This is part three of a three part series. You can click here to read part one and here to read part two
Once you get home from the park with your newly traded for Disney Pins, chances are good you are going to want more. There might be sets you want to complete, or maybe you saw some in the parks and didn't have a chance to buy or trade for. In my case, it's both of those, and that I just want more. You can never have too many Disney Pins! But...now what? Disney's alllll the way over there, and you aren't...
Now, you go online!
Before you dash off to Google, Facebook or Ebay, let me give you a few tips to SAFELY buy pins online.
Buying or trading pins online can be fun, but there also is a small amount of risk. If you are trading with someone, there is a chance, though usually very small, that either you will not get your pins, or something will happen and they won't get theirs. That's why it's important to trade through a reputable group.
Where can you find pins online?
There are several Disney Pin Trading or Selling groups on Facebook. Search for Disney Pins and you will have a lot of places pop up. You can also find various Disney forums that have members hoping to buy, sell or trade. It doens't matter if you sell or if you trade, be sure that you mail your pins in a bubble envelope, mail when you say you will, and send over the package tracking number. Those three simple steps go a long way in assuring that people will want to trade with you again!
If you'd rather just straight out buy your pins from a place, Ebay is my first stop. While you CAN buy mystery lots of pins, I prefer not to, because I like to know what I'm getting. If I can't see the actual pins I'm buying, I tend not to buy because many of the mystery lots are priced well, but will have pins that are damaged, much older and the parks will be flooded with them, and there's a good possibility the pin might be an overrun, or a scrapper pin, which are better used for crafts, or decorating, and not trading.
There are loads of people selling perfectly legitimate Disney pins on Ebay though. Some of the best buys are when you search “Booster pack” or “Mystery pouch” because those usually contain between 5 and 7 pins each. Often you can get those for around $10 a package, and if these are going to be pins you want to trade, or collect, $2 or so a pin isn't bad at all! Often I can get lucky and get them for just under $2 each. That sure beats in park prices. Another time when being prepared pays off!
You can also find a lot of single pins, including ones that are currently sold in the Disney Parks, for half the price, so it's worth a quick look. There are several sellers I've had good luck with and both feedback, plus a listing with good photos and enough information about your pin are indications of a good seller.
Need some good suggestions?
I am happy to suggest the names of groups I have bought or traded pins from before on Facebook. If interested, just send me an email!
There are also stores that sell the pins online, and some people sell through Pinpics. I have not done either of those myself, so I don't feel confident in recommending any one place in particular.
I've just made an online trade! What's the best way to ship it?
Congrats! Now let's make sure that pin makes it there safe! Always secure your pin when you ship it, either with bubble wrap, in a ziploc bag, or pinned through some cardboard. That keeps the pin from being tossed around and getting damaged, especially if there are other pins in the envelope. The pins headed your way might not arrive like that, but you should always do the right thing and package it nicely. Once you've mailed it is the next most important step: always send the tracking info to each other. Tracking info isn't a fail safe, but by doing so, it not only shows you mailed or were mailed your pins, but that you also took reasonable precaution in sending them with tracking. Tracking comes free with first class mail packages in the USA.
That's really all there is...now go have fun browsing and daydreaming about all of the millions of pins out there! Just buy responsibility! It's addictive!
If you have bought, sold or traded pins online, would you like to share some of your favorite places?
If you haven't gone inside of your post office in the last few days, RUN RUN RUN! They have Disney villain stamps there! They are also Forever Stamps, so that means if the postage goes up, the stamps won't need more postage applied. I was excited to be the first person at our Post Office to get a sheet. I even got to see her take them out of the vault!
Aren't these adorable? I LOVE how even the back has an image, and quotes! Not sure I can bring myself to use these!
I ask you....is there anything a little Disney CAN'T make better?
This is part two of a three part series. You can read parts one and parts three here (when published)
Now that you are almost an expert from reading the Introduction to Pin Trading, and you've learned how much fun it can be on your trip, there's a few more things to add on! A few Do's and a few Don'ts!
Do have fun
Don't take it too seriously
Do stop to look at pin boards
Don't worry if you miss out on a trade: You'll find it again later!
Do know the rules
Don't go crazy buying every pin you see at first
Do be careful buying pins online if you can't see the exact pins you are getting
Don't forget to ask to if there are pin boards. Some stores have hidden shields, hats, plush's and all kinds of other things with pins on them, but you have to ask!
Do have a way to carry around your pins and keep your traders separate from your keepers
Don't grab at a Cast Member's lanyard of pins or try to remove one!
