The creators of Cards Against Humanity proudly market their creation as “a party game for horrible people.” The odds are good that you have stumbled upon a rambunctious playing of this game at a social gathering and witnessed firsthand the strange blend of bewilderment, hilarity, and disgust that the game inspires. Cards Against Humanity is notorious for all kinds of reasons; one of them is that it’s very difficult to find a place that sells it, especially in store. In this article, we’ve compiled all of your options for where to buy Cards Against Humanity in stores and online…

What’s Covered In This Article:

  • How to play Cards Against Humanity

  • Where to Buy Cards Against Humanity In Stores

  • Where to Buy Cards Against Humanity Online

The Game and How It Is Played

The basic game set for Cards Against Humanity consists of a stack of black cards, each containing a fill-in-the-blank question or statement, and a larger stack of white cards with phrases to be used to fill in the blank(s). A different player acts as “Card Czar” for each round, presenting a black card to the group. Each other player then submits a white card to complete the question or statement, with the goal of evoking the biggest reaction from the group. Once all the suggestions are read aloud, the Card Czar selects the one they consider funniest, and the player who submitted the winning card receives an “awesome point” and is given the black card. The player holding the most black cards at the end of the game is the winner.

The statements resulting from the fill-in-the-blank formula vary from the delightfully nonsensical (“When Pharaoh remained unmoved, Moses called down a plague of The Boy Scouts of America“) to the darkly disturbing (“A romantic, candlelit dinner would be incomplete without chunks of dead hitchhiker“) to the wildly offensive in every imaginable way (seriously…we can’t bring ourselves to publish the contents of some of these cards).

The original game set consists of 90 black cards and 460 white cards, and must be purchased first in order to have everything you need to play. After releasing the original game, the makers subsequently released six 100-card expansion sets (with the precise number of black and white cards varying from one set to the next). Those six sets have now been combined into two larger boxes: the Red Box (first through third expansions) and the Blue Box (fourth through sixth expansions). The individual expansions are still available, but will no longer be sold once the current stock runs out. Once you start expanding your card set, you’ll want the Bigger, Blacker Box, which is basically just a large box with dividers for organizing and storing all your cards (though it does contain a few additional surprises). A Green Box (300 all-new cards) has recently been released, along with novelty sets with themes such as Sci-Fi, Geek, 90s Nostalgia, and more.

Stores That Sell Cards Against Humanity Are Rare…

“Where can I buy cards against humanity?” seems like a silly question since it’s such a popular game. You would expect such a hugely popular source of party laughs to be available at just about every store that sells games, but that is not at all the case. While a number of online sources sell Cards Against Humanity, physical stores stocking the game have been extremely rare up until very recently. That scarcity didn’t happen by accident. The creators of the Cards Against Humanity never planned for large-scale retail marketing. In fact, the creators specifically offered the game under a Creative Commons License, meaning that you can actually obtain it for free (see below for instructions on how this works).

Even after it became abundantly clear that large numbers of people were eager to purchase the game in its boxed, ready-to-play form, the makers still resisted deals with large retail chains, opting instead for limited retail distribution through local, independent game and novelty shops. That meant that if you wanted to get your hands on the game for a party tonight, you had to be lucky enough to both live in a city where such a store existed, and to actually find that store that had the game in stock. Wondering, “What stores sell cards against humanity?” is a good question…

Can you buy cards against humanity in stores? Yes. Resisting the major retail chains was a noble concept, perhaps, but in the end, the clamoring of big-box behemoths to get in on the Cards Against Humanity action became too loud to ignore. A brief flirtation with Walmart around 2013-2014 didn’t pan out nationally. But very recently, Cards Against Humanity has become more available through a number of well-known retailers — so you too can now own your favorite morally questionable party game.

We now present to you the definitive list of options for obtaining the game that no one wants to tell their parents they’re playing. Here’s where to buy Cards Against Humanity in stores…

Where to Buy Cards Against Humanity in Stores: National Chains

Target

Target now proudly(?) offers the game on its shelves in stores across the U.S.

