In any event, this isn't really even a guide so much as some ebay search wizardry which I've used with great success when hunting down my mahjong set. Ebay has some common but often overlooked search string qualifiers that can be used to hunt down and showcase just relevant items.
The first is the use of parens ( ,,, ). Anything between the parens and separated by a comma means THIS or THAT or THE OTHER THING. So, searching for (mahjong, mahjongg, pung chow) will return all items that contains one or more of those three words in the subject.
The second is the use of the dash/minus -Xxxxx. Any word that has a minus in front will be excluded from the search. So searching for "Jong -erica -kim) will get you various items containing the word Jong but not steamy novels nor biographies of Il.
Combining these two basic forms is the key to all useful searches on ebay. Here is the search string I used when looking for Mahjong books and sets:
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(riichi,pung chow,jong,jongg,mahjong,mahjongg) (game,set,tiles,book,books) -erica -kim -nds -ds -gba -gameboy -cd -psx -sega -ss -ps2 -ps3 -video -pc -arcade -psp -windows -xp -shanghai -famicom -xbox
This finds a wide array of Mahjong related material but not video games nor tile matching games nor biographies. It is not perfect, but it is 95% relevant. I then run this search on 'new items' with a buy-it-now so I can see newly listed sets (often someone will put up a really lovely set and just want to move it to a good home so it's well undervalued). I also run this search on 'ending soonest' auctions to see if there is any material that is going very cheaply.
Well, it's a short guide. That may be its only saving grace
I hope these simple techniques will help you hunt down some great Mahjong equipment in the future!