Proxies can be found everywhere on the Internet. From public proxies, to cheap shared proxies. And from private proxies to virgin proxies. The available options are many. And there are many factors to consider when buying your proxies.
However, there are certain things to consider before clicking the buy button of any proxy provider.
WHY SOME PROXIES ARE CHEAP ?
There is nothing wrong with providers offering cheap proxies. Some providers manage to sell cheap proxies and they advertise the setup and the specifications of their proxies. Thus, you know what to expect.
One thing that any user of private proxies should consider is that price reflects the quality and specs of a given private proxy. Therefore, some proxies are cheap for a reason. The provider offering them is incurring minimal costs for their proxies.
They costs are minimal for two main reasons. First, they advertise shared proxies as dedicated proxies for private use. This is a scam, and users should forget considering this sort of proxy providers because they are a promoting a service and offering another.
The second reason why some proxies are cheap is because some providers sell their proxies to several clients, thus the performance and connectivity of each proxy is minimal. As a rule of thumb, each shared proxy should be allocated, or assigned, to a maximum of three users.
As you can see, if any of the two above mentioned reasons are not respected by the provider, some very cheap private proxies can flood the market. And at the same time, making any proxy provider offering better quality proxies look expensive.
While we can not fight these providers. And because this is a free market, we can’t block them, we are going to present five advantages for which cheap proxies could harm your business, or marketing endeavor.
1. SHARED PROXIES ARE SOLD AS CHEAP DEDICATED PRIVATE PROXIES
As mentioned previously, some providers have a scam mentality. And they will offer a lower quality service and advertise it as a higher quality one.
Nobody can check the amount of users that a provider assigns per each proxy. It is almost impossible. The only factors that ‘offer’ a clue are the up time and the speed. Other than that, you have to believe your provider that he is offering dedicated private access proxies.
2. SLOW CONNECTIONS
Another common aspect of cheap proxies, is their slow speed. The speed of your proxy can be harmful if you are performing multiple requests towards an website and they expire or take a long time. Thus, regardless of how powerful your setup is, if you pass your connection or software through a slow proxy, the performance will be poor.
3. WRONG ALLOCATION OF DEDICATED SPECIAL USE PROXIES
Some special use proxies, such as those for sneaker websites or ticketing websites require a whole IP range allocation in order to stay on the safe side and be able to perform your requests.
This is due to the fact that sneaker websites and ticketing websites, upon detecting suspicious behavior from an IP, will ban the whole range of IPs from that class.
Therefore, the only thing to consider when purchasing sneaker or ticketing proxies is to buy a whole range of IPs. However, some proxy providers are advertising cheap sneaker proxies and they sell packages of 10 or 50 IPs. By splitting the IP range, they can offer cheap proxies.
But, by using these cheap proxies, you risk getting assigned proxies that could be banned due to other users’ usage. Thus, limiting your time to cop new items or tickets.
4. TERRIBLE UP TIME
Get a cheap proxy used by multiple users and you can face terrible up time. You could use your proxies for a limited amount of hours per day. Even perform a limited numbers of requests through an automation tool. But, if you can’t connect when you need, you will end up incurring the proxy cost, but will not manage to get a return.
Many users will not consider the proxy up time, but this factor can be more limiting to your endeavor than even a slow connection.
5. SERVER LOCATIONS
Proxy server location acts as a real estate. More locations a provider has on offer, the better.
However, some providers will offer cheap proxies and will not disclose their servers’ location to you. While you might not consider the location essential to your use, it becomes important when it comes to certain services such as social media, sneakers websites, local ads websites and ticketing websites.
Therefore, before purchasing a proxy package from your provider, consider and ask them their locations.
It does not matter what provider you choose, or what proxies you decide to buy. But you should always consider that cheap proxies are cheap for a reason. Or for multiple reasons.
The best cheap private proxies you should consider are only the shared ones, that a provider will allocate to a maximum of three  users.