim to tell the difference between a bot and a human user.
Although sneaker bots are legal, do not confuse them with ticketing bots, illegal in the USA.
Is Botting A Pyramid Scheme?
No, sneaker botting is not a pyramid scheme.
Sneaker manufacturers, sellers, and resellers are legit businesses run by legitimate people.
What sneaker botting does is the selective acceleration of the sneaker trade.
– What Are Retailers Doing To Combat Sneaker Bots?
Sneaker bots are something they “focus very much on“, said Simon Lister, marketing director at End Clothing.
“We’ve implemented a number of solutions designed to make life more difficult for bots. When we release limited products, we do so through our new Launches Platform. Instead of having a ‘first come, first served (FCFS) operational system in place, where bots triumph, we enter the customers in a raffle. Only the lucky winners will be able to purchase the limited items, ” added Simon.
Simon asserts that releasing limited products in this way is the only way of “ensuring fairness for customers”.
A lot of other retailers have since followed suit.
Chris Bone, general manager of Livestock, shares a critical outlook on sneaker bots, referring to bot users as “vampires” who “suck the life out of whatever it is they’re trying to make a buck off. ”
Bone also mentions that in-store releases and raffles are the way forward to combat the issue, stating that Livestock is constantly “working to get these releases into the right hands”.
Some retailers are now also implementing CAPTCHAs onto their site to try and stop bots.
Supreme has also tried this tactic, though it wasn’t successful – bots now allow you to log in to Gmail accounts, and if enough activity is monitored on the email account, the site will not ask you to solve a captcha.
Similarly, Simon Bus from SNIPES, mentioned that the brand “uses a market-leading system to successfully block bots, ” and that “suspicious orders, classified technically flawless by the system, are hand-checked by the staff”.
It means that even if you manage to get past their anti-bot protection, your order is still at risk of being canceled.
Do Sneaker Bots Actually Work?
Botters are now increasingly competing with other botters.
Some site, such as Adidas, YeezySupply, and Nike, release their products with a raffle-based system.
Each buyer enters a queue and then a small number of people are randomly selected to purchase the item.
While this might sound like it could eliminate the success of bots, this isn’t the case, as they are also used to put mass entries into queues and raffles.
So, while bots do not guarantee success, they drastically increase your chances of success.
How Much Does A Sneaker Bot Cost?
The average sneaker bot cost is $50-$60 a month.
However, you might not be able to get your hands on a bot, despite paying for it, because they barely restock for retail.
So if you can catch a sneaker bot for retail, it’s going to cost you from $300-$500 a year.
A good sneaker bot retail for £300 and even more. However, some of the most popular and successful bots are very hard to get.
There are cases when a sneaker bot user has paid £4, 000 to buy one of these top bots from a reseller.
`Ironically, it is actually harder to purchase the sneaker best bots at retail value than it is to get an average pair of collectible sneakers like YEEZYs.
If you’re going to pay resale, you could pay from $1, 000-$8, 000.
There’s a bot called Sole AIO, which goes for $2K, and Balko, which goes for $3K.
Cyber bot, for example, goes for seven grand or more, while Wraith bot sells for eight grand and up.
There are so many more sneaker bots we could keep naming but the main problem is finding one to buy.
Then, the costs add up as some people don’t have computers powerful enough, so they have to get a server.
A good server can cost you almost $80 to $100 a month.
Add to the cost proxies, which depends on how many tasks you run and how secure you want to be.
The average person runs 50 to 100 tasks on every release.
Proxies will help you hide your identity and the IP address from websites so they can’t block you from being a reseller.
A good proxy provider will charge you about $100-$150 a month.
Then, each aged Gmail account is about a dollar.
So you could end up paying $30 a month for Gmail accounts, used to help bypass CAPTCHAs on retailers’ websites.
And then you have extra expenses, such as Nike’s SNKRS accounts.
You can get them for about $1. 50 per account. However, SNKRS accounts get banned very quickly, so you could end up paying more.
I personally know people that pay $100 a month for SNKRS accounts, just because they keep getting reset.
