I ordered blue, maybe it's a little bit blue. But it's so dark that it might as well be black. The plastic protective wrap was over the book, but it had random smudges and dirty spots under the plastic. They buffed out, but I would not consider that gifting-ready condition. Not overstock's fault, but rather whoever carries them. Also be aware as another reviewer said, this is more like a box with a binder ring inside than a typical binder. That's ok, if you plan to fill it up all the way. The quality is mediocre, the finish is faux and the pages don't flip smoothly, but the price is really good. So you are getting a good value, but not an amazing deal. Keep in mind though that for a very nice quality album, with sheet protectors, the cost would be almost triple what you are paying for this. So I do recommend it, but you wouldn't be using something like this for your wedding album. Very useful for things like, high school graduation, because the box lets you put in mementos, like your tassel, and other 3-D keepsakes.
I am very excited about starting the school year off right with our new multi-color storage cart. My husband and I put the cart together in a reasonable amount of time and everything arrived in excellent condition. The storage bins are study enough to store notebooks and paper. I tried putting some books in one of the bins but it was difficult to pull out the drawer so I just moved the books to a bookshelf instead. I will be using the small drawers on top to sort notebooks and papers that are due on different days of the week. I will use the 2 big drawers on the bottom to sort and store their completed projects and papers brought home from school. This will be so much better than stuffing all of the papers into a small folder and having it overflowing with papers halfway into the school year!
We have been using these for several months now...on a daily basis. We are happy with the quality for our purposes. I actually purchased two of these units so I have four columns of drawers. Each of our children have their own column for their school subjects. I works great because we only put worksheets, clipboards, mini-paper books. flashcards, etc. We do not put regular textbooks for hardback books in there, as they won't handle the with of them and still allow the drawers to slide easily. However, for our purposes...absolutely awesome!!!
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