dealsmainstays 5-shelf bookcase: black, white, alder…

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@rcantrell: I concur. Maybe staff can fix (I tattled)

On the other hand, people should really stop buying this type of disposable furniture. For approxiamtely $75.00 you can make a bookshelf that will outlast this one by 10 years. These compressed carboard or sawdust bookshelves sold by wallyworld cannot ever get water on them and the shelves will sag overtime (unless you are only putting your oragami collection on it).

Simply put, got to a big box store and buy a sheet of plywood. Have them rip it in half, than in half again. Now you will make far fewer cuts with your saw at home, and you can put it together with screws if you want. You can paint it any color you want. I could give you better instructions to make it fabulous, but it would take way too long to type. Here is a link http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/intro/0,,1080823,00.html

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Agreed on the disposable furniture comments. I bought one of these once, and it was clearly not meant to be disassembled or moved, or to last very long. They look cheap and really do not seem to be designed to be filled entirely with books. If you don't have the time/skills to make a shelf yourself, I'd hunt around on craigslist before plunking down money on one of these. Or buy something a little more expensive that will be with you for awhile. These will die.

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Just bought one for my dorm room. I don't care if it only lasts a year, I can't say no to that price.

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I just bought one... for 25 bucks plus free shipping, even if it only lasts a few years in my apartment, totally worth it!

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You guys who say to build your own must be pretty well settled and confident in your careers. You can afford to be furniture snobs. Those of us on a budget and renting don't want to think about having to move a giant bookshelf.

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@gregmobile:

Let's examine your counter argument.

People who say build your own are furniture snobs and confident in their carrers. A sheet of cabinet grade plywood form a big box store will cost you approximately 40-50, you would need to buy screws and they are uber expensive like about $5.00. The disposable furniture you are buying will come at the factory designated height and width. The one you build yourself will be made to your specifications. The el cheapo shelf will likely wind up in a dumpster when you move. The one you build yourself can be broken down and repurposed later.

People on budgets can't build their own furniture, and it will have to be moved.....So, if you buy an el cheapo, it won't have to be moved. Ahh, going to the landfill when your done.

If you build your own bookshelf it will be gigantic. Yes, you must use every piece of lumber in the exact dimensions that you purchased it in, and you may not cut the wood.

A deal doesn't mean cheap junk.

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To chime in on the whole "build your own bookcase" discussion.....the proponents of build your own need to consider that not everyone has the table saw/circular saw, drill, glue, screws, paint, and space that it would take to build a bookcase. Not to mention, the SKILL. Building a bookcase is not something your average schmoe does every day. No one is buying Walmart bookcases with the intention of passing them down to their great grandkids. They are what they are. $25 of junk that will hold some random crap in your apartment for the year or 2 that you are there. See them as "disposable". $400 for a solid wood bookcase from a furntiture store, or $25 for junky.........depends on your priorites and budget. Let's not get snobby about it though. Walmart has exploded in popularity because money is tight for many people and price has become a more important factor then quality.

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@dflpfan123: I don't disagree with you. I appreciate the comments on both sides of the discussion. It's important to know that these shelves are disposable. I had no idea when I bought them.

I thought they'd be sturdy enough to hold at least their own weight. They're not. The first thing the instructions had me do with my bookshelf was to find a stud, measure, and HANG the top shelf. And the back piece is nothing more than cardboard - it offers no support whatsoever.

If you need a piece of junk for cheap that will last 6 months to a year, go for it. If you want anything beyond that, look elsewhere.