Visited in late June and went with the goal of trading for newer pins to weed out some older duplicate pins from my collection. Even a couple of older rarer cast member pins. Wasn't looking for anything in particular.
I am not one of those folks who has to have every pin. Been collecting since Disneyland got me hooked on pins by giving away free pins for the different lands back for the 30th anniversary.
To make a long story short, I was trading on a Friday afternoon at the Plaza Pavilion. Saw a few guests with books and looked through. One male - can not call him a gentleman - had a couple of books and I did find a pin that I wanted to trade for. That day I was wearing a lanyard and it had all of the pins that I had brought with me. When I ask this man what he would trade this pin for, he actually got up and walked over to the pin carts and was pointing out pins that he expected me to buy!
Talk about guts... I was disgusted. I have never seen such an overt display of greed and avarice for just one pin ever at any Disney theme park. And I watched him do it again with other guests, some of who actually did buy the pins he wanted them to. Of course they were all the $10.95 pins.
So, when did this new low in pin trading become the fashion? And why does Disney permit it?
Curiouser and curiouser...