I originally saw these a year ago and couldn't decide if they were worth the price, so when I saw the great reviews I decided to give them a shot. I bought fours sets: 2 for myself and 2 for gifts. I have to say that I am a little (but not enough to return them) dissapointed in them. When you see them in the box they don't look all that nice and it is really difficult getting them out of the plastic holder that they are in. But they did have a nice sparkle when held up to the light, so I think that with Christmas lights behind them they will look great. I do like that they come in all different sizes, but I won't be able to use all of them on the Christmas tree as a few are too big and others are too small. But they will look very pretty hanging on a garland draped on the mantel. I wasn't too thrilled with the packaging: the box smells really musty and it leaves a gritty oily feel on your hands and the ornaments. I think that before I give them as gifts I'm going to clean them with glass cleaner and find different packaging. I have never had a problem with shipping from overstock and not one icicle was broken.