I had this shipped site to store. It was very well packaged in styrofoam. It is very pretty, but there are three dark smudges in the green glass (see photos). Two are on the bottom of the plate, the other is on the lip of the plate. This is an inexpensive cake stand and ultimately you get what you pay for - it's pretty, but I wouldn't expect perfection. If you can buy it in the store and inspect it first, I would recommend this item. If you need to have it shipped, well, be prepared for the possibility that you'll have to settle for what you get or deal with the hassle of returning. But, maybe you'll luck out and get a good one. Based on reviews of other Pioneer Woman products, I understand this type of poor quality control is a fairly common issue with this line.