Best Sneakers to Resell in the Last Quarter of 2017

2017 has been a pretty eventful year for sneakers, for both sneaker fans and resellers alike.

Some truly unique shoes have made their way on to the scene, drawing a new round of rabid sneakerheads as well as a fresh group of people coming on to the scene trying to learn how to partake in the exciting game of buying and selling shoes.

From Kaws x Jordan 4’s to multiple colorways in PSNY 12’s, to brand new colorways of V2 Yeezy’s, and most recently Tom Sachs Nike Mars Yards, there was a lot of money to be made in the world of sneaker reselling.

Although the year is more than halfway over, there are still some hot releases to look forward to. It’s not too late to get in to the game, whether you’re a fan of the brands and would like to own the hottest kicks, or if you’d like to get a feel of what it’s like to be a certified sneaker flipper.

At the time of this writing in mid august of 2017, here are some of the most notable upcoming kicks:

Off White x Nike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(A preorder pair of an upcoming Nike x Off-white model on eBay.)

Virgil Abloh’s Off White brand is fresh to the fashion scene, as it debuted in 2014, but already it has reached massive cult status in the streetwear world. This come up is amazing and I give a lot of credit to Mr. Abloh and his visionary ability to create art that stands out in the super competitive and judgemental world of streetwear. His clothing commands high price tags and is worn by celebrities. He is also the mastermind behind the PYREX brand, another celebrity favorite.

The streetwear world is tied hand in hand with the sneaker culture, so whenever a collaboration happens between the two, a buying frenzy and hype are set to ensue. Historically, Nike collaborations are a safe bet of at least double the retail value, and the hotter the streetwear brand, the more valuable the collaboration will be. Needless to say, this Off White x Nike drop will be one to watch.

With the hype in the sneaker community and preorders flooding eBay in the $1000+ range (some people are even buying and selling fakes at the $500 level right now too), it’s safe to say that these are definitely kicks that you want to go after for a nice flip.

This is a huge event that you should start to prep for now, as 6 different models will be releasing.

Out of all the models releasing, the ones to pay attention to with the highest likely resale value are definitely the Air Jordan 1 x Off White, the Air Max 90 x Off White, and the Nike Air Vapormax x Off White. The other 3 models, the Off White x Nike Air Force 1, Blazer Mid, and Air Presto will surely also have resale value, but your best bet for profitable flips are the first 3 mentioned.

You’ll want to be equipped with a tool like a sneaker bot. To learn how to properly operate them and more about different valuable shoe models and sales strategies, I recommend that you check out the insider’s field guide  on how to become a master at profitably selling shoes. Working with a sneaker bot to buy limited shoes can be dangerous, so the guide also includes completely manual, free methods that you can use to successfully secure yourself a pair of shoes.

Yeezy V2 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(source: High Snobiety , IG account pinoe77)

The Yeezy Zebras were the most valuable Yeezys of the year at the time of their release in February, commanding prices of $2000 and even more during the frenzy of their limited release. Since then, the Yeezy resale price has dropped with models that released in larger quantities like the Cream Yeezy’s showing resale value of around $500-600, which is characteristically low for Yeezys (but still worth a decent profit at a $220 retail).

There was a recent restock of the Yeezy Zebras, and since tons of pairs were out, the resale price plummeted to below $1000.

It is still worth going for Yeezys as they will always sell for double, at least for the rest of the year. Mark your calendars for this October 2017 when the next Yeezys are due to release, the Beluga 2.0s. These should be more rare than the Creams so will likely see initial resale value of triple their retail.

As always, another round of Yeezys will also be releasing around the Holiday season. The semi frozen yellow and blue tint colorways are scheduled to drop in December.

Air Jordan 14 x Doernbecher 

 

 

 

 

 

(source: Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Children’s Hospital )

These kicks are the result of a collaboration between Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Oregon and Nike. Although the official design has not made its debut yet, expect to see a confirmation of the designs in October. Each year, kids who are patients of the hospital, often with diseases that are deemed nearly uncurable, are given the opportunity to make a mark with their life by designing a pair of Nike sneakers.

