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Kids Into Disney Pins? Here’s How I Get Them Wholesale

Hacking Disney Pins

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.

Disney Pins

30 thoughts on “Kids Into Disney Pins? Here’s How I Get Them Wholesale

  1. McKenna

    As someone who is an avid pin trader in the parks, I strongly urge against doing this. There is no such thing as “wholesale” pins, and these aren’t just kind souls who sell pins for dirt cheap. Lots like these are filled with unauthorized versions of pins (commonly known as Scrappers) and by buying the lots, you are releasing (essentially) fake pins into the parks.

    1. The Deal Mommy Post author

      Thanks for your point of view. I definitely understand where it comes from, but at over $10 a pin, I’m comfortable letting Disney take a bit of a hit on this racket.

      1. Angie Rodrigue

        I totally agree! After spending $6000.00 on my one week vacation I think that Disney won’t be losing much $ by me purchasing pins that they probably paid .75 for at a discounted price from someone else. These pins are ridiculous at Disney. You can drop hundreds on pins that you will trade! No way!

      2. Matt

        It isn’t about Disney taking a loss. I could care less if Disney loses money. What I do care about is those of us who trade authentic and legitimate Disney pins and end up trading our $15 pin for a $0.45 cent scrapper that isn’t even close to being real. I have lost thousands of dollars by trading my authentic pins only to find out later the ones I obtained were fake. There are several thousands others like me. Please don’t promote a practice that is harming other peoples pocket book.

        1. thedealmommy

          Hi Matt,
          Thanks for your comment. I’ve heard a version of it from others and understand your concern.
          I just happen to view it differently- collectors choose which pins to trade and aren’t forced to take a pin from a pin board or employee that they think is a scrapper. I’m not buying the pins from China or off the back of a truck, I’m buying them from a eBay vendor in Orlando with a high feedback score. On occasion I’ve received a pin in a lot that looks funky- I toss it before trading. However, if to my eye and the eye of a Disney employee it looks genuine, I see no reason not to trade it.

        2. Moe

          I NEVER see any idiot trading a $15 pin with a CM for a $0.50 CM pin. If you do, you are an idiot. One in 50 CMs have a decent pin worth trading for. If I find one of the great pins, I trade a great pin for it. All others are the eBay pins.

        3. Lisa

          I can’t agree with you more. The ones that are taking a hit and loosing out are those that are trading authentic pins for what turns out to be scrappers and worthless.

          1. Nicole

            As an avid pin trader the ones losing are not only the ones trading authentic pins for fakes but also are the ones willing to help promote these fakes. Fakes are not only found on the pin boards at the park more and more limited edition pins are being found scrapped everyday because people feel the need to promote such things. With that being said a lot of these higher value pins being faked aren’t easy to spot which can really hurt a persons wallet and takes away from the true value and ohana that is pin trading. Ohana pin trading isn’t meant to be people lying and cheating there way to get authentic pins to sell for $$.

  2. Jaymie

    As a pin collecter I would also advise against this. You’re not just letting Disney take the hit. Your also hurting those who buy $5-25 pins. Because those “scrappers” can be accidently traded for higher value pins. How would you feel knowing you traded a high dollar pin for a fake? Personally I won’t trade my pins anymore because scrappers are an epidemic.

    1. thedealmommy

      I do hear your concern. My personal feeling is if they pins are accepted by Disney, they’re OK by me. If Disney had a problem with the practice, they would ban it in a heartbeat.

  3. Minty

    Just gonna say, I know that pin trading is very fun, but I would not recommend buying lots of pins online and then circulating them into the parks. It’s not Disney that’s taking the blow, it’s the collectors who save up to buy and trade legitimate pins.

    Not all of the pins in lots are guaranteed to be fakes, but for sure most of them will be. I would recommend taking the counterfeits out of circulation and keeping the legitimate ones to trade. The fakes make great magnets or pushpins!

    Pin traders have a great online community and we’d be happy to help you guys and give y’all tips.

    (Disney is also totally not okay with the practice. They are trying to crack down on the Chinese distributors, but I guess it’s hard to keep tabs on overseas manufacturers. The widespread trading of pins has actually made Disney pull back the reins on pin trading in the parks.)

    1. thedealmommy

      Hi Minty,
      Thanks for your comment. If I’d ever had a single pin rejected as trade in five years I’d be more concerned. Since the kids are just trading for fun, we don’t care what they choose so if they get something less than pristine in return it’s fine. Serious collectors might see a difference but your average kid just doesn’t.

      1. Matt

        The reason they aren’t refused in the park is because the fakes have the Disney copyright on the back but CM rarely check anyways. You mention you don’t care because your kids just trade for fun. Which is nice and dandy, but you are only investing less than a dollar a pin and trading for pins others paid $5-20 for (or worst case scenario you are trading for the same valued pin. So, let’s look at the money involved. You spend $75 on 100 pins. Then your kids trade the pins and trade away all 100 pins and receive 100 pins valued at $5 each. Your pin value went from $75 to $500 while other Disney families absorbed that loss. It isn’t Disney that loses out. It’s families like mine.

        1. Moe

          There are NO pins on a CM lanyard that is more than $1. In the extremely RARE occasion where there is one, I trade an equivalent value pin for it. Quit Lying to everyone that you trade $20 pins for the stupid CM hidden Mickey pins.

