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Postby kevmundo » Fri Sep 06, 2013 2:07 am



Why are blank decks more expensive than a standard deck? The more I think about it, the more angry I become!!

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Re: Blank decks

Postby Lawrence » Fri Sep 06, 2013 7:18 am

As someone that gets through a lot of blank decks I concur.

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Re: Blank decks

Postby SpareJoker » Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:48 am

It costs money to take the ink off ;)

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Re: Blank decks

Postby moonbeam » Fri Sep 06, 2013 9:42 am

SpareJoker wrote:It costs money to take the ink off ;)


Haha - I like it :)

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Re: Blank decks

Postby Mandrake » Fri Sep 06, 2013 9:52 am

Actually, the ink is still there. It's just invisible to intelligent, well talented, good looking, highly charismatic magicians..... :shock:

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Re: Blank decks

Postby kevmundo » Fri Sep 06, 2013 12:56 pm

Mandrake wrote:Actually, the ink is still there. It's just invisible to intelligent, well talented, good looking, highly charismatic magicians..... :shock:


I knew there'd be a reasonable explanation!!

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Re: Blank decks

Postby Pickman » Fri Sep 06, 2013 2:03 pm

Probably because there are magicians willing to pay that amount for the emperor's new clothes...and of course we have no choice.

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Re: Blank decks

Postby bmat » Mon Sep 09, 2013 4:56 pm

It is actually a manufacturing issue. There is far less demand for blank face cards therefore the manufacturer has to change the process to satisfy a smaller batch of cards, which is more costly, (oddly enough). And yes it is also a specialty market so they can add a little something extra in the cost.

Any time a manufacturer of a mass produced item has to deviate from the 'norm' there is a cost increase.

I know how you feel, there is less to an inked card than a non inked card. However it is not people actually doing the work it is a machine which follows a process from begining to end with very little human intervention. Now you have made a change and it takes time and money to make that change happen in the running of the operation.

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Re: Blank decks

Postby Part-Timer » Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:04 pm

bmat wrote:It is actually a manufacturing issue. There is far less demand for blank face cards therefore the manufacturer has to change the process to satisfy a smaller batch of cards, which is more costly, (oddly enough). And yes it is also a specialty market so they can add a little something extra in the cost.

Any time a manufacturer of a mass produced item has to deviate from the 'norm' there is a cost increase.

I know how you feel, there is less to an inked card than a non inked card. However it is not people actually doing the work it is a machine which follows a process from begining to end with very little human intervention. Now you have made a change and it takes time and money to make that change happen in the running of the operation.


Precisely. It's similar to why specialist texts, such as law books, cost more than the latest paperback blockbuster: the market is much smaller, but the information also commands a premium.

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Re: Blank decks

Postby Mandrake » Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:52 pm

Probably the same reasons why low fat, low sugar, low salt foodstuffs cost more than the full fat, full sugar, full salt versions,.... :(

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Re: Blank decks

Postby Lady of Mystery » Tue Sep 10, 2013 10:27 am

I've always thought the same thing about white bread and wholemeal bread. White flour goes through so many processes to make it white yet still always costs less than wholemeal which hasn't had half as many things done to it.

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Re: Blank decks

Postby Mandrake » Tue Sep 10, 2013 1:33 pm

Mass production versus small batch production seems to be the usual excuse. Now if the healthier versions were mass produced.... :D

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Re: Blank decks

Postby Part-Timer » Tue Sep 10, 2013 10:45 pm

Mandrake wrote:Probably the same reasons why low fat, low sugar, low salt foodstuffs cost more than the full fat, full sugar, full salt versions,.... :(


Part of the reason may be the preservative qualities of salt, sugar and fat. I suspect that another part is that they know they can take the health-conscious buyer for a ride.

Lady of Mystery - I have no explanation for the flour phenomenon, other than the second sentence above. Mandrake might be right and it's to do with batch sizes/popularity (as with printed decks vs blank decks).

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Re: Blank decks

Postby kevmundo » Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:54 am

I reckon it's because magicians are like drug addicts and will spend anything to get their fix. I even heard of some guy who bought 'IT.'

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Re: Blank decks

Postby Mandrake » Wed Sep 11, 2013 9:35 am

As has been mentioned a few times here, only a magician would spend £30 buying a £1 coin!

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