Ready, Steady, Cop!
Yo sneakerhead, how many Ls have you taken so far? How many times have you craved a pair of Yeezys and ended up empty-handed? Well, we’re here for you. We have summed up all of our expertise in this one guide. By the end of it, you’ll know exactly where to buy Yeezys from.
Buy Yeezys at retail
Well, that’s actually a no-brainer. The best place to actually buy Yeezys is from the manufacturers themselves. So head over to Adidas.com or Yeezysupply.com, and try to spare yourself paying a hefty resale price. But take heed of this warning: while you might actually be saving some money buying at retail, you’re getting yourself in a big pool of stress, drama, and disappointments.
However, if you insist on buying at retail you need to do it the proper way. The professional way, using a Sneaker Bot.
Let’s be real people, enough is enough with the goody two shoe act. If you wanna try to cop manually be our guest. But you should be aware that you only get one chance, one tiny almost non-existent chance. Or you can cop with a bot and get yourself a full size run on the next release. But Hey, it’s your call.
If, or in fact, when you fail to cop Yeezys at retail, you will find yourself heading straight to the resellers’ market. There, if you don’t know all the tips and tricks, you will end up with an even bigger L, because the prices can be ridiculously high, even for Fakes.
Sneaker reselling, is a Billion Dollars industry. It’s not a place for the weak or the cheap for that matter. Once you’re in, there’s no going back. So what are the best 9 places to buy Yeezys?
Here’s a list of websites where to buy Yeezys:
The Wall Street of Sneakers, the ultimate go-to reselling website, StockX. It is by far the most visited and reputable sneaker reselling market. When buying from StockX you know without a doubt that you’re getting the real kicks. These guys are the sneaker experts and no Fufu gets into their database. And with around 2.5 M visits per month, you can be sure they’re doing something right!
However, this should be clear; Yeezy reselling prices aren’t by any means low! But you can guarantee that most of the times you’re getting the best deal from StockX. A reasonable resale price and a guaranteed authenticity.
There are two ways to buy Yeezys on a StockX. You either Click “Buy”, to purchase immediately at the lowest listing, or you “place a Bid”, to make an offer that a seller can accept. When a buyer’s ‘Bid’ and a seller’s ‘Ask’ match, the trade is confirmed and no longer can be canceled. So you need to be very certain of the pair, and size you’re buying. And you can buy your favorite kicks from StockX, even if you live far away in the world. StockX provides international shipping to 200 countries worldwide.
Reselling websites charge the seller a certain percentage per sale. Stock X for example charges between 8% and 9.5% as fees per sale depending on the seller’s level. So you expect that percentage to be added to the price you’re paying. Oh well, that’s the price you pay for not copping at retail!
Sellers list their sneakers for sale on GOAT, while you get to browse through their database of over 75,000 sneakers. If you place an order and complete the purchase, the seller is required to ship their sneakers to GOAT for a legit check. Once your sneakers are authenticated, they’ll be shipped to you. However, if the pairs you’ve chosen happen to be fake, God Forbid, the good people at GOAT will notify you and offer a full refund.
What’s interesting with GOAT, is the fact that each seller actually has a score. Once a seller tries to sell a Fake, his score will automatically decrease and the transaction fees will increase. So that’s very reassuring for buyers. Sellers will only sell legit pairs to maintain a good reputation, keep the fees at a minimum (%9.5) and not be suspended from selling.
Another service that GOAT offers is “Buy now Pay later”. It is only available for U.S.-based users. You simply need to select Affirm Payment Plan at Checkout and get approved instantly. Through this plan, you can pay over 3, 6, or 12 months with rates between 10-30% APR.
This multinational e-commerce site is a popular way to allow business-to-consumer and consumer-to-consumer transactions. So You’re completely on your own here. There is no authenticity check, nor buyer protection. It’s you, the sneakers and whatever the seller tells you. eBay requires a 10% sales fee.
Browsing through eBay, you can find some really tempting prices. But needless to say that there’s a minimum price you pay when you want to buy Yeezys. So let’s say you find a “Brand New” pair of Semi Frozen Yellow, for $159.99, that should probably set off the Fake Yeezys alarm in your head. Because no one, absolutely no one, will buy Yeezys to lose money. Legit resellers are greedy.
Over the past decade, FlightClub has built a strong reputation for itself, selling the best quality sneakers on the market. In fact, Flight Club has two stores, one located in New York the other in Los Angeles.
Sellers send their Yeezys to Flight Club’s stores, and after they’re thoroughly checked, the Yeezys can be listed. Only real and authenticated items are listed for sale here. Thus, you’re fairly safe buying from this consignment store.
Products sold on Flight Club can get really expensive since their Fees per transaction are 20%. However, like GOAT, FlightClub offers flexible monthly payment options via Affirm for some extra cash. So this is a good option if you absolutely need to buy Yeezys, and do not care about the price.
#5 Stadium Goods
Trust is the motto Stadium Goods lives by and they won’t let any fraud endanger their reputation.
Stadium Goods has a 10-point verification system to ensure that all items are authentic. All products are checked multiple times and compared product images, live product, and manufacturer’s information to ensure the validity of items. Items are checked one more time before being shipped.
Stadium Goods is also a consignment store, and just like FlightClub, they charge a 20% sales fee. The store also accepts returns if they are made within 3 days of being received. So if you had a change of heart, or discovered an unpaid electricity bill, you can get your money back.