Overall, you’re looking at an expense of $800-$1, 000 per month to be successful.
Based on my calculations, the cheapest way to use a bot and resell sneakers will cost you at least $600 per month.
What Are The Best Sneaker Bots?
There are a couple of bot types and bots names you must know about when going into the sneaker reselling market.
There are going to be Shopify bots, Nike bots, Adidas bots, Footsites bots, Supreme bots, and Yeezy Supply bots.
The best bots for these sites are going to be Cybersole AIO, Balkobot, Splashforce, Polaris, MEKPreme, VeloxPreme, Wraith, and Nike Shoe Bot.
The best and most popular sneaker bots occasionally restock, and due to the unprecedented demand, they sell out in seconds.
We tapped a UK-based sneaker bot developer who chose to remain anonymous, to ask what he’s doing to stay ahead of retailers and brands.
“I don’t think that retailers can win this cat and mouse game of anti-bot protection. I put it down to 2 main factors:
Firstly, it is expensive and time-intensive for retailers and brands to attempt “patching” the plethora of sneaker bots out there.
Secondly, where there is demand, there’s money… and a way around.
Right now, there’s crazy money to be made in the botting industry. See for example the developers of ‘Cyber bot’, boasting that their users collectively spent over 30 million dollars in the last year. “
Personally, I don’t recommend buying all-in-one (AIO) bots. That’s because they don’t really work.
Why? Well, there’s no bot that supports every site.
The sellers will market these bots as fully compatible with all sites but, because all sites change so much so fast, the developers can’t keep up.
To get your own sneaker bots, you have to follow the developers on Twitter.
There you can be the first to know if they do restocks, when, where, and how.
The most interesting part of the sneaker bots business is that there are bots designed to let you know when to get the restocks.
Simply put, people use bots to buy bots.
However, most people are getting their bots from resale or restocks.
Usually, you can get a bot from $1, 000-$8, 000.
The most popular top 3 resale markets for bots are BotBroker, Bot Mart, and Tidal.
Above all, don’t get scammed.
Often, when people buy bots, they go through middlemen.
There are people that join those bot marketplaces and impersonate real middlemen with fake names and accounts.
If you want to buy a sneaker bot just to get yourself a pair of rare sneakers, I wouldn’t recommend it.
That’s because you might not succeed for the first time and things will become increasingly expensive, soon.
There is another important to know; not everyone in the sneaker bot business is getting rich.
You should know that this is not an easy business and it’s not like you’re going to be making instant money.
It’ll take you six months to a year to get the ball rolling as nothing happens overnight.
Finally, if you’re serious about using a sneaker bot, this article should give you a headstart over the competition.
You know what you’re dealing with, where to start, and who to trust.
Also, keep in mind that the sneaker industry is ever-growing.
The industry’s growth calls for new sneaker bots to join every season.
And, while some new bots might not have (yet) the reputation of OG sneaker bots, there’s a chance they’re going to be even better.
So, keep an open mind, heart, and an eye on this article for future sneaker bots updates!
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Everything You Need to Know About Preventing Sneaker Bots – Queue-it
If you’re a sneaker retailer, you know bots are a huge problem in the $42 billion sneaker business.
According to Imperva’s 2020 Bad Bot report over 18% of traffic to ecommerce sites comes from bad bots.
But sneakerheads know that in their world, bots dominate the game. On hyped releases, close to 100% of traffic comes from bots, according to Akamai’s director of threat research.
Limited-edition releases and high-profile collaborations generate so much demand that an entire resale industry has emerged.
Sneakers become assets, just like stocks or artwork. If you visited StockX—what the New York Times called “A Nasdaq for Sneakerheads”—you’d be forgiven for thinking you were looking at shares of Nike stock, not a resale site for Nike sneakers.
Where the money and hype are, bots follow.
An example from StockX with financial market terms like “ask”, “bid”, “ticker” and “volatility”
Bad bots are bad for business. They erode the trust sneakerheads have in your brand. They sever the connection with genuine customers who could return to buy and evangelize your brand. And they create overwhelming traffic that can crash your site, losing sales on products across the board.
