Look, if this is the kind of money you're spending on a bookshelf, don't expect it to perform as well as others. That being said: we've got 3 of these in white, and 3 of the taller versions in black. They are (usually) completely filled with books, so they hold a lot of weight. They've held up for 3 years, through one move, in the process of another one, and they show no signs of falling apart. I expected one or two years tops. They aren't the prettiest, but that's not why we bought them. If you're getting something this cheap, don't expect it to be heavy duty without a little help. If you're just gonna display knickknacks, these should work right out of the box. If you're loading them up with books, the shelves will sag after a while, but we remedied that by screwing a 2x4 vertically across the center of the back, and attaching some L-brackets to it underneath each shelf (through the cardboard backing, into the 2x4), so the middle of each shelf has something to rest on. You could also replace the folded cardboard backing with thin plywood or hardboard if you want. We've made some cheap reinforcements for these cheap bookshelves, and they hold up just fine. If that's too much work for you, spend some more money on your shelf.
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