Buying Equipment / in North America
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- Calendar Club: They have seasonal stores throughout Canada opened from September to January. Check their website and look for stores that sell games. (2014 April)
- Chapters: They have an online store and stores throughout Canada, but they sell a limited collection of Go books. (2011 April)
- The Glowing Stone: They sell made-to-order Go boards and ship in Canada while Ontario residents are encouraged to arrange for pick up. (Incidentally, they used to get their stock from the online Chinese Go wholesaler JWEBSHOP.) (2014 April)
- Mind Games Express: They have stores located in Ontario and British Columbia, and also ship items in Canada, to the US and worldwide. They sell a limited selection of Go sets at high prices. They also have an ebay store that occasionally sells the Go sets. (2014 April)
- Snakes and Lattes: Their online shop sells a small Go set and ships to Canada and US. (2014 April)
- Strategy Games: They have stores in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto and also ship in Canada, to the US and worldwide. They sell a surprisingly large selection of Go sets at competitive prices including tiny magnetic Go sets and Kiseido Go books. (RECOMMENDED) (2014 April)
- T&T Supermarket: With stores throughout Canada, they occasionally sell Go stones in straw baskets with cheap plastic Go sheets. (2014 April)
- Strategy Games: They sell a large selection of Go set at competitive prices and even sell Kiseido Go books. (2009 March)
- Le Valet d'Coeur: This store has a nice selection of Go equipment. (2012 November)
- Strategy Games: On Bank, a bit North of Somerset. Decent portable boards (nice stones and full size roll up board in a nylon carry case with strap, $69), a few other boards or sets (pretty basic) and a few Go books. They can order other things, basically anything their larger Montreal or Toronto stores have.
- Chinatown is along Somerset West. A few stores have go equipment, nothing high-end. About half a block East of Bronson, near the Shanghai restaurant, is one with boards for $17 (as of early 2014).
St. Albert, Alberta
- Mission Fun and Games: They have a small selection of glass stones, table boards, bowls, and folding boards as well as retail and travel box sets. (July 2013)
- 401 Games, Toys & Sportscards: Located at 518 Yonge Street (south of Wellesley Street), they sell a small Go set and Go bowls. (2014 April)
- Game and Hobby Zone: Located at 2 Bloor Street West (in the lower level of Cumberland Terrace accessible from Bloor Subway Station through the Hudson Bay Centre), Game and Hobby Zone has a limited selection of Go sets at higher prices. (2013 April}
- Hairy Tarantula Comics & Games: The downtown location at 354 Yonge Street, 2nd floor (north of Dundas Street) and the North York location at 6979 Yonge Street, basement (south of Steeles Avenue), sells a small Go set for $25 and Go bowls. (You may need to ask them to dig it out of storage.) (2014 April)
- Meeplemart Inc.: Located at 247 Spadina Avenue, basement (south of Dundas Street), they sell a small Go set and Go bowls. (2014 April)
- Mind Games: Located at 488 Yonge Street (north of College Street) with a store in the Atrium on Bay, they have a limited selection of Go sets for sale at higher prices. (2014 November)
- The ROM Museum Store in the Royal Ontario Museum sells Deluxe Go for $25. (RECOMMENDED) (2012 September)
- Snakes and Lattes: Located at 600 Bloor Street West (west of Bathurst Street), they sell a small Go set. (2014 April)
- Strategy Games: Located at 701 Mount Pleasant Road (east of Yonge Street and south of Eglinton Avenue East), Strategy Games sells a surprisingly large selection of Go sets at competitive prices such as a vinyl roll-up Go set for $18 and travel magnetic 13x13 and 19x19 Go sets for $7 and $13 respectively. They even sell Kiseido Go books starting at $24 and chess clocks. They also ship items in Canada, to the US and worldwide. (RECOMMENDED) (2012 April)
Non-English vendors (Chinatown)
- Chan Sheung Kee Book Company: Located in the heart of Chinatown at 457 Dundas Street West, Chan Sheung Kee sells fat Go stones in oblong containers with cheap plastic Go sheets for $9. They sell 13x13 magnetic go sets for $10. And they also sell dark Go boards with Chinese chess at various thicknesses for $13 to $38. (RECOMMENDED) (2015 December)
