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    Pin Trading

    Anyone ever buy cheap (still official Disney pins mind you, just not $7-10 brand new ones) pins off of Ebay and then trade CMs for a pin you like to save a few bucks?

    Of course this method will not work if you're looking for a specific pin, but it sounds fun.

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    Re: Pin Trading

    I don't pin collect (I don't own any, except for the couple that come with the YOMD lanyard), but...as for your plan...
    "I see the excellence of this device..."

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    Re: Pin Trading

    We purchased 45 pins from a local ebayer for $1.75 each prior to our trip to DL last month. This worked out great and saved us a ton of money vs. our WDW trip last year.

    Last week I stopped by the Disney Outlet in Burlington, WA and was able to pickup another batch of 40 pins for our next trip. They had a few different pins in the $1.29 to $2.65 range that are perfect for trading. The store is open until April 15th so I might make one more trip back (It is an hour and a half drive for me so I can't just hop up there on a whim).

    Purchasing pins beforehand is the only way to go. One of the best investments you can make to save money on your trip.

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    Off topic: Thay have one of the best books I have ever picked up, Disneyland Then, Now, and Forever for just $3.99. Also they change their prices alot, the lowest priced pin $1.29 was $3.19 a week later but there were still many (Hundreds) of pins in the $2-$4 range.

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    Re: Pin Trading

    If you live near Los Angeles you can always check out the Frank & Sons Collectibles show. They have lots of pins for $2-$3 each so you can stock up right there, plus they also carry some of the more hard to find pins ... which are a bit more expensive ... but if you're a collector this is the place to check out (besides Disneyland).

    I went last weekend to see what I could add to my collection and I picked up the following: It's A Small World 2006 Stitch pin ($10), Sleeping Beauty Castle Crown pin($10), and a Cast Member Cheshire Cat Mad About Pins pin($20). Not a bad deal, and they had a good number of CM lanyard pin sets as well.


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    Re: Pin Trading

    Do they have a "I don't understand pin collecting" pin? Is Cruella on it?

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    Re: Pin Trading

    I found a few Ebay auctions that are a grab bag style deal for $2.39/pin with a flat shipping rate for 1-10, 11-20, etc pins. So I got a few and will se how it turns out.

    This all started when we went to DLR in Feb and my cousin's kid traded a CM for a 50th Mickey pin that my wife paid $8 for during the 50th.

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    Re: Pin Trading

    Quote Originally Posted by fo'c's'le swab View Post
    Do they have a "I don't understand pin collecting" pin? Is Cruella on it?
    I used to be that way ... then I got introduced to it by a friend ... now I can't stop myself!


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    Re: Pin Trading

    in the *off* season.. we sorta use EbAy to pin trade a whole new way buy and sell..... since we cannot be there all the time and I am addicted to the pin life.. we purchase stuff online a lot. then again i sometimes am a pin hoarder... i leave the trading to the kids and wont trade the good ones off my own lanyard

    Does anyone else have the urge to use a vest instead? my darn lanyard is heavy.



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    Re: Pin Trading

    Quote Originally Posted by idzy View Post
    in the *off* season.. we sorta use EbAy to pin trade a whole new way buy and sell..... since we cannot be there all the time and I am addicted to the pin life.. we purchase stuff online a lot. then again i sometimes am a pin hoarder... i leave the trading to the kids and wont trade the good ones off my own lanyard

    Does anyone else have the urge to use a vest instead? my darn lanyard is heavy.
    Two weeks ago I went on a weekday, and there was a guy pin trading with a vest ... and EVERY INCH of it was covered with pins. He would trade ANY character pin with one on his vest ... I ended up traded pins throughout the day to get a character one, but the pins I got in trades were so good that I didn't feel like trading any.

    On that very same day as well I came upon a CM who had all four of the silhouette pins on her lanyard! Too bad you can only trade two per lanyard ... so I got Mickey and Minnie.


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    Re: Pin Trading

    My wife worked at the Disney Store back in the days of the "100 years of dreams" pin series and a few others as well. She was able to purchase a bunch of pins cheap when they closed them out. I've been using them as trade-bait the last few years, and am now down to my last 2 or 3.

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    Re: Pin Trading

    Quote Originally Posted by TikiRoomLiz View Post
    I used to be that way ... then I got introduced to it by a friend ... now I can't stop myself!
    **resists the TikiLiz influence by holding wallet tightly closed with both hands**

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    Quote Originally Posted by fo'c's'le swab View Post
    **resists the TikiLiz influence by holding wallet tightly closed with both hands**
    I don't blame you ... as it is now I look online at the pins that are coming out every month that I want and then budget for them.

    Feb $24.85 ... March $29.90 ... April ... $93.65! And that doesn't take into account the VMK Pirate Pins I buy at the park. Maybe I should let you hold my wallet ... what do you think?


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    Re: Pin Trading

    **generously offers to hold all of Liz's vast fortune**
    **awaits wire transfer**

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    Re: Pin Trading

    When I last went to Disney World, they gave me a free pin of the Magical Express bus as a part of my resort package. The Magical Express?? Who really wants/needs that on a pin?!? As soon as I got that one, it was immediately on the trading block.

    I checked out a lot of CM lanyards, but they really have a lot of other guests' junk hanging around their necks for the most part. It was no surprise to see those silly buses on most CM's lanyards.

    I finally found a Mickey pin that I was OK with after days of looking, but after that experience, I'm not overly thrilled with going through that process again. I mean, it was kinda fun, but also a lot of work!

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    Re: Pin Trading

    We don't buy any pins in the park - we get pins off ebay or from different websites. Then we just trade and have fun. But, I usually spend about $50.00 a trip on traders.

    Will trade husband for Disneyland and DCA Pins!

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