The main benefit one can get in pin trading is the feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction. All traders have a great time exchanging their pins for another set of pins. Pin trading is not only about collecting pins, but also an opportunity to meet and communicate with other people from different countries. You can be friends with other traders and discover their culture. That’s how profound pin trading can be. In pin trading, you may encounter people who only have little understanding about pin trading. You will also meet people regarded as “veterans” in pin trading.
To have a successful trade, it is a must for you to understand the pin trading etiquette.
- People who are willing to trade their pins, commonly pack the pins in their hats, lanyards, jackets, towels, vests, scarf’s, or shirts. If you like to view their trading pins, call their attention politely and ask them if they are available for trading. When someone told you to view their pins, do not touch the pins and the garment. If you can’t see the pins clearly, kindly ask them to bring them closer to you. If the traders are kind enough, they will allow you to hold and inspect their pins. When other traders ask you to let them view your pins, you will also follow these rules.
- Trading pins must be kept in good condition. You must protect your pins from all kinds of damage.
- When someone offers you an unfamiliar pin, it is proper to seek for some extra details from the owner. You may ask its monetary value or if it belongs to limited pin sets.
- Bear in mind that when you like to acquire a pin from another person, he will also find something in your collection that he would like to add to his collection. If both of you agreed to the deal, then you can now exchange pins hand to hand. Always express your gratitude to the person you are trading with by saying “thank you”. After the trade, you can still ask him if he would also like to trade his remaining pins.
- If the trader does not accept your offer, you can suggest another pin for trading. If he still rejects your offer, end the conversation by saying “thank you” for giving you a chance to look at his trading pins.
- Do not feel pressured when communicating with other traders. This is to prevent other traders from thinking that you are not confident of what you are doing.
- Do not force other traders to agree with your offer.
- There would be a time wherein you will encounter someone offering multiple pins in exchange for only one valuable pin. This trade is only fair if the single pin has a higher monetary value than the pins offered by another trader. It is a must for you to be knowledgeable about pin values so that you will know if the trade is reasonable. If by chance, the value of the pin is unfamiliar to you, you can freely ask suggestions from other traders. However, you must only ask opinions from trusted people. Do not hesitate to reject trade proposals, especially if you don’t like the trading pins offered by the trader.
- It is inappropriate to interrupt a conversation among other traders. You must be patient and wait for your turn.
- A child who wants to trade his pins must be accompanied by his parent.
A trader must be polite in negotiating with other pin collectors. In this way, all traders can build a profound relationship with one another.