But what can retailers do? How did we get here? Will legislation fix things? How do sneaker raffles remove bots from the equation? Are there other options? These are the questions we’ll deal with in this blog.
How have sneaker bots evolved?
How do sneaker bots affect your business?
Are sneaker bots illegal?
Are sneaker raffles the solution to sneaker bots?
4 strategies to beat sneaker bots & keep releases online
Sneaker bots seriously kicked off in 2012 with the release of the Air Jordan Doernbecher 9.
Nike chose to release the shoe via Twitter. Shoppers could reserve the shoe by being first to direct message (DM) the company.
Quickly, people created bots to scour Twitter’s API and DM Nike after any tweets with terms like “reserve now” or “Doernbecher”. With these bots “you could send hundreds of DMs in a tenth of a second, ” says one botmaker.
Humans didn’t stand a chance.
At the same time, ecommerce platforms like Shopify appeared, making it easier to sell products online without technical expertise. With the Nike Twitter releases and increased online sneaker sales, botmakers began developing more advanced bots.
Originally, botmakers would sell their sneaker bots to shoppers who paid a premium to improve their chances of snagging sneakers. Whole sub-Reddit threads like /sneakerbots and /shoebots are dedicated to sharing knowledge on how to use bots to score a pair of kicks.
But then the botmakers realized: why sell a one-time product if they can charge a fee for every sneaker release and run the bots themselves?
And so the Add to Cart services were born. Sneakerheads go to a botmaker’s website, enter their order and payment information, and wait for the bot to do its dirty work. If successful, the sneakerhead pays a fee to the Add to Cart service for the bot-purchased sneakers.
Between the Add to Cart Services and individually run bots, the sneaker industry is currently at the point where close to 100% of traffic during sneaker drops comes from bots.
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A Twitter user poses next to all his pairs after the Adidas Yeezy 350 v2 “Zebra” release in July 2017 (via Medium).
Using bots to buy and resell sneakers is a perfect example of rent-seeking behavior. That’s economist talk for profit-seeking without social value—in a word, leeching.
But sneaker bots are more than just a nuisance. When you sell a £140 pair of Travis Scott Air Jordans that middlemen then resell for 10-20 times retail price, your business loses out in several ways.
Missed connection with true customers
Many sneakerheads don’t have access to shoes at those price points. When they’re forced to buy on a secondary marketplace, your brand misses a crucial opportunity to connect with a real human customer and establish a strong, ongoing relationship. Bots don’t take part in upselling. They don’t return later to buy products from a brand they love. And they don’t evangelize your brand to friends and family.
Lost business intelligence
When fans use middlemen like Add to Cart services, it prevents you from interacting directly with the customer. You lose out on invaluable purchase activity that’s vital to business intelligence.
Flawed data for decision-making.
Sneaker bots skew the analytics you need to make informed business decisions. Fake accounts give a false impression of your customer base. And sneaker bots that hold product without buying ruin your cart abandonment metrics.
Damaged brand reputation
Then there’s just the fundamental unfairness of it all. Without using bots, people buying sneakers to actually wear them stand little to no chance of doing so. When customers feel this way, it hurts brand reputation.
As Yoav Cohen, senior VP of Product Development at Imperva, says, “Retailers aren’t technically losing profits by unintentionally selling products to malicious bots, but they are losing consumer trust. ”
Just look at how Shopify is belittled as “Botify” on social media channels.
Website crashes & slowdowns
Bots and the increased traffic they generate can bring down websites all together, making it impossible for you to sell your products.
For an example of scope, realize that a Supreme launch saw 986, 335, 133 pageviews and 1, 935, 195, 305 purchase attempts to their server in ONE DAY alone.
Queue-it customer SNIPES frequently attracts 100, 000 sneakerheads on release days. When your website goes down, it means lost sales from other products on the website, too.
Bot activity was behind website issues that led Strangelove Skateboards and Nike to cancel their recent Valentine’s Day collaboration.
