I just started to trade, mostly because I fugured, Cast members might have cool, exclusive pins, and it's fun talking to CM's and stuff, but recently I did have a CM at Westward Ho inspect a pin my husband traded. we thought it was weird. but now we know why. Good info though!Quote:
It's pretty sad that someone would go so low as to counterfit pins.
I try to point out counterfeit pins to some fellow CMs so we can get rid of them. As for trading, i know which is which and refuse to trade fake pins. BUT i dont just say no I wont trade, i explain why...
i want to trade with CMs more than i want to buy. i only have a few pins and i want to rotate them and such.
is there anything i can look for immediately when trading with a CM? i don't want to look crazy smelling the pin or something, and i can't just look it up on pin pics right then (of course i will after, just to be safe). i probably won't be looking for specific pins. can one usually trust the logos on the back?
I actually got a counterfeit Tower of Terror pin it looked like this:
I read the note at the bottom and then I took a very close look at it. The windows at the top weren't smooth, the metal they used was popping out of the glossy overlay. The letters toward the bottom were crooked and kind of off centered. I threw the pin away since I didn't know what to do with it.
Trading fake pins in any form is something that I do not think should be encouraged. ;)
I've only recently started collecting pins. So far to the best of my knowledge all of mine are good. But like Yo Yo, if I get one thats not, I'll just add it to my collection, since I'm not into the trading side anyway, but I just like collecting ones I like.
Yeah...It's definitely bizzare to see pins out on CM's lanyards weeks before the official release dates....
For someone who is just starting this little habit....this makes me not want to do it anymore! I'm not sure I have the energy to worry if they are fakes or not!
I have one that I actually traded a CM for at the park that I'm fairly certain is counterfeit or at least sedsema. But you know what? I traded for it because I liked it, not because of the inherent financial value of it, so I don't care. That's where you have to make your decisions, Neenie - why are you liking the idea of pin trading? Is it to trade for something extra cool that goes in a shadow box in your house or is it for potential sale either now or later? If it's a Monstro pin, do you care if it is fake or not?
Edit: It's Sedsema.