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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.)

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  • 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.


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  • 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.


  • PING

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.

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  • 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.


  • ISOLATE

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.

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  • 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.

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