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Levi Bennett
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What is your favorite place to buy bricks at a good price?

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I buy my bricks at the home depot.

If You're referring to bricks of bicycle playing cards, the cheapest
at the moment seems to be Amazon, at $17.48.

sams club has it for the same price if you shop there.
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Oh cool. I forgot about Sam's Club.

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I had thought that Bicycle cards were starting to lose quality after buying a few bricks from Sam's and Costco. A gentleman at Magic Live told me that both those stores get the rejects. Not sure how true that is, but I definitely feel like they don't last as long. The only ones I've found in bricks at either of those stores are the standard bikes and not the rider backs.

As far as other places, I've been buying bricks of Tally Ho's from Kardwell for a while and have no complaints. https://www.kardwell.com/
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Unfortunately there are a lot of urban myths when it comes to Bicycle playing cards and "big boxes". No, they don't get rejects. If that were true how many rejects do you think they have? In other words, they sell a ton of cards through Sam's, Costco and others and if they were all rejects how would that make them look?

What is more likely is they have a contract to provide cards at a negotiated price and in order to meet that obligation they produce large quantities which undergo less scrutiny than the higher-priced decks. As a result the register on the cards might not be as good but they are certainly good enough to be playable.

The most QC obviously goes into casino-grade cards, followed by the normal Bicycle Rider Backs and the "designer" decks USPCC makes for various brands and finally the ones they sell to Sam's, Costco, etc.
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That makes more sense than rejects. Thanks for the info!
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I buy my bricks from Costco and have never seen a difference in quality.
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I'd love to find bricks of Bicycle Elite cards for less than what Penguin sells them for ($39.95). I love those cards!! Anyone have any secret sources?




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Penguin produces the Bicycle Elite Edition, so I don't think you'll ever find them cheaper unless someone decides to sell them at a loss. But with free worldwide shipping, they're pretty hard to beat.

The margins on Elites have already been slim since their debut in 2017. This year USPCC had to roll out some price increases due to increased material and labor costs, which makes the margins even slimmer and pretty much impossible to sell them any cheaper.

I can't think of any other USPCC custom run deck (even though they look standard, they are indeed a custom run) that costs less than Elite Bikes.

As for standard Bikes - Costco, Sam's Club, and BJ's are all good options. And they definitely do not get rejects or seconds.
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Thanks for the replies!
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