#### Ross G Caldwell

*The Game of Tarot*(Duckworth, 1980) is the foundation of the study of Tarot history. It is the foundational document that everyone must have who wishes to understand and discuss Tarot history intelligently.

But I often hear the complaint that the price on the used market is prohibitive. It goes from around £150, $250 dollars, up to the high three digits.

When I tried to persuade people that they must buy it nonetheless, I used to argue that it was a bargain at almost any price, compared to weekend workshops and the price of about 10 Tarot decks, which most Tarot people have.

But yesterday I thought of another way to prove it was a bargain. The book was published in 1980 and sold for £45. So what is £45 worth today?

From this webpage we get the conversion to current buying power of 1980 £45 -

http://www.measuringworth.com/ppowe...5&amount=45&year_source=1980&year_result=2013

(if that result page doesn't come up, go to the calculator page

http://www.measuringworth.com/ppoweruk/

and put 1980, 45, and 2013 in the three

**right column**boxes (don't worry about the left side ones), and click "calculate".)

The result? In 2012, 1980 £45 is worth £163 with the Retail Price Index (relative value of goods), or £242 using average earnings!

So in fact, the lowest priced used

*Game of Tarot*s are LESS than what they would have cost you in 1980, and the midrange ones are about the same as 1980!

So there is no excuse,

*Game of Tarot*-less folks. Shut up, stop whining and go buy a copy

*tout de suite*.