kootenay joe wrote:Lee, thanks for the explanations in your post. What does this mean: "Scraping the site ahead of time to get the product ID links" ? I do not know what it is to "scrape" the site but it seems to imply that the info on these knives can be had before the release time ?
Are you sure that checkout with PP when already logged in to PP is slower than going through the multi-step KSF check out ?
KJ, no I'm not sure about the PP speed, but it's my suspicion because you get redirected to the PP site and sometimes that takes an arbitrary amount of time. When I bought my Mudbug I felt like PP was going really slow and I was nervous the whole time. But in that case I was getting a common item not a specific item, and it took an hour and a half to sell out of Mudbugs, so I didn't have anything to worry about. I feel like when I'm entering my CC number (copied and pasted from Notepad or something) I'm in control of the checkout process and with practice one can get fast at it rather than hope that PP is doing me right in that moment.
A web scraper is an automated tool that can grab the entire contents of a website, whether links to all that content is visible or not. For example, if you google images for "71 Bullnose knives ship free" you can see pictures on the KSF site that are there but aren't linked, i.e., you can't find them on the site just by normal browsing. But the google crawler finds them for you. A web scraper does a similar thing but downloads the entire site contents. From there you can browse the contents or parse it with a script looking for whatever you want. I have no idea if KSF uploads their release content ahead of time, but other online vendors sometimes do, and "early links" are a thing in the sneakerhead community. Even if everything suddenly appears at once, it could be possible to automate the process of finding "add to cart" links quickly and press a bunch of them. The bottom line is that a script can fill in a form and click buttons much faster than humanly possible, and do many of these actions at once.
Regarding the careful selection of the particular beautiful bone handle cover that your heart really desires... it seems like people aren't really able to do that now anyway because it's just a mad grabbing, so what difference does it make?