Having just returned home from PAX Aus, my mind is aflutter with thoughts of pins and pin trading. I had fully intended to get into the hobby more last year, though the Australia pin of my Aus set went AWOL (just dropped off my lanyard, I was sad at the time but thinking back on it I'm kinda devastated) and then I traded the rest of the Aus set (unaware of how much of a hot commodity they were) for Gronok, Draken and Juggernaut pins that went missing thanks to some careless removalists (aka friends) when I moved to Canberra. I'm sure they're around somewhere, just in storage. But I digress.
While wandering around by myself, I ended up getting into pin conversations with basically anyone and everyone who had pins. The 15 Year Anniversary and Valentine's Day pins I managed to snag through staff trades got asked after a couple of times but I didn't really want to part with them. But at one point I saw somebody with one of either of those pins (can't quite remember which one) making a trade for something I didn't think was quite
My question is, can there be such a thing as a dodgy or spurious trade? Besides the obvious cheating of not delivering the pin that was promised or whatever, does it all just come down to what somebody is willing to part with in exchange for something else? Have you ever seen a trade that you thought was almost completely one sided? Do you say something at that point or do you just stay out of it? I don't impose myself on other people's conversations, but I got asked at one point about the pin the guy was trading for since I was nearby and my answer was just a non-commital 'Yeah, it's a pretty good one.'
I'm relatively new to the hobby myself, like I said. I did try to start at PAX Aus 2013 but it fell in a heap. I got off to a much better start this year as my lanyard implies, but I'm still trying to come to grips with the whole dynamic of the community (as well as finding out just how sought-after my Aus 2014 Core sets and 10th Anniversary pins are gonna be.)