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You get what you pay for, which is perfectly acceptable.
on March 7, 2012
Look, you're getting 30 pins for a rate at about $1.25 per pin. If it's too good to be true, it usually is.
I bought this lot to split between me and my two sisters to trade at Disneyland. The selection was pretty good; plenty of different characters to choose from. Didn't get any duplicates and we got quite a few special mickey cast pins. It did come a day late, but having read another review that complained about the same thing, i made sure i ordered early enough that it wouldn't conflict with our Disney trip. I'm quite attached to some of the pins we received, which include classic characters i don't see in production anymore.
What's the problem?
A good majority of them were fake. One of the Mickey's was chipped, hinting at inferior materials. Many of them did not have the polished finish seen in the official pins in circulation. Several had an imperfect cast, such as the metal edges being jagged, suggesting they were probably made from a scrapped mold. The metals and paint used for the borders and silhouettes looks dull and has a lower luster than the official pins.
However, you can trade them in the parks with cast members to get real pins other people didn't want or the mickey cast pins that the workers are issued. My sisters and I had a great time haggling away our less desirable pins. Only one person questioned the authenticity of one of the pins and refused to trade it.
Due to inflation and Disney's confounding idea that they should make the pins enormous and unwieldy, pins have gone up from the modest $5.99-$6.99 i remembered in the late 90's to $7.99-$12.99. It's an expensive habit. I still tend to buy one or two pins every year maybe to commemorate a new movie or the design is really awesome. But was this 30 lot of pins a seriously great investment? Definitely! Do you have to be somewhat morally negligent to participate? Probably. But seriously, Disney is not hurting for money or in danger of going out of business.
If you're a serious, die-hard pin collector, you may wanna skip this buy.
If you love the thrill of pin trading or have kids just starting their collection, you probably want to get this.