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knation5
01-10-2007, 11:51 PM
We are going to Disney in a month and I would like to get some pins for the kids to trade. I really think they would enjoy it and are at a good age. (12, 9, 6) Where is the absolute CHEAPEST place to get trader pins? I really don't care what they look like cause the fun of it will be trading them anyway!

Several years ago when we went to Disney I found some pins at one of the outlet stores for $1/each. Are there any deals like that around still?

Thanks!
Kayla

DizneyDogs
01-11-2007, 12:51 AM
I love those $1 pin deals. Unfortunately there haven't been any for awhile.

Check out pinscheap auctions on ebay he sells pins for $1.99 each and you can buy whatever quantity you need.

flying_babyb
01-11-2007, 12:55 AM
trade things for them on here!!!

Pixiedust34
01-11-2007, 06:11 AM
Disneyshopping.com has a semi-annual pin sale. I'm not sure when the next sale is or if it'll be before your trip, but the prices are usually good. You can usually get pin sets at a discount that'll come to around $3.00/pin.

Does anyone know when to expect the next big pin sale?

lowie
01-11-2007, 07:20 AM
before our last trip i bought a slew of pins on ebay for trading. unfortunately they didn't arrive before we left! we went to the character premiere in orlando and were able to buy some for $2- $2.50 each. at the parks we found the pins that look like bobble heads (they come in baby pooh, baby mickey etc.) and if you found a store that had the set of 7 pins in a box they came out to about $3.00 each. they are much nicer then the cheap traders i ended up getting from ebay.
have fun pin trading, our entire family is HOOKED!

Andrea_loves_Disney
01-11-2007, 08:19 AM
The Disney store had some pins last weekend that were on clearance for $2.25! I bought 12 of them for our trip in March!! Good luck and happy pin trading! My kids love it!:wave:

Pembo
01-11-2007, 08:30 AM
I bought a set of 7 for $21 from Disneyshopping two years ago. I checked e-bay too. Good luck, pin trading for kids is addictive!

MommaPooh
01-11-2007, 09:25 AM
I get ours from ebay. But, I refuse to pay more than $2 per pin, shipping included. Because of this it sometimes takes me a while to win an auction. I get overbid often, but that's just the way it goes. I don't care if I get some duplicates since the kids are going to trade them anyway.

Jenn
01-11-2007, 09:33 AM
Thanks for this info! We went to Disney last month and my girls were trading pins my MIL paid $8 or more for!! I was having a heart attack! I will keep my eye out for some trader pins for our next trip.

canwegosoon
01-11-2007, 10:03 AM
before our last trip i bought a slew of pins on ebay for trading. unfortunately they didn't arrive before we left! we went to the character premiere in orlando and were able to buy some for $2- $2.50 each. at the parks we found the pins that look like bobble heads (they come in baby pooh, baby mickey etc.) and if you found a store that had the set of 7 pins in a box they came out to about $3.00 each. they are much nicer then the cheap traders i ended up getting from ebay.
have fun pin trading, our entire family is HOOKED!

This is true, and I have to say almost every CM's laynard wall full of them by the end of the day. So if you buy them they might be hard to trade. I personally buy at Disney Shopping for a great sale or through 1 very repetuable seller on ebay...I spend 3.25-3.50 a pin if it you really really cheap pins, I know I wouldn't want to trade for them. IMO!!!;) Buy what you would want to trade for.

nuttylawprofessor
01-11-2007, 11:02 AM
Go to your Disneystore. They have pins on clearance right now. Look for the holiday, snow white, and ariel multi-pin sets on cards. They should work out to be $1-2 per pin; they're nice, small, and light, which the CMs appreciate!

At Character Premier in December they had a HCOE tin with a light-up lanyard and 10 HCOE pins for $25, another great deal.

Ebay is a good, but tricky source.

buzz2400
01-11-2007, 11:30 AM
I got a good deal from this ebay seller: james_n_gv_sc. I emailed him and he sold me 100 pins without the auction.

Vickie46
01-11-2007, 11:42 AM
check out mousepinsonline too.. he has a regular website.

