July 23, 2013 BY John Kim / 60
Nike recently made a noteworthy update to their Twitter purchasing procedures some weeks ago, claiming that it would essentially terminate successful RSVPs and orders from Twitter accounts they determined to be “bots”. Although the system isn’t entirely foolproof, Nike has made a some progress with this issue as seen with the recent re-release of the Air Jordan III “Doernbecher”; several of the orders placed have indeed been cancelled by Nike, which shows us at the very least that the brand is approaching this bot plague head on. Currently, Nike plans to re-release those cancelled pairs to the public at a later date that hasn’t been confirmed, so if you missed out this past weekend, there may still be hope. Your thoughts on Nike’s step toward eliminating bots? Stay tuned for more updates and get the discussion going on below.
Got mine in the mail a few days ago, was pissed AF when I noticed that the kid, COLE's name was printed in the squares BACKWARDS! Wtf?! So I called Nike to bitch and complain, and they said to "send it back" and they'd replace it with another pair. (THE REALITY OF THIS IS THAT THEY'RE ARE NO OTHER PAIRS TO SEND BACK OUT, SERIOUSLY, YOU WANT ME TO BELIEVE THT SHIT?!) .....
....Soooo I kept them. Then to my surprise, I read that the reproduction process at JB factory caught this error after roughly 200 pairs were stitched and made! And that it would possibly make these unique couple of pairs, a LE RARE ERROR SHOE!" Crazzzzzzy but if it's true, then I got me a pair.
.....Oh and it's on the line for $1500 cash. Lol. Thanks Nike and whoever directly fucked up. =)
Nike is a business so their main goal is to make money. How? create artificial scarcity by using "limited", "surprise release" and so on. I cant stress this enough. If Nike is really trying to be charitable, it should release the shoe to all so we can all jointly support Doernbecher Children's Hospital. Instead the money is going straight to re-sellers.
Retail Nike and JB account holders order their shoes several months in advance, so give the public a chance at the same thing. Just do away with twitter rsvp's and TLO's all together. Make it fair for everyone by setting up a preproduction ordering system. Have samples available to show the quality, then accept in-store and online orders during a one week window, before the shoes go into production. Be sure to allow Mom and Pop & other retail stores to accept preproduction orders from their customers. These retail stores could also order (as normal) some for release day for the hypebeast and less frequent shopper. Then produce the amount prepaid, plus the orders from other retail accounts. Nike and JB could even charge a fee for the public preproduction pairs and take the money out of the resellers hands. I would have no problem paying a little extra for a guaranteed quality pair of shoes I really want. If I didn't have the money during the open window, then I could just wait til release day and try my luck with the retail stores. The reseller would disappear for the most part.
This isn't a complete answer to the problem, but if Nike and JB really wanted to level the playing field they need to be the innovators they claim to be and start thinking about a new system.
i got a successful rsvp at Mercer through a service, pick up was on sunday, mercer did the sunday pick up cause the lebron suede release was on sat and it was a fcfs madhouse
Working down the street from niketown nyc i will tell ya'll how that nonsense unfolded. people's twitter RSVP orders DID get cancelled. Sounds great right? Not so much. Then they released them the next day quietly and those who walked in the store and inquired about them got pairs. a line started to form and word started to get out. then no more. as far as other stores I don't know. Im just in nyc. Other niketowns could have had their pairs snatched back by nike. The only thing that concerns me above all this is if they decided to re-release them quietly which is what nyc stores usually do how do we know the nike employees didn't inform their friends and or snatch the pairs up themselves.
There are so many layers to this game...
Just increase the f*****' shoe supply Jordan Brand smfh. Man, wish I could've copped 'em. (My shoe size on eBay for $600+ SMFH!)
2 of my orders got cancelled (DB3 and Black Suede). I admit I used a BOT service for these - but hate that I had to. I'll be honest... while I applaud the "spirit" of Nike's edict on "fair play" competition, the way they set up these releases completely contradicts their own edicts. The twitter releases are set up so that they give consumers little choice BUT TO USE BOTS! Cancelling a few orders will do nothing more than just free up a few orders for other BOTs to scoop up later. Just reading from these comments it seems like more BOTs were successful than not. And I'm willing to bet that a significant % of successful NDC orders were still BOT-backed orders.
Fair play and competition indeed, Nike... Cancel a few orders just to say you're making an effort... sure. How about just doing a straight lottery for the chance to get limited releases? At this point, I really don't know what a better way would be, but clearly twitter still inst fair. And till a better way is devised, I can't imagine people stopping the use of BOTs.
that one guy down there vvvv is funny.mad cause nike really is cracking down on those silly bots.hey you had a good run.suck it up and get whats comming.nothing lasts forever.
BS!!! They NEVER cancelled those orders. In fact, they didn't release all of them. The pairs that are going to be sold at a later date, are just a few hundred pairs they sat on. Nike has NO intentions of spending Hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars to upgrade their systems when they work perfectly fine Mon-Sun 24hours a day. This was just a P/R ploy to make those that failed at getting a pair sleep better at night thinking the SWOSH has their best interest at heart...... Everyone I know who used a BOT was successful. Now Bring on the DB4's!
This article is written horribly. No one's order got cancelled through twitter RSVP. Only Nike.com orders that used bots.
A mistake won't make these any more valuable (and certainly not $1500) than the ones that came out perfect. At the end of the day, they're technically b-grades...
Still, you should be thankful... They may be b-grades, but they hot bgrades...
@SdotGang lol you just want your pair, lets be real. Money is going to nike because resellers buy it in the first place... what are you talking about? How ever i would agree with your first 2 sentences. Its nonsense, nike can simply give the organization money IMO.They got people sleeping outside for their product man, they pimping the shit out of them and it ruins it for regular people such as myself and i would suggest you too.
@Staxx13 how does one raffle for an online purchase?
@juelz203 They redid RSVP's and pickup window was on Sunday.
@JFresh_136 and from next year they are increasing prices, so it will impossible to resell(the price will be too high already :P)
@Lusinmader It would cost about $100 of a developer's time.
@Lusinmader Not everybody
@Lusinmader why you mad tho
@Lusinmader The DB4's are not releasing....
@TheShoeWizard The links are posted through twitter!
I was being sarcastic about the $1500 but I am grateful I have a pair. Who knows, maaaaaaaaaaaaybe....
No negative vibes please. I got what I got FROM NIKE WITH RECEIPT so that does not make them B grades. Sounds like H8 H8 H8 to me. :)
@deadpool92 @Lusinmader I'm not mad, I'm just laughing at how people are getting gas'd up by this. My brother-in-law works over at Beaverton and tends to share alot of info with me and the NikeTalk community. He told me it's just to get folks off their back a little (with the price increases coming to Jordan Brand and NSW in 2014).`
Sounds like you didn't get a pair, fucken hater,.. It's ok I'll post a pic when I'm balls deep in your girls asshole. Fuck off punk, I was being sarcastic. Lol. Bitch! Lol
@Cop em and Rock em Not H8... Just facts fam. I got a Nike receipt for the black-bottom AJ9's... they still B-grades homie... You may want to take advantage of their offer to exchange... afterall, they still got a bunch of DB3's... including the ones I ordered that got cancelled ;) LOL
@Cop em and Rock em B grades are ALL from nike, you stupid fuck.
@JFresh_136 Hahahaha..... XD