Many sneakerheads reach out to me daily asking me how to get started with botting. They usually express their intention to buy a sneaker bot but donâ€™t know where to start or how to conduct the required research. You may be wondering the same thing and with all honesty, I understand your struggle.Â
When I first started botting, there wasnâ€™t much info out there about sneaker bots. While it has improved a bit recently, there is still a lack of detailed explanations about different bots available on the market. Partly, this is due to sneaker bots preferring to remain lowkey. Many bots prefer to remain exclusive and donâ€™t want just anyone joining their group. As you venture into the world of sneaker botting, you will quickly realize that all the in-depth sneaker botting material is found in private sneaker bot discords and cook groups.Â
When youâ€™re starting out, you may not be part of any of these private groups and that is not a big issue. You donâ€™t necessarily need to be in any of these groups to purchase a bot. But you do need a roadmap that leads you in the right direction. In this guide, I will provide you with a simple checklist that you can follow to determine what sneaker bot best fits your needs based on your budget and the types of releases you are interested in.
What is my budget?
When youâ€™re deciding what bot suits you best, you need to first set a budget. How much are you willing to spend on a bot? Typically, bots range from anywhere between $300 all the way up to $6000 and higher. As you can see, there is quite a difference in the prices of bots. But why the significant margin?
The reason some bots are cheaper than others depends on various factors. One of the factors is that there are certain bots like AIOBot and NikeShoeBot that are always in stock. As a result, their prices remain fixed. As for bots like Cybersole and Kodai, theyâ€™re known as out of stock bots. And they intentionally keep their user base very limited. This means itâ€™s close to impossible to purchase the bot for retail and, in most cases, you are forced to buy it for resale prices.
You may be wondering: do the more expensive bots perform better? Well, not necessarily. There have been many releases where always in-stock bots have performed better than out of stock bots. Likewise, there are releases where out of stock bots perform better. Thatâ€™s because many other factors determine how successful you and your bot will be. Such as how you set up the bot and how experienced you are, and what proxies youâ€™re using.
For more detailed info on proxies and how to use them, check this guide.
In order to set a budget for sneaker botting, you need to figure out how much itâ€™ll cost:
- To buy a botÂ
- To regularly operate the botÂ
- And to purchase the actual sneakers or items youâ€™re interested in.
Budgeting to Buy a Sneaker Bot
Itâ€™s a bit of a tricky topic, so let me explain it to you with an example. Letâ€™s say you have $1000 saved up and are ready to buy a sneaker bot and invest in sneaker copping. Obviously, you are not going to go buy a $1000 bot. Else, how will you afford the running costs of a bot or the price of sneakers? In that case, youâ€™d ideally want to spend around $300-$500 on the bot.
Then, you want to reserve some cash for proxies. If you are not familiar with proxies, you can check this post for a thorough explanation of proxies. All you need to know for now is that proxies are essential for botting, and will cost you between $30 and $65+ a month, depending on the plans you get. There are other tools that you could also purchase to enhance your botting experience. But I wonâ€™t get into them as most of them are not very essential to actually operate the bot.
So let’s break all of that down. You have $1000. Youâ€™re looking to spend anywhere between $300-$500 on a bot. Letâ€™s assume around $50 on proxies per month. So what are you going to do with the remaining $450-$650? Well, itâ€™s quite simple. Youâ€™ll use that to buy sneakers, streetwear items, or whatever youâ€™re going after. With that money, you can purchase around 2-3 sneakers, depending on the retail price of those kicks. If youâ€™re starting with more than $1000, you could decide to leave that extra cash to invest in more sneakers. You can also consider buying a more expensive bot.Â
In a bit, weâ€™ll tackle where you can buy bots, and how much theyâ€™re worth.
What sneakers or items should I go after?
Odds are you already have some kicks youâ€™re interested in buying. Most people that reach out to me tend to be interested in Jordans. Others may be interested in Yeezys or Supreme. And then you have people that are interested in making money, no matter what items theyâ€™ll need to cop. It all depends. Thatâ€™s up to you to decide and once you figure that out, you need to know where to buy them..0
If you’re just starting out and could use some background knowledge on the industry, this guide’s for you!
What sites release the sneakers that I want?
If youâ€™re going after Yeezys, you know you should focus on Yeezy Supply. If youâ€™re interested in Jordans and live in the US, you need to identify the sites that typically release Jâ€™s. Such sites include:
- Footsites (Footlocker, Footaction, Eastbay, Champs Sports)
- Finish Line & JD Sports
- Nike SNKRS app
- Sites hosted on Shopify (Kith, Undefeated, Shoe Palace, Social Status, DoverStreetMarket…)
So whatever items you are interested in going after, just list the sites that these items tend to release on in your region. Once you complete that, it leads you to the next question:
What bots support the sites Iâ€™m buying my sneakers from?
If youâ€™re new to botting, you may not be familiar with the sites supported on different bots. Well, you could visit every botâ€™s website and see what sites they support. But that would take a while. Instead, click below to find a list of the best bots, their prices, features, and sites they support.
Hopefully, that will make your life much easier and help you make a well-informed purchasing decision.
But assuming the bot you are interested in is not on that list, then simply go on its site or on its Twitter page and youâ€™ll be able to tell what sites that bot supports. Now, just because a bot supports a particular site, doesnâ€™t mean it actually does well on that site. So this leads us to the final question which is:
Is the bot successful on the sites youâ€™re botting?
Collect the list of bots that support the sites youâ€™re botting. Then, check if they have any recent success copping there. So, for example, take Cybersole. Cybersole supports a wide array of sites and excels on a handful, as we mentioned in the guide linked above. And you can check for proof on Twitter where bot users share their success every drop.
So all you have to do is scroll through the successes on a botâ€™s Twitter page, and try to spot sneakers or items that you may have been interested in recent releases. Assuming you are interested in copping Jordans, then obviously it would make sense to look at a botâ€™s success on a site like Footlocker rather than on Yeezy Supply.Â
If you notice a bunch of success on these different releases, thatâ€™s good news for you. And this bot is one you should be considering. So, now all you have to do is list the different bots that you are considering and try to weigh the pros and cons of each bot.Â
To Sum Up,
There is no such thing as the â€śbestâ€ť or â€śperfectâ€ť bot. Every person has different goals, preferences, and levels of expertise. Your mission is to buy a sneaker bot that works best for you. When starting out, it is not uncommon for sneakerheads to experiment with different bots, before settling for one they really like. That doesnâ€™t mean you have to do this as well. But if you can afford it, that may be a viable option to consider.Â Â
You can even consider renting bots from Botmart or Tidal Marketplace before you fully invest in one. Not all bots can be rented, but you still have several options that you can check in these marketplaces. I personally recommend only renting bots for one or two releases at most. Though you could consider renting for a week or month if you can get a good price.
Just donâ€™t go overboard; renting costs can quickly add up. Especially if youâ€™re renting bots on hyped releases. If you decide to take this route, then at least try to rent the bot for a less-hyped release. Also, do remember that when you rent a bot, you donâ€™t have access to the botâ€™s Discord. So if youâ€™re not in a cook group or donâ€™t have anyone to help you set up the bot, you might struggle.
Whatever you decide to do, keep it simple. Search for a bot that has proven success on the sites you’re looking to bot, and take the time to truly understand how to run the bot. Many bots function similarly, so if you master one bot, you can transition into other bots much faster.