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Old 05-20-2010, 11:27 PM   #691
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Old 05-21-2010, 09:37 AM   #692
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If you don't mind waiting until you get to Disney, check out the outlets when you get there. We just stocked up on traders at the Disney Outlet stores. The 2-pack of mystery pins was $1.99 and there were tons of them. At $1 each, it's an even better price than some people are paying for scrappers!!

http://www.themouseforless.com/tripp...etStores.shtml

We found the pins (and other cool souvenirs) at the first two, but nothing of use at the character outlet.

This was the only trip we went to the outlets, so I'm not sure if they're always there... I wouldn't risk it if they would be my only traders. But it would be good for those of you who are waiting to get to the area to buy.
Someone told me about the outletstores but I didn't get a chance to check them out. How are they? They are run by Disney right?
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Old 05-21-2010, 10:13 AM   #693
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Unless you drive to WDW or rent a car, then how can one get to the outlets?
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Old 05-21-2010, 12:49 PM   #694
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As a follow-up: I wrote lauritadelmar for a refund, planning to send the pins back. She gave me the refund w/o my having to send the pins back. Prompt shipment, prompt refund, and I appreciated not having to return them, but still scrappers.

Edit- she ended up later asking if I could send her some explanation as to why I believed they were fake, so I sent her a long email regarding the (bordered, loose) Mickey pin pattern on the back of half, and the quality of the rest. She seemed surprised that the pins were fake, and interested in info, so I just wanted to add that on. It looks like she's making an effort.

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Old 05-21-2010, 01:11 PM   #695
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As a follow-up: I wrote lauritadelmar for a refund, planning to send the pins back. She gave me the refund w/o my having to send the pins back. Prompt shipment, prompt refund, and I appreciated not having to return them, but still scrappers.
So as a general question, since I have seen others who refund without wanting the pins back, how do those sellers make any money then? They had to pay something for the pins, right?
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Old 05-21-2010, 03:02 PM   #696
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And I think there are still tables at DHS too, right?
No, only at Epcot
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Old 05-21-2010, 03:25 PM   #697
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That's a great price on the mystery packs! Which packs were they? I doubt any will be left in August, when I'm there.
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So as a general question, since I have seen others who refund without wanting the pins back, how do those sellers make any money then? They had to pay something for the pins, right?
I would guess that they pay very little per set. Like if we're paying around $1/pin in the lot (I paid about $22 for a lot of 20), they probably paid more like .25 a pin. This seller, for example, currently has 150 lots of 20 pins listed. Some which are ending soon are going for around $10.50. They have to be paying only around a quarter a pin to even make it worth it to sell them.
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Old 05-21-2010, 03:42 PM   #699
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That's a great price on the mystery packs! Which packs were they? I doubt any will be left in August, when I'm there.
One pack had either: Colored cars (http://pinpics.com/cgi-bin/pin.cgi?p....1274471048.v2) or Figment (http://pinpics.com/cgi-bin/group.cgi...4718&pin=69860)

The other had either the family with ears (http://pinpics.com/cgi-bin/group.cgi...4718&pin=68735) or Pet with ears (http://pinpics.com/cgi-bin/group.cgi...4718&pin=68734)

They must have just released them while we were there because the CM's lanyards weren't really flooded with them. Our last day, at EPCOTT, we saw the most, but we still had no trouble finding a unique one to trade when we found something we liked.
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Yep, those are the $10 packs from last year. What a great deal. I wish I could buy some.
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Old 05-21-2010, 11:24 PM   #701
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How can you tell if they are scrappers?

I think I might have found this forum too late. We are getting ready for our first disney trip but my daughter already knows about pin trading from her friends. In trying to make this a budget trip I tried to pre-buy some pins for her off ebay, so I bot a lot from jeffreyyoung?
How can I tell if these are scrappers?
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I think I might have found this forum too late. We are getting ready for our first disney trip but my daughter already knows about pin trading from her friends. In trying to make this a budget trip I tried to pre-buy some pins for her off ebay, so I bot a lot from jeffreyyoung?
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I can't tell for sure, but by the ones I can make out in his photos (uses small photos in my opinion) most of them are well-known scrappers. The fact that he states that they are stamped on the back have nothing to do with whether they are real or fake.

Why don't you message him and ask him how he obtained the pins. If he gets defensive, most likely a scam. If he says he traded for them, I would still have to wonder how he can have so many. By the looks of his store, he has thousands. And he lives in NY, which would lead me to wonder exactly how often he gets to a park to trade to begin with.

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I think I might have found this forum too late. We are getting ready for our first disney trip but my daughter already knows about pin trading from her friends. In trying to make this a budget trip I tried to pre-buy some pins for her off ebay, so I bot a lot from jeffreyyoung?
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I can't tell for sure, but by the ones I can make out in his photos (uses small photos in my opinion) most of them are well-known scrappers. The fact that he states that they are stamped on the back have nothing to do with whether they are real or fake.

Why don't you message him and ask him how he obtained the pins. If he gets defensive, most likely a scam. If he says he traded for them, I would still have to wonder how he can have so many. By the looks of his store, he has thousands. And he lives in NY, which would lead me to wonder exactly how often he gets to a park to trade to begin with.

Good luck!

Good luck Thompson92, if you want to get some others that may be better I've had pins shipped to me at my resort from pinderellas_castle on eBay, all legit pins and it was a very very easy transaction!! The pins were waiting for me when we got there.
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Old 05-23-2010, 08:09 AM   #704
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I have been reading through this thread mostly out of curiosity. I am not overly worried if I end up trading for a scrapper because we trade and collect simply for the fun. I know some are doing it for fun but also for an investment so I can understand their worry. I see listed here how to identify a scrapper but I'm curious who does this information come from. Disney? Avid collectors? Not that I am doubting these indicators, like I said I'm just curious. Also has Disney ever taken steps to stop factories from making and selling scrappers? I cannot imagine Disney would not be able to find out what factories are doing this (at least some of them).

I have on several occasions bought from TheWill and have always been pleased with the pins, packaging and speed of shipping. I usually buy about 20 pins before a trip for my son and I to trade. Before I start bidding I go thought his list bidding on pins that are ending soon and that are still low. Then I do a max bid around $2.50. Sometimes I do not outbid the person before me and sometimes I am the first bid. Wanting to win 20 pins I bid on 40 or so. The way he works his combined shipping, in the end I usually end up paying anywhere from $1.50 to $3.00 a pin. This last time I did luck out and win my auctions with many of my bids on the lower end. I either lucked out that no one were looking for these pins or maybe the economy has less people buying.

Anyway, thanks for the interesting thread. Good luck to everyone on their pin purchases
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I just found this thread and I'm a day to late. Bought pins from e-bay and couldn't wait for them to come in. They did smell like oil and I'm betting they are all scrappers.
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