Our Grade – C
Somewhat unique service with little blatant deception.
At a Glance
Combin is a Russian Instagram growth service that provides apps for automated growth and post scheduling. While the service has been around for a long time, it hasn’t ever gained significant traction.
The one unique thing this service did was launch on Product Hunt, a website used for small SaaS and eCommerce startups. This was pretty cool.
As expected, users immediately saw through the facade when they launched 4-5 years ago:
Alexandra Malis, who was listed as the creator, tried to weasel out of the explanation… but the truth was discovered easily by people who actually know how to program. Combin was asking for a plain text password and trying to give the impression that it was an approved Instagram app.
In the main description, Alexandra criticized other basic follow/unfollow apps and then described how Combin allows people to … do the same exact thing except with a few more clicks.
The service has now been around for years and years and years. There’s still no real evidence that it works properly.
|Quality of Service||Unknown|
|Business Registry / Location||Russia / Germany|
|Traceable Team||Kind of, most of them hide their identities|
|Doesn’t Misuse IG Branding||True|
|Dashboard / Account Management||N/A|
|Forthcoming About Password Handling||No|
Combin offers extremely competitive pricing, though it requires customers to do everything themselves. At the end of the day, it’s not saving you that much work, but all of the options might be worth a try.
Combin is a hybrid app that allows you to take actions on Instagram from your computer. You control your own destiny; you put the work in yourself and pay for their tools.
Unfortunately, this isn’t an undetectable bot like Followyst. It’s still making Instagram API calls, so you’re still running a large risk of getting action blocks!
Integrity & Reputation
We don’t believe that Combin is particularly dishonest or disreputable. However, their website is a bit sterile and doesn’t really inspire confidence. Further, while they have a few 5-star reviews, many of them seem fake.
It’s likely that Combin has amassed several hundred customers after being around for several years. While it might be worth giving this service a shot, we don’t see the long term viability compared to simply using a hashtag tool and taking your own actions manually, which is compliant with Instagram’s terms.