You’ve probably noticed that Amazon have not only cornered online bookselling. They’ve got tarot decks all wrapped up too.
If you’re not aware of what a filthy company Amazon are, here are lots of reasons not to shop with them. And here are some more. From worker exploitation to dirty tactics to shaft independent booksellers, not to mention the tax-dodging, they’re just one of those companies it’s better to avoid if you can.
Here are lots of other lovely places where you can buy tarot decks online!
That’s right, there’s a lovely tarot shop right here on this very website! I stock a wide range of independently-published, beautiful tarot decks that I buy direct from the artists. I bring together the very best indie tarot decks I can find and curate a truly magical collection for folks who want something a little special.
Other online tarot stores:
A genuine alternative to Amazon, Hive is an online network of UK independent bookstores selling together, plus every purchase means an additional donation to a high-street store of your choice. Prices are great, delivery is free, Hive pay their taxes, and you can find pretty much any of the mass-market tarot decks here.
Llewellyn is the world’s oldest publisher of ‘mind-body-spirit’ books and cards.
Publishers of the Rider Waite Smith tarot, and the Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Set, among many, many others.
There are so many self-published decks here on Etsy, browsing is really fun!
Your local metaphysical shop
- Treadwells | London’s favourite esoteric bookshop founded by feminist Christina Oakley Harrington, Treadwells has an unusual range of ‘classical’ decks, herbs, oils and other magickal resources. Read a lovely Guardian article about Treadwells here.
- Cataland (New York City)
- Watkins Bookstore (London)
- Earth Spirit (Hebden Bridge)
Don’t forget that many independent esoteric/bookstores don’t have an online presence, but are well worth seeking out! When I lived in Todmorden I had a choice of Earth Spirit in Hebden Bridge, Spooks in Haworth and Friendly Dragon in Halifax…all friendly, lovely places to spend some time flicking through tarot books and browsing decks in person.
Go direct to the artist!
If you tend to go directly to Amazon when you’re searching for a specific tarot deck, try Googling the artist’s name first to see if you can buy from them directly. That way they’ll get to keep more of what you pay, and your cards will be coming to you from somewhere a little cosier and prettier than the Amazon warehouse.
You could try…
- Marie White for the Mary-el Tarot
- Anna Klaffinger for the Anna K Tarot
- Jen Kruch for the Frau Grand Duchess Tarot
- Amy Von Harrington for her tarot deck
Where do you buy your tarot decks?
Online or on the street, share your tips in the comments!