Who Buys Counterfeit Tarot Decks Now?

There are, in general, two groups of people who buy counterfeit tarot decks. People who are not yet familiar with the tarot world and are tempted by a “good” offer, for example via Aliexpress, Wish or Ebay. And people who shrug their shoulders and who do not care that the cards are of poor quality. They just want to have a deck and don’t think about the consequences of their choice.

Three Reasons To Buy Original Decks

Why buy an original deck when the counterfeit version is much cheaper? (For example, only USD 10 / € 11.86 instead of USD 30 / € 25.29). There are three good reasons for this:

1. You support the makers of the tarot deck.
If you support the makers (author and illustrator), they can make new decks again. This is especially true for Indie decks.

2. The quality is much, much better
Cheaply produced tarot decks only last a short time. In addition, the cards do not feel the same (soft instead of firm) and the details are less sharp. Your readings can lose power and meaning as a result.

3. Negative energy can be attached to the cards
You may be familiar with the (positive) energy that honestly produced cards carry. Counterfeit decks may have received a foreign or negative energy during the production process. You are using “stolen art” and this never gives a positive vibration.

How do you know if a tarot deck is counterfeit?

There are three things to keep in mind if you want to buy an original deck.

Real vs Fake tarot cards | Mireille van Rijn

1. The price
If the price sounds “too good to be true,” it usually is. If you find the original deck at a fraction of the price on sites such as Aliexpress, Wish, or even small “specialist” stores, chances are you are dealing with a counterfeit version of the deck. Keep in mind that this can be different with Indie decks. If an Indie deck finds its way to the general public through a publisher, the price falls because the circulation increases.

2. Quality and dimensions
An original tarot deck is of good quality and the cards are often larger than their counterfeit variants. You can find the correct dimensions on our site in the product information (see “extra information). In addition, you can watch (YouTube) videos about the deck to see what the cards should look like in terms of color, size and quality of the cards.

3. The packaging
Original tarot decks have an ISBN number, the name of the author and / or illustrator, the name of the publisher and where the deck was made. With counterfeit tarot decks, little attention is often paid to the packaging. When you look at it, you often get the feeling that something is not right. These are often thin, simple boxes. There is no text on the boxes, so the deck can be sold in many different countries. A QR code on the box can (very well!) Indicate that it is a counterfeit deck. Counterfeit boxes often consist of one piece, while original decks have a box with a lid. And counterfeit boxes open in a different way than original boxes.

Through reviews and social media you can find out whether a deck is fake or real. So do your research first if you have any doubts about the deck you want to buy.

Decks that are often copied

A deck that is often copied is the Wild Unknown Tarot deck. There are so many editions of it that it is difficult to keep track of which ones are original and which are counterfeit. Therefore the first and second editions are out of print. Other decks with many counterfeit versions in circulation are the Rider Waite tarot, Smith Waite Centennial Tarot, Starman Tarot, Wheel of the Year Tarot, Witches Tarot, Shadowscapes Tarot and Tarot Familiairs. At tarot.nl we only sell the original version of these decks.

What can you do?

Simple: don’t buy counterfeit tarot decks! Do not like or link any of these decks and share your experiences on social media if you have unexpectedly bought a counterfeit deck. Also remember to alert the artist or author that a counterfeit version of his / her deck is in circulation. Don’t be tempted by “great offers” either. And finally, encourage others to purchase decks from trusted stores or sites, such as tarot.nl.

Explore More Items

The origin of tarot

The earliest known tarot decks were made around the midst of the 15’th century in Italy, in Duchy of Milan, a state in Northern Italy.

Lees meer >>

What tarotcard fits your star sign?

Have you ever heard of a tarotscope? This is the of reading someone’s horoscope, based on astrology through the lens of tarot. You can use your intuition, just like with a regular tarot reading by drawing cards for a specific zodiac sign.

Lees meer >>

How to read tarot cards

In my previous blog, I mentioned that I bought a Rider Waite deck years ago. I had been looking for the answer to the question “What actually is tarot?”. Now I want to understand how to read these cards.

Lees meer >>
Explore More Items
Join Waitlist Wil je weten wanneer dit artikel weer op voorraad is?

Sign in

Free Shipping

All orders for eligible items amounting to €150 or more qualify for Free Shipping.

Delivery time

We do everything we can to deliver this item on time. However, it is possible in some cases that the delivery is delayed due to circumstances.

Delivery options

We offer different options for the delivery or collection of your order. You will see which options are available for your order when you finalise your order.

Shipping rates

An overview of our shipping rates for international destinations is given below.

Country shipping with an spend of:
Austria8,00Free shipping with every order of € 100,00 or more
Belgium4,95Free shipping from an order of € 50,00 or more
Bulgaria18,50Free shipping from an order of € 150,00 or more
Croatia18.50Free shipping from € 150.00 and above
Denmark8,00Free shipping from $100.00 and up
Finland18,50Free shipping with every order of € 150.00 or more
France8,00Free shipping for purchases of € 100.00 or more
Germany8,00Free shipping with every order of € 100.00 or more
Greece18,50Free shipping for purchases of € 150,00 or more
Hungary18,50Free shipping for purchases of € 150.00 or more
Ireland18,50Free shipping with every order of € 150.00 or more
Italy8,00Free shipping with every order of € 100,00 or more
Luxembourg8,00Free shipping for purchases of € 100,00 or more
Netherlands2,50Free shipping with every order of € 40,00 or more
Norway8,00Free shipping with every order of € 100.00 or more
Poland18.50Free shipping with every order of € 150.00 or more
Portugal18,50Free shipping with every order of € 150.00 or more
Romania18,50Free shipping from € 150.00 and above
Slovakia18,50Free shipping from every order of € 150.00 or more
Slovenia18,50Free shipping from every order of € 150.00 or more
Spain18,50Free shipping from € 150.00 or more
United Kingdom18,50Free shipping with every order of € 150.00 or more