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I have been bitten before by doing a bulk order and then realising the vast majority of the pins we received were scrappers.

I'm wondering if I was just unlucky or if in general bulk purchases are going to end in pain?
(07-17-2019, 07:41 AM)pintraderclub Wrote: [ -> ]I have been bitten before by doing a bulk order and then realising the vast majority of the pins we received were scrappers.

I'm wondering if I was just unlucky or if in general bulk purchases are going to end in pain?

General bulk purchases are going to end in pain.

If the listing has this type of language
- the pins were traded for
- cannot guarantee authenticity
- 100% tradeable
- pins pictured may not be the ones you receive

or something along those lines, then those are not good to purchase.
I order 100 on eBay. Only 1 was a scrapper I think, bit it looked fine!
I have purchased bulk lots in the past before our first planned WDW trip. I wanted something small to point my son (then almost 4) to for souvineers and a calmer activity for the interaction. Since I've learning about scrappers/counterfeit pins, I have only bothered buying non-lot pins, but not Disney brand exclusive. Fantasy pins and other brands (BoxLunch, Artland, etc.)

But if I'm completely honest, we never considered trading some of those scrappers since they were designs we fell in love with. Someone really into the hobby might see our family board and gasp about the "fakes" up there, but most of our family and friends don't know the difference. Still looks impressive to them. (lol) Since you run the risk of falling in love with a fake during trading, I figure no harm, no foul for us. I understand the desire to discourage the booming fake industry, but part of me wishes there were a section for "known scrapper trading," kinda done as-is like store clearance or something.

We don't take fakes with us to trade anymore, but I'm not offended when we end up with one. One us of probably picked it for the design, not the resale value. Smile
In total honesty if the pin is a cool enough design and is in great shape I don't mind keeping it on my personal boards. But I wont knowingly put a scrapper in my traders I like to buy a small lot off of ebay if I know I can't get to the parks for a while (live on opposite end of the us from all parks) just to liven up my board a bit.