Disney Pins For Sale: Finding The Best Bargains and Staying Safe
Sometimes you need a pin that you can't find for trade, and the only option is to try and buy the pin off of someone. But where are Disney pins for sale? And how do you make sure you aren't getting scammed when you buy a Disney pin online?
This guide will help you to find the best bargains when looking online and to avoid common mistakes that can lead to a bad time.
We're going to split the guide into five main sections:
- Before you start - what do to before you even begin looking for places to buy your pin.
- Places to look for Disney pins for sale - the Internet is a vast place. We offer some suggestions on narrowing it down.
- Finding out about the seller - unfortunately, some people abuse the good nature of our community. We share some tips for finding out if the seller is someone you want to do business with
- Purchasing Disney Pins - now the fun part, buying the Disney pin!
- After you've purchased - buying the pin isn't the end in our opinion! This section shares what we think should happen once you've received your pin.
If at any point you have a question or have your own opinion to share on buying Disney pins, please let us know in the comments below.
This guide is talking mainly about buying pins outside of the parks. We have guides for buying LE pins in WDW and buying pins in Disneyland Paris if you're interested in learning more about buying pins inside of the parks.
Before You Start
Having a plan in place before you start looking for your pin is going to help focus your efforts. You want to find out a little more about the pin you're looking for.
You can do this by visiting our pin database and looking for your pin there. Specifically, you will want to know:
- how rare it is
- how old it is
- what prices it has been selling for
Rare pins (think, Limited Edition 400) that are old and historically have sold for very high prices are almost certainly going to continue to be costly in most places.
If you have a budget of $20, but the pin always sells for $70, you might need to change your expectations about how you're going to get this pin.
Once you know a bit more about the pin that you're looking for and the price you're willing to pay for it, you are ready to start looking for places to buy.
Places To Look For Disney Pins For Sale
There are plenty of places to start looking for your pin. I would suggest that you avoid typing "Disney Pins for Sale" into Google and mindlessly clicking a few links. It is quite easy to make a site or listing seem legitimate when it is anything but!
The following are some places you can look for Disney pins for sale. I'm ordering these into a rough order we prefer to do things in.
- Check to see if you can buy it from Disney – Disney do sell pins online through their ShopDisney store. The selection is nowhere near as good as in the parks and doesn't include things like DSSH, but if you can buy it from them you know you're getting an official pin and if anything goes wrong you will get a refund.
- Check your social networks – Perhaps your friends or traders you already trust have the pin for sale. Putting a picture of the pin online and asking is a quick way of getting high-quality leads. You're hopefully going to get a fair price doing it this way as well because people are coming to you. (if you're on Instagram, tag @pintrader.club and we will share to our stories)
- Contact people who have the pin for trade – All of the pins in our database can be marked as "tradable" by our users. These users might be willing to sell the pin. Drop them a polite message to ask.
- Online shops - many online people have built businesses buying and selling pins. It is always good to get a recommendation first. One such UK based website we can recommend is stewpins.
- Pin trading groups – places like Reddit and Facebook have loads of groups where members publicly trade. The public element is essential here. Because things are in the open, bad actors tend to avoid them.
- eBay - eBay has a bad wrap. Many fake Disney pins get sold on there, but there are a lot of reputable sellers on there too. It is essential to check their feedback and also, if possible, seek a recommendation from the community.
Finding Out About The Seller
Once you've found someone willing to sell you the pins you want, it is important you feel comfortable buying from them.
As we've mentioned; getting a personal recommendation is one such way. Checking reviews online is another. A quick search of their username can often show a history of trades or communication on pin communities.
Some services help provide feedback before someone makes a trade or purchase. For example pin_alerts_resource.
Once you're happy that everything seems above board, you're ready to make your purchase.
Purchasing Disney Pins
Our biggest advice here is to strongly favour methods of purchase that let you request a refund if something goes wrong.
By default, PayPal will assume you're paying a business. Don't be tempted to change to "friends and family" unless they are friends or family.
The seller will make a bit more money, which is good! But you lose the ability to ask for a refund.
The other thing to be mindful of is how the pin is posted. Ideally, you want a recorded service. For example, we post any pins out as "2nd class recorded". This service gives us a tracking number we can share with the recipient.
Having the package be recorded means you can track progress, and there is some recourse if things go missing.
After You've Purchased
So, you've done your research, found your pin and a great seller. They've posted your pin, and it's arrived safe and sound! We're done!
Now is a great time to give back to the community.
Can you leave them a review or recommend them on social media? These reviews would have helped you and could help someone else!
Equally, if there were issues, like say the pin was put into a standard letter envelope with no padding or protection. This is something that would be great to mention in a review to let others know.
Finally, if your lovely new pin isn't in our database, then, of course, you should add it :-)
We hope this helps
There we go, this is everything we have to share on looking for and buying Disney pins for sale.
We'd love to know what you think or if you have anything to add, let us know in the comments below!
Written by tosbourn - Monday 10 February 2020
This article was last updated on Thursday 04 March 2021.
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