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  • in reply to: Windows of Evil Pins #37595
    Avatardisneymania
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    It’s obviously not on the official release sheet for November, but as everyone can see they are releasing a LOT of pins that day, and it shouldn’t be a surprise that they would release the remaining WOE pins as surprise releases to cut down on the insane crowds that built up. Really, I don’t think there is any other answer to handle the demand, other than, drop it right after Thanksgiving, do it surprise style, and with a TON of other pins, so supply can meet demand. I haven’t gotten CM confirmation myself that they’re being released on the 29th, but I’ll be there anyways and will post that day if they’re released or not. Of course, everyone can also check eBay that morning as well ?

    I’ve attached a photo of the pin release sheet they gave to CM’s earlier in October, so the posting here is clearly an updated sheet, or an older sheet. I have no way of knowing which is which.

    in reply to: Windows of Evil Pins #35531
    Avatardisneymania
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    On my latest trip to Disneyland, I was told that the series was retired; they never found a sufficient answer to the fake scrapper pins being sold from China and the PP pins from the supplier. In conjunction with the mob scenes the pins caused, Disney decided cancelling the rest of the series was the most prudent thing to do. It appears, according to this cast member, that Windows of Evil is done.

    in reply to: Windows of Evil Pins #30799
    Avatardisneymania
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    I also heard that the next pins wouldn’t be released until August, but I wasn’t told an explanation and it was stated as “We think”, so I don’t believe Cm’s are privy to what’s going on unless they’re in retail management. One rumor was that they were changing manufacturers of the pins (to crack down on scrappers and PPs).

    Disneyland is actively looking into a system that is similar to what is done at DSSH. Initial rumors include flagging passes that have discounted the UPC code twice already, but I believe if Disney did something like this that they would try something more like stamping passholders hands or tickets with an ink that couldn’t be washed off for a couple days, or something similar to the voucher system in place for DSSH. Customers would also be required to show proof of admission (only paying customers, no babies) and possibly even their own forms of payment. This is meant to crack down on people taking their whole family to buy pins at multiple stores. It’s already a proposition where, hey, they’re paying ticket holders – every paying customer should have the right to buy, but the limit of 2 per person needs to be strictly enforced for these releases. There’s simply too much demand and the main thread I heard from all CM’s is that the last two releases have been mob scenes, and that this needs to be corrected before they’ll release the rest.

    Avatardisneymania
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    The right pin could be worth $2000. But this would be a solid gold 10K late 60s cast ring with original box. Among newer pins… I could see spending $500. Not on the heroines, I feel those are high. But something even more limited, like an error noticed on a monthly LE that gets pulled before the parks can even sell it… well, it’s about rarity and what you collect. You really can’t collect everything, unless you have very very deep pockets and a lot of spare room. $50 is a guideline limit, if it’s more than that I do research on sales prices and things like that.

    in reply to: How to spot fakes #28164
    Avatardisneymania
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    I actually don’t mind this at all, because it validates the entire hobby when there are sellouts in two hours for pins, and prices go high quickly on eBay, even with 2 per person limits. I’m able to buy an expensive pin for myself, and simply list the other pin on eBay at the list price of the pin (which I do), and basically be able to afford my pass and getting a pin collection. I really don’t think I’m at fault if it gets bid up quickly simply because the pin sold out – I’m not selling a fake from Hong Kong (how can people really buy these?!?), I take care packaging it (I know people care about the card backs even!), and I take the time to be there a lot earlier than I usually am as a local passholder just to get myself a pin along with the extra. To be honest, I always thought of it as a service, and since it takes two hours… I mean, minimum wage is $7.50 to $15. So, add on the price of the pin, shipping it WELL, and maybe $15 to $30 for doing the errand, and the prices are right in line. I suppose this is all my opinion , and I do see some of the huge profits on Heroines pins and think maybe it is excessive there… but those are also for cast members only to buy. And they make so little, i’m Quite sure this is one of their only “legal” ways to make a good extra little bit of money AND help the pin collecting community. I suppose it’s all in the eye of the beholder.

    Weird. Came here cause my kid had a fake traded to them, and I just wanted to point out that I have never seen a fake WITH a card back. So for these same pins that get expensive really fast, always see if they’re carded, and see if they’re local to Disneyland or Disney World (NEVER BUY FROM HONG KONG!). If they aren’t both, pass. As for actual pins.. there are great articles here to read, but the rough edges, wrong colors, and sometimes wrong spelling/lettering/lack of spaces always stand out to me, and I seem to catch a lot of fakes at Disneyland. The newer employees usually get a one minute lesson from me then on it too lol.

    Happy trading!

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