I bought these towels because they were an excellent price and because they got great reviews. Perhaps I received a bad set. I always wash my towels when they are brand new. I washed and dried them according to instructions. I noticed that one of the towels had strings on one end where it was beginning to unravel. I was disturbed by that, but I simply cut the strings and hung them up. I have washed them a few times, and every time I wash and dry them, strings unravel from the edges. We do nothing to "abuse" these towels. We simply use them after we shower. Because I had washed them I didn't think that Overstock would take them back. I guess we will use them for a while until they become more and more unraveled, and then we'll retire them to the rag pile. I was most disappointed with the purchase.