While I have no way of proving it, I suspect that Disney may be perpetrating a fraud with regard to the actual number of pins in their so-called "Limited Editions." I believe that they are making and selling more than they claim, and I'm guessing that it has been going on for quite some time. Here is the logic behind my thinking:
It stands to reason that the fewer in the edition, the more valuable and/or pricey the pin. While this may be reflected in Disney's (over-priced) suggested retail value, the real telling is in the wholesale cost which is a percentage markup on the manufacturing cost. In manufacturing, price per unit goes down as the quantity in the run goes up.
Yet, I have seen authentic Disney pins with supposed limited editions as low as 300 units listed by sellers outside of Disney parks, events and stores, sellers who do not have the same overhead to consider into their pricing, for the same dollar amount or less than the higher edition pins they sell, which indicates to me that these sellers are basing their pricing solely on their wholesale cost which appears to be the same for smaller and larger editions. And again, this would not happen if the manufacturer's runs were truly different in quantity.
Have any of you thought about this before? Does anyone else here suspect and/or have evidence that this may be the case?