- J&L Department Store: Located across the street from Chinatown Centre at 251 Spadina Avenue, they sell 13x13 or 15x15 magnetic go sets for $8. They also sell thin Go boards with Chinese chess for $10. (RECOMMENDED) (2015 December)
- Sun Wa Book Store: Located in Dragon City at 280 Spadina Avenue with both a mall entrance and street entrance, Sun Wa sells thin Go stones in straw baskets for $40. (2015 December)
Non-English vendors (Scarborough)
- The Best Shop: Located near the up escalator on the second floor of Pacific Mall at 4300 Steeles Avenue East (at the northeast corner of Steeles Avenue East and Kennedy Road) sells fat Go stones in oblong containers and thin plastic Go stones in cardboard boxes with cheap plastic Go sheets for $8 and $7 respectively. They also sell thin Go boards with Chinese chess for $5 and 13x13 or 15x15 magnetic go sets for $6. (RECOMMENDED) (2015 December)
- Century Department Store: Located downstairs in the the New Century Plaza at 398 Ferrier Street behind the Metro Square, Century Department Store sells fat Go stones in oblong containers and thin plastic Go stones in cardboard boxes with cheap plastic Go sheets for $8 and $7 respectively. They also sell thin Go boards with Chinese chess for $5 and 13x13 or 15x15 magnetic go sets for $6. (RECOMMENDED) (2015 December)
- Dollar Cool: Located near the up escalator on the second floor of Market Village behind Pacific Mall at 4390 Steeles Avenue East (at the northeast corner of Steeles Avenue East and Kennedy Road) sells fat Go stones in oblong containers and thin plastic Go stones in cardboard boxes with cheap plastic Go sheets for $7. (2015 December)
- Far East Arts Co.: Located near the east side entrance of Market Village behind Pacific Mall at 4390 Steeles Avenue East (at the northeast corner of Steeles Avenue East and Kennedy Road), Far East sells plastic Go stones in small and large containers for $7 and $23 respectively. They also sell magnetic go sets for $30. (2015 December)
- Grand East Books: Located in Metro Square at 3636 Steeles Avenue East, Grand East sells unique thin large plastic Go stones with a paper Go sheet in boxes inside a display case for $9. (RECOMMENDED) (2015 December)
- Sup Book Store: Located in the International Gourmet Street plaza behind the No Frills Supermarket at 633 Silver Star Boulevard (at the southwest corner of Steeles Avenue East and Midland Avenue), Sup sells fat Go stones in oblong containers for $18 and thin Go stones in straw baskets for $28. The stones come with a cheap plastic Go sheet. They also sell thin Go boards with 13x13 on the other side for $7 and Go books in Chinese. (RECOMMENDED) (2015 December)
- Wai Yip Books & Gifts: Located in Dragon Centre at 23 Glen Watford Drive, Wai Yip sells fat Go Stones for oblong containers for $15. They also sell thin Go boards with Chinese chess for $8 to $13. (2015 April)
- Wen Hua 99 cent store: Located in Scarboro Village Mall, unit 14 at 3280 Midland Avenue, Wen Hua sells fat Go stones in oblong containers and thin plastic Go stones in cardboard boxes with cheap plastic Go sheets for $9 and $8 respectively. (2015 December)
Non-English vendors (Other)
- Galleria Supermarket: With a location at 7040 Yonge Street (just north of Steeles Avenue), Galleria sells medium-sized folding Go boards with Korean chess on the other side and Go stones in the housewares section. Go stones cost $18 and go boards cost $12. (2015 June)
- P.A.T.: With locations in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area, the downtown (Toronto) branch at 675 Bloor Street in Koreatown and the Thornhill branch at 7289 Yonge Street (north of Steeles Avenue) at Glen Cameron Road both sell Go stones and medium-sized folding Go boards with Korean chess on the other side in the housewares aisle. Go stones cost $20 and Go boards cost $24. (RECOMMENDED) (2015 April)
- Sanko Trading: Located at 730 Queen Street West, Sanko sells genuine Japanese-made Go stones and Go boards at higher prices. Items are hidden behind the counter so you will have to ask the cashier to see them. (2011 April)
- AddAll.com will search all major online book retailers for availability and the lowest price on Go books if you can provide the name, author or, preferably, the ISBN. A total price per book (including estimated shipping and handling) is provided with the search results. If you specify your state, the site will also add any applicable state taxes.
