Loved that the box the assembled 8FT planter came in was small! The box was pretty heavy, but very manageable for me at a young 60 YO. Each piece came sealed with a thick plastic wrap that I only partially peeled off where the bolts go in along each vertical edge. I followed the manufacturer’s instructions to the letter and built half of each planter on a sheet on plywood and 2-saw horses in my garage to save my back. That worked out great! The hardware is high quality and the black band that goes around the top is very nice! Fit like a glove! Overall, I highly recommend it and definitely will buy again! I choose green and it blends in nicely with my yard! Very happy that I spent more and got a quality planter that appears will last me for years to come!