The New Age products I buy are books and occasionally DVDs. Some are quite skeptical of many paranormal and psychic subjects. Others lean toward believing. Total cost per year intentionally kept below $100. I’ve bought many books used for very low cost. I have splurged on a few DVDs, such as Unexplained Mysteries and Quantum Hologram & ESP.
I’m not into readings or tarot. I am into nutrition and nutritional healing.
I own a wealth of books ranging from all different kinds of religions around the world covering a variety subjects from palmistry to trancendental meditation. I own a couple decks of tarot cards, rune stones and aside from that stuff I have was stuff I made, found or was given to me.
As far as services $0. Why pay for something I can do or make myself or have someone I know do for me. That and while I think a lot of the new age stuff is philosophically valid I don’t buy into the whole “learn telepathy in 30 days” nonsense. For me its about exploring myself and using what I learn to explore others. What can I say – I’m a psychology nerd.
Seeing how the New Age section of my local big-chain bookstore is 4 times the size of the Science section, and the Religion section is easily 20 times the size (and almost half the store), I’d say someone out there is wasting a lot of money. I have a decent collection myself, but they’re all the books you’d find in the Science section – skeptical. The very few credulous books I own were either given out at creationism lectures I attended (to ask questions) or ones I ‘borrowed’ from friends who will be much better off without them.
This year I spent $25 on a tarot reading. I read tarot myself, but wanted someone else to do mine. It was well spent; the reader was very accurate. I spent about $50 this year on supplies such as sage wands, crystals, candles, etc. I’m pagan and consider these things religious supplies.
I have a paranormal group and spent maybe another $50 on things for the group. So, about $125 all year on my paranormal hobby and on my religion.
None. All the cards, books, and paraphenalia I have has been given to me by people who wished to know something about themselves/their future, and brought stuff over for me to read.
I have never understood why, but strangers have often come to me for such things, and I do indeed, appear to have a talent.
As a researcher I have several hundred dollars worth of equipment and probably $150.00 or more in books. I have 5 tarot decks around$15.00 to $20.00 each and about 5 or so tarot books. I probably have spent at least $1000.00 or more on paranormal and New Age books and equipment over the years. That is about $100.00 a year.
That may sound like a lot but I know people who spend way more that that each year on cigarettes, beer and other things that is not actually healthy. It is also a small amount compared to my Other hobby fishing.