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 Posted: Thu Dec 9th, 2010 07:23 pm
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wan one
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I hope I've placed this post correctly...

I'm interested in hearing of anyone's experience with the Midieval Scapini deck,
which I find extraordinarily powerful and beautiful. I think the artist a serious comic and occultist all at once. The only other deck I've used that produced such profound readings was the Thoth deck, which I find very intense, but difficult to use. It's not exactly subtle. I'm also interested to know what the better sources are for finding reasonably priced used decks. I grow weary of amazon.

Thanks in advance,
wan

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 Posted: Fri Dec 10th, 2010 04:43 am
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I have the Medieval Scapini which someone gave me, but I haven't even looked at it in years.

Amazon is probably best for new releases because they tend to sell them for less than the suggested retail price initially. After that, Ebay has been the best bet for me, although I don't have much patience with bidding wars. I know some people love that stuff, but I am missing the 'gambler' gene and don't really enjoy it. Sometimes going directly to an artist's site is easier.

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 Posted: Fri Dec 10th, 2010 07:19 am
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Thanks, Sebille. I can't seem to stomach e-bay either, and I actually do have the gambling gene ....

On the Scapini, it seems to me one of the few modern decks that is entirely gimmick-free and endlessly suggestive. All the cards are lovely, (or disturbing), but the court cards, which are nearly always daunting and tight-lipped in other packs, speak with peculiar clarity to me.

Appreciate your reply; do dip back into the Scapini sometime !

If there are other threads in the archives on Scapini, I'd appreciate directions to them from any of you old timers here. Thanks --

wendy

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 Posted: Sat Dec 11th, 2010 06:08 am
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Sometimes you can find a bargain at Advanced Book Exchange. But their seller feedback isn't the most reliable, you have to be careful. I think Amazon's Marketplace is hard to beat all things considered.

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 Posted: Sat Dec 11th, 2010 07:20 am
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I've only ever had one error with ABE - and it wasn't the seller's fault; it was ABE's ! and I got to keep the wring book, for free !  - but I have also never EVER found their seller feedback and never managed to leave any either.

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 Posted: Sat Dec 11th, 2010 07:44 am
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At ABE I guess they don't actually have feedback but seller ratings. Here's what their information says about it:

"Bookseller Ratings are based on a seller's 'Completion Rate'. Completion Rate represents the number of successful orders and is calculated by subtracting the number of canceled orders and returns. Booksellers with higher ratings have received fewer returns and have cancelled fewer orders."

So buyers can't leave feedback, but if they return something it causes the seller's rating to drop. A lot of people won't return an item if it's gonna be more trouble than it's worth, so a seller can have 5 stars and still have a lot of unhappy customers. And besides that, a seller gets 5 stars even if their completion rate is 95%. 4 stars is 85% to 94%. You can't tell if they're on the low end or the high, you just see 4 stars.

Sometimes sellers who sell at ABE are also on Amazon. You can look them up there and get more details.

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 Posted: Sun Dec 12th, 2010 04:39 am
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wan one wrote: I'm also interested to know what the better sources are for finding reasonably priced used decks. 
Basic research for a deck ought to include discovering the ISBN as well as the exact name or title. In the case of The Medieval Scapini Tarot, you could enter that TITLE into "fetchbook.info" (link below)

http://www.fetchbook.info/

And get these results (note several ISBNs) :

http://www.fetchbook.info/search.do;jsessionid=73E119BD946976F214F5A255DEA8F61C?search=Medieval+Scapini+Tarot&searchBy=Title&Submit=Search

This often works very well for finding decks at many available stores.

 

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 Posted: Sun Dec 12th, 2010 08:31 pm
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Thanks, all. I've had good experiences with Abe and Alibris over the years, but Fetchbook is new to me, and I'm thrilled to learn of it. Price comparisons with one click. Eureka ....

I actually have some decks I'd like to trade; will put some up on the Trade board here soon.

Gratsi, gratsi ....
wendy



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