Good/Bad Internet and eBay Pin Sellers

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  1. WhitDisney

    WhitDisney Earning My Ears

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    Don't stress, just report her to ebay. Ebay owns paypal and they will be sure you get your money back! They really protect buyers.

    It doesn't appear she is a regular seller of pins - I really doubt she knew/understands they weren't real.

    Regardless, you'll get your money back. :)
     
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  3. pixiewings71

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

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    Yes, please report her to eBay, and dispute the payment on Paypal. Paypal almost always sides with the buyer, not the seller. Please be sure they are scrappers before reporting the seller but rest assured that eBay/Paypal have your best interests at heart. There are a lot of sellers who have no idea what scrappers are.....keep that in mind. :)

    I just purchased some pins from Angelajuly for an upcoming trip, I will report on the authenticity of the pins once I receive them.
     
  4. Best Aunt

    Best Aunt "That's the best-est present ever!"

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    How do I know if a pin is real or fake?

    If I try to go through all 1722 posts on this thread to figure it out, my eyes will fall out of my head. Is there a "Pin Trading for Dummies?"

    I bought a pin on eBay. I think my niece will want to keep it, not trade it, so she'll be happy no matter what. But I don't want to give positive feedback on eBay if this seller's merchandise is not what it seems.
     
  5. Pooh67_68

    Pooh67_68 <font color=teal>My head looked like a brillo pad<

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    Oh yes i did make sure they were fakes, also reported to eBay and received a refund today.

    Thank you both.
     
  6. JimityCricket

    JimityCricket Earning My Ears

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    Wow had no idea about scrappers I've bought pins from people on the good questionable and the bad. i have to look through my tresured collections.

    I have them in groups like Rides, resorts, villians, Ichabod and Mr Toad. and N.B.Christmas, and my pirate collection. :scared1: :eek:
    I guess I was too trusting because of positive feedback
     
  7. pixiewings71

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

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    I got the pins from Angelajuly, they are perfect! No complaints at all. I won the auctions on a Thursday, paid on Friday and received them yesterday. Perfect!
     
  8. onnawufei

    onnawufei The Girl With the Ninja Turtle Tattoo

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    I've bought a ridiculous amount of pins from sleepys_emporium and have only had one scrapper so far. I decided to go ahead and keep it since trying to return/exchange it would be more trouble than it was really worth. I have no intention of trading it though, so that's one out of rotation! It might be worth noting that I've never bought any of the lots of pins though.

    I know sleepys is on the orange list (and rightfully so), but good feedback is always nice. I think.
     
  9. kohlby

    kohlby DIS Veteran

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    I admit that I haven't read all 100+ pages of this, so forgive me if it's been answered. I asked an amazon seller where they get their pins and was told that they can''t disclose this info. The pins were an Epcot set that appeared to be in the original packaging. If someone won't tell you how they obtained the pins, then it's a bad sign, right? Of course he told me they were official and that I wouldn't be disappointed. And it is a set, which I think is a good sign. But not knowing how he obtained the pins makes me uneasy.

    So, even if you think the pins are legit, how do you go about knowing that they obtained the pins legally? If he had lied and told me that he bought them for a gift for someone and ended up not giving them, then I would have bought them. Someone who tries to sell illegally obtained pins wouldn't be above lying about where he got them.

    Does that mean I'm limited to the Disney store for pins? Or do you have tips about how to buy pins knowing they were legally obtained and are real?
     
  10. trixiedixie

    trixiedixie Earning My Ears

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    I would see if I could find it on PinPics and see if its listed sometimes they will give a description of the fake pin. And at least if you find a good picture of the "good" pin you can carefully compare them. Is there mickey heads stamped on the back? If so they should not show a border. There is a good quick pamphlet on another site (I'm not sure I can post the link here) do a google on scrapper disney pin pictures and that should show sue rings to look at. Hope this helps!
     
  11. TeenaS

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    I thought we found out here on our thread that the border thing does not mean it is a scrapper. Someone posted a while ago that they purchased pins at the pin store at Downtown Disney (vinylmation) and they had the "border" around the back. Also, three weeks ago we purchased a pack of 7 pins at one of the resort stores (Y&B). Someone posted somewhere that there had to be two little short pin post type things sticking out on either side of the long post where the pin backer goes. If there were not those two short posts, then it was a scrapper pin. Well, everyone of the 7 pins in the 7 pin pack we purchased ... none had the two little posts next to the post where the backer is attached. So short of the pin just feeling and looking bad (color, weight, etc.) I don't know for sure how to tell anymore if it is a scrapper or not.
     