Multiple pairs are set to release, but the one to look out for is the Air Jordan 14 which will likely be the shoe that will get a Doernbecher flavor for a high resale value. Make sure you’re prepped for November to take part of this hot release you don’t want to miss. The best reason to take part in this release is because purchasing a pair of these shoes will contribute a 100% donation to children in need who have cancer.

Pharrell Williams Human Race NMD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(source: Yeezy Mafia )

Ever since Kanye came on in 2015, Adidas has been experiencing a major come up in the last few years. The amount of shoes that resell with the three stripes logo is frequent enough that nowadays more and more people are putting in the research to learn how to resell shoes like Yeezys to make money.

Last year, Pharrell debuted an Adidas shoe that had Yeezy level resale values of around $2,000 for a single pair of shoes, and these were the Human Race adidas NMDs. Let me tell you, if you were around to partake in buying and reselling of those shoes, you would have had a really fun and profitable time!

Even if you’re reading this and you missed out on the last release, which would have made you $1,000 per pair that you secured, fret not because this collaboration is happening again, this November.

The resale values may or may not crack the $1,000 level, but it’s a pretty sure bet that you’ll be able to at the least double your money on the $240 investment.

Keep your eye out for these kicks and you can make thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars before this year ends! Good luck, and I wish you all the best.

 

How to buy limited sneakers online: Best manual practices

Best methods for manually buying shoes online

The previous article was all about sneaker bots. Of course, using sneaker bots like Another Nike Bot can greatly increase your chances of securing not just one but even multiple pairs.

But sometimes the best method is to cop manually. Let’s see how here:

1. Nike manual tips

Nike is at the forefront on the war against sneaker bots. They’re doing everything they can to prevent sneaker bot users from being able to use auto checkout software, aka bots, when purchasing shoes from their website.

To prevent this, they are releasing limited shoes primarily through a raffle system in which users must enter using the email address associated with their Nike account. The winners are then chosen through a random raffle. Since bots rely on being able to quickly check out at a set time in a normal check out process, a raffle in which no check out process is involved is impossible to game using bots.

Some people are getting around this issue by raising their chances of winning by signing up with multiple Nike accounts. Of course, there’s a limit to the amount of accounts you can sign up using your own computer and IP address, so there are people out there buying and selling Nike accounts to increase their chances of winning one pair but also opening up their chances of winning more than one pair.

SNKRS App

Another way Nike is combatting sneaker bots is through its SNKRS app. This app was released in 2015 and completely changed the buying process of shoes. Instead of going on Nike’s website and logging into your account and browsing through a ton of products to get to your shoes of choice, the SNKRS app was like scrolling through an Instagram feed of only the best sneakers (roughly half or more of all SNKRS releases are resellable for a profit at retail, compared to maybe 5% of the shoes on Nike’s site). When you saw a pair of shoes that you know through research has resale value, you can set up the app to send you a push notification reminding you of the release and another one right on the release time.

Setting up the push notification on the SNKRS app is extremely helpful as when you click/swipe the notification at the release time, it will take you directly to your desired shoe and right to the checkout process. You’ll get a notification saying to hold tight and wait to see if you’ve “Got ‘Em”. The odds for you getting a pair at this point are very high, so don’t exit the app and be ready to wait for up to 10 or even 15 minutes. Make sure the settings on your phone have the auto lock on your screen turned off so that after not touching your phone after any amount of time, your screen will still stay open and not automatically lock.

I’ve gotten over 50% of my attempts at highly resellable shoes through the sneakers app, including 2 pairs that I made over $300 each in profit off of. Even if you get the disappointing “Didn’t Get ‘Em” notification after waiting, give it another try and you just might get lucky.

Remember though that when using the SNKRS app, be sure to get on the app exactly on the release time, either through clicking the push notification that happens on the release time, or getting on the app minutes before the release time and refreshing exactly at the release time, which is usually 10:00AM EST, and the buttton below the shoe will turn into a price rather than a “Notify Me” button. Press the price and proceed through checkout with high hopes. This app alone has basically made my car payments through some months.

