Sneaker Proxies – What They Are and Where To Get Them
You may have heard the term “sneaker proxies” before but are still unsure what they are or where to get them. While there are multiple kinds of proxies, each one will serve the same purpose. You want to connect to a site without letting the site know your computer is the one connecting!
This diagram may be helpful. Your computer connects to a proxy server, which then connects to the internet. The site you are connecting to returns the information to the proxy, resulting in the proxy returning the information back to you. Make sense yet?
Maybe, but you might not see how this applies to sneakers. When you use a sneaker bot such as Project Destroyer, you want to run multiple tasks at once to have the best chance of success. Well, sites figured out pretty quickly that people were using bots when they saw 100 connections opened from the same IP. Almost every site will ban your IP if you connect to the site more than you normally would while web browsing. With proxies, you could run 100 tasks in a bot with 100 proxies, and the site will think 100 different computers are connecting. To run even lower delays with your bot, shoot for 100 proxies and 50 tasks (2:1) ratio. The more proxies, the less chance of a site being able to recognize that you are utilizing a bot and therefore this protects you from being banned!
So, it’s established you need proxies if you’re planning to run more than a few tasks in any bot. So, where do you get them?
There are a few options. There are Residential proxies (RESI) and data center proxies (DC).
Resi proxies work by creating a “pool” of residential IP’s, and each rotating proxy will connect to a residential IP in the pool. The residential IP being used will be rotated out with another IP in the pool every few minutes. This means that if one residential IP becomes banned, it will connect to another in the pool. These are the best idea for sites that ban the most frequent. Check out the diagram below.
Data center proxies have become less popular. You can create hundreds of data center proxies with the same server. Sites have started to ban whole subnets, or server IPs, at once. This means that if you had 100 proxies under the same subnet, all 100 could get banned at once. The main advantage of data center proxies is the ability to achieve consistently fast speeds. If you find a reliable provider, these can be faster + more effective than rotating proxies.
There are ways to make sneaker proxies if you’d like to save money + have more control. If you’d like to try to make your own, a simple Google search should get you started.
Note: Project Destroyer customers now have access to a proxy creator within the bot (seen here) Be aware that you are only able to spawn data center proxies, but the advantage to utilizing this feature within PD is that it’s way more cost efficient than purchasing from a proxy company.
Prefer to purchase your proxies? Here is a list of recommended providers.
Data Center Providers
Make sure you research and buy proxies that are specifically advertised to work for sneaker sites. Otherwise, you could end up with the wrong kind. Search the providers site for “sneaker proxies” if you can’t find anything! Contact the sites support team to make sure you are buying the kind you need. Most sites will not offer refunds so you should do this before you make any purchases.
Some things to consider when finding a provider:
– What sites do they work on?
- How fast are they / Does speed matter for what I'm attempting to purchase?
Once you have proxies, you need to load them into your bot. Be sure to test them before doing this. Please be cautious when testing as the linked tester only pings frontend. This means it doesn't completely determine the compatibility of your proxies for the site you are testing. If you have Project Destroyer, our documentation will help you get started. If you’re using another bot, go to the sites documentation to figure out how to load the proxies into the bot!