Hi everyone. I frequently buy pins from Disneyshopping.com and I have learned a few tricks that can help the new buyer.
The first time you should know is that pin shipping is free on Monday. This is for all individual pins, whether they are regular or Jumbo sized. It does not include accessories (like pin bags) or pin sets. Why is free shipping on Monday? Because Disneyshopping releases their new pins each Monday.
Each week there is a themed series, like a Halloween costume series, which will have numerous characters in their halloween costumes. Usually there is also a Jumbo pin and/or a pin set of some kind. A jumbo pin is larger and more expensive. A set will contain numerous pins within a theme and can be expensive. All DS.com pins are limited editions. Some sets can be as low as LE100s. Each pin in the weekly series is usually LE250.
Certain characters, like Mickey and Tinker Bell are very common. Other common characters include Jessica Rabbit, Stitch, Donald Duck, and the Cheshire Cat. They have not released any park specific pins in a few years. So unless things change you are not likely to see a Haunted Mansion or Big Thunder Mountain pin from DS.com.
Another thing to remember about new release Monday is that some pins will sell out in minutes. This happens frequently to Tinker Bell and Jessica Rabbit pins, as well as the LE100 sets. Pins are released around 12:30 am Pacific time, Monday Morning. Recently I have seen several pins sell out in less than 5 minutes time, like the Jessica and Tinker Bell Halloween pins.
There is a twice yearly sell where they discount their unsold pins, sometimes significantly. The older the pin, the bigger the discount.
Occasionally there are coupons you can use to save money. The most frequent are ones that will give you free shipping. There are also coupons that can save you 10% or more. Usually these are good for the entire site, not just pins.
Anyway, there is some basics. Feel free to ask questions and I will try to answer them. Feel free to use this thread to post about pins you see on the site or discounts you find. As long as it is related to Disneyshopping.com, it's all good.