I posted this over at Dizpins and thought I would try to get any input here as well. Although it is a "pintrader" kind of question, there seem to be some Club 33 experts who view these boards frequently who might have some insight. Here goes:
So I was just wondering. I remember a couple years ago, there was a big controversy over this pin:
Pin 23136: DLR - Club 33 Door
(which I missed getting before they sold out!! )
Apparently, (so the story goes) club members were all upset because any pin with the "Club 33" logo on it is only supposed to be sold to club members or in the Club 33 store. It was a big enough deal for management to send each an every member this special pin as an "apology" for the error:
Pin 27953: Club 33 Members Only Hinged Locket Pin - Walt Disney
Which brings me to my question: how then, can DisneyDirect.com sell a "Club 33" logo pin in their new 50th Anniversary merchandise New Orleans Square Boxed Pin Set??
Did they get "pre-approval" or special permission from club members before hand? Or do they really not care and that whole "controversy" thing was just a big myth? Or maybe (as somebody suggested), Disney made the same mistake twice and PO'd all the Club 33 members again!