Good/Bad Internet and eBay Pin Sellers

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  1. Tampa Mousekeeter

    Tampa Mousekeeter Mouseketeer

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    can I ask why anyone would think a pin sold for under $2.00 would be anything but a scrapper?....just a question....but if Disney is selling pins in the $10 range each and even the "Starter sets" are approx $5 each how is anyone really getting pins that much cheaper?????....they are selling them for $1.79 plus making a profit and they are not scrappers????? :confused3 ( that is except for our friend nannub who brings his scrappers to the park to trade for real pins and then sells them in huge lots).....;)
     
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  3. disneydonkey

    disneydonkey Earning My Ears

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    I went onto pinpics and all of the pins but one were tagged with a warning that said there were scrappers being sold. I examined the pins closer and found small flaws in each. My tweedledee pin his hair isn't colored in correctly, my mickey ribbon pin is off color(lime green when I think it should be yellow), and most of my pins have silver hidden mickeys when the real ones are black. They look perfect until you really look at the small details.
     
  4. jackskellingtonsgirl

    jackskellingtonsgirl <marquee><font color=deeppink>Jello Shot Chick</ma

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    ALL pins have silver Hidden Mickeys. They photograph black. :)
     
  5. disneydonkey

    disneydonkey Earning My Ears

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    Yup. I just found this out after some more research. But I still stand by most of them are scrappers from other flaws. jmo
     
  6. pixiewings71

    pixiewings71 <marquee><font color=deeppink>Sweet!!! Totally!!!!

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    There are several reasons someone may be selling pins for cheaper then the park prices. There are people who find them at yard sales, at estate sales, at Goodwill etc and buy them to sell on eBay, there are people who are selling their own personal collection, quitting the hobby and just getting rid of their pins, there are plenty of reasons that pins will be found on eBay for less than park prices. Honestly, I assumed the pins I got from Skipwick would be scrappers, but only 1 that I could tell was. And again, I consider myself educated on scrappers from my own research. I've purchased plenty of pins OVER $2.00 that are scrappers and plenty for under that that were legit. I purchased 2 Tink Allison Lecorts on eBay for under $2.00 each.....and they are legit.

    I respect that, can you tell us what you got in your lot? Many of the scrapper sellers will offer them same pins to each buyer. Altho from the 2 you described I received different pins.....

    I also know that all sellers on eBay aren't as knowledgeable about scrappers as some of us are, I know the chances I'll get scrappers is good but I'm willing to take that chance. :)
     
  7. pixiewings71

    pixiewings71 <marquee><font color=deeppink>Sweet!!! Totally!!!!

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    jho602 I received a small group on singles from them, nice pins with slight surface scratches, I wasn't buying these to trade tho, I am trying to finish my alphabet set and I got these for a good price. I will watch their other auctions.

    angali35 I received a small group of singles from her as well, these are really nice pins! I did pay at least $3 per pin but they are very nice! I believe these are all good. Altho she did misship one of the pins, I have contacted her and will update when we get this issue resolved.
     
  8. jadejazzkayla

    jadejazzkayla always planning the next trip.

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    do you mean these are low quality genuine pins or do you mean these are fakes? i was thinking of buying from this person.
     
  9. pixiewings71

    pixiewings71 <marquee><font color=deeppink>Sweet!!! Totally!!!!

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    With the pitting and scraping described these would pass Disney's quality control, so while they may be "geniune" they are not Official Disney pins and should not be traded.
     
  10. Disney On A Dime!

    Disney On A Dime! It's never too late to live happily ever after!

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    I can tell you that the three vinylmation pins I received from this person are fakes. I purchased the exact same pins from a reputable seller (after I found out about scrappers and such with the vinylmation pins) because I was skeptical about the way the pins looked, the thickness of the pins and such. I was right...funmamas sold me scrappers from Beijing or somewhere??? Compared to the original Disney pins...they look totally fake! Even my kids could tell the difference. :upsidedow
     
  11. jadejazzkayla

    jadejazzkayla always planning the next trip.

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    Of course genuine or Official disney pins or whatever you choose to call them can be traded.
     
  12. Disney On A Dime!

    Disney On A Dime! It's never too late to live happily ever after!

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    I did want to add two more names to the reputable list...