Juliah
01-11-2007, 12:09 PM
Since we don't have a Disney store in town anymore, I use disneyshopping.com for traders for my kids. I know what I get from them will be tradable, which isn't always as clear with the pins on eBay, esp. if you're not very familiar with pins.

Right now that are some pin sets on disneyshopping that are $26.95 for six pins, which works out to $4.50 each. There is a 10% off code, DISNEY2006, that brings the price down to a little over $4 a piece, and there is a code for free shipping over $80, SHIP80 (haven't checked to see if you can stack them). Sometimes the pin sets go on sale, and/or you can sometimes find % off codes that are greater than 10%, so you might be able to get pins from disneyshopping for $2-3.50 each (in sets). Also, every Monday they have free shipping on select pins--sometimes this includes the sets, and sometimes it doesn't.

If you have a Disney store, I think that would be the best place to start, but if not, I'd recommend disneyshopping.

Disneyland_emily
01-11-2007, 12:46 PM
>>They should work out to be $1-2 per pin; they're nice, small, and light, which the CMs appreciate!<<

Some are not bad- the mini mini pins (like the dwarf sets or the ariel sets) are complete junk as no one will ever trade for them, and they make lanyards looks like crap as the backs are bigger than the fronts. Any CM who said they appreciated them needs to be shot IMO

My rule of thumb is always trade a pin I would want to trade for. I pay roughly about 2.25-2.50 a pin after shipping and I never get sedesma, propins or Mini pins (or scrappers for that matter) I stock up at Disneyshopping with their sales and cruise other sites such as dizpins.com.

IMO you give what you get on lanyards now days. its very very rare to find decent pins to trade for as everyone stocks up on the crap pins (propins, sedesma, disney store mini pins) and saturates lanyards.

-em

-em

knation5
01-11-2007, 01:16 PM
"Some are not bad- the mini mini pins (like the dwarf sets or the ariel sets) are complete junk as no one will ever trade for them, and they make lanyards looks like crap as the backs are bigger than the fronts. "



I thought that cast members had to trade with kids for whatever. :confused3 (As long it is an official Disney pin.) When we went several years ago, we only traded with cast members because they were much nicer and approachable about the whole thing.

Kayla

Livin'4Disney
01-11-2007, 02:33 PM
Rule of thumb on ebay.
Only purchase "cast member lanyard pins"

Also, I second the Disney Store. Check out the "Collectors Forum Board" on the dis too. They have some great tips!

:thumbsup2

knation5
01-11-2007, 02:38 PM
I thought that cast members had to trade with kids for whatever. :confused3 (As long it is an official Disney pin.) When we went several years ago, we only traded with cast members because they were much nicer and approachable about the whole thing.

Kayla

So is this not still the case? :confused3

Kayla

HayGan
01-11-2007, 02:49 PM
As long as a CM doesn't already have a pin on their lanyard and it is a Disney stamped pin, they have to trade anyone for it (not just kids.) If they are wearing a green lanyard then they can only trade with kids.

I refuse to buy any propins, sedesma or dancer/kodak/other mass produced pins for trading but that is just me. I did buy the map pins from Disney Shopping and used lots of those as traders. Most of them were very cute and they were easy for my boys to handle as opposed to some of the larger pins.

As for ebay sellers, I like to purchase pins from Harval1. He sells his pins for $2 each and they are pins that I am not embarassed to trade. There are sellers you can get lots of cast member lanyard pins from that are around $3 each. Those make for really good traders.

hsmamato2
01-11-2007, 02:51 PM
what is a propin or sedesma?

runwad
01-11-2007, 02:52 PM
Disneyshopping.com has a semi-annual pin sale. I'm not sure when the next sale is or if it'll be before your trip, but the prices are usually good. You can usually get pin sets at a discount that'll come to around $3.00/pin.

Does anyone know when to expect the next big pin sale?

In the past it's been Feb & Aug.

Plantlady
01-11-2007, 02:52 PM
"Some are not bad- the mini mini pins (like the dwarf sets or the ariel sets) are complete junk as no one will ever trade for them, and they make lanyards looks like crap as the backs are bigger than the fronts. "



I thought that cast members had to trade with kids for whatever. :confused3 (As long it is an official Disney pin.) When we went several years ago, we only traded with cast members because they were much nicer and approachable about the whole thing.

