February 8, 2019 at 10:27 PM #44321
Ok so I’m new to the pin trading world. I’ve done my best to educate myself on the nuances of pin trading and online buying. But I’m at a bit of a dead end on one issue. I’ve learned everything I can about scrappers and counterfeit lots, but I still hear of people purchasing real pins on eBay. How do you go about finding trusted pin sellers on eBay? I ask because I need to start purchasing before I can start trading, and while I’ve found a ton of great resources and pin groups on Facebook, there’s specific pins I really want that are on eBay. But they are quite expensive and I’m nervous they could be fake. If anyone has any tips, or knows trustworthy eBay sources, or even can crosscheck some of the pins I’ve had my eye on I’d appreciate it sooo much. Thanks!February 13, 2019 at 5:08 PM #44685
Pretty much if the auction is coming out of China, it’s a fake. Well, that is, some of the limited edition pins, after a few years, will suddenly have a ton coming from one Chinese seller for under $10, cheaper than when the were originally released. My suspicion is that these “fakes” are actually extras that were either made during the initial run, and had flaws, and stored for later resale, rather than trashed, or the dies were kept, and more were made years later without Disney’s knowledge. I have at least one of those, with zero flaws. I have no plans on reselling or trading this pin, so I feel no guilt buying it (though I was clueless when I did it). Some US sellers may know, or not know, what they have is a fake, so buyer beware.
Another way is looking up the desired pin at pinpics.com. They will sometimes mention in the description if there’s been a report of fakes. That doesn’t mean the specific auction you’re looking at is fake, or that simply no report means it hasn’t been faked yet. But it’s worth looking at.
If you’re considering a few specific pins, you could list the auction, and we might be able to give you an opinion before the auction closes. You can also google the sellers name to see if anyone’s reported them as selling scrappers, as well as check the sellers feedback. If they’ve been a seller for a while, and this is the only history they have selling the pin, then it’s probably legit, because selling more than one of the same pin would be a red flag.
If these are pins that you wish to trade inside the parks, know that like 80% of the ones there are fakes/scrappers anyway. You tend to see the same garbage over and over again, making the hobby not very fun. This is because people will get like 100 pins for like $30. Instead buying 30¢ pins to trade, I recommend buying $1-2 Chinese pins. Still unethical to some, but the ones I get rarely have flaws, and at least are nice enough that people actually want. You can make a child’s trip even more magical by agreeing to trade these pins for one of their crappy scrapper pins that their parents got them. For a $1, it’s better than saying “no thank you” to a kid. Especially when your own kid is having a blast trading these “good” pins for “junk.” For the price of a pressed penny, it’s worth it.February 16, 2019 at 12:57 PM #44830
Looking at a sellers negative feedback will sometimes tell you if they sell fakes. Mainly stitchspaceport, icebaay, and maleficents magical treasures(those names arent exact) sell a LOT of fakes. However, not all cheap pins are fake I’ve found. The photo for the item can sometimes help, if the back is pictured as part of the included pictures, you can look for some signs of a counterfeit. In the parks, you can find authentics if you look carefully on boards or lanyards. Ebay sellers including backer cards with the pin can often be trusted. Good luck! It almost seems worse to be trading good fakes than bad fakes though because that makes it even harder if kids want to start collectinf.
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