Do remember your manners. A “May I see your pins, please” is a lot nicer than yanking the lanyard on someone's neck and choking them
Don't hand over a pin for a trade with the Mickey back off. OUCH!
Do have fun. That's the first, last, and most important rule!
Are you ready to go do some trading now? It's okay if you aren't near a park...next week I give tips and ideas on how to trade pins outside of the parks!
Mr. Disney Magic discovered this first, with a free episode on the history of Adventureland (I think it was) on Amazon Prime. When I found the podcast, I was over the moon! Lou Mongello seems to know everything about Disney. The history, the behind the scenes, everything. What make's part of that so interesting, is that he had been a lawyer, closed his practice and moved to Florida to do what he loved best, Disney. He also raises money to send kids to Disney, through the Make a Wish Foundation, and I have to say it, honestly has one of the best voices for radio I've ever heard.
Dis Unplugged is another great place, and what I like about their podcasts I only discovered recently. In addition to their regular podcasts on the topics I mentioned above, they also have an addition different podcast that's a spin off just on the historical side! They also have a specific podcast genre for Universal, Disneyland, Disney World, popular Disney culture, and more. Each is it's own separate podcast, so for example, those just wanting Disney World info of history, aren't going to be listening to the top 10 places for lunch at Disneyland. There's a pretty big team of people doing the podcasts, so you don't always get the same group each time. They have so many podcasts, there is bound to be something (or a dozen somethings) that matches your interest!
I haven’t listened to as many of these podcasts, so I don't have as much to say, but they also have been good general information sources, as well as a lot of listener question episodes, so you never know what you will get with those, they might be questions you have as well, or ones you'd have never thought to ask.
This is another one I haven't listen to much, there aren't as many podcasts on here, and it seems to have a lot of trip reports, sprinkled in with some other info, but sometimes trip reports are really useful for when planning your own trip, especially a first trip, that's why I included it.
I am sure there are tons more Disney podcasts out there, these are just my favorites of the ones I've run across. Do you have any you could suggest to me?
Have you ever wondered just what you get from that little slip of paper inside of your Disney movie DVD case, other than the digital copy if it came with one? Is it really worth it to collect those Disney Reward points? Disney Magic Mommy thinks so! If you like FREE Disney DVDs and other awesome Disney stuff, then you'll want to save up those points!
Let me go over the program with you!!
How long does it take to do this?
It takes about 1 minute to sign up for an account, and about 20 seconds to enter in your codes.
Start off by going to www.disneymovierewards.go.com and sign up for a free account. If you have any Disney codes from past DVD purchases, you'll be able to enter them in and start collecting your points.
How are points earned?
Points are earned from the purchase of Disney movies: DVD/Blu ray, or seeing them in the theater. You can also get points several times a year from fun free games, or other promotional codes. On average you get 75 to 100 points for a DVD, or movie theater purchase. Points add up quicker than you realize.
What can I get with these points?
You can get all kinds of great stuff! Some of the things I've gotten, and with not too many points, are a metal Jake and the Neverland Pirates treasure chest, a Marvel DK book with those stickers you put on the silhouettes, Disney pins, DVDs, posters and just a bunch of other stuff. There are always free things too, downloadables that you can print at home.
Take a look at a few of the offerings right now! Just round up those points from your DVD collection, and cash in for something right now! Rewards vary, and new ones are added every few weeks, so if you don't see something you like now, you might later! Sneaky tip: If you don't see something YOU want, is there something you can GIVE as a gift? An awesome gift that doesn't cost anything is a little more Mickey Money in the jar!
Anything else I can do on the site?
Yep! Disney has sweepstakes that you can enter in too. You can have one free entry, and if you want to enter again, you can use your points. I always just do my free entry, and I was absolutely shocked to get an email recently, saying I'd won a $25 Disney gift card in their Moana sweepstakes! I don't usually win things, so if I can, you might be able to, too!
There are also different promotions if you, for example, but the DVD/Blue ray combo, maybe you'll get a digital soundtrack free, or a digital comic, or even an ornament. There's all kinds of things.
The program is easy, it's free, and doesn't take but a few seconds of your time! Why not try it out?
Are you already a member? Have you ever redeemed for a reward?
When not doing everything Disney, you can find me loom knitting, gardening and bargain hunting. After all, a dollar saved is a dollar towards Disney! I am not a Disney Vacation Planner, so I'll never be pushing my services, however on occasion I might post Amazon affiliate links. You won't pay a dime more, but buying through my links helps support the maintenance costs for the site.