Special Vapors for the WTF

Are anyone able to grab a pair from nike.com? All my friends and I failed, it says out of stock after .000001 sec .
I did, but in Europe, 4 hours ago for you. But I was on queue for more than 30 minutes. I think I was lucky enough. Got one pair size US9.5.
 
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Gtech

Rookie
What a scam this is. I was online an d hit the button the millisecond it opened and didn't get it. Yet I am sure tons of **** sellers have it. Total BS.
 

zagalab

Rookie
Was in line for 15 mins and sold out. Really unfortunate. Lucky to have been able to get a pair of the white ones. The bots win again.
 

IanFederer17

New User
What a scam this is. I was online an d hit the button the millisecond it opened and didn't get it. Yet I am sure tons of **** sellers have it. Total BS.
It's true. I did the same thing. I was one there 1 millisecond after it opened and it put me in a useless waiting list. It's not fair because they were released in different time zones, obviously at different times. Definitely some rigging there.
 

babyhagrid

Rookie
I count 53 pairs on the Uk evilbay, its ridiculous that this can be allowed to happen. Genuine fans miss out because of scumbags
 

dmbroddick

Rookie
The fact that Nike made these shoes unavailable to tennis retailers like Tennis Warehouse tells me all I need to know about their thought process. This release was a big middle finger to Fed and tennis fans.
 

Lazarus

New User
My sad story: I was able to get a pair of these beauties at 10:02. However, since I wanted to avoid any additional delivery/tax/custom expenses that could amount, speaking completely empirically, up to 120 EUR per shipment, my delivery address was different from my billing address. So, since Nike does not ship to Serbia at all, I was not able to make a purchase and that was it.
 

ModestN

New User
In Europe (UK) if you have a decent internet connection you are able to get any size you want… I was with a friend this morning who's feet size is UK10 and we both bought them. I got mine within a minute (UK13) and he had to sit in a queue for around 5minutes and got them without any problems.

Market for resales is not huge here in the Europe, so we are fortunate. I feel sorry for you all in the US.
 

tyu1314

Semi-Pro
My sad story: I was able to get a pair of these beauties at 10:02. However, since I wanted to avoid any additional delivery/tax/custom expenses that could amount, speaking completely empirically, up to 120 EUR per shipment, my delivery address was different from my billing address. So, since Nike does not ship to Serbia at all, I was not able to make a purchase and that was it.
Wow, you guys are so lucky that you were able to get one at 10:02, 2 mintues after it is released. Here in US, its gone after like 1 nanosecond.
 

JT_2eighty

Hall of Fame
So, like I was saying earlier in the thread... why does Nike do this?

I'd imagine if *everyone that wanted a pair* actually was able to get them, that Nike would profit a lot more off these shoes.

Instead it's the e-resellers that profit. I realize Nike probably benefits by creating 'hype' around their limited release shoes, but then what's ridiculous is that it's not even the "same shoe used by the player" so people are essentially going crazy over An Overpriced Limited Edition Replica.

Agree with the person who said it's a middle finger to actual Fed & tennis fans. At least last year the Savile Row edition was easier to get, and also from TW & similar retailers as it should be.
 

McNasty

New User
As with the rest of you, i punched in the second the buy opportunity showed up. It said "not in your cart yet" for about two minutes then said Sold Out. It's a shame the fans cant get these.
 

ModestN

New User
So, like I was saying earlier in the thread... why does Nike do this?

I'd imagine if *everyone that wanted a pair* actually was able to get them, that Nike would profit a lot more off these shoes.

Instead it's the e-resellers that profit. I realize Nike probably benefits by creating 'hype' around their limited release shoes, but then what's ridiculous is that it's not even the "same shoe used by the player" so people are essentially going crazy over An Overpriced Limited Edition Replica.

Agree with the person who said it's a middle finger to actual Fed & tennis fans. At least last year the Savile Row edition was easier to get, and also from TW & similar retailers as it should be.
To be honest, for me - there is nothing special about shoes which everyone has… That is why I only *usually* buy shoes that are limited edition/rare or iD's from Nike if I know I'm going to preserve that piece and not trash it in few months by playing on clay in the summer. Less people have these - less people I'm going to see with them. I'm sick of seeing different people with the same shoes every. single. day.

This can be said about Supreme clothing brand (not sure if anyone is aware). Sure, they could make tens of thousands of their Box Logo tees/pullovers/zip-ups and people would buy them, but there would be nothing special about them then. Just another tee/pullover/zip-up. Now, what they put up they sell within 1 minute window, and yes - there are re-sellers like with this AJ3 drop, but if people want it - they get it.

Anyway, enough rambling. I feel sorry for you all in the US who couldn't get these because of the re-sellers with bots who don't let fans buy these. I wish I could do something about it.
 
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Gtech

Rookie
I wish I understood Nike's motivation here. First they are charging a massive premium for these shoes at $200 and that would limit them to begin with.

But why spend all the money in advertising the shoe, the release, etc. to then provide such a limited quantity that 99.9% of the people can't get it? I can see a run that gets sold out in a few hours, but sold out in a few milliseconds?

Why do they feed the crapbay sketchy reseller crowd and how do those people get them? How does it benefit Nike to have the shoes resell for $800 to a few idiots?

