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I deliberated on this purchase for a long time, but needed something for vendor events. I read many complaints in the reviews, but having bought mine NEW, I would say (based on my experience), most of those complaints are unwarranted. I will address these now. 1) The first one that I do somewhat understand is the complaint of having to leave the key IN the lock. This is actually not the case. The lock felt a little lose, so I tightened it. Don't do that. If you do, the lock will turn slightly, not allowing you to turn the lock completely, which is why the key gets stuck in the lock. Make sure your lock is perfectly upright before turning it to lock. Once the lock is in the fully locked position, the key can be removed... But due to the lock being a latch that keeps the bottom attached, it can only turn so far, which is why if it starts even a little slanted, it could inhibit your ability to lock successfully. 2) People complained they didn't receive the plastic paper holder that attaches to the top of the box. I bought a pink box brand new, which had it pictured, and not only did I receive it, but it was in a plastic bag protecting it from scratches during delivery. 3) Some people complained about the bottom opening up and stuff flying out. Um, follow my solution in #1 and that won't be an issue. 4) A lot of people complained about the quality of this product. Honestly, I'd say it's decent. It's not metal. It IS plastic, but the price and description of the product reflect that. The keys do need to be shimmied a bit when inserting into and removing from the lock.
Overall, I would recommend this product and am glad I bought it. I gave it 4 stars though because while I like it and it gets the job done, it's not perfect. If perfection is what you're looking for though, be expected to spend at least twice as much.
Not what I ordered. The plastic is so brittle it breaks from gentle handling while assembling the product. Also, the acrylic sign holder isn't clear, as pictured, so it can't even display a sign for me.
Our family is using this for a "time out" box for our son's iphone. Everynight at 9pm, it goes into the box, with the charger cord sliding through the "ballot drop" slot. If he loses his phone as a punishment or to do intensive study time, the phone goes in the box. We keep this in the kitchen on the counter, so I know where the phone is.