How to Buy: The Cactus Plant Flea Market (CPFM) Nike Air Vapormax

Written by JVG on May 08, 2019

How to Buy: The Cactus Plant Flea Market (CPFM) Nike Air Vapormax

At the time of this writing, people are paying up to $2000 on the aftermarket for Cactus Plant Flea Market Nike Air Vapormax, which are set to release on Tuesday May 14th 2019. With a retail price of $250, that’s a near 10x peak return on investment.

The average profit may drop as the release date approaches and passes, but price rises in the future could happen as we saw with shoe models like the Off-White Jordan 1 “Chicago”.

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All of this hype and money sure leaves many curious on how to buy the CPFM x Nike Air Vapormaxes and other types of these releases that make up the billion dollar sneaker pie, so we’ll take some time to unpack this, starting with some history and ending with some present day numbers and opportunities.

Cactus Plant Flea Market: A Brief History

A screen capture from a psychedelic animation from the homepage on cactusplantfleamarket.com

One thing that’s worth understanding before actually learning the successful shopping formula to snag these coveted kicks is the history and why the hype is so strong with these.

Many people may not have heard of Cactus Plant Flea Market before until now, but they’ve been around for a minute and are known to be Pharrell Williams’ and Kanye West’s favorite brand.

Ye is a cosigner of the brand, and Williams could be accredited as someone who “made” the brand’s designer Cynthia Lu who worked for his company Billionaire Boys Club in the Girls division.

Its cryptic marketing generated tons of appeal, with a slow leak of products dripping in starting in March 2015 on their website, cactusplantfleamarket.com.

During the past years, celebs have been seen rocking the brand, but with hot streetwear/footwear collabs dropping lately like the smashing success of the Off-White x Nikes, CPFM was ready to jump on the bandwagon and drop their take on what they consider to be hype shoes.

Celebrity Influence and Hype

Pic from High Snobiety. Travis Scott rocking the CPFM Vapormax.

Like every other sneaker drop that sells out instantly for $1000+ pricetags, the CPFM Vapormax has been seen on feet on celebs who were given early pairs.

Travis Scott was one of those seen rocking the kicks courtside as pictured above. Despite his nickname Cactus Jack, he’s not associated with the shoes or the brand.

Lil Uzi vert rockin a fit finished off with the CPFM’s.

On May 4, 2019, 10 days prior to the drop, Lil Uzi vert was also seen with these shoes on his Instagram. The picture received over 1.3 million likes and around 35,000 comments, many that were referencing the CPFMs.

The celebrity marketing of the shoes on their social media is a huge part as to why shoes like these command such insane resale values that approach some people’s monthly salaries.

Let’s take a closer look at the design to try and understand this game more.

Detailed and on feet pics of the Nike x CPFM Vapormax

Pic from @avanope on IG, these kicks are fully charged and literally lit.

A trippy four eyed smiley face on the heel, neon underglow like cars from Tokyo Drift and “JUST DO IT” slapped across the exterior, all on an otherwise dull grey makes these shoes true works of modern art.

Also from @avanope, you’ll see that these shoes are chargeable.

Even to the non-sneakerheads or those aloof about hype streetwear, these shoes will cause second looks and craned necks like a Ferrari does, just because of how loud the design is.

Here are some official pictures from Nike:

from Nike.com
Signature CPFM smileys. From Nike.

Deconstructed and reconstructed, hacked together components, true to the Flea Market part of the Cactus Plant, these shoes are haute-garbage-couture streetwear that pushes boundaries by risking the look of a 6 year old’s school art project–but somehow, they work.

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Nike x Cactus Plant Flea Market Air Vapormax : Where and When to Buy

Those who combine a variety advanced bot and manual methods to acquire these kicks will benefit either in immediate dollars on a flip, or in the glory of maybe being the only person in their friend circle who owns these rare CPFMs.

You can get your hands on these using the Nike SNRKS app (here’s a free guide on how to use it best). There will also be some physical Nike Lab retailers that will stock these.

Although advanced, using sneaker bots can get you not just one but multiple pairs for maximum profit. I know people who are planning to profit $5000 this weekend and have enough success to keep a pair for themselves. Getting to this level isn’t easy, but with the right education, persistence, and a bit of luck, this kind of prosperity is possible.

Resale value of the CPFM Vapormax

from GOAT

As of early May 2019, pre release date, the Cactus Plant Flea Market x Nike Air Vapormax is reselling at a range of just under $1000 up to $2000 per pair, for a peak profit of $750-$1750.

Statistics above are from GOAT.

The kicks are going for a slightly lower pricepoint on StockX, in the $800-$1000 range. Either way, for those flipping out there, a $500-$1000 profit is nothing to sneeze at.

cactus plant flea market jordan stockx nike vapormax price resale
Prices for the CPFM a bit lower on StockX in May 2019

Drops like these have happened in high frequency these past few years, showing that the sneaker resale market isn’t going anywhere soon.

Best of luck on copping these, and take a look at our resources here or join our private winner’s circle which we have open for a limited time.

Take care guys,

JV