by Fred Schillinger
There are numerous sellers on eBay that claim their pins are tradeable with Cast Members at Walt Disney World. I’m concerned with some of the buyer feedback that says the pins are fakes and are not tradeable. My family has never traded pins. Can you tell me what the rules are? Do you know if the eBay pin lot sellers are scammers?
The Frontier Trading Post is the place to get pins in the Magic Kingdom – Photo by WDW Shutterbug
Dad’s not a big Pin Trader but…
What a great question.
I can honestly say the I don’t know much about Pin Trading. I’m just not much of a collector. The only collection I have is a few pocket watches that sit on top of our piano.
That being said, I am a pretty good researcher.
You are correct. There are some “rules” when it comes to Pin Trading with Disney Cast Members. Cast Members will only trade for official Disney made pins.
Also, if a Cast Member has a green lanyard, they will only trade with kids. (Pretty cool.)
It’s easy to tell if a pin is an official Disney Trading Pin. They have a ©Disney on the back. Of course that can be forged too, but it’s expensive to forge it that way.
Disney has lots of pins for sale – Photo by WDW Shutterbug
The easiest way to make sure you have official pins is to buy them from Disney, but that is really expensive. Really expensive. Getting a nice cheap starter set on eBay is a good idea.
The Disney Tourist Blog has a real good article about Pin Trading and eBay. There are some good recommendations over there.
As Tom recommends, make sure the seller has a good eBay reputation and some good feedback. It’s not a guarantee, but it’s as close as you’ll get.
WDW Magazine did a big article on Pin Trading in our second issue. Check it out.
Dad’s Bottom Line
Fred, Pin Trading is pretty big at WDW. I think it was bigger 10 years ago. These days there are too many “professional” traders and collectors. They’ve kind of taken the fun out of it, but the kids do have a lot of fun with it and it’s a good way to get them started with a lifetime collection.