Good/Bad Internet and eBay Pin Sellers

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  1. thompson92

    thompson92 Earning My Ears

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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?
    How can I tell if these are scrappers?
    Thanks!!!
     
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  3. Spiffie

    Spiffie Wishing to be in my happy place!!

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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!
     
  4. pixiewings71

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

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    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. :)
     
  5. StrwLady

    StrwLady Why did I buy that van?! Now I can't afford a Disn

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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 :)
     
  6. Goofy442

    Goofy442 DIS Veteran

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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. :sad2:
     
  7. Cardsfann18

    Cardsfann18 Cardinals and Disney fan for life!!!

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    I'm sorry about your experience. Often, if you ask for a refund they will give it to you. Also could I ask who the seller was. Thanks
     
  8. traveladdiction

    traveladdiction Mouseketeer

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    I went on pinpics.com and researched a few--- I honestly cannot tell if they are real or fake. How can you tell if they are scrappers?

    BTW I bought a lot of 100 pins from parrotsandpins (formerly nannub I think)

    I am wondering if I should ask for a refund??
     
  9. Joan92120

    Joan92120 Earning My Ears

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    Based upon my personal experience with nannub, I would never recommend to anyone that they purchase and trade her pins. Yes, I would ask for a refund.
     
  10. drscruf

    drscruf Earning My Ears

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    Well, after reading this entire thread, and with an upcoming trip to WDW for my 40th bday, I went out on eBay and purchased an assortment of pins for me and my kids (and Mom) to trade. More or less to have fun, pass time on line. We're not in it to make money and we're not hard core collectors.

    So, I've won many auctions from more than a few sellers. Mostly, I've stuck to individual pins from a same seller. For example, bidding on a pin I really like, than bidding on a few others from the same person to save on shipping and build a trader group.

    I guess that I don't want to be part of the problem and frankly, I don't think we'll have any problem trading scrappers for scrappers with CM (unknowingly), but I really don't want to trade with other guests that take this seriously.

    Anyway, it seems to me that even if I look the pin up on pinpics, even if there's no scrapper warning, it could still be a scrapper, right?
     
  11. Broncobilly83

    Broncobilly83 DIS Veteran

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    Very true. Pin Pics does a very good job at highlighting and warning the pin community about scrappers, but unless they are told about it to begin with, they would not know to have a warning up

    Bill
     
  12. LoriABil

    LoriABil DIS Veteran

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    I bought a pin on e-bay (I usually will buy one at a time for DS) from pin.mania and while it doesn't have the tell-tale "oil" smell, it does have some color inconsistencies. I will buy a "real" one from another trader and compare, and let you know. I was just curious if anyone else has bought from this ebay-er. Thanks!

    Lori B.
     
  13. DiSnEyLvR76

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    Was intersted in buying a couple of pins from Pin Cravings which is run by carmello1 on ebay...does anyone know if they're legit? Thanks!
     
  14. DisneyRunner2009

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    Another resource I use to identify scrappers is dizpins.com. I google search dizpins known scrappers and then I click on the result. This website does a great job showing pictures as well. Pin pics is good, but I am aware of pins that are being scrapped and pin pics does not have a warning for these. As always, "nothing is guaranteed authentic unless it has been purchased by you directly from Disney."
     
  15. opaleyes

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    I have some eBay sellers to add to the good list! I just received HK Disneyland pins from bestpinstore and toy-treasure. They are perfect! The ones from toy-treasure came on their original card backs, still sealed in the original plastic bag. The one from bestpinstore came sealed in its original bag (was a mystery pin) AND she wrapped it in a real HK Disneyland shopping bag and included a HKDL brochure/park map and a sticker. Such a fun package to open to go with a gorgeous pin. :)
     
  16. Goofy442

    Goofy442 DIS Veteran

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    Thank You, it says amazing_gifts2008 also I missed that they came straight from China that should have been a red flag, Live and learn.
     
  17. mamapajama

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    I just looked at some of my pins from WDW still on the card and not all of them have ODPT on the back. I bought from a seller that had all but 3 positive feedback and those three were neutral because of long ship time...but the seller has in the auction to allow up to 14 days for shipping. So if that's in the auction and you bid, I don't see how you can give less than positive feedback for that. But anyway....I just looked at all of them. Some (like the bottle caps) we bought in a store but many of the others I don't remember how we got them. They all look ok to me. My daughter has them on a bulletin board in her room and they are memories of our trips so if they are "fake" i'm not too upset about it because they look fine and she is happy.
    i guess i will look at the ones I bought closely when they arrive and see.
     
  18. Belle Ella

    Belle Ella DIS Veteran

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    Has anyone ahd any experience with MousePins4U? I purchased some from them ages ago and never even thought about there being scammers selling scrappers. I think all of the ones I received are legit, but I doubt I could really tell a scrapper from the real deal if my life depended on it.
     
  19. Kara

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    my kids are older and I thought pin trading would be great for them. But then I read this!! I was going to get some on ebay to take but now I dont know what to do! :(
     
  20. Kara

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    anyone buy from pins1217?
     
  21. TeenaS

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    Don't let all of this stop your children from the thrill and fun of pin trading. If you are purchasing pins from ebay, the information here about reputable sellers is the way to go. It's a fun thing to do, kids love it and as long as you just stay with reputable sellers, you'll be fine. If one of your kids should fall in love with a pin they see on a CM lanyard, trade for it and you see it looks a bit questionable, it's not a biggy. If the kids love the pin, that's what counts.
     

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