Kayla

We had cast members say no to our kids. They were not pins we started with, rather pins they traded for, because they weren't looking for value, just characters. But they were the cheaper pins (still disney on the back).

But, we taught them, to just say thanks, move on, and trade it to the next cast member. We didn't come home with anything we didn't want.

nuttylawprofessor
01-11-2007, 02:54 PM
The CMs will trade with you as long as you have a Disney copywright pin (i.e. it says "Disney" on the back). This applies to all traders, aged 3-103. Kids get to trade with all CM lanyards, adults can't trade with green lanyards.

As for CMs needing "to be shot" for appreciating the mini-pins, well whatever. They're not trading their own pins on the lanyards, and if I was wearing a pin lanyard all day, every day, I'd want to get something light on there rather than the heavier pins. But like I said, whatever.

To the new pin traders out there, you can see that this can get touchy and there is definately a "pin hierarchy." The good news is, this shouldn't really impact your trading with CMs. Just have fun. If you like the way a pin looks, go for it. You can always trade it away later!

One man's trash is another man's treasure!

nuttylawprofessor
01-11-2007, 02:56 PM
We had cast members say no to our kids. They were not pins we started with, rather pins they traded for, because they weren't looking for value, just characters. But they were the cheaper pins (still disney on the back).

But, we taught them, to just say thanks, move on, and trade it to the next cast member. We didn't come home with anything we didn't want.

Bravo to you for teaching good trading manners, but the CMs shouldn't be rejecting any pins, unless the CM has the same pin on the lanyard.

Have they changed the rules since mid-December?

HayGan
01-11-2007, 03:04 PM
As for CMs needing "to be shot" for appreciating the mini-pins, well whatever. They're not trading their own pins on the lanyards, and if I was wearing a pin lanyard all day, every day, I'd want to get something light on there rather than the heavier pins. But like I said, whatever.

I have to agree! So many cast members really seem to appreciate the smaller pins. They really seem to dislike the bigger heavier pins. Come to think of it, I don't like walking around with a lanyard with 10 giant pins all day either!

dsneygirl
01-11-2007, 03:25 PM
The CMs will trade with you as long as you have a Disney copywright pin (i.e. it says "Disney" on the back). This applies to all traders, aged 3-103. Kids get to trade with all CM lanyards, adults can't trade with green lanyards.

As for CMs needing "to be shot" for appreciating the mini-pins, well whatever. They're not trading their own pins on the lanyards, and if I was wearing a pin lanyard all day, every day, I'd want to get something light on there rather than the heavier pins. But like I said, whatever.

To the new pin traders out there, you can see that this can get touchy and there is definately a "pin hierarchy." The good news is, this shouldn't really impact your trading with CMs. Just have fun. If you like the way a pin looks, go for it. You can always trade it away later!

One man's trash is another man's treasure!


I never had a CM reject a pin. The laynards are not their personal pins. They usually belong to the location (merch, attraction, restaurant) and various CMs might wear the same laynard throughout the day. We had a theory that at the end of the day they dump those mini pins (Fab 5, Pooh characters) and repackage them for sale ;)

Juliah
01-12-2007, 03:16 PM
Here's a thread from the Collectors board that looks really helpful for people starting to trade pins who want to know what kinds of pins to look for and where to get them:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1267432

Plantlady
01-12-2007, 03:43 PM
Bravo to you for teaching good trading manners, but the CMs shouldn't be rejecting any pins, unless the CM has the same pin on the lanyard.

Have they changed the rules since mid-December?

I doubt any rules have been changed. We were there in July, and had 2 CM's say no. They said Disney on the back, but were obviously Sedesma (sp?) pins that my kids traded for, but were ready to trade again. They were not already on the lanyards. I think they were just having a bad day.

My kids always took it ok. There was an endless supply of CM's to trade with, it wasn't a big deal to move on. We did try to explain the difference in the pins to the kids, in case they cared.. always letting them know, they were THEIR pins, that if they wanted the sedesma pins, they were more than welcome to trade for them. We ended up coming home with one (out of about 50 pins for our entire familY).. and it is my five year old's favorite of all his pins, because it's Nemo.