The following is my experience and suggestion for buying used or new tarot decks:

  • Read the ad well and ask questions in advance of bidding;
  • Try to buy new only (deck energy can be passed on and it may take some time, if ever, for the deck to respond well to you). This doesn’t seem to apply to out of print decks that seem to carry a very different energy from decks you can buy new but that are used;
  • If you buy used, make sure it’s from a good seller with good people energy (see their feedback);
  • Don’t buy the first deck you see (unless an extremely rare deck and I mean it wouldn’t post in the next 6 months or so — these are the OOP’s (out of print), HTF Rare (Hard to Find)) — use the “favourites” to price decks over time;
  • Consider the “overall” price of the purchase (shipping, handling, and price of deck);
  • Check Google and Amazon to see what the going price is and if anyone reputable is selling it for less on the Internet (check copyright dates and publishers to ensure you are seeking out the “right” copy );
  • Don’t go over your pre-set price (know what you want to spend on the deck based on your research and pass if it’s above that — you will eventually get your deck for the price you want to pay!);
  • Deck collecting can become addictive;make a budget! *grin*
  • When collecting tarot decks, consider: themes, gems (decks a lot of people may not go for now but that are really *different* from the rest for example independently published decks), and the collector value.

Have fun!

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