Last night’s unannounced Nikestore restock of Corks, Retro ’88s, and anything else notable that had a 2013 release date was a pretty shocking move to say the least. We’ve already been hit with random restocks here and there, but none as heavy as what transpired yesterday, and thus far the public reaction has been a mixed bag of positive, negative, and neutral reviews (okay, mostly negative). Most of the consumers that speak ill of Nike’s Twitter release system are the ones that aren’t regular Tweeters and only created accounts for the sake of striking gold during the “Twitter Links” in the first place, so we already know what side they stand on. But for the regular community members that lucked out on the restock, it sorta rewinds back to the day when hot sneakers didn’t have firm release dates and shoes you mightily coveted just fell on your lap.
While these restocks have no rhyme or reason to when they go down, and actual release dates are probably the safest guidelines to abide by, these random restocks certainly help the cause against “Twitter bots” that attempt to stockpile RSVPs since there is no set time and date for these bots to do their damage. It seems like these events are becoming a bit more common, with the “Area 72” Barkley Posites, random Air Jordan Retros, and other notable sneakers all going back up for sale after their assigned release dates. Are these random restocks something that you would embrace? Does it make you feel a bit more relaxed during those feverish Twitter DM sessions knowing that a second chance is potentially on the way? Let’s get the discussion going on tonight’s “What Do You Think?” topic and vote in the poll below.