As most sneakerheads can attest, copping some of the most exclusive releases can be a challenge to say the least. With thousands of hypebeasts all vying for a limited amount of stock, the feeling of release-day disappointment is probably a familiar one if exclusive trainers happen to be your thing.
Failure to get what you’re after can see you paying multiple times the original cost on the secondary market, which can put a serious dent in your finances! But although you might need Lady Luck on your side if you’re to cop a pair of the most exclusive styles, there are certainly ways you can increase your chances of success.
To improve your odds of landing the most sought-after styles around, we decided to offer some handy hints that will make your quest that little bit easier. Follow our advice and who knows, you might just get your hands on that pair of super exclusive pair you’ve got your eye on!
Set up email alerts/newsletters
If you’ve spotted a pair of trainers that are set for release, first and foremost you need to know what date they drop. Setting up email alerts is a great way to stay informed, so if you’re looking to cop Yeezys, for instance, head over to the official website and sign up for notifications. This will allow you to stay in the know regarding news and release dates, plus you might even receive some discount codes from time-to-time, so the very first step to bagging some of the more exclusive styles is signing up for email alerts and newsletters.
Keep up to date on social media
Twitter and Facebook are also great places to keep in touch with what’s going on. Follow the pages of your favourite brands – as well as some of the most reliable sneaker news providers – and you’ll find it easy to stay up to date with the latest info on all the upcoming releases.
Brands hold raffles for some of the most exclusive styles. While there’s no way of gaming the system here, clearly the more raffles you enter the better your chances are so be sure to enter them all!
Have the correct web browser
One thing that’s often underestimated is the type of browser you’re using, but this is actually really important and could be the difference between success and failure. With a range of tools to help you bag your spoils, Google Chrome is undoubtedly the best web browser for copping exclusive trainers.
Use Chrome’s tools
Once you’ve installed Chrome, autofill your details and payment info to save time. If you’re going to land those super-exclusive Air Jordans you’re craving then you’ll need to be lightening quick, so use any opportunity there is to make the check-out process faster.
Chrome also has a page monitor tool, which notifies you whenever there’s a change on a specific webpage. This tool works by repeatedly refreshing the page, so as soon as the sneakers drop and the splash page opens, you’ll be notified. Just make sure you disable this extension once that happens though as you’ll lose you place in the queue if you forget!
Use multiple computers
Of course, you’ll be going up against some of the most hardened sneakerheads in the game, so you’ll need a few more tricks up your sleeve if you’re to get what you came for. If your cop game is serious, then setting up multiple computers is a great way to improve your chances of success. Whether you do that in your own home, or you get friends and family to help out in the pursuit is your call.
Other things to remember
Always check for updates. Often, release dates can change so you need to stay in the know, making it a good idea to keep up to date with the news in the sneaker world. Again, signing up for emails should keep you informed, but there’s no harm with manually checking every now and again.
Your chances depend largely on your internet speed. Check your download speed – if it’s slow then you should seriously think about changing your package or provider or you’ll stand little to no chance of getting the more exclusive designs.
While picking up some of the most in-demand styles will be tough regardless, there are definitely ways you can maximise your chances of success. Ultimately, you’ll need a hint of luck too, but follow our guide and you might just end up scooping your dream sneakers.
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