This was advertised as made in the USA. When I received it, the box read assembled in the USA. Since it's shipped unassembled, I don't even know what that means. The frame is made of a fairly thin gauge steel and the upper and lower halves are held together by the attaching both halves to the middle shelf. The upshot is that only the 2nd and 3rd shelves are truly adjustable. The boards are low density particle board. I painted mine before assembly and placed some 3/8" plywood stringers underneath them to keep them from sagging. All in all it's OK and what you usually get in this price range.
I did a lot of shopping/comparing, etc. at Sears, Amazon, Northern Tool, Home Depot, and Costco and decided on these shelves from Overstock.com. They are painted black, not typical garage "gray", they fit perfectly in the space I needed them to and shipping was included in the price. They were easy to assemble and they look GREAT in my garage. Now, I'm looking for other areas around the house I can put another shelf unit or two :) I would definitely buy these again from Overstock.com.
I'm a female who assembles all my furniture. Maybe it's because I'm Swedish and I have the IKEA gene or something. Anyway, I figured these would be "industrial" and a challenge and the box is definitely heavy, as others have said, it's probably about 80-100lbs, so getting it to the installation spot took some wrangling. When I opened it, I noticed the metal bits were almost all scratched up. This isn't for show, but still, nothing was protected or wrapped and there was sawdust everywhere from the crumbling shelving inside. None of my shelves were damaged enough to return, but it still looked chintzy. So, I'm ready to go with my rubber mallet and everything fits together fairly well EXCEPT, there are these small folded up tabs that kind of hold the shelf in place. Well, half of the tabs were not folded up at a 90 degree angle, so they cut right into the shelf, rather than preventing it from sliding off the metal part. The steel was impossible for me to bend with any of the tools I owned, so I just put the unbent tabs together on the same level so the shelf they would support wouldn't have heavy things on it. If it did, I'm sure the particle board would eventually crack at the point the tab was poking at it. For my needs, this unit will hold items in my basement and it's fine, but I can't say I'm thrilled with it. I prefer wire shelving, but this was for items that might fall through.
Bought two of the these for our garage. Very easy to put together and I used a hammer instead of a mallet since I was not worried about scratching the steal. My father in-law even mentioned how nice they looked and now he is buying some!
Great design, very strong. Shelves are bare particle board (I painted mine). The REAL issue is the packaging. These are very heavy, about 100 lbs each so one would think the manufacturer would pay attention to packaging--they didn't. Single layer cardboard boxes-- every one of mine arrived damaged, including one that the carrier returned for replacement because it fell apart and the shelf was damaged. Each box contains 5 particle board shelves and 28 pieces of painted steel slamming around inside a box with NO wrapping of painted steel pieces to protect them. Do yourself a favor....all the *** ****** have similar shelves, so pick them up locally and avoid hassles and scratches.