Everything You Need to Know About Sneaker Cook Groups
Sneaker cook groups have been around for many years, and yet, their existence is still somewhat shrouded in mystery. So, what are they? In essence, a cook group is a community of sneaker enthusiasts who work towards a common goal: flipping highly sought-after shoes at the best possible prices. While not every sneakerhead is part of such a group, joining one tends to come with a lot of benefits, especially if you’re new to shoe copping.
Like any profitable venture, sneaker copping isn’t as easy as it may first appear. Among other things, you’ll need to learn about sneaker proxy services, bots, release schedules, and reselling platforms before you can attempt to make money off sneaker copping. And even then, it might not be enough because of the crazy amount of competition found in this industry. Luckily, you can give yourself a major advantage by joining a sneaker cook group. You can learn more about why you should consider doing so in this guide.
The Benefits of Joining a Sneaker Cook Group
There are plenty of reasons why you would want to join either a free cook group or a paid one, depending on what you’re hoping to get out of it. Let’s first take a look at the benefits of joining a sneaker cook group, in general, before we talk about the pros and cons of the two types.
Sneaker Copping Guides
If you’re a newcomer to sneaker copping, you’ll definitely need some help to get started on the right foot (pun not intended). Reading a bunch of guides on the topic is highly recommended and there is no better place to find such guides than by joining some of the best cook groups around. These groups tend to contain a ton of information on things such as release sites, resale value insights, sneaker bots, early links, and more.
Discord cook groups, in particular, tend to have very insightful guides that are guarded jealously and are only shared with members of the group. Of course, you can find basic copping guides on a lot of websites but for the really in-depth stuff, you’ll need to join a cook group. There, you are also likely to find experienced shoe flippers who might be willing to mentor you, usually but not always, in exchange for a fee or a cut of your sales. Finding someone experienced who can walk you through the process is certainly better than trying to figure everything out on your own.
If you want to be successful at flipping shoes, you’ll need to be constantly up to date with all the newest releases. Even more importantly, you need to be ready to buy them at a moment’s notice. Nobody can keep an eye on all the important releases 24/7, let alone buy sneakers in bulk, without some help. This is where cook groups come in. Good cook groups have people and bots who constantly monitor big sneaker sites and send out alerts to members whenever there’s a new release.
The neat thing about a lot of these sneaker groups is that they send alerts that come with “Add to Cart” links. Just as their name suggests, these links automatically add the products to your cart when clicked, saving you a lot of valuable time. Of course, you do need to be careful with links like that in order to avoid buying sneakers you don’t want. But generally speaking, the alert systems found in these groups are pretty good at making it clear what shoes you’ll be buying, and from which website, upon clicking the link. Then again, you don’t have to use the links at all if you don’t want to. Simply receiving these alerts is already extremely valuable for any serious sneakerhead.
This is related to the previous point we were making about trying to automate the process of copping sneakers as best as you can. Making use of bots and alert systems is a good start but sometimes these aren’t enough, especially if you’re trying to buy from top shoe brands like Yeezy or Supreme. Luckily, cook groups often have a solution to that problem in the form of auto-check (AOC) services.
Essentially, an AOC is a service where you pay an experienced sneakerhead to do most of the heavy lifting for you. We’re talking about people who have been doing this for a long time and who have efficient sneaker bots at their disposal. Generally speaking, sneakerheads who offer AOC services won’t charge you until after they have successfully completed a purchase on your behalf and their fees tend to be reasonable. Of course, they do vary from cook group to cook group.
Speaking of services, this is another one you should keep an eye on. A backdoor service is when someone who works at a sneaker shop sells a few pairs of shoes under the table, sometimes slightly ahead of the official release. Needless to say, this practice is very risky for the seller, which is why you don’t see it happen very often. When it does happen, backdoors transactions tend to take place inside exclusive cook groups where members have a lot of trust for one another. Getting into one of these groups is challenging but not impossible.
