How to score sneakers on a release:
(This is a guideline to follow if you want to beat the overwhelming flood of bots. Most points should be pure common sense, but I wanted to write them down anyways.)
- BE ON TIME
It should obvious to access the site at 8:55h when the release is at 9:00h, not 9:07h.
- USE EARLY LINKS
There are many providers of “early links”, which give you some seconds head start to searching by hand. Most are on Twitter, I have a Twitter-account just for that, so yes, it is worth it.
You can’t follow releases seriously without Twitter.
- LOG IN/ REGISTER
As far as I know, only Nike and SNS (sometimes) reserves a shoe if you have it in your cart. At all the others, filling out your address costs you essential seconds in which somebody else can grab your pair.
Essential for scoring is your ping, which tells you in what time your computer accesses a site.
Can easily be tested in your command prompt by entering
“ping (-t) (store.nike.com, for example)”
It would be irrelevant if everybody copped ‘by hand’, but in a time of bots, it is definetly worth a thought.
It is also relevant for ANY improvements you try on your habits etc. If the ping is high (usual is like 8-35ms), even a bot can’t get you shoes.
- GO ONLINE VIA WIRE
The connection of your computer at home is mostly better than your cell phone. Also use a wire, no WLAN as it can affect your ping-time negatively.
When getting a shoe, run only the programs you need.
It would be a bad idea to run eMule or download a movie on the side. Again, the ping can be affected.
- MANY TABS?
It could be a good idea to use many tabs for the article, especially if your waiting in line. Many tabs/windows multiply your chances.
I know it is a strange thought, wanting shoes and dipping into informatics, but these guidelines should be easy to do for anybody without knowledge of informatics.
I am no IT guy, so if any of the above is inaccurate, be gentle with me, as these only reflect my experiences.