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91 of 97 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2013
There's a joke story about MBAs:

A burger company hires an MBA who says, "Our buns have 200 sesame seeds on average. If we reduced by just one, we would hardly save anything per bun but over the millions we sell every year, we'd save tens of thousands of dollars." He's congratulated and the company prides themselves in their wise choice in hiring him.

They then hire another MBA. He says, "Our buns have 199 sesame seeds on average. If we reduce by just one, we would save tens of thousands of dollars each year."

They repeat this until a new MBA says, "Our buns only have three artistically arranged sesame seeds. We seem cheap compared to our competitors. Going to the industry standard of 200 per bun might cost us but we'd make it back in increased sales."

Atlantic hired those MBA guys.

I have two older Atlantic Oskar 1080s. I just bought a new one. To save money, some genius decided shaving the shelves down to half thickness and making them an inch and a half shallower would save the company money. Unfortunately, you now get shelves that are so light as to no longer be stable and sufficiently short that CDs or DVDs that slip a little forward now overhang enough to fall out much more easily. They likely save forty seven cents per set of shelves sold but they've made a far worse product for it.

I loved the old Oskar 1080s and sought them out when my media collection had expanded. The new ones? It's just embarrassing how willing Atlantic were to sacrifice quality to save a tiny bit on materials.

I also rebought so I could match my existing units. From a distance they still do that but, up close, the cheap shelves are obviously different.

Were they still selling the old style 1080s, I'd give them 5 stars and recommend them hands down. The new ones? They're exactly what Amazon calls 3 stars "it's okay."
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2012
I had purchased one of these a couple of years ago (not from Amazon) and needed another to match it. I was quite happy to find it on Amazon for about half of what I could find it locally; however, after I assembled it and was adding the shelves, something seemed off - the shelves are about 2/3 as thick and a full inch shorter than before. Does it still work? Yes, but compared to the old model's shelves, these feel flimsy and result in DVD cases hanging out by about an inch. Considering I paid around $90 instead of $180, I guess I shouldn't complain, but I would advise against paying any more than that.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2013
We bought this from Sears, and it's a joke how bad it. I rarely write reviews, but I had to warn people not to buy this. When you put it together, it's not secure at all. The only thing holding the top & bottom halves together are two screws which do not secure properly at all. When you try to move it after building it, it just falls apart. Also, the shelves are too short, and the cheap backing was scraped up and torn right out of the box. Ikea stuff is light years better than this. Save your money!!!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2012
I paid about $140 for this unit. I bought it because I thought it was a good size for the price, the color was close enough to the rest of my furniture, and it had 4 decent reviews on Amazon. The instructions were easy, and the hardware is nicely packaged and labeled. But potential buyers need to be aware of a few complaints:
1) There are essentially upper and lower parts of this shelving unit that you assemble first. When you flip it over to nail the backing on, since the base is deeper than the rest, the pressure causes the upper and lower portions of the unit to buckle and separate. The screws go into pr-einstalled plastic screw inserts which you can push back in, but you feel like it diminishes the integrity of the shelving unit.
2) Be careful to closely inspect the pieces. One of the vertical columns was a duplicate and was mislabeled. I didn't realize until I already built it. The pin holes for the shelves were missing on one side, where there should have been holes on both sides. I had to drill my own holes on one side of the column in order to hang shelves since I didn't want to take the whole thing apart to order a replacement!
3) The finish is very poor quality and comes gloopy in some places; chips easily.
4) As another reviewer mentioned, the shelves are not as deep as a DVD, and as such DVD cases hang over slightly - it supports them fine, but it is not as clean looking as pictured.

Bottom line, if you want a large, easy-to-assemble media shelf - this isn't terrible... but honestly IKEA or Sauder produces more quality do-it-yourself shelves than this at a better price.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on August 21, 2013
This is a decent quality unit. Uses cam-lock construction, goes together pretty easily. I recommend also gluing the joints for extra stability but that's not absolutely necessary.

The one complaint I have is the product is marketed for DVDs as well which is a little deceiving as the shelves aren't deep enough for DVDs (the overhang their shelf by about 3/4"). The unit itself is deep enough so they dont stick out beyond the edge of the unit so it still works ok for DVDs.

One tip: the unit comes with anchors to secure it to the wall at the top. DO NOT ignore this part. The unit is, by design quite narrow (one of the reasons I chose it) and therefore it could fall over and hurt someone if not properly secured. Again, not a design flaw, just good installation practice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 2013
What I love about this is that it's tall and can hold a lot of DVD/Blu-Rays. What was not so good is the materials are pretty cheap and when putting this together it nearly folded in half.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 21, 2013
This is definitely one of the cheapest, flimsiest, crappiest cabinets I've ever put together. I've put together a lot of cheap cabinets and bookshelves and this is the absolute worst. The color represented in the pieces also does not represent how it actually looks. Its practically pitch black and barely has any hint of brown in it. The shelves are extremely small so any DVD's/Blu-rays hang over the shelves by a large amount.

If you do buy this, do NOTfollow the instructions. If you do you will end up with the whole thing falling apart. My advice would be to assemble it vertically (standing up - not laying down) because when you flip it around it will completely fall apart. The wood also breaks easily so be careful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2014
I had two of these in my house (one for dvd's and one for video games), and I started to realize that my DVD shelf was getting a little full, so I knew I'd need to order a new one. Little did I know they re-designed it, so the shelves are thinner and stick out farther than they did previously. I got it put together, then when I put it next to the other DVD shelf (one on either side of the TV), my OCD couldn't handle the difference in the shelf width. Most people probably wouldn't have been so bothered by it, but it drove me NUTS. I had to switch the one with the video games on it (which was just one, and wasn't in the same room) for the new one, so it turned out to be more of a hassle than I originally thought it would be. It's still a good shelf, I just couldn't handle having two of them in the same room if they weren't going to be the same.

That said, if you don't have one, and you're looking for a great DVD shelf with LOTS of storage for a decent price, this shelf can't be beat. That's why we have three of them in the house now...

It's been through two moves now and it's still holding up fairly well... I don't suspect they will last forever, but currently, they aren't going anywhere, so I think we'll be able to get a good bit more use out of them for the time being.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2013
Some of the other Reviewers wrote that the older version is better than the newer one, maybe I got lucky? I purchased the one labeled “Atlantic 38435714 Oskar CD Cabinet Espresso” (meaning “dark wood”) in June 2013. To me it’s perfect! All the parts were present, everything fit together easily, it took about 45 minutes to assemble by myself.

I will say that the shelves are very thin (about ¼”) but the width of the shelf shouldn’t allow too much weight to be placed on it where the shelf would start to sag. The shelves are NOT very “deep”, and seem geared more towards holding CDs than DVDs, so I can see where one of the Reviewer’s might be coming from. But since I only needed the shelves to hold CDs it works perfect for me. There’s a maple (?) version that may have larger (deeper) shelves.

The unit seems very sturdy, especially with the bottom shelf extending out quite a ways. A wall anchor kit is supplied but I found it unnecessary as the unit is pretty stable by itself (unless you load it top-heavy). You CAN wiggle it, and with enough wiggling I’m sure you’ll be able to tip it over so if that is a concern you may want to attach the wall anchors.

All-in-all I am very happy with the purchase (actually more so than I expected to be)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2014
This is absolutely the worst piece of carp shelf that I have ever assembled. If you follow the directions and flip it over to nail the back onto the unit, the plastic inserts that the screws thread into, pull out of the thin flake board that this unit is made of, I would not recommend this unit, even though it holds a lot of movie media. Save your money and buy a nice revolving unit from a different manufacturer, or a better quality shelving unit.
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