- Algorithmic Artisan: Exotic go stones.
- Amazon.com - Now a good source of go equipments and books.
- Amazon.com Japan - buying directly from Japan seems to be the most economic way to buy Japanese books at the moment. (Note that only shipping to USA by air is available)
- Art of Go at CafePress features shirts, mugs, hats, and other items with 3D ray traced Go artwork.
- ChessNGames.com sells beginner and affordable Go equipment, along with exclusive Korean products.
- GameKeeper.com carries a large selection of Go equipment from Korea and China.
- Jzool.com have a very nice range and do a lot of other Japanese items as well.
- Kurokigoishi - Japanese seller who has English website version and ships to N.A.
- Mingzhou Oriental Imports
- Samarkand sells both equipment and books (SL page:Samarkand). This online store is owned by Janice Kim. (Only wholesale now)
- Shogun's Gallery offers a limited selection selection of antique, Japanese Go equipment.
- Toy and Game Warehouse carries some Go sets.
- Yellow Mountain Imports sells Go equipment and slate and shell from Ogawa Goishi. Their best deals are their auctions on eBay.
- Yunnan Arts sells high-end Chinese Go Equipment. Clicking on the "products" link is currently the best way to see the equipment available.
- Yutopian sells Ing boards and stones as well as regular equipment, books, and software.
- Many game stores will carry one or more Go sets. (Game stores as in board games; often found in malls. Such as Wizards of the Coast)
- Great Hall Games Decent selection of both go books and go equipment, as well as materials for many other games.
Boston Area, Massachusetts
- Games People Play (Harvard Sq in Cambridge) Decent selection of both go books and go equipment, as well as materials for many other games.
- Leavitt & Peirce (Harvard Sq in Cambridge) Mainly a tobacco/pipe shop, but also has a selection of quality equipment for classic games (go, chess, backgammon, mahjong, etc). Just down the street from Games People Play.
- Eureka (Coolidge Corner in Brookline) A shop with a wide variety of puzzles and modern games. Some equipment for Go and other classic games.
- There was Japan Go Imports, (www.japangoimports.com), but its website seems to have gone for now.
San Francisco Bay Area, California
- Fun & Games (Milpitas, Great Mall of The Bay Area) sells small (estimated at 14x14 inches) wooden gobans complete with glass semi-convex stones for $19. They also carry portable sets with vinyl boards. No website. Call 408-945-5745 for more info.
- Game-a-lot in Santa Cruz carries a basic non-folding board and small stones which are flat on one side. Apparently makers of the cheaper korean glass stones have not been shipping here or to Games of Berkeley for a while.
- Games of Berkeley has a considerable selection of books and gear. Their book selection vastly exceeds that of Kinokuniya Bookstore in San Francisco and includes titles from Yutopian and Slate & Shell.
- Kinokuniya Bookstores is a good place to get Japanese and English Go books; mostly from Kiseido Press. Prices are at regular retail plus CA sales tax. They infrequently stock small magnetic sets. Directions to their San Francisco and San Jose branches are provided on the Kinokuniya US map page.
- Milpitas Square (South Bay/Silicon Valley) has two Chinese bookstores which carry a small inventory of portable magnetic sets, plywood gobans, and stones. Yunzi stones are sometimes sold in the bookstore on the north wing of the mall. Ask for weiqi as the retailers do not refer to the game as Go.
- San Francisco Chinatown stores carry portable magnetic and non-magnetic Go sets ranging from about $20 to $40. You can also find sets of functional single-convex glass Go stones for $4 instead of the regular $20 (about 120 irregular stones of each color - so buy two sets). Inventory and availability varies by shop. Check the stores deeper down the main street to find the best prices on everything.
- San Francisco Japantown antique stores will sometimes carry used gobans in the range of about $500.
- San Jose Japantown has two shops which carry basic Go equipment (full-sized folding boards, plastic Go stones and goke). Check Nichi Bei Bussan and Kogura's (No website, call (408)294-3184).
New York City, New York
Kinokuniya Bookstore on 6th Ave. between 41st and 42nd Sts. stocks magnetic travel sets and a large selection of Go books.
The Brooklyn Strategist, located on Court St. between Union and Sackett St. in the borough of Brooklyn, has a few sets with wooden and vinyl boards, as well as stones sold separately.
Syracuse, New York