          1. Ty

            Moe, you must not go to the parks and trade alot or you dont know how to get the higher value pins from CMs… my guess is the latter. After 35 years of collecting you pick things up and learn. I would help you but you have alot more to learn before then. Best of luck!

        2. Jannice

          I trade every weekend as a AP holder.. ONLY on a rare occasion do I see a pin that is better quality than what the Ebay sellers are selling. I was appalled at first that there were “scrappers” being traded …but in all seriousness..I’m not buying a $5 pin for my 4 year old to trade for a scrapper and they are everywhere. CM told me Disney does it’s best to weed through the pins and remove the bad but that CM’s are NOT to deny a trade.

  4. Stacey

    I would NEVER want to knowingly trade a scrapper. People, honest hard working people, buy pins to trade in the park. Their kids save up and buy a $5 pin and want to feel proud trading it away, its heartbreaking to know they could end up trading for one of the scrappers (there is no such thing as disney wholesale pins) that has lower quality or poor at best quality. You are not robbing disney, you’re robbing other children.

    And disney will very seldom turn down a trade, especially with a child, they are not their to be police but to add some fun. Then at the end of the day if those fakes have not been traded out, the pins they have left get inspected and scrappers and fakes disposed of to try to end this crap.

    1. Moe

      If you let your kids buy $5 pins to trade, you are teaching your children bad lessons. You can easily find the Booster/Starter packs for $1 or less per pin and those are not the bulk lots that I normally buy.

      1. Ty

        Again Moe, you have A LOT to learn; why are you spreading nonsense like that around. Booster Packs (lets say there are 5 in the pack) and the booster pack is 29.95, ot even factoring in tax each of those pins are $6 not 1 dollar as you say. By reading your comments you are filled with nonsense and you are not educated at all when it comes to Disney pins. Your posts/comments prove just that

  5. Shain

    There is 0 argument to be had here. Disney isn’t taking a hit. It’s the person trading legitimate pins. Even if we’re buying booster packs to trade at say $20 – $30 a pop for 4-7 pins (around $5 a pin) and you trade your scrappers (about .50c a pin) on a board or cast member and we trade our pin for your scrapper (Which is what 99.9% of these ebay pin lots are) we have now lost $4.50 of our own money. Cast members and boards have everything from HM to LE. I’ve found all sorts of pins in the parks. But, now I’m very hesitant to trade ANY pin with a cast member because of people like you who insist on making excuses for your actions and continue to devalue pin trading. Here’s an idea, if you can’t afford the hobby, maybe do something different!

    1. Becca

      Okay as someone who is an experienced pin trader and has my own “prized” collection, I don’t mind this practice in the slightest.

      CM trading is for fun, especially for kids. I don’t blame any parent for buying eBay lot pins. I don’t expect quality from CM pins, it’s just fun. However, if you’re serious then you know it’s trader to trader trading where you find the good quality pins.

      Also it’s a hobby. At a theme park for children. Calm down. How incredibly rude, arrogant, and elitist of you to say “if you can’t afford it don’t do it”.

      I have spent probably thousands in pins. But I have never seen scrappers as a problem. It seems to only be an issue for elitist pinners who proud themselves on being able to spot scrappers. If you can spot them, don’t trade. No one is forcing you to trade for a scrapper. They’re easy to spot.

      Disney is already expensive. I don’t blame any parent or guest for cutting corners to save some money.

  6. Sebrina

    I just got into pin trading and I have spent up to 18.00 on a Disney pin at Disney world. I would never trade that pin or any pin that I purchase at any park. If I pay that much money for a pin you can bet it’s not going to be traded. I have bought and inspected many lots of pins they are all authentic and have the disney trading logo on them. The one I didn’t pay a chunk of money for are the ones I will trade… They are alll really awesome pins and there are many that I won’t trade because I really like them. I am totally in love with all the difference series of pins and by buying the lots I have been able to complete some of the series I wanted. I think people get too uptight about this. If you pay that much for a pin and then trade it and are upset because you paid 10.00 and I only paid .50 but my pin is authentic and very tradable just like yours. You really have no right to be upset. I just got a better deal.

  7. Disney Momma

    Wow, very strong comments! However, seems to suck all the fun out of it when you start talking about vaue if this versus value of that… !!!!! If I was going to BUY a $20 pin, no way would o trade it! With that said, if I saw for example a Hidden Mickey Dangling Limited Edition turbo charged Lion King something pin that is all highly prized and beside it a “scrapper” Brer Rabbit pin, I would choose the scrapper simply because it MEANS SOMETHING to me. Has no dollar value, true, but it has value to me, which is the whole reason for trading! To enjoy it, to see the memories around it, and not to fight over.

    1. thedealmommy

      THIS. I totally agree. I trade for stuff I like and then take them out of circulation. That’s what collecting should be all about!

  8. richard

    Pin trading was supposed to be something for fun, not an investment like stocks. I personally think it’s the pin collectors that have driven the prices up so much that people need to go to ebay and buy in lots. Same thing happened to the comic book industry years ago. They are just pins. They are fun to hunt for and trade. Quit worrying about how much money you’ll make off a trade and just trade for what you want.

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