2. Adidas manual tips

Although adidas.com is a popular target for users of sneaker bots, it doesn’t mean that you’re not able to manually purchase a pair of Yeezys through Adidas or through Yeezy supply (Kanye’s direct Yeezy brand retailer.) You’ll have to have a couple things in advance set up to do so.

Twitter accounts:

Adidas will release Yeezys at a random time on the release day. Although some have pulled all nighters with their eyes peeled open to the screen, refreshing every 30 seconds, it’s not worth doing this. Historically, Yeezy’s have dropped sometime between 10AM and 1:00PM EST. Also, the window for you being able to purchase the shoes is about 30 minutes. So if the shoes initially release at 10:45AM, you’ll have until about 11:15AM to have your shot at getting them. It’s also been said that it doesn’t matter to adidas whether you went to their site right at the release time or some time after, so long as you are within the window which the shoes are still available, since the process is random.

The best thing to do to prepare yourself is to follow a number of twitter accounts, including (but not limited to) the official twitter of adidas and that of Kanye West, @adidasalerts and @solelinks.

Whenever the shoes become available, these accounts will normally take you to a direct link to the shoes. Often, the link is adidas.com/yeezy. So another method is to have adidas.com/yeezy open in your browser with no other tabs or windows open, and Twitter push notifications set up on your phone so that the instant you get the notification of Yeezys becoming available, you can go onto the site and refresh the page, putting you in the “waiting room” for Yeezys. Be ready to wait up to 40 minutes to be given the chance to go through the checkout process, also be ready to be faked out by the website numerous times before you actually make it through the process. Make sure that when you get to the buying page that you select a size that’s available and add it to your cart. Sometimes, a size will be listed as in stock but when you try to add it to cart, it’ll say it’s out of stock. You can try the size again or try out a different size, but either way, if the shoes have not been added to your cart then you’re not buying them. Also, if you’re lucky enough to pick a size and it goes to your cart, you’re not in the clear yet. Proceed immediately to the checkout page, as adidas will time you out for inactivity, and remember that you have not gotten your pair until you have completed the checkout process and you’ve gotten a confirmation email. Even then you’re at 90%, as adidas has been known to occasionally send out emails of orders being unable to be fulfilled even after the confirmation email, although this is very rare. You’re only at 100% when you’ve gotten a follow up email along with a tracking number. To make it to this point is totally possible without using a sneaker bot, but the odds are pretty low so be mentally prepared for release day to go both ways.

To buy Yeezy’s at retail is definitely an amazing feeling, but adidas.com isnYeezysupply.com is also worth the shot at manually purchasing, but be prepared for an early rise and to follow Kanye’s twitter account to know when to purchase. Historically, Yeezy Supply makes the shoes available for purchase around 5AM-6AM EST, but has been known to release as early as 4AM. Remember that not until you get the email confirmation of your order as well as the shipping follow up a day or two later do you have a pair of shoes secured. Also remember that even when you’re on the page with sizes still available, your chances remain slim. Putting yourself in the position of being able to buy the shoes is better than missing out completely, and with enough persistence and some luck you will eventually be able to buy a pair of Yeezy’s for retail using this method

Another method to manually buy Yeezy’s without the use of sneaker bots is to try lesser known sites for better odds !

Thanks to the wonderful resource justfreshkicks.com, I’ve been able to go on lesser known sites and luck out on the occasional pair of Yeezy’s!

Be aware though that some of these lesser known sites are international, so not only are some not in English, but you’ll have to log onto the site at a strange time (like 3:00 or 4:00AM) and possibly use an international parcel forwarding service like Borderlinx to have your mail forwarded to you from a European address. Most of these services are free to set up and make it really easy to cop from a site like END clothing.

Apps and Raffles.

You’re also able to purchase a pair of Yeezy’s as the winner of a raffle. If you live in or near a major city like New York or LA, there will probably be a store in the city doing an in store raffle. Interestingly, smaller cities like Cleveland (retailer: Xhibition) and Charlotte (retailer: Social Status) have been known to stock Yeezy’s in store and hold in store raffles at their boutique retailers that are approved to stock Yeezy’s.

