Recently I took part in a pin bingo game ran by the amazing @disneypintraderuk. I hadn't heard of pin bingo before finding her account so I wanted to run through my experiences of it along with some basics about how it works.
What is Pin Bingo?
Pin Bingo is a game were a pin trader offers up a lot of pins for a fixed price per pin. You sign up, pay the amount owed and you receive a random pin. You always win at least one pin.
The way DisneyPinTraderUK runs it is:
- She advertises a few days before to say bingo is happening
- People comment to say they want to play
- The people who want to play are added into groups (there is a limit to how many people can be in one Instagram DM thread)
- Everyone in the group is sent a message about how much it costs and how to pay
- Everyone pays
- On the night of the bingo, she puts on a live video
- Everyone's Instagram name is shown beside a number. The number is the order pins will be selected from
- A glamorous assistant (her son, I think!) randomly selects pins, they go to the next number on the list
- That is it!
Pingo is a shorthand for Pin Bingo. Took me a while, but it is an adorable way to say it!
DisneyPinTraderUK likes to spoil folk, so ends up playing some extra games throughout – the first person to guess a character or film name, stuff like that.
Some pins come with stickers on the back. If the pin you won came with a sticker you got another prize, normally another pin.
What I love about pin bingo
This is my second time playing pin bingo and I love it for several reasons.
- The community who take part are all really fun people who just want to have a good time.
- Belle (who runs DisneyPinTraderUK) is such a nice person who puts so much effort into it.
- Both pins I've won I've got for cheaper than if I was buying them by themselves.
- The element of the unknown is exciting!
Would I play again? 100%!
What I won
I'm sure you are interested in knowing what I won - well here it is!
What would make pin bingo even better
What would make pin bingo even better would be if Instagram let you watch live stories from your computer. It is the perfect thing to tune in to and have in on the background, but being forced to use your phone means unless you have a stand or something you are stuck holding your phone for a decent amount of time.
This is a minor gripe and definitely not something any of us can fix!
Written by tosbourn - Friday 31 May 2019
This article was last updated on Monday 12 July 2021.
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