With any kind of hobby that involves trading items, meeting other collectors is a must. Collectors of custom baseball pins will also be on the lookout for other fellow collectors to see if they have a piece that they need. Meeting other collectors, especially during a pin trading event, is good but proper etiquette must be followed when talking with another collector:
· You can easily spot someone with custom baseball pins in a crowd since most collectors wear their pins on their clothes, vests, or hats. It’s a way for them to say that they have pins to trade. Try to call their attention politely if you want to start a trade and then point out the pin that you want.
· If you want to take a closer look at a certain pin, inform the owner. It is impolite to touch the pin that you are looking at.
· Keep your pins in a clean and undamaged state so that any collector would look at them and will know that they are up for trade.
· Ask another collector about an interesting pin that you barely know anything about. That way, you’ll easily learn new things, particularly when it comes to the history of certain pins.
· Do not interrupt other collectors when they are negotiating for a trade. Try to wait until they are finished, and then approach the person that you want to trade with.
· Politely call off a trade if you become unsure of what is going to happen. Do not force another trader to agree with your terms when you are negotiating a trade.
· If you want to get a pin from another collector, you must present a pin of equal value to that person. At the same time, you can present your pins to him to see if he’s interested in any other pins you have.
· Once you have completed a trade, shake hands and say, “Thank you,” to properly close the deal with your fellow collector.
Trading custom baseball pins does not only happen during trading events. With the help of the internet, you can offer your pins for trade and also ask for more information about pins without leaving your home. Certain message boards are open for pin collectors to post the pins that they have while interacting with other collectors from all over the country.
Typing a message online will convey a different emotion than being able to speak your words in person. Certain online etiquette, or “netiquette” as some would call it, will be needed so that you can prevent yourself from being rude online:
· As much as possible, do not use all caps when typing your message. Seeing a message in all caps can immediately mean you are “shouting” or you are “angry” when you are writing the message, even if you are actually not. Try to also check your choice of words when typing.
· Once you send a message to a fellow collector, try to patiently wait for a reply. You can do a follow-up message if the person doesn’t reply to you after a couple of days. At the same time, if you receive an email inquiring about a custom pin, try to reply to them as quickly as possible.
· Ask for assistance and information if the deal that you see online looks too good to be true. It may possibly contain false information about the pin and its value.
Knowing how to interact with other people who collect custom baseball pins will make sure you earn their respect and they will come back to you for another trade. They may also recommend you to other collectors that they know.