About a year and a half ago, I purchased four bar stools to add to two existing similar bar stools I had purchased somewhere else at a higher price. I purchased them because of the appearance and price. Unfortunately, one broke within a couple of months and two more in December of 2007. The seat mechanism did not hold up although the users weight around 125 lbs. They look great if you buy them just for show. Pay a little more and get something more durable.
The barstools are perfect and better than my expectation. My only criticism is that they were noticably scratched, I think, due to the very flimsy packaging. They were easy to assemble, are perfect for under the kitchen counter and easy to raise and lower.