Custom trading pins are personalized pins created mostly for members of team sports such as basketball and baseball. They use such pins to interact with fellow athletes from another team. But such pins are not exclusive to players alone. Even non athletes can acquire such custom trading pins through the process of pin trading. Just like any interaction the exchange of trading pins is governed by certain rules of conduct or etiquettes. Anyone who is interested in this activity should strictly follow and adhere to the rules or risk the chance of being banned from pin trading events in the future. Let’s go ahead and discuss some of those rules below.
Rule number 1: If you wear it, you trade it
This is the general rule of thumb when pin trading. Once you are at the event, wear custom trading pins you intend to trade. Leave pins you don’t want to trade at home or let everyone know which ones are for trading.
Rule number 2: Honesty is forever the best policy
There may be some unfortunate instances when the pins you got from trading are fake (yes they do happen). This does not give you the right to fool someone else and pass off fake pins as real ones. Discard those fake pins or better yet, let others know it’s a fake. Who knows, someone may still be interested even if for a lesser trade. Similarly, pin trading is an open event for all ages. Kids can come in with custom trading pins from their parents or grandparents. Honesty also comes in the form of not taking advantage of kids who are not truly aware of the value of their pins.
Rule number 3: Be Polite
It may be tempting to touch a pin to see its authenticity, but as a rule always seek the permission of the owner before doing so. Learn to be polite. Say please when needed to. Do not be rude or aggressive. There may be times when trade offered to you is unsatisfying. Instead of making snide remarks or unpleasant face just say “No thanks” in a polite manner. A polite trader begets a polite trader. Similarly, a good reputation will equate to better trades.
Rule number 4: Trade with one person at a time
Yes competition may be stiff during pin trading events, but that does not give you the right to take on every trader that comes your way at the same time. Pin trading should not be hastily done. A perfect trade is when both parties are fully satisfied with their exchange. Learn to wait for your turn and to not interrupt an ongoing trade. If someone interrupts you while you are trading with someone else politely say you’ll get back to them as soon as you can.
Rule number 5: Know your pins
A good trader knows his product and knows his product well. This same principle applies to pin trading. Do your share in researching about the pins you are trading and the pins you are looking for. This is important, especially when you are trading one pin for multiple from another. Each pin trade should be of the same value, no more and no less.
Rule number 6: Trade for the right reasons
Custom trading pins were originally made for team players. They are used by these players to interact with members of the opposing team. This is one way for them to bond and form friendship outside the playing court. This is also the rule for pin trading. Pins are traded for pleasure –to expand your collection- and for personal satisfaction. Trading pins require no exchange of money. Trade pins for fun and to make new friends.