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If you are in the sneakers game, you know how vital it is to have good sneaker bots. What you might not realize, though, is that those pesky Captchas are costing you a ton of Ws. Why? Well, that’s because you might not be getting the lowest Captcha rate with your sneaker proxies.
Skip this section if you already know what a Captcha is!
Captcha (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) is the most popular method website owners use to detect bots. A Captcha is a simple task that is very easy for a human being but very difficult for a bot. Usually, Captchas appear on forms or other input fields to ensure that the user is a real human being. They also sometimes appear during checkout to prevent automated purchases. Sometimes Captchas may be invisible to users, for example, when websites or apps use Google reCAPTCHA v3.
Even though bots are becoming better at solving Captchas, they are a real pain in the ass for hypebeasts everywhere – Captchas delay bots and prevent checkouts.
Most shoe bots have automated Captcha token generators, which let the bot generate one-click Captchas through an aged Gmail or YouTube account. It requires you to watch YouTube, as if that action makes your bot a human. This method wastes a ton of internet traffic and might even slow down some sneaker bots. It is also hard to generate enough tokens for every task when you are running over 1,000 bot tasks.
Some Nike bots and other sneaker bots let you solve Captchas manually, which is a no-go for those that run hundreds of tasks for a release. Imagine wasting time on selecting traffic lights in a photo when your grails are dropping!
There are several things that trigger Captchas. One of the most common ones is the frequency of requests that are sent from the same IP address.
Another thing is the user-agent which is a sort of browser fingerprint sites use to identify users. Even if you change your IP address, you might still get Captchas because your requests will have the same user-agent.
For sneaker bots, the most common Captcha trigger is using a direct link for checkout. These links are usually not publicly available to average customers, and only bots use them, which is why some sites add a Captcha prompt in them.
Some sneaker sites run Captchas by default for hyped releases, but those get shown to all users, so don’t lose your competitive edge there.
Captcha rates depend on your online identity. What is your IP address? Are you acting naturally? Etc. If you are connecting to a site ten times a second from the same IP, you will get a Captcha or a ban.
Bot actions are very fast, which is why many bots like Nike Shoe Bot and Better Nike Bot have different copping modes. Remember, humans are a lot slower than bots, so it is better to waste a second on your hundred tasks than to run into bot traps during a release. A good bot will go slower and will not give itself away.
IP addresses are a vital part for cooking sneakers. That is why you should only use residential proxies. They look like natural users and achieve very low Captcha rates.
IP addresses and proxies are just a single element of your online identity. While good residential proxies will decrease Captcha rates on most sites, you will still encounter them in sites that have Captchas on by default. This is most often the case in checkout pages and registration forms. For those sites you need either a Captcha solver or a token generator because proxies do not influence and solve those Captcha cases.
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