Patience is a Virtue (Never need a pin that bad!)


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Just found this post by searching 'worst mistake' and there are some really great responses. I think the same advice certainly hasn't changed with time.

I used to only ask for trades with people of what I thought was equal so a DLP cast lanyard pin for one of the same type. I've gotten some really great trades by finally just clicking on what I'd really like in exchange vs thinking the other person won't think it's a comparable trade.

I've also kept trying to trade with little for ages and nothing comes of it. I wish they would just tell me what they value it at and if we could do multiple pins for the one in wanting but I hate not knowing why they refused.

But great post even if I'm bumping it out of the archives its a good one for newer members too.


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Thanks for the bump! This is great information for newbies. I took a peek at ebay and about died! One pin we were very luck to purchase in July 2012 was the Tinkerbell Birthday Key for March. (March is a big b-day month in my family) During my search for other months of the same design (I have a thing for Keys, Locks, and Doors) I noticed some pins offered for hundreds of dollars, but there were also others in the $40-$60 range. I actually caught myself considering those prices! Maybe at some point down the road I will have enough money at the end of the month to spend $60 on one pin, but for now I appreciate knowing that patientence pays off!


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I have sadly paid hundreds of dollars for pins that weren't even worth $50, (partially because i tend to binge buy my pins) and it always makes me dislike the pins once i get them, i hate looking at a piece i paid $200 in an auction for because i couldn't wait for another seller to post their's for $25 (buy it now) the very next day. It is a hard lesson to learn but it makes you a better trader in the long run i'd say. Though avoiding having to learn this lesson all together is always good to :)

Edit: additionally i just found out that very same pin was a scrapper... in my need to get it now i neglected to really look at the pin i was buying (i was very young and not aware of the scrappers being a thing) now when i look at that pin i am reminded that I need to be careful.
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I just want to share some advice to all who seek their holy grail or special pin.
I have two stories to tell about having patience. The most recent one is my wanting an average Pin.
Pin 67660: DLR - Piece of Disney History I - Disneyland® Railroad
I have seen this pin on EBay for $100.00 on average and it is the last pin to complete our set. At a recent PTN there was a person there who wanted a pin that had a value of well over $150.00 for it. I was not going to trade. If I am capable of making a long story short, I had done a trade with a new pinpics friend and asked if they happened to have this pin and they did not.

They did mention that they were going to the trade city event and would keep their eyes open. On the second day they sent me an email that they got one for me. They looked at my traders and the pin they choose was one that my son traded a cutie for on the kid’s board. (Granted it was an LE1000) and they accepted this pin.

I honestly thought they probably made a mistake and got me the SS Rustworthy from series 2 but they went out of their way so there is no way I would question it. When it showed up in the mail, It was the right pin and on a perfect backer card.

I almost paid someone $80.00 for this pin.

One more example is my daughter saw a Dalmatian pin she wanted. DSF Dalmatians eating Spaghetti and we found someone who had one. This person looked in my good book (Mostly DSF and Disney Shopping P.I.N.S. stuff) and was like, I like this pin, and this is nice and after saying that about 5 different pins, he said he would take these 5 for it.

Rather than saying what I felt, I said thank you anyways. A week later my daughter had someone want a pin in her book and when she looked at the ladies pins, she saw the DSF pin we were trying to get. She asked what else the lady may want for that pin and she said, "nothing" this is fair. It was pin for pin DSF's.

Moral of the story. Everyone has a different value of their pin. If the TRADED EASY for it, they may trade easy and vice versa. Never need a pin that bad. When the time is right, you will get the pin you want.

Even with super high dollar pins, while one person may want $400.00 for a given rare pin, another seller may only be asking $250.00 for the same pin and maybe even in better condition.

I am sure you have all had similar experiences. My kids refer to some of these people as SHARKS and the worst part is when a SHARK tries to take advantage of a child. My kids are Savvy and will put the SHARK in a bowl!

Thank you so much for sharing!


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This was a great read and I'm going to keep coming back to this thread for reassurance that patience will hopefully pay off. I've been impatient in the past and overpaid on eBay for pins which are now listed for less. Thank you for writing this up and to all who have contributed to the thread. :)


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Yes. It can be hard to wait. I once paid 40 dollars for a pin that sold for 20 dollars next month. Sometimes you will find sellers on eBay willing to sell for less than original cost or close to them. Be patient because getting a good deal makes the pin twice as exciting.


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just saved money on purchasing a marquee ive been wanting, saw it at a fair price iMO (180) decided against it because i would rather trade for it, then last night snagged it on ebay for 45 BIN :D patience is key, and why I enjoy hunting down for pins, much more satisfaction when you get it for cheap/a good trade :D


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As smeone who cant do as much trading as I would like, due to lack of oportunity, I see both sides of this. Ive been desperate to find a Piece of WDW History Sorcerer Mickey Hat since it was released, but have only ever found listings for it on ebay with tags upwards of $100. Somehow, against my urges, ive managed to wait it out, even though im still looking for one. However, I think its a very good point that waiting it out can lead to a much better experience overall.