I bought this stool for a trade show where I needed to be standing most of the time, but wanted to sit occasionally and not feel like I was "relaxing" or being inattentive to potential customers. The show wanted $207 to rent a tall stool for 3 days, so I bought this one for about $40 figuring even if it fell apart after one use, I still saved $167. But the stool is fairly sturdy while also being compact and easy to fold and transport. It also looks nice. Because it was so inexpensive, I didn't feel at all bad about spray painting it and covering the seat to match my company colors. Everyone at the show got a kick out of that, so an added bonus to saving money was all the fun I had joking about my chair.