555.8 #366 (DL Qual #330

Aug 5, 2013 5:51 PM  Disneyland Talk Land
Ok, pin traders. I bought a lanyard and a couple of pins for trading. Now comes the trading part, right? Ugh! How do you do it? I'm not even attached to these pins, yet I want to keep them! What's the secret? Does it get easier as you go along? Do you focus on collecting a set, or do you seek the pins/characters that you love? Maybe someone should hold my hand as I do this. S.O.S!

Look for a cast member. They must trade you for any pin on their lanyard. Unless it's a kids lanyard. As just about any cast member how to do it. They are all very helpful. I'm sorry you had to get into it...your live will never be the same. My wife is addicted. It is harder to trade with individuals. Especially when starting. You both have to agree to trade. You will find out some pins are worth a lot more than others. It can't hurt to ask though. Some people will really help out someone starting. I ran into a little girl probably around 4yrs over the weekend. I gave her one of my pins to trade with a cast member because she really wanted a Snow White pin. - DLKenCA  2630.1 #49 9:44PM
Trade with cast members! Theyre sweet and almost always have great pins. I usually trade for pins I love or finishing a set. Before you know it you're addicted to trading and you'll end up with a massive collection of stuff like me! (I collect beauty and the beast. I have a whole pin book of just those pins.) oh and check out the pin table areas too. Usually there are nice traders who will give you a tip or two about trading and some have pin for pins. It gets a bit more intense trading with those guys but you'll at least walk away with some pin trading knowledge. Hope that helps! 😊 - Poofsterprincess  107.5 #3472 6:24PM
It's best if you buy pins you don't like so you can trade them for the ones you actually do really like. That's what I do at least. Enjoy pin trading. It will get addicting but I've gotten some great pins from CM's :) - misseeyore  538.0 #384 6:24PM
I keep a couple on my hat that I do not like, those I trade. then there are those I wear but would never trade. you can buy the secret package ones, can't remember what they are called with a purchase of a certain amount at the pin stores, then you do get doubles, and can trade those. I get attached to most of the pins I have too!! - secretagentangel  4658.3 #28 6:33PM
Mystery pins :) - Mad_Tea_Party  1334.5 #131 7:54PM
thanks!!!:D - secretagentangel  4658.3 #28 9:44PM
We buy the least expensive sets we can find and then trade with CM's. my kids find sets they like and focus on collecting a set. Have fun! - chelebee  304.8 #881 6:34PM
I only trade with CM. that way you know your not getting a fake :) - PixiePirateMaid  345.5 #690 6:45PM
unfortunately, if someone gave them a fake, they might have it on their lanyard, not all CM's are experts on pins like our baseballmickey_cm. If it is a pin they just got from the company, then you are safe. too bad too, but there are so many fakes out there it is hard to tell on some. - secretagentangel  4658.3 #28 6:49PM
Ooooo thank God I've been lucky then! - PixiePirateMaid  345.5 #690 6:56PM
I think I got a couple of fakes. I figure next time we make it to DL, I'll have a CM double check before trading. - Sugarbuzz  242.6 #1449 7:03PM
CMs have fakes on their lanyards all the time. I always ask to look at before I trade - DSNYCheeks3  866.1 #216 7:46PM
I just go for the characters I like and then display them at home. 😊 You should know that some cast members have greenish-blue lanyards that are only for kids to trade with. - NEVERGR0WUP  128.4 #3064 7:02PM
I know how you feel. I'm running out of pins to trade because I mainly buy limited edition pins and other pins that I love far too much. A good solution could be to buy some of the mystery pouches and trade them if you don't like them. - JoshTheJunkyardJamboreer  350.6 #671 7:46PM
Good question susieQzee! A lot of great and helpful information too! Pin trading 101! This is why I love MW! - DreadPiratesRogers  846.9 #219 7:59PM
You can only trade two pins per CM lanyard, teal colored lanyards are only for kids but at times CM's will trade with you and usually they carry some sweet ones, mystery pins on a lanyard are those placed backwards so you see the pin backing- these are always fun bc you can get an awesome LE (limited edition) or a bust and lastly in terms of collecting just see what's out there! I first started out collecting sets then got into collecting themes. The hunt for pins is so much fun and I know you'll enjoy it!! - Mad_Tea_Party  1334.5 #131 8:02PM
I love all my pins, although I don't wear them to the park. I can't part with any of them hehe - FoolishMortal138  405.3 #554 8:17PM
Thanks, everyone, for your advice and eencouragement! I bought two pins and traded one with a CM in WoD. It IS fun! Thanks for assisting with my new Disney habit? Soon to be addiction? :) - susieQzee  555.8 #366 8:56PM
Be careful!!! SOA started and got addicted right away!!!:D - secretagentangel  4658.3 #28 9:53PM
Like what others said above, try to stick with trading with CMs. You can trade up to 2 pins per trade per CM per day. Its really up to you how you want to collect. Personally, I'm trying to collect some of the Hidden Mickey sets from previous years that may be worth collecting (ie: the DCA Construction posters from 2011). And yes, it does get addicting. Several months ago I helped this one guest trade for the first time. Now he has over 3000 pins and he now works at DCA. But, it also does get expensive. The easiest way is to buy one of the starter sets that has 7 pins (best deal for your dollar) and pick pins that you don't really like, hence, they're easier to trade. If you have any questions or need help, feel free to let me know (I help guests start pin trading almost everyday) - BaseballMickey_CM  7560.9 #11 9:50PM

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