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Join the Discussion: The End of Bots?

A double #JointheDiscussion this week as we think both subjects are important to feature. Thankfully when we say “The end of Bots” we don’t refer to our favourites The Bots. They’re still going strong, and we hope for a long time to come. What we are referencing is the image that KAWS dropped earlier on his IG (pic below) where KAWS was disappointed in the number of bots being used to purchase the Gone release this week.

Now bots are nothing new, they’ve been round since the dawn of the hype beast era and probably a long time before that too. These automated programmes used by punters to quickly purchase limited edition releases be that toys, sneakers, tickets etc with speed far quicker than the average human giving them a MUCH higher percentage to purchase said limited edition releases.

With KAWS saying that they will be reviewing orders and cancelling any that are found to have used a bot to purchase and not only cancelling their order BUT BLACKLISTING THEM TOO. This feels like a huge step in the right direction.

More & more Designer Toy companies such as Martian Toys, Tenacious Toys etc are reviewing orders in the hope to cancel out any bot purchases, and as this becomes more prevalent and with KAWS taking notice, perhaps this is a new dawn where those using bots don’t get their hands

What do you think? Are bots a good thing or are they the scourge of the online shopping world?


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