GRAND RAPIDS, MI— If you like sneakers, you’re undoubtedly familiar with the concept of “bots,” which are programs written up to automatically add sought-after products to your cart the second they load onto the website. These programs are certainly preventable, but one local man, Paul Matheson, has tried to take matters into his own hands.
When asked what in particular he was doing, Matheson said that “I have sent over 2000 email complaints to stores like Kith, SSENSE, and Undefeated to try to get them to stop the bots. Last week, I was sent a court summons from Ronnie Fieg for harassment, so I think I’m making some progress!” We reached out to our in-house software developer Tommy Hutcheson for comment on bot-prevention, and he had this to say, “It’s surprisingly easy to stop bots on an online store. I taught my 7-year-old niece some basic coding last Thanksgiving, and I am 100% confident she could do it. I think the stores enjoy the ease of selling out their shoes, or they do not care enough to stop the bots themselves.”
Tune in next week on Kith’s Instagram for the live broadcast of Paul Matheson’s court case.