Spotting the Real from the Fake: A Guide to Authentic Tarot and Oracle Decks

Spotting the Real from the Fake: A Guide to Authentic Tarot and Oracle Decks

Last Sunday, under the clear, late-summer skies, I ventured to the PNW Witches Market. Accompanied by my best friend and our enthusiastic kids, exploring Kirkland, an area we seldom frequent, was lovely.

However, the fun atmosphere of the market was disrupted within minutes. My eyes caught counterfeit copies of my Crow Tarot at a vendor booth alongside other questionable decks. Confronting vendors selling fake decks is never pleasant. I always wonder why do I feel apologetic and awkward addressing someone selling my stolen artwork? The two vendors I spoke with seemed genuinely taken aback when I pointed out that they were merchandising counterfeited versions of my art. While I want to believe in the integrity of people, I worry that on my next visit, those fake decks might still be on display.

Interestingly, one of the vendors who claimed ignorance about the fake decks she was selling had an original Crow Tarot on hand for readings. The stark difference between the real and the fake is evident when you look at them side by side. 

For enthusiasts of my decks and others from publishers like US Games and Hay House, ensuring that your purchase supports the artists and not the opportunistic art thieves is essential. Here's a concise guide to help you ascertain the legitimacy of the Crow Tarot and similar decks:

  1. The Guidebook: Authentic decks come with a guidebook inside the box.
  2. Packaging Matters: A genuine Crow Tarot comes in a sturdy, two-piece box. For reference, my indie deck, released in 2019, had a different tuck box design. Today, only a limited number of these are in circulation globally.
  3. Card Dimensions: The standard dimensions of a real Crow Tarot card are 3.25"x5". (There's also a pocket version, which, like the standard, is housed in a two-piece box with an accompanying book.)
  4. Price Point: Authentic, mass-produced decks usually begin at approximately $18 (excluding taxes and shipping). Though sales occasionally bring down this price, consider the deck's quality and the compensation deserved by the artist. When you encounter a $4 deck, it's worth reflecting on its authenticity and the ethical implications of its production.
  5. Purchase Source: Buying directly from the artist or publisher guarantees authenticity. Major bookstores, like Barnes and Noble, also stock original decks. However, be wary of platforms like Temu, where decks are 100%, without a doubt, FAKE. Ask the seller about the physical guidebook if you're considering purchasing from Etsy, eBay, or Amazon. If their response involves a QR code instead of a tangible book, steer clear—it's most likely a counterfeit.

In this digital age, distinguishing between real and counterfeit  is crucial. Not only for the sake of authenticity but to ensure you're supporting the rightful creators. For a closer look at the authentic Crow Tarot, check out US Games. Stay informed and choose wisely!

If you love an artist's work the best way to show that is through supporting them by buying a legitimate deck. 

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Please also be wary of sellers on Etsy.


Does Amazon sell authentic Crow Tarot decks?

Dean Hamby

I had no idea they were doing this rule of thumb if it is 5 bucks its fake. I am so glad you are bringing this to our attention. I value your art and words so much. So sad


Hi MJ!
A couple of the artists I follow have had the same thing happen to them. Amazon has been overrun by these decks. I could only see buying a fake deck if I were doing spell work that required me to destroy the card, or art of some kind. I now make sure I buy from the original source or if I shop on Amazon, I look up the deck to find information about it.

Love your work and thank you for the post.


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