Want to Buy Instagram Followers? Here’s What Happens When You Do

We all know you can fake a lot of things on Instagram—a vacation, a ring, a brand deal, a personality—so why not fake your follower count?

All joking aside, we get why it’s tempting. Maybe you’re starting a branded Instagram account from scratch and you want to make a better first impression. Or maybe you want to leverage your Instagram skills to earn some of the $5.8 billion dollars brands are spending on IG influencers in 2021.

On the other hand, maybe you’re reading this article because you’re on the brand side, and you want to know how to suss out which influencers have built up a valuable audience of real people who genuinely care—and which are going to take your budget without any results at all.

The question is: does buy Instagram followers really give you a head start on your Instagram strategy? And is it totally harmless? What do you risk when you do it (besides a clear conscience)?

To get a valid read on what’s up with fake Instagram followers, we decided to do an experiment. Read on to see what happened when we whipped out a credit card and bought the best Instagram followers money can buy.

How to buy Instagram followers

First, let’s take a step-by-step look at how to buy instagram followers. (After that, we’ll show you why it was a waste of time.)

Beware of phishing scams

Many fake Instagram follower suppliers have gone out of business in the last three years as Instagram continues to crack down on bots, trash accounts, and the fly-by-night operations that supply them.

Today, finding a reputable fake Instagram follower provider is like finding a trustworthy human organ salesman. It’s a black market. It’ll take some research to find a vendor that won’t a) steal your money or b) steal your identity. (Ok, I’m guessing on that second one, but it’s an educated guess.)

For this experiment, I decided to go with Famoid. (Keep reading to find out more about some of the other vendors I considered)

Decide whether you want to buy in bulk or get a daily drip of followers.

Either option will look obviously fake, but vendors offer this choice—i.e., a thousand followers at once, or 200 a day—to further the illusion that no one (including Instagram) will be able to tell that you bought your followers. Of course, anyone who looks will be able to tell in an instant, but more on that later.

Again, the theory is that buying engagement will make it less obvious that your followers are fake. But, as you will see later: it will not. Just like the time I tried to pass my jimjams off as luxury athleisure on Zoom, there’s truly no way to hide this maximally lazy choice I have made.

Hand over your Instagram handle and credit card information.
Now, tell your service where to send their bots. No password necessary. Of course, it may feel scuzzy to give your credit card details to a random number company or gmail address, and that’s because it is scuzzy. I did it for science, but I certainly don’t recommend you do it.


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