Like many others who have reviewed, I purchased because I've wanted the West Elm Parsons desk for years but could not bring myself to spend $399 on a desk. That being said, I would have forked over the extra money for the desk knowing what I now know about this desk. I am fine with the "glossy-ness" of the desk but my problem is anything with metal (binders, computer bag) leaves silver marks on the desk. The marks become more faint over time but after using for one week, there are several marks on the desk. Thus, if you are using for school work, be prepared to have several marks on the desk. Also, I placed my computer bag on the desk and the zipper chipped the paint. Lastly, the drawers do not glide smoothly (like a higher priced desk) and can get stuck, depending on the items you place in them. (This was my first overstock purchase because I received a gift card).
I love the desk and would have given it five start but for two issues. The first is that it had a very strong chemical odor that took almost three weeks to completly disappear. The second issue is that the finish on the edges of the front of the desk scratches off much too easily.
this desk is great. finish is glossy which keeps it clean from marks, etc. i bought it for my teenage daughters bedroom and it is perfect. large, but not overpowering.
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