The first time in your life you used a sharp knife, you didn’t know how to handle it. And you were not aware of the dangers in using it until you gently touched the blade and noticed how sharp it is. Unfortunately, many proxy users do not think the same when they start using cheap proxies for their projects. They consider that all proxies are the same and there is no danger attached to them. Partially they are right. While there is no danger of cutting yourself, when using proxies for a project you must understand the benefits and risks attached to them.
In this article, we are going to talk about cheap proxies. What you can find on the market. And when cheap proxies are recommended to be used and when not. Furthermore, we are going to finish with the question if your project really needs proxies.
CHEAP PROXIES VS PREMIUM PROXIES – THE STATE OF THE MARKET
Currently, there are proxies sold under different names, packages, and prices. From cheap shared proxies to virgin proxies and sneakers proxies or Ticketmaster ones, a provider’s offering is large and can be overwhelming.
However, if you plan to buy proxies, you must understand that some proxies are a better fit for a project than others. For example, to create and manage social media accounts, virgin proxies are necessary because social media platforms are very restrictive. While for other users there are other proxy packages. And almost all proxy packages for special use are HTTP proxies.
And while for some projects dedicated virgin proxies are recommended, for other projects using such proxies can be expensive and the performance difference almost inexistent. For such projects, cheap proxies are a better fit economically.
WHEN CHEAP PROXIES ARE RECOMMENDED
Before we begin, as a rule of thumb, you should never choose and use proxies based on their price. Always consider how and where you are going to use your proxies and then look at a proxy package price.
Moreover, cheap proxies are recommended for some projects and they are a better fit than using dedicated virgin proxies. Cheap proxies can be used when the project requires accessing multiple domains without connecting accounts. For example, cheap proxies can be used for scraping websites or for SEO tasks.
As long as your projects do not require connecting to accounts and the number of domains reached is higher than one, then you can safely use the cheapest proxies you find. It does not matter if they are private proxies or shared proxies.
WHEN YOU SHOULD NOT USE CHEAP PROXIES
You can’t always use cheap proxies. As the knife we talked about at the beginning, there are some dangers in using a tool without knowing how. Cheap proxies are best used to scrape online data without connecting or logging accounts.
However, once you must connect to only one online platform and you are required to use an account to log in, cheap shared proxies begin to behave dangerously. You will not cut yourself, but chances are the proxies will be flagged and you risk blocking your accounts and your project will start bleeding.
For example, if you want to manage and connect several Instagram accounts, you will not manage to do so by using cheap proxies. They will most likely be banned already and they will not be able to connect your accounts. For such a task, when connecting accounts and the proxy is used to access only one platform, virgin private proxies are a better fit. They are more expensive but are the right tool you can use in your project.
DO YOU NEED CHEAP PROXIES?
We posted this question at the end of the article. Unfortunately, users never pose this question during the buying process. They simply buy a cheap proxy package and find themselves with a bunch of proxies for which they have no use.
Our recommendation is to always consider if proxies are necessary for your projects. How many proxies you need and what type. Because if you look closer you might find that sometimes you don’t need proxies in your project.
TO WRAP UP
c However, while their price is appealing, they are not the best fit for all projects. Buy cheap proxies only if you need to access multiple domains and there is no login required. Only then you can consider buying cheap proxies to cut costs. Otherwise, buying proxies based only on their price can bring many regrets as they will not work and your project will halt.