We were at WDW 2 weeks ago and a CM turned us on to pin trading. So, I’ve been in eBay quite a bit lately to see what’s available and prices. I’ve been doing a fair amount of buying and the sellers are pretty prompt with shipping. So if you have a month to go you shouldn’t have too much trouble acquiring pins if you get started right away.
Caver’s right, if you’re looking for traders get 'em CHEAP, or it won’t be worthwhile. Stay away from Sedesma, regardless of what anyone tells you about them being “just fine”. Traders don’t want them. A good place to get pins, better than eBay IMHO, is through the board postings on DizPins.com. Follow the link from the home page, look at the postings and you’ll see all sorts of folks selling for $3.00 a pin.
A couple more points. Pin trading should be fun and a nice way to chat with people. Some folks are just pin-crazy and can get rude. There is pin trading etiquette, and you can check that out at OfficialPinTrading.com. In our case, it’s a good way for me to teach the kiddos about meeting people and using good manners.
Pins are available everywhere in WDW, with large stores at MGM (under the Sorcerer’s Hat) and the biggest one in the Marketplace at Downtown Disney. If you’re looking for certain things, you really have to check out every place that has pins, because you do run into pins that are not available in other locations. Also, CMs often have surprise pins (and of course, CM-unique pins). Once in a while some guest trades something really good to a CM, and then they have to trade it to anyone who asks. Cool!
You will find CMs who are really into this, and sometimes they will approach the kids and ask them if they’d like to trade. And only kids can trade with CMs with green lanyards. So, get 'em a bunch of traders and have some fun!