Nikestore Launches Photo Verification Step for Sneaker Purchases
Remember the whole Nike Access Codes business that seemed to be a harbinger of a fairer checkout process for online sneaker purchasing? That system has yet to manifest, but as of this morning Nike did throw another unexpected wrench in the boogie-man bot community. If you added a pair like the Air Jordan 3 “Infrared 23″ to your cart this morning on Nikestore, you no doubt realized a screen popping up prompting you to click on various photos matched with words (See the example below) before checking out. What remains unclear is which sneaker releases this will apply to – surely you won’t have to do this photo verification for every purchase, but at the very least, it was in place for this morning’s Jordan 3 launch. Is this the final step needed to thwart automatic purchasing? Were you still able to get your sneakers? Tell us down in the comments and stay tuned for updates on Nikestore’s ongoing attempts at creating a fairer system for sneaker acquisition.
Great for all the true sneakerheads out there! Was able to cop a pair thanks to this verification! ^_^
Or they could just make quite a bit more shoes and supply more to the stores. Or maybe that would be too easy of a solution
Until bot develops figure out a way to make the bot select the right pic... That will happen in a release or 2
I still think getting yours shoes at the store is better but this is good news for people who shop online for sneakers on release dates.
What's going to happen if you miss a drop due to cash or internet crashing or the power goes out because a car hit a pole. No resellers equals no future chance for post release pick ups. Just a thought , but I am onboard with Nike. I think resellers are a necessary evil but the shits been out of hand lately... Big ups to Nike today. Even though the 3s were ugly as hell. :)
Most non twitter link only releases are not hard to cop, it just sucks if you're going for two styles.
I was staring at the screen for a second, panicking...before I realized what it was asking me to do. Fortunately, the delay didnt prevent me from completing my order.
I wonder if they are going to do unique pictures verifications for each release. Like maybe to be really secure have random picture sets show up even for the same release. One user might get a lamp one another a car one or get complex and be like pick which vehicle is a van and have like 10 convertables and one van!!!! So they don't get automated. That would really top it off. OH hell yea!!!! So they really do listen to people cursing them on discussion boards. Nice.
@lbach Not likely. I'm sure some1 will come up with something to surpass this. :/
I agree with you, because most online sites I can't use my military discount! Also, I hate waiting on a shoe to come in the mail! When I purchase a kick I want that sucker in my hands as soon as the money leaves my hand or account!
Good thought bruh, but none of that matters. Post release pickups will always be possible because a lot of folks end up selling their kicks because they need the cash to get other kicks or they went broke! So, even without official resellers you have a chance to buy from others in the sneaker community. Also the kicks you want may still be at local stores or they may still be available online. No matter if there is a power outage, Internet crashes, no cash at the time of release you still can get the kick you want at a later date! No need to always purchase on release date. I just picked up a pair of LeBron X Pressures that I wanted on release date for $54 bucks. They were a return at a Nike outlet here in Grand Prairie Texas. They were 50% off plus an additional 20% because the bottoms were dirty from people trying them on and my military discount! I'm still Crunk about getting them a year later! At a super duper ruper steal of a price
@TerrenceP03 that may be true but those were quickstrike and bots didnt even get a chance
@Time2ballup @lbach So more serious hackers with larger goals haven't circumvented CAPTCHAS, which protect much more than unfair access to kicks but the developers of these bots will find a way around CAPTCHA technology?
I'm extremely doubtful but it would be fool hearted of me to use the words "impossible" or "never".
@Sneakdisser300 So this picture thing essentially did nothing except make it more annoying?
@qtbigwatts Picked up 4 pairs of kicks this year on this exact scenario:
"Post release pickups will always be possible because a lot of folks end up selling their kicks because they need the cash to get other kicks or they went broke! "
Carmine VIs (Countdown Pack)
True Blue IIIs
Golden Moment VIs
Yes, bots did have a chance bruh! A few people left their bots active for the yezzys. So yes folks with bots got in on that release
Cool beans! Didn't know that. I just buy my running shoes online so it really didn't matter to me, but I hate hearing and seeing the twitter $^!+
@sonnyshoes Thanks for following up. That is great. Going to actually try for the Jordan Future release next week then. I reached the point to where I stopped even trying the twitter link thing because it was always like no matter when you got in it was like winning the lottery. The playing field is level now. Cool beans.
I can respect that. Let's all be honest nike and jordan brand make it nearly impossible to get some releases. Look at shit like the Oregon foams. People can say what they want but if it was at all possible to use a bot back when joints like the undftd 4's or the Tokyo 5's I don't know any1 who wouldn't have at least given it a try. Yet even with all that being said you have assholes out there who use bots for shit like general releases or quick strikes when u can just put in the work to get them. So in short hell yeah, I applaud nike
I'll admit I am in possession of a bot but I only use mine for limited releases and rsvps for things like dbs other than that most places where I'm from do first come first served for everything else but my friend also has a bot too(he's the reason I have a bot) and every line we're in whenever nike drops the link one us will use a bot and the other one will try it legit maybe he got lucky and the shoe was added to the cart without the use of the bot but he cliked the pictures and wallah size 10 perspective in the cart while I got jammed with it's not in your cart yet
@Sneakdisser300 I think what you forgot to tell everyone is that he didn't use it on Nike.com for the Jordan's. Maybe Footlocker or Footaction that hasn't made any move to fight bots or on Nike for a shoe that no one cared about.
I saw your earlier comment and if you read up on CAPTCHAS or knew/know how they work it will get some serious attention in the development and hacking community if someone discovered a way to cheat them. Last time that happened? Quick changes were made to captchas and the problem was solved. Sorry, but the days of bots and an unfair playing field might be over.
@Eccroids... sneakdisser300 talking about his friend used a bot while he was with him, yeah right. Just be honest and man up and say you used a bot.
@Sneakdisser300 Bro, I'll take your comment with a grain of salt unless you post on youtube to prove that your bots still works AND BYPASSES the picture verification pages.
That said, you have the burden of proof before you make me believe in what you were claiming otherwise.
First why do people think only resellers use bots Second bots can still get through friend of mind who I was with used it while we were waiting in line for the kobes today
BOTS takes you automatically to the check out page with a program pre-installed desired size and quantity. That is why it is commonly called 'sniping bots'. It steals the size & quantity with automatic checkout (pre-installed credit card account #) by merely tapping it it TWICE! This whole process is done in less than 2 seconds!!!
But you can say goodbye to Bots now!
With this picture verification pages, Bots can no longer do that because it will be TEMPORARILY BLOCKED by these picture verification pages to prove you are a human being in manually tapping the correct pictures in each of the four pages before it leads you the the select size/check out page.
At this point, it's how fast your fingers in tapping 4 correct pages BEFORE it leads to you the purchase page.
This is an equal level playing field to all regular sneaker lovers out there and resellers who have the now-ineffective bots.
Nike.com did an awesome breakthrough.
I hope Eastbay, Footlocker, Champs, Footaction will do the same thing.
@Sneakdisser300 Oh ok, thats pretty interesting... Never tried or used one of those Bots, I think its all BS.
Actually I been saying cool beans for a couple years now. I start saying it because people always say cool after you text/say something to them so I added beans to it. Something I got from my grandma
@zach___ Well the weather is getting better. I might be able to wake up for that if need be.