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Hello AT,

Dare I buy furniture online? I'm specifically looking at a round dining table at furnitureontheweb.com.

The site seems reasonably respectable. But I hesitate to take the plunge without being able to see/touch the wood. On the other hand, the size and style is perfect. I'm torn! I'm curious to learn about your similar experiences, good and bad. I think it would help me decide, one way or the other.

Thank you, Beatrice

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Dear Beatrice,

Your table, at $509, is relatively affordable for a 60" solid wood table (it's cheaper than a similar shape wood table at Pottery Barn), which leads us to believe that while it may be perfectly useful, the style and quality of the finish and construction might be lacking upon inspection.

This is cheaper wood, finished with a cherry stain and manufactured outside of the US (and not Italy).

Buy this if you really need a table, the shape and size is perfect and it's the most you can afford. Then, it will be fine. Otherwise, look around a little more and also troll eBay, Craigslist and our classifieds for a better table that - used - will cost as much or less.

Oh, and also read our post on Carbohydrate vs. Protein Furniture.

Anyone have a specific 60" round wood table recommendation?

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