Many people spend literally thousands of dollars a month on using proxies, a fact that surprises many. After all if you do a quick google search you’ll find lots of lists of free proxies all over the place. Many are listed as being super secure and elite, so why on earth do people spend lots of money on them.
Well firstly, it’s important to remember that anyone who has the vaguest clue about online privacy, anonymity and the risks of cyber crime would never go anywhere near a free proxy server. At best there badly configured proxies accidentally left open by some overworked networked admin somewhere, which means that you’re potentially stealing bandwidth if you use them. At worst, and it’s an increasingly likely scenario the proxy has been left open on purpose in order to steal user credentials like emails, accounts and passwords. It’s not much of a choice really, so you’d be advised to stay well clear of them.
So there is a big market for safe and legitimate proxies for a variety of uses and one of the most popular is buying sneakers from online web retailers. You see all the big retailers of sneakers (trainers in parts of Europe) release limited edition versions of their sneakers which are very much in demand. You can try and buy them online but it’s very difficult to do and you’d have to be very quick and luck to even grab as single pair.
Obviously because they’re scarce and valuable then some people want to get lots of these – there’s an obvious profit opportunity there even if you don’t want to wear them. So how do people get to buy loads of these sneakers online from palces like Supreme, Footlocker and Nike well they basically use software.
There are lots of automated tools and bots which you can configure to attempt to buy these sneakers when they become available. If you get the right set up you can buy loads of these for whatever purpose you like. The software acts like a human purchaser but with infinite patience repeatedly trying to buy the specified sneakers until they are successful. Lots of people buy up loads of these and indeed run successful businesses simply reselling these shoes at inflated prices.
TO maximise their chances they install the software programs on high availability servers with lots of bandwidth. These can be programmed remotely to leap into action as soon as a new release becomes available.
The issue is that obviously the retailers don’t like this and try and block access to all automated efforts to buy the sneakers. They look for things like multiple connections from the same IP addresses and ban these instantly. Which means even if you have your own server if it tries to often to buy the sneakers then it will get banned and the server and software will be unusable.
The solution is to add another layer of protection by utilizing sneaker proxies to hide your location and allow the software or Bot to rotate it’s identity in order to keep running. It’s not difficult to do but the the essential requirement is that these are sneaker proxies with a special configuration.
The first important component which you’ll never get with free proxies is to ensure it has lots of residential IP addresses. These are actually quite hard to get because these addresses are only normally handed out by ISPs to home users. Most online retailers know that people try to hide their locations and often block all non-residential IP addresses automatically. Normal commercial VPN and proxies will have commercial IP addresses so won’t work in this situation.
This is what makes sneaker proxies so special, they should definitely have residential IP addresses which makes them pretty much undetectable from normal home users. Unfortunately it’s also what makes them so expensive as obtaining, supporting and running these sorts of residential proxies is pretty costly.
There are a few companies around who have managed to obtain and specialize in residential IP proxies but there aren’t many. In our opinion the best and most trusted supplier is a company called Storm Proxies which you can find in the link below.