You can find all-things luxury here, but buying on Grailed, you’ll need to make sure the seller has a good reputation. No bad reviews, no scams no FAKES. Don’t worry, however, because your payment is protected by PayPal. Grailed has a zero-tolerance policy for fraud and scams, and it only charges 6% as sales fee which is relatively low, but an additional 3%-4% is added as PayPal fees.
When you find the Yeezys you need on Grailed, make an offer on them. Whether the seller accepts or counters your offer you will be notified via both email and through Grailed messages. In case the seller accepts your offer you will be sent a link to checkout using PayPal. The seller can accept multiple offers at once so act fast if you really want to buy Yeezys. After sending your payment through PayPal you will be directed back to Grailed.
Warning: Scammers might usually offer you “The Buyer” a discount if your purchase outside grailed. This might seem normal to you, sellers trying to escape the high fees per sale. But be no fool, because any offsite transaction will not be protected by Grailed or by PayPal. Then, if you end up with a fake, and you probably will, no one will be able to save you or get your money back. To be clear, this can happen on any consumer-to-consumer trading platform. But there’s a reason why these pricey purchases should be made through a mediator so that you’re not ripped off.
K’lekt is another international sneaker marketplace that allows you to buy from sellers who post their Yeezys on the site. KLEKT charges sellers a fixed 8% as fees per sale. And the limit for the fees is 49 Euros no matter how high the price of the shoe is. So that’s the maximum you can expect to be added to the resale price when you buy through this website.
KLEKT promises that their team is always on the lookout for frauds and scammers but one can never be too sure. So they recommend that you do your research before making a purchase.
- Check the item images very thoroughly and compare them to official images you can find online.
- Tagged pictures are almost the only way you can tell a seller really owns the pair.
- Read reviews about the seller. That’s the fool-proof method to know if the seller is a fraud or not. A reputable seller will never jeopardize his reputation selling a fake.
- Never take your purchase outside KLEKT or any reselling marketplace for that matter. You will be deprived of the protection they offer you through their terms and services.
- Of course, if it’s too cheap, or even way below the average reselling price, then that’s a deal you want to miss.
- Check the last time the seller was online. A real reseller is always active, after all, that’s how he makes his living.
Kixify is a place for people to buy and sell sneakers, within a fixed-price format. No Bids or Asks you pay whatever price the seller sets for his items.
However, it’s somewhat risky to buy Yeezys on Kixify since it is not directly involved in the transaction between buyers and sellers.
The website has no control over the authenticity, safety, or legality of any of the items listed. Kixify is, in fact, a consumer-to-consumer platform which means no one can guarantee that what you’re buying is the real thing. So you need to be an expert at spotting Fufus. However, your payments and billing information are secured through PayPal. If for any reason you do not receive your order of if you receive something different than what you’ve ordered, then you’re offered a full refund. In addition, sellers seem to list their sneakers for much higher prices on Kixify. So you might, just might, end up buying a fake for a really hefty price. But because you need the shoe so desperately, you’ll pay whatever you have to pay to get them.
Craigslist was made for classified ads listings, where people post jobs, housing, resumes, and also services. People have also been using it to sell and buy Yeezys. It has no sales fee, so you could find cheaper Yeezys on here, but similar to Ebay, it isn’t very reliable.
Another downfall for Craigslist is that the website is based on location, so some people will only sell to buyers in their area. And in case you couldn’t find the shoes you want anywhere nearby, you’d have to figure out a way to get to your precious Yeeyzs.
What’s really worrying though, is how many guidelines Craigslist have about identifying scams and frauds. While we appreciate their care, this makes buying through this website appear risky.
So a few tips to avoid buying an L on Craigslist are:
- Avoid deals that sound too good to be true. This applies to buying Yeezys from any site.
- Avoid buying from a seller who wouldn’t meet you in person to close the deal.
- Check the item’s images very carefully before you contact a seller.
- A seller who wouldn’t take cash in person is probably a fraud.
- Do not extend payment to anyone you have not met in person.
- Whenever a good deal just sits for too long, it says something bad about the seller.
- If you were a victim of a scam, you need to call your local police department.
- If you felt that a post is fraudulent, contact craigslist.
A positive side of using Craigslist is socializing. If you meet a really nice seller, who lives not too far, you two might end up being friends. And if he has great sneaker deals, he will become your new best friend.
Where Should I Buy Yeezys Form?
With so many choices, it can get confusing to decide on a site to buy from. So other than the reliability of the site and the sellers who post there, you need to compare resale prices. Of course, cheaper is not always better, and the Perfect Deal is usually the worst deal to go for. So we tried to make site comparisons, based on the average resale value of the Yeezy Boost Semi Frozen Yellow. Here are the results:
- StockX: 639 USD
- K’lekt: 803 USD
- Grailed: 881 USD
- GOAT: 912 USD
- Ebay: 999 USD
- Stadium Goods: 1058 USD
- Flight Club: 1114 USD
- Kixify: 1135 USD
- Craigslist: based on location.
And to be more accurate, we looked up the average resale prices for another shoe, Pharrell’s Human Race NMD TR Core Black.
To wrap it all up, StockX should definitely be your first destination when ought to buy Yeezys or any other sneaker. They offer the best prices with a 100% authenticity guarantee and international shipping.
Yeezy reselling prices are not easy on the pocket and you’re gonna pay for that L you took on release day, with tears and cash. So go improve your copping knowledge, and wait for the next Yeezy releases if you just can’t handle the resale prices, or the fakes. Oh! and if you’re tempted by all the profit a reseller makes and decided to start your own business, get yourself a decent sneaker bot and get copping!