Fake Disney Pins
Counterfeit Disney Trading Pins is a huge problem. With newer pins, the only way to be 100% sure you have a real pin is to buy it yourself from a Disney store. This isn't always practical for older pins, Limited Edition pins, or because you don't live near Disney. So here are some tips for buying pins.
- Our pins are verified or we don't sell them. Either we purchased them from Disney, or we had them verified before listing. Scrappers or fakes are removed from circulation.
- Steer clear of eBay bulk sales. If someone is selling a large amount of pins for a dollar (or less) per pin, you have to ask yourself why. What sort of business model can sustain a $9+ loss per pin? One where the pins cost 50 cents each from a counterfeiter.
Some eBay sellers will call their pins "Tradeable" to get around the whole counterfeit and scrapper issue. Yes, they're tradeable. They have the Disney copyright. But they aren't legit pins. You're putting junk into the market. You may not care, but someone will down the line. And some parks, like Disney Paris, won't accept junk pins.
- Look at the enamel painted on the pin. If it has that sunken, wet look, it's soft enamel. Disney pins use hard enamel. Also, if you see brush strokes or imperfections, those are tip offs.
- Printing errors on the back.
- No "nubs" next to the pin.
A very good video on spotting fakes is at Zip a Dee Doo Disney.