Another thing worth keeping in mind about backdoor sneaker trading is the price of the product. You can generally expect these deals to end up with the shoes selling for several times their retail price since there’s often some type of auction involved. Given how risky these transactions are, the exorbitant prices definitely make sense for the seller. But do they make sense for the buyer? That all depends on whether they can flip the sneakers for an even higher price afterward. Limited-edition kicks grow in price over time, so buying them through the back door can end up being very profitable if you’re willing to wait until the shoes become highly sought-after.
Setting up sneaker bots can be a real hassle if you don’t know what you’re doing. Bots need to be configured a certain way depending on your budget, the brands you’re trying to target, and the quantity of product you want to buy, to name just a few things. Once again, members of a good cook group can help you with all of that and more. Letting more experienced sneakerheads help you is particularly important if you’re not a tech-savvy person. In many instances, members might be willing to help you for free, especially in Discord cook groups.
In addition to helping you configure bots, cook groups are also a good place to buy some of them. Similar to the alerts system mentioned earlier, many cook groups notify members when bots are on sale on big marketplaces like Bot Broker or Botmart. If you’re lucky, you might also run into people wanting to sell their own bots directly in the group. If you run into one of these sellers make sure to ask them as many questions as you can about operating and configuring the bot before you buy it. A bot flip that occurs in a cook group comes with other benefits, such as being able to ask fellow group members about the seller’s previous track record.
Any sneaker cook group worth its salt has special offers for its members. These can come in the form of exclusive discounts, partnerships, or giveaways. In some instances, you might even have the opportunity to team up with fellow sneakerheads for a group purchase. This is where several people pool their resources together to buy sneakers in large quantities and clean up a store before the competition even knew what happened. You’ll need to do a fair amount of research to find cook groups that offer these great perks to their members but it’s well worth the effort, even if you may need to pay an entry fee to get in.
Think Outside the (Shoe) Box
The main reason why you would want to join a cook group is so you can get help buying and flipping kicks, however, a lot of people use these groups for a lot more than that. It’s not unusual to find people in these groups who are looking to flip entirely different products. These can include anything from streetwear to graphics cards, PS5s, and other pieces of tech. Collectible cards are another popular item that gets flipped all the time, especially rare Pokemon and Magic: The Gathering cards. Hardware or software for mining cryptocurrency is something you’re likely to come across as well. In short, if there’s a market for an item or service, you’ll see people trying to buy or sell it in cook groups. Don’t hesitate to try your luck flipping things besides sneakers if you’re in one of these groups.
Free Cook Groups vs. Paid Cook Groups
Most people don’t want to pay for something they can get for free. Cook groups are no exception. Free cook groups are a great place to gather experience when you’re just starting out and don’t know much about the art of sneaker copping. Once you decide to become serious about flipping shoes, however, you should definitely consider joining a premium cook group. That’s because these groups offer premium services that you won’t be able to find elsewhere and a lot more helpful resources. Not to mention quality customer support, something that’s often lacking in free sneaker cook groups.
Premium cook groups tend to use a subscription-based model that can set you back anywhere between $30 and $60 per month. A pretty reasonable price considering what you get in return. But what if you only occasionally engage in sneaker copping and don’t want to pay a subscription every month? There is a good middle-ground for those that find themselves in this situation and it comes in the form of beta cook groups. These groups are new to the scene and try to offer the best services they can without charging any fees. Usually, they do switch to a paid model once their community grows large enough, so you’ll have to be lucky to join them before that happens.
How to Join a Cook Groups
The most popular by far at the moment is Discord cook groups but you can also find them on Slack, Reddit, and a few other platforms. Joining a free cook group is generally fairly simple since they aren’t very picking when it comes to recruiting new members. As for how to find them, you only need to search places like Twitter, Reddit, or even Google for keywords like best cook groups, cook group Discord, or sneaker cook groups. There are also certain websites where cook group owners post recruitment ads, so keep an eye out for those as well.
Premium cook groups, on the other hand, are a bit more difficult to access since they don’t open their doors to just anyone. A lot of the time these groups only have a limited number of open slots and joining them may require you to fulfill certain requirements. Plus, they also require a monthly subscription. Some of the best-known sneaker cook groups include CopWorks, AIO Notify, Secured, Endurance, and Sneaker Squad X. We recommend following these groups (and others) on social media to learn more about their requirements and available open spots.
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