  12. trixiedixie

    trixiedixie Earning My Ears

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    I know I had heard or seen that too. The way that quality has gone down I guess there is no absolutely sure way to tell. What I mentioned are indicators just like bad color, weight etc. But I have definitely seen scrappers with all the things I have mentioned. Before I knew better I ordered from a known scrapper seller then I found this thread. There were multiple copies of low le pins some had borders on the back and one was even a totally different color that it was supposed to be, another had chips on it. To make matters worse they were oily feeling and smelling.
     
  13. trixiedixie

    trixiedixie Earning My Ears

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    Signs of Scrappers
    A lot of people post questions about how to identify scrappers, so here is a list of some common signs that you have a scrapper. Please post any additional thoughts you have. Also, please refer to the Good/Bad Internet and eBay Pin Sellers Thread to avoid buying scrappers to trade in the first place.

    What we mean by Scrapper
    Lighter weight
    Off-coloration
    Dimples in paint
    Font on backstamp is different than legit pins
    Rough edges
    Holes that are cut out on legit pins are filled in with silver (check the picture on PinPics.com)
    Inaccurate information on the back (check PinPics)
    Official logo that is out of proportion (compare to a bought rack pin)
    Oily smell
    Backstamp crooked
    If your pin has Mickey Heads stamped into the back the heads should go off the edges....if your pin has a "lip" around the edge it is a scrapper. (thanks pixiewings71)

    This a copy from another thread that could be helpful. And is from folks that a lot more knowledgeable than I.
     
  14. WhitDisney

    WhitDisney Earning My Ears

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    We have had a little insight on this board. One seller mentioned using Disney rewards to buy theirs. Then some people here started asking if the reward cards were fakes. Another seller said they sell their boosters at a loss to try to run off the fake sellers and people questioned that as well. :sad2: The sellers who won't say anything, well, my guess is they don't want to say a word because we'll bypass them if we find their source.

    I'm sure he doesn't want to divulge because if he tells you he (just one example) got them on clearance in the stores in Orlando, then he figures you'll do the same and ruin his business. We got lucky during one trip to Florida and happened upon booster sets when we were in for bathing suits at a store called Bealls or Bells or something, I can't remember. The sets were $2.99! That was a good trip! I couldn't stop doing the happy dance. :cheer2:

    These sellers know where to find the deals and buy them up. It isn't rocket science, just knowledge and timing.
     
  15. trixiedixie

    trixiedixie Earning My Ears

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    I have bought individual pins and recently trades from this seller before. I don't think that she is selling scrapper, fakes, unauthorized etc. She might be a CM who is able to buy them at a discount? I received several packages of pins very similar to the ones that are posted. If they are not authentic they are absolutely superb fakes. And if the scrappers are getting good enough to fake packaging, labels and get that close to the quality then we're all in trouble.:)
     
  16. gis

    gis Earning My Ears

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    I hear you for sure. I definitely know that I've seen legitimate pins that are going for $4.95 but then I see them being sold individually on ebay for $20. It makes me a little sad.. but I guess when there's money to be made, people are going to do it.
     
  17. artesian

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    i really had no idea about this until i saw a thread on the budget board today. can anyone suggest me a seller that sells lots and are safe. gone through a bunch on the green list and only see singles
     
  18. pixiewings71

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

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    The green list hasn't been updated for some time, the thread owner is very busy and isn't able to keep up with it like he did when it was first started. I posted above that I had purchased some sets from angelajuly and was very happy with what I paid and what I got, she doesn't sell lots but she does sell sets and the sets I got were great.
     
  19. mom2ohc

    mom2ohc Earning My Ears

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    I have bought pins from Lewvegas, - they were good looking to me.

    ALso from ed_the_disney_dude - they were good looking to me
    also from Kittykat2bad, they were good.

    disneypinsandvinylmation also good
    bigdon45 - probably not real
    and domimgod - definately not real
     
  20. frogsandflowers

    frogsandflowers Earning My Ears

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    we bought a lot on ebay and just got them today.. the copyrights on the back of the pins are ALL spelled wrong :( MICKEY was spelled MIKEY :( little mermaid was spelled lille mermaid :( a bunch of others are spelled wrong as well!

    not a happy mama

    the pins were purchased from disneyfamily801
     
  21. shellymo

    shellymo Earning My Ears

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    I bought 2 lots from them and they were all fake. I learned by reading on the boards to ask ebay for your money back and tell them they are trying to sell fake pins that are copyrighted. I got my money back and the shipping I paid then left negative feedback. Hope this helps you and others!
     

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