On the day of the launch, the company said via Instagram that “raging botbarians at the gate broke in the back door and created a monumental mess for us this evening”. “Circumstances spun way, way out of control in the span of just two short minutes, ” they wrote.
Bots crashed the site, forcing the sneaker drop offline.
At least in the U. S., the answer is no. While using automated bots to buy goods online often violates the retailer’s terms and conditions, there are no laws against it at the current time for sneakers.
The U. S. BOTS Act of 2016 made it illegal to buy tickets with bots by evading security measures and breaking purchasing rules set up by the ticket issuer. U. politicians introduced the Stopping Grinch Bots Act of 2018, which would broaden the scope to all products or services sold on the internet, shoes included. But the bill died in Congress.
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And even if passed, the BOTS Act has highlighted the difference between legislation and enforcement. Just because a law is on the books doesn’t mean it’s followed. Strong enforcement is necessary to curb illegal behavior. The Federal Trade Commission—the agency tasked with enforcing the law—couldn’t comment on any instances of enforcement in the year after the BOTS Act’s passage.
Sneaker retailers could sue botmakers for damages for violating their terms of service. But a 2017 Wired article claimed that, until that point, no sneaker or clothing company had done so.
Given the game of whack-a-mole that would likely ensue when going after shady, often international, bot companies, you can’t really blame retailers.
If you’re a retailer who cares about maintaining fairness, you’re forced to step up your sneaker bot prevention game.
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Faced with hordes of raging botbarians, several sneaker retailers decided to take the process offline by holding sneaker raffles.
What is a sneaker raffle?
In a sneaker raffle, shoppers enter a contest to win the right to buy a pair of sneakers. Sneaker raffles operate differently from a fundraising raffle, where people pay to enter the contest and, if someone’s entry is chosen, he or she wins the prize for free.
To run a sneaker raffle, a retailer collects all entries, either in-person or electronically. Then they choose one or several entries at random to decide who gets to buy the sneakers within a timeframe.
Most raffles require pickup at an in-person location, though some will ship the winners their shoes without in-person verification.
What are the benefits of a sneaker raffle?
Bots only operate online, so taking the raffle offline is effective in removing them from the sneaker equation.
In recent years, several large retailers like Nike and Foot Locker have moved the raffle entry system online to their apps, which opens the chance for bots to manipulate the entry process.
Sneaker raffles are primarily effective because they tie the purchase to something in the physical world. The raffle winners need to show up in person and show a form of ID, like a credit card or driver’s license. This erects a huge barrier for resellers who operate on getting as much inventory as possible.
Finally, sneaker raffles helped avoid the heated tensions that came with the long store lines. There are many documented cases of releases turning violent and requiring police intervention, which a raffle can help prevent.
What are the drawbacks of a sneaker raffle?
Sneaker raffles take the process fully or partially offline in an attempt to beat sneaker bots, but not without consequences.
Eliminates first-come, first-served process
First-come, first-served is the gold standard for a fair purchase process.
For the sneakerhead community, where being on top of the latest trends, drops, and collaborations is a point of pride, it can be immensely frustrating to feel everything is left up to chance.
Sneakerheads have no control over whether they get the shoe. And the amount of L’s (coming up empty-handed) among raffle entrants can be staggering.
Also, raffles can still benefit resellers who aren’t interested in wearing the shoes themselves. They can easily enter every raffle possible, stacking the odds in their favor and letting them continue to flip kicks for a profit.
Open to multiple entries
Raffles are also prone to allowing multiple entries, decreasing their fairness. For in-person raffles, sneakerheads often bring several friends or family members to enter the drawing, increasing their chances. For online raffles, YouTube videos show how bots let shoppers create multiple accounts across many countries to improve their odds.
Removes marketing hype
Because raffles involve a delay between entering and winning (or more likely losing), they end up deflating the hype that a popular online launch can generate.
Is not transparent
How raffle winners are selected is not at all transparent. It conjures up images of store managers picking the names of their friends out of a hat, or shoppers bribing store managers to pick their name.
