Does anyone know if there's an on-site location for CMs to buy pins for cheap (other than the regular 20% discount)? I wouldn't mind starting to trade with guests, but a starter set is $45 before the discount! Thanks!
Ask your lead about getting a lanyard from Disney. If you are allowed to pin trade you can get one at no charge to trade while working. Mind you the pins won't belong to you, but if all you want is to trade with guests its a great way for you to initiate guest interaction (and Disney loves this).
Mom, remember, it's not what a person is like on the outside that counts,
Also, I agree with @Wolfy... ask your lead/manager/whatever about wearing company lanyards... For me, it's really cool to trade with guests.. especially when they aren't your pins and you aren't sentimentally attached to certain ones. hahaha
Being in Tomorrowland attractions, I just have to go to the scheduling office and checkout a lanyard from the scheduler. At the end of shift I just turn it in and they count to make sure there's still 12 pins there. Pretty easy. Not sure what area you're in and how it works, but ask around. :-)