Pin Trading Etiquette
The hobby of pin trading is a great way to meet new people and have fun at the same time you are enhancing your collection. The following 'Top-10' guide to pin etiquette will hopefully assist you when trading and make the experience pleasant and productive.
- In general, if you wear or show a pin, it's available for trade.
If you're wearing a non-trader, keep it apart from your traders and make sure the other person knows it's not available.
- Show your pins so that they are easy to see.
Don't touch another person's pins without asking.
If you need a closer look, just ask.
- Don't be rushed or pushed into a trade.
It's only a good trade if both parties come away satisfied.
If you're not happy with the proposed trade, just say "no thanks".
- Be polite and honest with everyone, you'll get a good reputation and more likely to pick up trades.
Being rude and agressive is only going to limit the number of people who want to trade with you.
- Only trade with one person at a time and never interrupt a trade in progress.
If someone tries to interrupt your trade, politely tell them that you're in the middle of a trade and you'll be with them soon.
- Don't knowingly trade fake pins.
If you happen to receive a fake pin, discard it - do not pass it on unless you tell the receipient that it's a fake before you make the trade.
- Don't take advantage of kids who do not know the value of the pins they may have.
- Learn about the pins that you collect and try to help others by passing on your expertise.
If you don't know details about a pin - say so.
Encourage new and young traders where you can.
- Make sure to say "thank you" at the end of the trade
- Trade pins for the right reasons - for the pleasure, the memories and to enhance your collection - not for money.
Have fun and make new friends.
The list has been drawn from advice I have been given and other pin websites I have read. I do not claim that this is all my own work, but as was once said "When you take stuff from one writer it's plagiarism; but when you take it from many writers, it's research."
Thanks to www.pincollectorssite.com and Coca-Cola for assistance in providing the information on this page