Was at WDW this lat week and it appears fakes are everywhere depending on what you look for and who you talk to. The magnet test was not an indicator but many hidden mickey sets from 2009-2014 are showing up with bright colors and when you run your finger over them you can feel the seams between colors like a “ridge.” I spoke with a manager who used to work in Pins and confirmed the surface of HM pins of that timeline should be smooth and should not look brand new.
Overall was kind of disappointed in the trading this trip. Well over half of the cast didn’t have pins and were not enthusiastic to take the time to trade. I hope Disney is taking at least attempting to limit the illegal introduction of pins to their market.