The table had obviously been dropped on one corner. It is gouged and shows light wood. The rest of the table is beautiful. It does not rise very high, but since I am short, it works perfectly. This is my second table. The first one arrived with three corners ruined, scratches and gouges. Overstock made good, but the delivery seemed to have ruined both tables. For what I paid, I would expect it to be in pristine condition. I will not send it back because I've already been through that once and care not to experience it again. P.S.: Both times the packages came opened on three sides and were taped back together.
Putting the coffee tables together was awkward and much more construction than I expected. It required a second person to hold the table in place while I had to navigate a small opening to screw the sides in. The site and your phone operators should have info regarding how easy or difficult assembly is and what it involves.