    Kather99 - I received one vinylmation pin from her...it is definitely a legitimate Disney pin...it had some wear from trading, but was in good condition.

    Mousepinz (Not the mousepinsonline) - I received two vinylmation pins from them...they are definitely legitimate Disney pins...again they had some wear from trading, but they are keepers!


    BTW - has anyone bought from 3_martin_girls? They seem to have a large selection of vinylmation pins, but I have seen no information on them...kind of thinking about waiting to bid...


    princess: Thanks for all of the great information! This board has become a go-to place for me to check about sellers.
     
  13. pixiewings71

    pixiewings71 <marquee><font color=deeppink>Sweet!!! Totally!!!!

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    Actually, there is a difference between "genuine" and "official" pins, official pins are pins that have passed the QC testing and been approved by Disney, genuine pins may be made from the same molds but not pass QC and not be approved by Disney. I hope that helps. :) And yes, official pins can be traded.
     
  14. vladimir10

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    I just purchased a lot of random 50 from disneypinqueen

    I'll post here what I get, in terms of what I can figure out for 'real and genuine' and 'scrappers'.

    Thanks for all the info, guys. My wife and I are new to this, and we are excited about pins, it looks like a lot of fun!
     
  15. aumfc

    aumfc Earning My Ears

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    Anyone bought from 52jcmdisneypins? They were up front about trading and possibilities of scrappers in large lots but did say they verify that their pins look good.

    Thanks.
     
  16. pixiewings71

    pixiewings71 <marquee><font color=deeppink>Sweet!!! Totally!!!!

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    I've seen their auctions but have not purchased from them.

    I got resolution from Angie about the misshipped pin, she used the wrong description/photo so she refunded me and told me to keep the pin she sent me. I would recommend her based on the quality of pins I received and the service she gave me. :)
     
  17. WDWCatMom

    WDWCatMom Earning My Ears

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    I saw several on The WDW Store.... Is this a safe place to purchase pins?
     
  18. MountNittany

    MountNittany Why is Tom Morrow going to the Moon? He has enough

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    Sorry, update will come soon, but school has gotten in the way of the dis
     
  19. dbeuley

    dbeuley Earning My Ears

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    I would not buy from Mikeandnancy1020, I ordered pins from them in mid september and still not have received them and am getting the run around from Mike on getting the pins or a credit to my account.
     
  20. jenmclong

    jenmclong Earning My Ears

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    I am going to WDW in a few weeks and want to order pins for my 3 boys to trade. I am not looking to be a collector, just want them to be able to have a little extra adventure while we are at the parks. I found Disneypinqueen on ebay and the price is around 1.10 a pin in a grab bag format. My big question is, if the pin is a scrapper or not real, what does a CM do? I don't want to spend a lot more money than what I have found on ebay but I also don't want to be told that we can't trade.
     
  21. earthfaries

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    The lanyards are full of scrappers ~ you will actually have a hard time finding real pins unfortunaltely. It's very sad that these fake pins have overtaken the lanyards and pin boards at Disney :sad2:
    We love to pin trade now that we live close to the parks, and have been pin trading for years, but it's just not the same with all the fakes.
    We go to the pin trading events and have talked to Steven, the head pin guy ~ he says there are no such thing as fake pins...I guess they can't admit to it while they are filling their lanyards with them every morning :rolleyes1
    Anyway, they can't and don't and won't say anything to you ~ because they are all over the place. No one knows anymore what's real or not ~ and CM's don't have the time or knowledge to inspect every pin. If you want to purchase those pins that's your choice ~ a lot of people would not as they think they are supporting the scrapper trade by doing it, but it's a personal choice.
    I personally have purchased pins from Travelinwynns for the past 3 years and have been recommending him to others for years. I used to pay about 2.60 a pin, and I truly thought they were authentic pins until I learned about all this. They were nice and completely tradable :thumbsup2
    I have also purchased from mikebitesme and honestly was embarrassed to trade his pins as they were such bad quality and obvious scrappers. Now we buy our pins from the Disney outlets ~ you can find them for 2.99 ea and they are real and a few months ago they had all their holiday pins for 75% off so they were 1.00 a pc. and we bought thousands!!!
    Good luck and have fun!!


     

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