  • Store’s specialty: Upscale discount department store/hypermarket
  • Location: Nationwide. Find the nearest location here.
  • Volumes sold at this store: Original game; individual expansions; bigger, blacker box
  • Prices: $25.00 for original; $10 each for expansions; $20 for bigger, blacker box
  • Visit the Target website to find out which stores in your area currently have the game in stock or offer same-day pickup if you order online, or to arrange ship-to-store with free pickup (may take 4-7 days)

Where to Buy Cards Against Humanity in Stores: Regional Stores

In a few select cities around the country, you’ll still find independent shops that stock Cards Against Humanity. It’s tough for such stores to compete price-wise with a high-volume national chain like Target, but if you’re the sort of person who doesn’t mind spending a few extra bucks to keep it local, here are our favorite local merchants keeping the “underground” days of Cards Against Humanity alive.

Samurai Comics, Phoenix area

Although most smaller shops that have historically stocked Cards Against Humanity are in a state of transition due to both the repackaging of the original expansion sets and Target’s entry onto the scene, Samurai Comics is all in. We spoke with the store manager by phone and he informed us that he’s “up to his neck” in supply of the original game and the new, combined expansion boxes. This is the best-stocked Cards Against Humanity store in the country!

  • Store’s specialty: Game, novelty, and specialty store
  • Location: Three stores in the Phoenix area:
    • In Phoenix: 1051 Camelback Rd, 85104. Phone number: (602) 265-8886;
    • In Mesa: 1120 S Country Club Drive, 85210;
    • In Glendale: 6808 N Dysart Rd, #148, 85307.
  • Volumes sold at this store: Original game; individual expansions; red, green, and blue boxes; bigger, blacker box; novelty expansions
  • Prices: $29.99 for original; $19.99 for individual expansions; $24.99 for bigger, blacker box; prices vary for red, blue, and green boxes and for novelty expansions
  • Visit the Samurai Comics website to contact a specific store location for additional information, get directions to the store location nearest you, and get updates on recent shipments

Strand Books, New York City

  • Store’s specialty: Book and specialty store
  • Location: Main store location is at 12th and Broadway in Manhattan. Phone: (212) 473-1452
  • Volumes sold at this store: Original game; individual expansions; red, green, and blue boxes; bigger, blacker box; novelty expansions
  • Prices: $40 for original; $20 for individual expansions; $29.95 and up for red, blue, and green boxes; $14.95 – $29.95 for novelty expansions; pricing information not available for bigger, blacker box
  • Visit the Strand Books website to check current availability and prices, and to find the best subway lines to reach either the main store location or a satellite location elsewhere in the city.

Green Lake Games, Seattle

  • Store’s specialty: Game and specialty store
  • Location: 7509 Aurora Ave. N, Seattle, 98103. Phone: (206) 922-3146
  • Volumes sold at this store: Original game; individual expansions; red, green, and blue boxes; bigger, blacker box; novelty expansions
  • Prices: $34.99 for original; $14.99 for individual expansions; $9.99 – $24.99 for novelty expansions; pricing information not available for bigger, blacker box or for red, blue, and green boxes.
  • Visit the Green Lake Games website to learn which items will be restocked and continued in 2017 and beyond. Most items sold out during the 2016 holiday season.

Universe Games, Minneapolis

  • Store’s specialty: Game and specialty store
  • Location: 711 W Lake St, Minneapolis, 55408. Phone: (612) 825-4066
  • Volumes sold at this store: Original game; individual expansions
  • Prices: $44.99 for original; $17.49 for individual expansions
  • Visit the Universe Games website to check availability before trekking to the store! Most volumes sold out during the 2016 holiday season.

9 Online Stores That Carry Cards Against Humanity

By now, it’s clear that if you don’t live in one of a few select cities and don’t have a Target nearby, you’re going to be purchasing Cards Against Humanity online. Here are nine websites where you can purchase the game that’s sure to liven up your next gathering — let the irreverent festivities begin.

1. Cards Against Humanity

As mentioned above, if you really want to obtain this game on the cheap, the creators make it easy for you. Because the game is available under a Creative Commons License, you are welcome to download a PDF containing all the cards in a ready-to-print-and-cut format. All you have to do is download the PDF and bring it to your local print shop. The makers estimate the cost will be around $10. The Cards Against Humanity website does also sell the retail, pre-boxed version of each volume, however.

  • Original game: $25 plus shipping
  • Individual expansions: $10 each plus shipping (available only until current stock sells out)
  • Red, green, and blue boxes: $20 each plus shipping
  • Bigger, blacker box: $15 plus shipping
  • Novelty expansion boxes: $5-7 each plus shipping
  • Shop for Cards Against Humanity on the company’s website

2. Amazon

Amazon has long been the online source for Cards Against Humanity, especially for anyone who wants to save on shipping costs. All volumes are Prime-eligible and so can be obtained with free shipping.

