|OVERVIEW: Buying a Mah-jong set ⇒ Buying Racks ⇒ Buying Tallies ⇒ Buying other Accessories ⇒ Examples of Mah-Jong sets ⇒ More information about Mah-Jong sets|
Mah-Jong sets are usually not cheap. And it is worth paying as much as you can reasonably afford to obtain one that is attractive. Having a set that feels good enhances the experience of the game.
A good place to start looking is your local second-hand shops. You may be very fortunate and find an old set made from bone and bamboo.
An alternative is to look for a second-hand set on eBay (set ‘Seller type’ to ‘Private’ in the Advanced Search), though you are at a disadvantage in not being able to take a close look.
It’s worth trying to verify a few things with the seller before bidding. Ask when and where it was bought, what the tiles are made from and how many tiles are in the set. There should be at least 144 tiles. Sometimes there are also 4 spare tiles and 4 joker tiles.
Attractive, new Mah-Jong sets are not always easy to find in the High Street. You will need to look in department stores and specialist games shops.
Racks are not generally sold with Mah-Jong sets, but they are worth getting. They can be simple wooden ones or more decorative, lacquered racks (often with compartments for the tallies).
You do not need to use tallies, but they do add some fun. They go by different names and are more difficult to find. So you may need to search in Google Shopping and other places using “Mah-Jong” with one or more of the following names: “tallies”, “tally sticks”, “scoring sticks”, “counting sticks”, “money sticks”, “chips”. Some are listed in Website Sales.
If you want a special table for playing Mah-Jong on, a card table will suffice. Look in Google Shopping. Tom Sloper’s FAQs gives some more information. A cheaper an alternative is to buy a suitably sized square of green felt and put it over your dining table.
CHarli’s Mah Jong Museum – Amazing collection of photographs and movies of Mah-Jong sets
Tom Sloper’s (US based) Mah-Jongg FAQ’s has a mine of information about Mah-Jong sets:
- Earliest documented Mah-Jongg sets
- How old is my Mah-Jongg set?
- Different types of Mah-Jongg sets
- How to identify what your tiles are made of
- Is my set complete?
- About the “bits & pieces” that come with Mah-Jongg sets
- Those mysterious special tiles that come in some Mah-Jongg sets
- Cleaning and restoring Mah-Jongg sets
- Tips for buyers
- Where to buy Mah-Jong sets
- Where to buy (Asia)
- Tips for sellers
- How much is my set worth?
If you are trying to replace a Mah-Jong tile look in mahjong tiles: