March 8th, 2014 by Brendan Dunne
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.
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July 23rd, 2013 by John Kim
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.
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June 18th, 2012 by John Kim
Jordan Brand releases on Nikestore have been somewhat unpredictable over the last few weekends, with major items like the Air Jordan IV “Military”, Jordan CP3.V ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ Pack’, and the Air Jordan 1 KO Quickstrike releases getting delayed beyond the typical Saturday release dates. However, for this upcoming weekend’s drop of the ‘Obsidian’ Air Jordan XII, Nikestore has been clear about its release – it’s not going down at all. You’ll have to depend on other Jordan Brand locations to cop your Obsidians, so be sure to follow your local NikeTown Twitter or check with your local retailer. Again, Nikestore has confirmed that it will not release the Obsidian XII!
Air Jordan XII Retro
Obsidian/White-French Blue-University Blue
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April 26th, 2012 by John Kim
Nike has taken some major steps toward a safer release date for big-ticket items by shuffling around some of the longest-running practices of buying kicks. By introducing the Twitter RSVP system, Nike put an end to camp-outs at its 24 retail locations across the nation and theoretically alleviated the midnight-release congestion on its online store. Nikestore is now taking it a step further by nixing the midnight-release and putting shoes on the e-shelves for purchase as early as 8 AM Eastern Time. Nothing has been set in stone in regards to the official time and when this new policy will be implemented, but when paired with the Twitter RSVP system, it looks like nobody will get their kicks (or an order confirmation) at midnight – either in-store or online. Your thoughts?
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