It’s a gorgeous deck – absolutely stunning. You can tell this is going to be one of your favorite tarot decks just off of the 5 cards shown in the pictures in the overview. And you found this campaign early as there are plenty of “early bird” pledges left. This deck looks like it was MADE for you and is well within your budget.
But there’s the one catch (or two). The deck isn’t finished yet and has an estimated ship date of 7 months out. Do you back the project? Or step away and risk that the deck will never be printed again outside of this campaign? What do you choose?
I’ve backed a TON of tarot and oracle campaigns on Kickstarter and one campaign on Indiegogo – two popular crowdfunding sites where artists, inventors, writers and creators can enlist the public to help them bring amazing projects (like a tarot or oracle deck) to life. It’s a wonderful experience supporting local artists that love divination and cartomancy as much as I do. It’s exciting! I get to watch the artist go through part or almost all of the creative process. I get to see the behind-the-scenes details of putting a tarot or oracle deck together; transforming from an idea or sketch on paper to this tangible tool of self-healing. It’s magical to watch, every single time.
However, there’s a patience factor. This isn’t a click and ship purchase off of Amazon.com that will show up in 2 business days. Some campaigns take the better part of a YEAR to complete. Someone could forget that they backed the campaign in that time! It’s not easy, but can be so worth it. When I open that package and hold that deck in my hands for the first time, there’s a deeper excitement because I went on the creation journey with that deck!
That’s not to say there isn’t a downside. I’ve been burned by a campaign before – HARD. I pledged (and paid) just over $100 for two tarot decks in the same campagin that successfully funded – and the decks never came. They were never printed; hell, some of the art for the cards weren’t even finished! I had faith in an artist and their vision and was told two months later (after he had received all of the Kickstarter funds) that he was robbed. Um, excuse me, what? Yes, the artist said he had been robbed and there would be no decks.
I don’t know if this is what really happened. If it is, that’s damn rotten luck. If it isn’t, well, shame on him for stiffing over strangers who put their faith into him.
Will I ever back this particular artist again? No. Will I continue to back Kickstarter and/or Indiegogo campaigns? Heck yes! I will and I have. I’ve back 10 different oracle and tarot projects since that disappointing campaign.
Bottom line? Don’t let one or two bad apples spoil the bunch for you, lovelies. Back the projects you want and watch your Indie deck collection grow – or don’t. Ultimately, it’s up to you to weigh the pros and cons and decide if the end product is worth the monetary commitment and risk for YOU. As for me, I’m going to keep on keeping on with my Kickstarter decks. ❤
Brightest Blessings, -Cory Gunn, CCH