Www.pinpics.Com might be a helpful resource. While I still think that real pins are better, I read a commentary for the other side that made sense. The highlights of it were: Disney buys their pins for pennies and resells them for 10 bucks, why should we suffer the high prices.
If you get a scrapped pin and don’t know it, does it matter?
The pins are likely coming from the same factory, so they aren’t exactly knockoffs, just lower quality/have an error.
Are you planning on trading for a complete set to sell later in life for your retirement and need to make sure they are all real? No? Okay, if it is going in a bulletin board or in a shoe box, don’t lose sleep.
Interesting points to me, and sure if I bought a pin for $15 and traded it for a scrap pin I’d be upset…but I’m not going to buy a pin for that much to get rid of it; I’m not going to go checking pins online to see if they are scrap; if I see a pin that looks cool, I’ll trade for it.
Having said that, I bought some pins at the outlet store and traded them. I bought the cheapest set I could since I was getting rid of them. I was guaranteed to have real pins.