Another way to secure yourself a pair of Yeezy’s is through the adidas confirmed app. Champs, Footlocker and Footaction have all made their own version of this app in which you’re able to buy a pair of Yeezy’s at their store, and although the process is slightly different for these apps, all of these Yeezy grabbing apps are dependent on your location.

With the adidas confimed app, you’ll have to first register for your shot at reserving a pair before the deadline expires, then you’ll have to go on the app exactly at the instructed day and time (typically the Thursday before the release weekend at 4:00PM EST), and tap like crazy on a circle that appears (or sometimes doesn’t) on your phone for your shot at reserving a pair. If you get the notification that a pair is reserved for you, you’ll see a store location and a timeframe, and if you’re able to buy shoes according to those parameters, then you’re all set! It’s pretty cool if you’re trying to resell these shoes because you can coordinate with a buyer exactly where you’re going to be and immediately and safely sell the shoes right after you buy them (in or right outside of a store full of cameras, other people, and often police.)

The other reservation apps that retailers like Footaction are offering work on a point system. Your odds are higher if you’ve purchased from the store before. You’ll probably have to make a physical check in at your desired store just to enter for the drawing initially. Your odds are greatly increased if you reach a higher status based on your purchase history as a member of the store, usually in tiers of $200 or so. I’ve heard that at the highest status, you’re pretty much guaranteed a pair. To maintain the highest status, you’ll have to spend upwards of $500 at the store, sometimes more, so in my opinion, unless you’re spending $500 on resellable shoes or stuff you can at least break even on to resell on, it’s not really worth the hassle of spending that much, but if you want to do that then by all means go for it.

Unless you’re close enough to drive or willing to make a trip to cities where location based apps open up the door for you or raffles are being held in store, you’re SOL when it comes to physical raffles. Apparently there are ways to spoof your phone or iPad location, but these methods are shady and I haven’t known people who have legitimately gotten this to work, and if you see this being advertised online as a service, it’s likely a scam. Luckily, you still have a shot to score Yeezy’s, albeit a very slim one,  using online raffles.

Again, the awesome resource Justfreshkicks also has the most extensive list of online raffles that I’ve seen. Most online raffles are as simple as entering your name, size and email address, and all I have seen are free, however, be sure to pay attention to the time frame in which you are allowed to enter the raffle. Don’t miss out! The most work you’ll have to do to enter a raffle is an Instagram raffle, where you’ll have to mildly embarrass yourself by reposting a retailer’s image on your Instagram along with a certain caption that normally includes you tagging a number of your friends and keeping the post up until the drawing happens. Even though tons of people enter these sort of raffles, it is free to enter and having a 5 in 1000 chance is 5 times better than having a 1 in 1000 chance so keep on doing whatever it takes to score a pair if it’s your goal to be able to buy yeezys online manually without a bot.

Remember these lesser known retailers like Xhibition and Social Status, because when it comes to securing limited kicks that aren’t quite Yeezys but still resellable, these sites are often less crowded and you have a higher chance at a manual purchase.

3. Supreme Manual Tips

Supreme is also on the war against bots, although appartently they’re not very good at it as I know many who are still using bots to get their hands on limited supreme items.

Like many sites that combat auto check out bots, Supreme will shut down orders that have been executed quickly. Hilariously, I have heard to some super fast Supreme site veterans have been shut down because Supreme thought they were a bot but they were actually just that fast.

If you follow Instagram accounts like @Supcommunity, which is an excellent resource for Supreme news, you’ll see that items that resell for hundreds of dollars above retail are sometimes available to be bought for over 1 minute after the release time. Although this doesn’t sound like a lot, if you’re able to log in right at the release time and type in information pretty quickly, you have a good shot at getting your desired clothing item or pair of shoes.

