One could tell the packaging had been done well but that Federal Express had totally tortured the box. It arrived with the protective corner packaging torn off and the box crunched on one end. When I mentioned this to the FedEx men, they assured me that it wouldn't affect the insides, then just dumped it and ran. I should have made them unpack the piece. The styrofoam was completely disintegrated inside. When I say completely, there was hardly a chunk larger than my hand left. The rest looked like snow. Luckily, the piece had only one small divot taken out of the top and a small chunk off the side was missing. I deemed the defects to be small enough to live with and possibly reparable and not worth packing up such a heavy piece and sending it back, but I would hesitate to order heavy furniture again if shipped through the same method.
Very heavy solid piece. Has very thick laminate top that will work in office setting. Corners were a bit dinged up upon arrival but ones against wall so not huge issue as we need them fro the office now so no time to wait for replacement. Great desks and look good. Heavy to move around and delivery is a bit longer than other items but well worth it for the price.
The desk is fine, a solid, sturdy and very heavy piece of furniture. Assembly was reasonably easy, as long as you have two people. Shipping, however was a nightmare. The shipper returned the first one because it was too damaged to deliver. The second one looked fine on the outside, but the pieces were packed loosely inside with a few scraps of crumbling styrofoam. Three pieces, including the top, were damaged, with crushed corners and scratches. I called the company; they were very pleasant and efficiently shipped me the correct replacement pieces. The local shipping company made four appointments to deliver it and blew them all off without notifying me. I finally got them to deliver the parts, and everything went smoothly from there. Obviously shipping problems are not directly in overstock.com's control: this is more of a warning that there can be issues with shipping very heavy, awkward pieces; not every supplier packs properly; and shippers may have difficulty actually getting it to you. Altogether it was about three weeks from time of order to final parts delivery.
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