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How to Cop Yeezys When You Are Ballin' on a Budget

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X shares how to cop Yeezys on a budget

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With Kanye West and Kim Kardashian being two of today's biggest celebrities, it comes at no surprise that West's Yeezys are among the most popular sneakers on the market. 

X shares how to cop Yeezys on a budget

Through interviews with West, in 2016 GQ estimated that 40,000 Adidas Yeezy pairs are released with each new drop. On the other hand, they put the OG Nike Yeezy numbers at very limited runs of only 5,000 pairs. 

However,  in 2018 West changed his tune, tweeting 400,000 Yeezys sold in four hours, bringing debate on how many truly exist and how it will affect market value.

Sneaker-heads agree the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 in Semi-Frozen Yellow is the rarest colorway, while the Beluga 2.0 is the easiest and cheapest to find.

Bringing up the only downside with these trendy sneakers: the high price tag. Here at X, we wanted to make it a little easier to cop Yeezys when you are ballin' on a budget. Keep reading to find out ways you can save money and score your favorite pair.


THE EVOLUTION OF KANYE WEST YEEZYS


X shares how to cop Yeezys on a budget

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In the shoe game since 2007, Kanye West dropped the first-generation Yeezys in 2009 as a collaboration with Nike. Today, West partners with Adidas to release his Yeezy Boost and Powerphase lines and to launch new products.

X shares how to cop Yeezys on a budget

X shares how to cop Yeezys on a budget

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With Yeezys still carrying on strong today, West has more new releases coming for Fall 2018. These styles include:

  • Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 | $300 | September 15, 2018
  • Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 v2 "Cream White" | $220 | September 21, 2018
  • Adidas Yeezy Boost v2 "Sesame" | $220 | October 2018
  • Adidas Yeezy 500 "Salt" | $220 | November 2018
  • Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 | $300 | November 2018
  • Adidas Yeezy Boost v2 "Zebra" | $220 | December 2018
  • Adidas Yeezy Boost v2 "Semi-Frozen Yellow" | $220 | December 2018

Typically, Adidas takes to social media to announce new releases at least a week before they launch.

X shares how to cop Yeezys on a budget

So, what's up next on West's mind? He says it's a unique flourescent sneaker unlike any of his previous Yeezys.

Moreover, it was his family who offered inspiration for his upcoming glow-in-the-dark Yeezys. 

Kim took to Twitter to relate the funny interaction with her daughter and husband that sparked the idea.

(Photo via Instagram / @europehypenews)

X shares how to cop Yeezys on a budget

While upcoming releases like the Yeezy 500s aren't yet christened stylish by online reviewers, the glow-in-the-dark Yeezys have generally been excitedly received.

But, it's not like even if one pair ends up being a flop that West will suffer any.

After all, most reports claim the Yeezy brand, which isn't just limited to sneakers but also includes a clothing line, is worth $1.5 billion. 

(Photo via Instagram / @kimkardashian)

How much should Yeezy's cost? 

X shares how to cop Yeezys

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Yeezys are typically cheapest on the release date. To get Yeezys when they drop, you can visit the Adidas Confirmed app to enter for a reservation or try Yeezysupply.com.

Even if you can't score a pair from Adidas before they sell out, resale is typically cheapest the day they launch. Especially true with less rare colors and models, secondary sellers don't want to sit on products for long. 

Older models can become more rare and pricier over time. To see how much each pair originally sold for and its average resale value, click on this list.


HOW TO COP YEEZYS ON A BUDGET


1. Save up!

X shares how to cop Yeezys on a budget

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Saving up the old-fashioned way is always an option to get the kicks you want. Throwing a dollar in a coin jar everyday will have the lower-end pairs in your closet in less than a year.

THE PROS: By saving up enough money to pay full-price for Yeezys, you ensure that you are getting them from Adidas and not a sketchy seller. In addition, saving a dollar a day helps you build your savings without breaking your bank all at once.

THE CONS: You want Yeezys! When do you want them? If your answer is right now, this isn't the right option for you. The downside to saving up is that the timing may not match the release dates or guarantee new shoes won't sell out.

2. Look for giveaways!

X shares how to cop Yeezys on a budget

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Saving your money can take a long time. If you're looking for a quicker option, entering a social media giveaway gives you a chance at immediate gratification. There's definitely a lot of luck involved in this option but if you do win, you just copped Yeezys for merely liking or sharing a post.

THE PROS: Giveaways are great because they give back to loyal followers who can't score a pair on their own. Entering giveaways from well-known accounts is usually your best bet because they are held more accountable to deliver on prizes. 

THE CONS: The most obvious con is that not everyone who enters will win. Therefore, entering giveaways shouldn't be your only strategy when attempting to add Yeezys to your closet. Still want to try? Avoid smaller or unknown accounts who may promise a giveaway but in reality may be scamming participants for free promotion. If it sounds too good to be true, it likely is.