One time I logged into Supreme’s site right at the release time and the page wouldn’t load. I waited 5 minutes and went back on the page, and finally, 9 minutes after the release time I got to the product page for the Supreme Air Jordan 5’s and was able to get them in a desirable size, manually. I purchased them for $190 and resold them for $550 2 days later. No bot was necessary for this process! I’ve also lucked out on some other Supreme clothing items without the use of a bot. So stay up to date with Supreme news and be ready Thursday mornings at 11AM EST for the drops! Physically entering for a Supreme raffle only happens in major cities like NYC and LA, and the process is secretive so I won’t write about it here but I get into it more in the full reseller’s field guide.

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Well that about does it for manually copping limited kicks like Yeezy’s! Try out these methods and then customize your process to something that works for you, and I promise you that with enough persistence you’ll be able to score a pair of kicks at retail, without a sneaker bot.

How to Use Sneaker Bots to Buy Yeezys and Jordans

The early bird gets the worm. This saying is particularly true when it comes to sneakers, which can sell out mere seconds after the release time.

If you didn’t know already, selling sneakers above retail for profit is a common practice due to classic supply and demand economic laws for limited shoes. A lot of hate is tossed towards the reselling community because of it, but no protest will stop this practice from happening. Don’t hate the player, hate the game. Kids like Benjamin Kickz are making a ton of money capitalizing simply off of sneaker reselling. This is America isn’t it? The land of entrepreneurship. Selling sneakers is one of the best ways to learn entrepreneurial skills, but you must educate yourself first, especially in areas like how to purchase shoes that sell out faster than anyone can fill in a credit card number.

Most online sneaker retailers will still sell shoes at a first come, first serve basis. In the earlier days of internet based sneaker releases, simply logging on to the online retailer at the exact release time and going through the motions of a checkout was enough to secure yourself a pair. Eventually, as the buying side became more saturated, a few innovative people decided to virtually guarantee their chances of winning a pair of shoe by completing the checkout process faster than anyone could type. The only way to beat a human is to be a computer. To do this, they would run a program known as a sneaker bot.

I initially didn’t want to spend the money on sneaker bots, but after multiple times of pressing my luck by logging on to the website exactly at the release time and getting shut down 98% of the time, I decided to do the research on how to use sneaker bots to “cop” rare shoes like Yeezys and limited Jordans.

As mentioned briefly before, a sneaker bot is a program that uses previously loaded information to quickly and automatically make a purchase on a website that sells sneakers, exactly at the release time. When using a sneaker bot, your odds of securing yourself a pair is greatly increased as you’ll be putting in information faster than any human can type, which will make you an early bird at the shoe drop.

Unfortunately, using a sneaker bot isn’t as simple as buying the program and letting it do its magic. There are a few hurdles you need to jump if you want to incorporate botting in your shoe copping strategy.

Although the price of a bot, which will run you a couple hundred dollars, will probably scare you away initially as it did for me, you will soon realize that the return on investment is much greater than the cost as using a bot can make you thousands of dollars a month and pay itself off entirely in one weekend.

So let’s get to the chase. Here I will break down the necessary steps to use a bot to nearly guarantee your purchase of one or possibly multiple of a rare pair of shoes like the Yeezy Boost or another Jordan model.

Step 1: Know your bots

There are many bots out there. Some simply auto fill your information and you’ll have to do the rest, and these are known as auto fill bots. These bots are very cheap ($10-20) and are often simply chrome extensions. Although they may save you a few seconds, my experience is that they’re not worth the money and some of them don’t even work.

Another type of bot, which is also commonly just a Google Chrome extension is an add to cart bot. Instead of logging into the website, finding the shoe, and clicking the add to cart button, this bot will automatically put your shoe and size of choice directly into your shopping cart, shaving off precious seconds in the checkout process. These kind of bots also fall on the cheaper side of under $30 or even free if you know the right person, but they don’t always guarantee success.

Although both of the bots mentioned above can increase your chances when it comes to securing a pair of highly desirable shoes, if you want to be a pro at reselling sneakers, you don’t want a cheap bot that simply fills out your info or throws shoes in your shopping cart using a chrome extension. What you want is a bot that is a full on program that will perform the checkout process completely for you. This is known as an auto check out bot.

