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Pros: From what I've seen, this was a very good deal, as similar products locally seem to average $299. It seems sturdy enough, able to withstand a little wind (I'd guess 15 mph). Attractively made.
Cons: It had been assembled before; I don't know if it had been a store display, or if someone bought and returned it. When I received it, one small screw was missing; it wasn't a common size, and I spent considerable time searching for a replacement. Later I found it in a corner or the box.
I did not use the stand - I have a long pole driven into the ground that it was compatible with. I'm glad I had a good alternative, because the suggestion is to weight it with patio stones or sandbags. Not what I would want to do, and I can't imagine the mess if it ever tipped over anyhow if it was embedded in a patio. However other people apparently do it that way, so maybe it's not a problem.
10 foot appears to be a difficult size to find a replacement for, if desired; however they don't appear to be difficult to make.
Finally, the poles and mechanism are hardly subtle and don't blend well with certain architectural forms (read "restored farm house").
Other Thoughts: For a great price like that, with free shipping, and a functional product, I'll put up with a lot!
Reviewed By:16d,6/4/2013 7:26:09 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.