We are members of a “throw away” society. If we buy something and it breaks, or we don’t like it, we often discard it and replace it or buy something better. Many products are manufactured inexpensively with expectations that consumers will do just that.
But not Mah Jongg sets. Mah Jongg sets, and tiles in particular, are made to last. Modern tiles are often made of synthetic materials that resemble the older sets made of ivory or Bakelite. There are sold by various vendors on numerous websites. Tiles, racks, pushers, and a carrying case or bag can be sold as a set, or separately. Most Mah Jongg players own a set, and while it’s a good investment, it’s not necessary to own a set to enjoy the game. Some players own more than one set- often an older set, perhaps belonging to a relative, and a new set.
Tiles can be purchased in various shades of white, yellow, or cream; black tiles are also available. Specialty tiles can be purchased, with glittery backs of purple or pink. Tiles can be custom made with initials, names, or religious motifs. There are full-size tiles, travel-size tiles, and tiles with larger than usual graphics. Racks may be made of wood or a synthetic material.
After spending some time comparing sets I was considering buying, I purchased one from a well-known website and was very pleased with the entire set. With all the choices available, and since Mah Jongg sets can last for decades, do some research before making your purchase. Be certain you are very happy with the set you choose. After all, this may be the only Mah Jongg set you ever need, or ever buy. So please love the set you buy!Share