Today I’m sharing a tip about a treasured (by kids) and dreaded (by parents) souvenir: Disney Pins. If you’re new to Trading, basically what you do is buy some pins at $5 (if you’re lucky) to $10+ each before going to Disney. Then you trade them with any cast member for ones you like better.
Cast members have to trade with you as long as you have an official Disney Pin. I think trading is lots of fun but wouldn’t have even considered letting my kids trade pins if I had to pay retail. Fortunately I found a way to Deal Mommy it up and buy Disney Pins wholesale…on good old Ebay.
Buying Disney Pins on Ebay
Turns out there are vendors who buy pins (either factory seconds, used pins, or even from the Disney outlets in Orlando) by the truckload. They turn around and sell them in wholesale lots for as little as 50 cents per pin. Of course you pay less each the more you buy, but even if you only buy 10 you should get them for under $1 each. Just search “Disney Pin Lot” and see what turns up. Here’s a vendor both friends and I have bought from numerous times.
Now remember, because you’re buying wholesale, you’re not going to have any control over what pins you get. That’s okay, because they’re for TRADING, right? Many sellers will guarantee you no duplicates, though. I always check seller feedback. Go for sellers who have buyers who said they had no problems trading pins or for sellers who have sold a lot of pins.
You can often find sellers on Ebay that will either overnight or hand-deliver pins to your hotel in Orlando if you forget before you leave for Disney.
I’ve bought over 1000 pins over the years and am both buying and selling pins at the moment. Why? Because I use pins as gifts from the “elves” in the Deal Kids’ Advent Calendars. It started when Deal Kid was 4 and Deal Girl was turning 1. Now that they’re 11 and nearing 8, it’s a tradition cemented in concrete. I’ll buy a huge lot and pick out 50 or so I think the kids will like. Then I can sell the rest for what I paid. This year I’ll hold back a few for our trips to Japan and Hong Kong so I can get in on the trading fun!
Enter Ebay through Ebates for cash back to save even more.