Customers don’t have insight into what’s going on, or how the raffle is run. Because raffles lack transparency, they score low on perceived fairness.
Limits to physical locations
Bringing the sneaker retail online equalized access to the market.
The hottest releases were no longer limited to sneakerheads living in metropolitan areas like New York or Los Angeles. A kid in rural Nebraska had the same chance to buy a pair of limited-edition kicks as someone in Manhattan.
With raffles that require in-store pickup, however, many sneakerheads in rural and suburban areas are unfairly left out.
Strategies to beat sneaker bots & keep releases online
If done well, you can run transparent, first-come-first-served sneaker releases that let you serve a wide audience of sneakerheads and harness the marketing hype.
But beating sneaker bots isn’t easy.
There’s plenty of money to be made in sneaker resale. So botmakers and operators will keep plowing money into the arms race against retailers.
You need to change the economics of bot attacks. That means targeting each attack vector and increasing bot operators’ costs to beat your protections.
An especially effective strategy involves tying the online purchase to something in the physical world, like a driver’s license or membership ID.
Here’s what you should investigate if you’re serious about preventing sneaker bots:
Monitoring is key because behavior will let you tell real sneakerheads from bad bots.
For example, if there’s a high concentration of visitors using the same IP address, it’s a red flag that bots are at play.
At Queue-it, we’ve found over 50% of the bots blocked by our virtual waiting room’s abuse and bot protection emanate from the same IP address. The bots are trying to simulate real users on a massive scale. But getting unique IP addresses is an additional step that not all bot operators take.
Preventing account creation & takeover
When bot operators try to buy many pairs of sneakers, they need several accounts for the purchases.
On account creation, bot mitigation tools like Akamai, Imperva, and PerimeterX validate biometric data like mouse movements, mobile swipe, and accelerometer data to distinguish bots from real users, and then feed that data into machine learning algorithms. You can also block or enforce Google’s reCAPTCHA on traffic from known bot hosting providers and outdated browsers typically used to run bots.
Managing traffic during the sale
Bots enjoy a speed and volume advantage. They use their speed advantage to blow by human users and their volume advantage to circumvent per-customer purchase limits. When the sneakers drop, you need to target the speed and volume advantages simultaneously.
A tool like a virtual waiting room can help neutralize both. Bots that arrive before the sale starts are placed in a pre-queue together with legitimate users. When the event launches, everyone in the pre-queue is randomized. This eliminates any advantage in arriving early or hitting the web page milliseconds after the start of the sale.
Retailers can require visitors to enter known data, such as a membership number, email address, or driver’s license ID to enter the virtual waiting room. Combining known data makes impersonating real users exceptionally expensive and complex. This makes it a powerful tool to combat bots’ volume advantage.
Virtual waiting rooms create a highly transparent online experience by giving detailed information on place in line and estimated waiting time.
And a virtual waiting room has the added benefit of giving you full control over traffic inflow so demand doesn’t crash your site. This can happen from human shoppers alone, but bot traffic only makes it worse. Placing visitors in a first-in, first-out online queue off your infrastructure keeps your website performing its best when you need it most.
Stop the sneaker bots & bring back fairness to sneaker drops
Many sneakerheads relate to the below Twitter user when he wrote:
Sneakerheads feel like they need a bot to have any shot at copping sneakers on the primary market.
And they’re not wrong.
Bots provide the fuel for the secondary market and their sky-high prices. All this has understandably strained retailers’ and brands’ relationships with their real customers.
At Queue-it, we believe it’s possible to keep sneaker releases in the 21st century while ensuring shoes get in the hands of true sneakerheads.
Online sneaker sales have many advantages compared with in-store or raffle sales—but only if bots are under control.
Unfortunately, legislation isn’t likely to help any time soon.
So to keep the bots truly at bay, you need a best-in-breed, combined bot mitigation solution. Crafting a tailored strategy to mitigate unique attack vectors before, during, and after the sneaker drops gives you the best chance of achieving successful, bot-free sneaker sales.
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