3. Try the resale market!

X shares how to cop Yeezys on a budget

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While prices can go up for resale, sometimes you just can't score a pair of Yeezys from Adidas or Yeezysupply.com before they sell out.

Resale doesn't always mean a used pair, although they may be a little cheaper or closer to original value. If you do choose to go the used route, purchasing a reliable sneaker cleaning kit provides the right tools to sanitize your shoes before wearing them.

Either way, you can find good deals with secondary sellers, as long as you know where to look.

THE PROS: The resale market offers shoes any time of the year instead of on specific release dates or during specific times. A variety of vendors allows for better competition and more prices to compare.

THE CONS: Buying anything resale can be risky. You have to be especially wary for fraudulent listings and sneaker scams online and even at conventions. In addition, purchased used sneakers may turn out to be real but also come with masked imperfections if not carefully inspected beforehand.


HOW TO VERIFY YOUR YEEZYS


X shares how to cop Yeezys on a budget

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If you choose to hit up the resale market, you may be questioning whether you bought the real thing or got swindled by a scam and stuck with a fake.


Trusting the Professionals

The best thing you can do when it comes to resale is go with a trusted site that offers a verification process. Listed below are reputable sites you can trust.


StockX

Why you can trust this seller: StockX is one of the most used sites on the list, drawing in a couple million monthly visits. When it comes to Yeezys, it's hard to get around the high price. However, StockX offers reasonable deals and ensures your sneakers are verified real.

How it works: Customers either buy at the lowest listing or bid on products available on the site. A sales fee of 8-9 percent is then added to the total.


Flight Club

Why you can trust this seller: Sellers have to send their shoes into one of the two Flight Club stores in Los Angeles or New York. Once they are verified, they go up for sale on the site. 

How it works: Flight Club tacks on 20 percent in sales fees. While the total can get pretty pricey, they do offer payment plans.


GOAT

Why you can trust this seller: GOAT makes sure every sale is good by requiring sellers to send your shoes to their experts before sending them to your doorstep. If the shoes you bought are fake, GOAT will refund your money. Sellers also have a reputation score to help buyers easily spot scams. 

How it works: GOAT sales fees are typically around 9.5 percent. Like Flight Club, payment plans are available. Returns are allowed; however, they must be requested through the app within three days of receiving your shoes. Returns are only valid for new shoes and clean used shoes in the condition they were sent in. It excludes vintage, sample, ID, custom, defect and pre-release purchases.


Stadium Goods

Why you can trust this seller: Stadium Goods makes sure products are authentic through a 10-point verification system and multiple checks prior to shipping.

How it works: Sales fees are on the higher side at 20 percent. However, when you sign up to be a VIP, you save 5 percent on your next order.


Grailed

Why you can trust this seller: Grailed is a little riskier than the other trusted sites on the list. Yet, despite not having an authenticity check, buyer payments are protected by PayPal as long as transactions occur through the site.

How it works: Grailed products have a 6 percent sales fee and PayPal fees between 3 and 4 percent. Potential buyers submit offers that sellers can accept. An email checkout confirmation is sent and you must send your payment through Paypal. The quickest buyer to get accepted and pay gets the product.


Websites like Ebay, Craigslist, Klixify and Klekt also offer sneaker resale options. However, they come without the authenticity verification or buyer protections, making your purchase a potentially risky one. The upside to these sites that draws customers in is the flat rate prices and lower or no sales fees.

Youtuber YeezyBusta offers a verification system for people who make purchases through unauthorized sites. For $10, you can send in pictures of your shoes and his team will let you know if they are real or not.

Verifying Yeezys on your own

X shares how to cop Yeezys on a budget

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There are ways to verify your sneakers on your own but the sneaker world houses some of the best scammers and when you're spending hundreds of dollars, it's best to trust the professionals.

If you do choose to verify shoes on your own, search for sellers who are verifiable through positive reviews, online activity and tagged photos. Examine photos of the sneakers carefully, comparing them to photos of real pairs online.

If Yeezys are listed well below market value they are usually too good to be true. Be aware, no legitimate seller will offer additional discounts for completing the transaction outside of the app or site you are using. 

There are some common clues to watch out for when testing for fake Yeezys.

X shares how to cop Yeezys on a budget

(Photo via Instagram / @yeezyboosts)

First off, look at the distance between the heel-tab and the ankle of the shoe. Fakes will often make the spacing too wide. Next, Yeezys are all about the details, that means down to the stitching.

If your pair has messy stitching, they are likely fake. Also, make sure the writing on the insole and sides matches the color and font of the actual pair you want. Fakes also fail on the size of tags, logos and the box appearance.

Now, it's just time to hit up the online stores and go score the best pair. Find a rare pair of Yeezys? Tag @xsneakercare to show them off!

X shares ways to cop Yeezys on a budget