  • Original game: $25 plus shipping
  • Individual expansions: $10 each plus shipping (available only until current stock sells out)
  • Red, green, and blue boxes: $20 each plus shipping
  • Bigger, blacker box: $15 plus shipping
  • Novelty expansion boxes: $8-10 each plus shipping
  • Shop for Cards Against Humanity on Amazon

3. Target.com

Naturally, the retailer that has changed the Cards Against Humanity in-store landscape is a great online source as well. If you live near a store, choose the ship-to-store option to eliminate shipping fees.

  • Original game: $25 plus shipping
  • Individual expansions: $10 each plus shipping (available only until current stock sells out)
  • Red, green, and blue boxes: Not yet available
  • Bigger, blacker box: $20 plus shipping
  • Novelty expansion boxes: $5 and up plus shipping
  • Shop for Cards Against Humanity on the Target website

4. eBay

eBay offers free standard shipping on most Cards Against Humanity products, with 2-day shipping available. Shipping costs vary for used items or those made available by third-party sellers.

  • Original game: $28.99 for new; $9.99 for used or third-party, plus shipping
  • Individual expansions: $9.99 – $11.99 each for new; lower costs for used/third-party, plus shipping (limited availability)
  • Red, green, and blue boxes: $25.33 each new
  • Bigger, blacker box: Price varies by seller
  • Novelty expansion boxes: Price varies by seller
  • Shop for Cards Against Humanity on eBay

5. Walmart.com

Walmart offers a limited Cards Against Humanity product line and thus far has not been able to offer the kind of rock-bottom prices for which the brand is known.

  • Original game: $40.80 plus shipping
  • Individual expansions: $19.74 each plus shipping (available only until current stock sells out)
  • Red, green, and blue boxes: Not available
  • Bigger, blacker box: Not available
  • Novelty expansion boxes: Not available
  • Shop for Cards Against Humanity on the Walmart website

6. Puzzle Warehouse

Puzzle Warehouse is an actual, physical store in St. Louis, MO. Puzzle Warehouse does not traditionally stock Cards Against Humanity in-store, but the game is available to order from the website. If you live in the St. Louis area, you may want to make a call to see if you can work out a deal to avoid shipping costs. You’ll find Puzzle Warehouse at 655 Leffingwell Avenue, St. Louis, 63122. The phone number is (866) 539-4278.

  • Original game: $29.99 plus shipping
  • Individual expansions: $11.99 each plus shipping (available only until current stock sells out)
  • Red, green, and blue boxes: Not available
  • Bigger, blacker box: Not available
  • Novelty expansion boxes: Not available
  • Shop for Cards Against Humanity on the Puzzle Warehouse website

7. OZ Game Shop

  • Original game: $68.99 plus shipping
  • Individual expansions: $26.49 – $28.99 each plus shipping (available only until current stock sells out)
  • Red, green, and blue boxes: $51.99 each plus shipping
  • Bigger, blacker box: Pricing information not available
  • Novelty expansion boxes: Pricing information not available
  • Shop for Cards Against Humanity on the OZ Game Shop website

8. Bonanza.com

  • Original game: $34.49 plus shipping
  • Individual expansions: $14.80 – $19.80 each plus shipping (available only until current stock sells out)
  • Red, green, and blue boxes: Not available
  • Bigger, blacker box: Not available
  • Novelty expansion boxes: Not available
  • Shop for Cards Against Humanity on the Bonanza website

9. 365 Games — United Kingdom (365games.co.uk)

Yes, it’s true: rampant American irreverence has crossed the pond. Note that this is a UK-based site, so prices are in British pounds.

  • Original game: £37.99 plus shipping
  • Individual expansions: £14.99 – £19.99 each plus shipping (available only until current stock sells out)
  • Red, green, and blue boxes: £29.99 each plus shipping
  • Bigger, blacker box: Not available
  • Novelty expansion boxes: Not available
  • Shop for Cards Against Humanity on the 365 Games website

Where to Buy Cards Against Humanity: Conclusion

With the above list of online and in store sources now at your disposal, there’s really no excuse for not providing your next social gathering with a bit of cheeky mayhem with the help of Cards Against Humanity. There’s nothing standing in your way except…inappropriate yodeling? Shaquille O’Neal’s acting career? spontaneous human combustion?

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