We just got into pin collecting over the summer. When we first decided to go to the parks we decided we wanted to pin trade ahead of time. So being the frugal person I am, I set out to eBay to buy some pins. I came across what I now know to be scrapper lots and purchased a lot of 50. I thought they were just old pins people didn't want any longer and people have been collecting so long they would actually have that many. Over a few visits we've learned about scrapper/counterfeit pins. We still have about 30 of the scrappers left.
It's easy to tell on some of them because the colors are off and those would be considered scrappers. On the Vinylmation pins you can see the Mickey ears border around the back. But a large majority of them look fine. How can a person tell the difference? All of the stuff I read on here generally says that they Mickey pattern on the back would have borders. We have quite a few pins that are scrappers that do not have the borders.
The rules I am generally following these days are...
1. It doesn't seem like counterfeiters and the like would duplicate pin on pin so those are safe.
2. Any HM or similar pins could be scrappers/counterfeits.
3. If it has a moving element then it most likely is fine.
4. If we get the backer card and the SKU matches we should be fine.
Is this the right way to do it? What we've resorted to is getting cheaper booster sets in the box, traders from here and those will be the pins we trade with CMs. We will also inspect the CMs pins but it could be hard to tell. Then we have a medium level of traders that are usually the greens and we will trade these with kids or other guests that have similar pins. Then we have our LE pins that we trade with other hardcore collectors or guests that may have similar pins.