Title: Be aware of a couple things
Content: First, this thing is ok, but only ok. If I was intending to store it near an entryway or anywhere that people coming into my home would see it, I would have returned it. Stored in my closet, it's fine. For the price, I would say you get what you pay for. For $22 and change, it will do the job. Had I paid much more than that, though, I would feel ripped off. Assembly: This was unnecessarily difficult. First, the instructions are very vague. You must be careful to specifically point connectors, the "shelves" (more about those follows), and poles in the right direction, or you'll find yourself going back to take things apart and begin anew. I had to do that a couple of times with connectors (no big deal, since this was easy to catch) and one entire level (annoying). In the end, I really could and probably should have taken the entire thing apart after it was done and I discovered that the little side pocket attachment requires that the side connectors all face a certain direction. You'd think it wouldn't matter, but you'd be wrong. If the connectors that connect one vertical pole to the next aren't facing a certain way, the space between shelves can be off. You won't know this by looking at them and you probably won't notice until the whole thing is assembled. I just took one level apart and flipped the shelf instead of wasting another 30-45 minutes redoing the entire unit. The hem/seam of the shelf is facing up instead of down now, but, as I said, it's just in my closet. And it's only the bottom shelf. They include a little wooden mallet (anything sturdier would trash the hollow poles on impact), and a pair of white "jazz hands" gloves that make putting poles into connectors utterly impossible. They're supposed to protect your hands from cuts because of the sharp edges at the ends of the poles, but if you're careful, you don't need them, which is good since they completely defeat your ability to twist the poles into the connectors because they have zero traction. Quality: This thing is cheap, and it shows. The "shelves" are a type of plastic woven "fabric." Think tarp, but very, very thin and fragile tarp. A tarp that could be cut quite easily and accidentally. The "seams" appear to be created by a heat stamp, which likely won't stand the test of time, nor would they support much weight. I have 5-6 pairs of shoes on each shelf, most of which are sneakers, so it should hold up for a while. Twenty-two bucks worth of time anyway. All of that said, it should last a couple years, as long as I don't move it around or fiddle with it. If we were moving to a different home, I'd just throw it away and get something sturdier because I doubt it would survive a journey in a moving truck, even if only across town. I'm not 100% sure it would survive a journey to a different closet in my own home, frankly. But, for $22 bucks, I can't complain much, although I do think I had to work WAY too hard to put a $22 flimsy rack together. If you assign a value to your time and add that into the price, you're looking at more like $70-$100, and that's far too much. Your time is worth something, too, so factoring that in, I would say I overpaid. By a lot. Just looking at the Amazon price, it's okay. But, as I said, just okay. I wouldn't buy it again; let's just put it that way.