SMH,
 

nthd04

New User
yeah over here in the UK, I actually waited 10 minutes prior to the release time and clicked on size 9, was in the waiting list for 1h then it said "out of stock" :cry:. Then I tried other sizes and finally got 2 pairs of size 13 :-? I am just gonna keep 1 pair as part of my collection and sell the other one to someone who really needs/wants those. :)
 
yeah over here in the UK, I actually waited 10 minutes prior to the release time and clicked on size 9, was in the waiting list for 1h then it said "out of stock" :cry:. Then I tried other sizes and finally got 2 pairs of size 13 :-? I am just gonna keep 1 pair as part of my collection and sell the other one to someone who really needs/wants those. :)
Is this a U.S. 13? I got my 11, but I have a buddy who couldn't get them. Email me if you are serious about selling to someone who wants.

BR
 

Team10

Hall of Fame
What a ****ing joke. I missed out on the white colorway and like EVERYONE else here in the US clicked right on them when they became available and ......nothing. Thanks nike.
 

raphMODE

Professional
TW/TWE should get a bunch of them and make pre-orders from TalkTennis members only :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
 

Team10

Hall of Fame
Anyone else actually thinking about ordering them for a ridiculous price from e bay? I really don't want to but.....
 

Team10

Hall of Fame
Better make an iD that "looks" like the AJ3 instead, for cheaper !


That looks nice and all but it's just not the same :(. How do the resellers always buy them up so fast? I thought this release was only one per person.
 

Rhino

Legend
Federer and Nike should step in here and make this right. He should immediately warn fans that another secondary release of the shoes in much greater quantities is on it's way and NOT to purchase from E Bay.

The resellers wouldn't know what hit them.
 

Seth

Legend
Without bots, snagging a pair of these was nearly impossible. If you got a pair, either you're part of the problem (tampering) or incredibly lucky.
 
Nike deserves a big punch in the head for this one. Why Nike makes a limited run of these is beyond me.

After striking out on these online, I walked over to Niketown NYC to see if I could pick up a pair. When the white vapor AJ3 released, I was able to pick up a pair easily; walking in around 1pm. And there was plenty of shoes available at that time!!! I was in and out of the store in 5 mins.

I assumed it would be the same with these. I arrived at the store and their response to my inquiry of the shoe was, "you have to check Nike NYC twitter page for an update." My response was, "I don't tweet!!"

Ultimately they decided to raffle the shoes off. To me, this makes absolutely no sense.

I think ultimately Nike is trying to create hype for the shoe because I think a federer/Jordan collab is the route they're ultimately thinking of going with. Tennis sneaker are a small part of their market so they're trying to figure ways to rev up sales. This collaboration will definitely pick up sales on tennis sneakers.

Nike, you stink!!!!
 

Geoff

Hall of Fame
To be honest, I'm not surprised. I have no idea how he manages with heat in them, especially when he is wearing two pairs of socks.
It seems like he wore the white version at the US Open for 3 matches and the regular Vapor 9.5 for 3 matches. Could be a comfort/performance issue for him. He always keeps us on our toes!
 

WildVolley

Legend
I have to say that Nike does a good job of keeping the sneaker heads all excited about each new release.

They are obviously leaving a lot of money on the table which goes to resellers by creating artificial shortages, but they must feel that they make up for it in the long-haul by creating an appearance of value in the shoes for collectors.

Ultimately, I think sneaker collecting is like Beanie Baby collecting. If you're holding the shoes to make money, they'll most likely be worthless in ten years or so.
 

tennisoh

Semi-Pro
I have to say that Nike does a good job of keeping the sneaker heads all excited about each new release.

They are obviously leaving a lot of money on the table which goes to resellers by creating artificial shortages, but they must feel that they make up for it in the long-haul by creating an appearance of value in the shoes for collectors.

Ultimately, I think sneaker collecting is like Beanie Baby collecting. If you're holding the shoes to make money, they'll most likely be worthless in ten years or so.
History is not on your side with that thought process.
 

DaniHolte

New User
Would the shoes be more worth with Federer's sign on it? I might get a chance to get his autograph on them - I'm going to WTF and I will stay at the same hotel as him!
 

WildVolley

Legend
History is not on your side with that thought process.
Doesn't it really depend on the shoes?

I realize if I'd bought one of the first Air Jordan's back in the 80s and carefully stored it, I'd have made a good return, but I don't know about the other common shoes of the era. It would have been a lot easier to just buy an S&P500 fund - and the return would probably be just as good.

My concern is that Nike is really in full force these days exploiting the sneaker fanatics. They are introducing so many rare models that at some point I believe they will saturate their own market, but we'll have to wait and see.

At the moment, Nike really seems to know what they're doing, as the shoes are getting people excited and worked up. However, I think the real money is made by the resellers who have a pipeline into the limited supply more so than collectors. If they can flip the shoes quickly, they make $ now and don't have to worry about the future demand.
 

jelle v

Hall of Fame
So what will these shoes cost you in say a couple of months? Are they really worth that much?

From an investment point of view, buying shoes like these is really interesting and I don't see harm in that to be honest.

Really surprised by the way, seeing the prices at e-bay. Are people really paying that much? :shock:
 
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