Before I describe the process of buying your own sneaker bot, it’s worth mentioning that there are auto check out services out there that are essentially selling space on their bot/program that is buying sneakers. These are auto check out services, and to use them it is as simple as paying them along with some information. Although I have had success with these services, like RSVP Kingz  and DoubleUpKicks, it is better to have more control over your personal information and in the long run it’s cheaper to pay more up front to have your own sneaker bot for buying shoes.

Step 2: Purchase a high quality, reputable bot

There are many bot options out there, and with a relatively high intitial invenstment of a couple hundred dollars or so, it may be hard to know where to start. My advice is to pick one and follow through with it. At the end of the day, most of these sneaker bots are the same, however, I would recommend that if you are trying for a specific brand like Nike or Adidas or even Supreme that you would buy a sneaker bot specific to the brand you want. That said, here are the top sneaker bots for securing a rare pair of shoes like Jordans or Yeezys.

Another Nike Bot is one of the most popular bots out there, and for a reason. Just check their Twitter feed for success shout outs. Their customer support is on point as well and they quickly respond to questions and provide great tutorials on how to use their software. That said, it’s not a guarantee that their software works every time, and you need to learn how to properly set up other things in order for it to work. I’ll try and quickly go over the necessary prerequisites to running a sneaker program like Another Nike Bot or Heated Sneaks in the rest of this article.

Step 3: Proxies

Ok, now that you have your bot setup, you need to purchase proxies. Before explaining what a proxy is and how it relates to sneakers, it is good to know that if a retailer suspects that you are using a sneaker bot due to patterns that don’t line up with normal human behavior, like rapidly repeating requests for checkout processes, they will ban you from using their website, sometimes permanently. Getting shut down from a retailer is end game for reselling kicks. Sites ban you based on your IP address, which is what identifies you as a unique internet user on your device/wifi/browser. Once your IP address is banned and is tied to your name and purchasing information, you will never be able to buy shoes from the website again. Using a sneaker bot is almost guaranteed to eventually get the IP address of the user banned, especially as websites are cracking down on bot usage.

The only way to get around this issue is to have different IP addresses, which can be had through the purchase of proxies, so if one gets banned you still have others to use, and your personal IP address is never compromised. Proxies are absolutely necessary if you want to use a sneaker bot to buy shoes. 

Step 4: Servers

Your internet connection is probably wifi to a laptop with a lot of other conflicting wifi signals around it as well as a lot of antivirus and firewall software running that will probably conflict with the performance of your bot. Speed is of the essence, and unless you have a crazy fast internet set up on a PC with a dedicated server, you’re going to need to rent server space. You’ll be using another network’s connection to the internet that is a lot cleaner and hence much faster than your own, greatly increasing the chances of a purchase. Simply google “virtual private server” and you’ll see a number of services that will definitely help out the performance of your sneaker bot or even if you’re trying to manually cop. 

Step 5: Links

To use your bot, you’ll have to give it links so it knows where to go to make its purchase. There are backdoor links and early links. You can find these through twitter accounts like Just Fresh Kicks and Heated Sneaks, or you can find them browsing dedicated sneaker communities. Having these links can also help you buy the shoes without the use of sneaker bots as these links put you in a different, much shorter line for the kicks than that of the general public. 

Hopefully this gives you a good idea of how to use sneaker bots to buy rare sneakers like Yeezy’s and Jordans. Although I didn’t go over everything and definitely didn’t go super in depth, as this is meant to be more of a beginner friendly guide, this should give you a good base to work off of. Continue to do research online before you decide to buy a bot like Another Nike Bot, but if you do, it may be the best decision you make when it comes to becoming a real deal sneaker plug.

With more Yeezy’s coming out later this year as well as other hot releases coming like the Nike x Off White collection and Pharrell Human Race NMD’s, learning how to use sneaker bots now is something worth learning as it can pay off big time before the year ends.

Take care and I wish you all the best!
JVG