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You get what you pay for...
on October 17, 2012
I bought 2 of the 42x28x31" crates for a 60 lb border collie mix, and a 50 lb pitbull/lab mix. They are extremely easy to set up, and roomy enough for both dogs to stretch out. The crates are properly assembled according to the instructions, but both dogs have figured out how to break out without opening the front door, which I'm guessing is why they're so much cheaper than similar crates.
The border collie will put all her weight on the top rear corner, and because of the collapsible design and the hinged walls, the stress pops a couple latches loose, detaching one corner of the back panel from the rest of the frame. She has this down to a science, and will break out within minutes of me leaving the room. It looks like the other dog just pushed on the front panel until it warped and popped right off (the metal is very bendable). It's warped to the point where the latches don't even line up now.
I was really pleased with the crates for the first week or so, and the dogs love them while I'm here, but I wouldn't recommend this particular crate for clever and/or stronger dogs with separation anxiety.
Update: I was able to secure the crates with some zip ties. I have to cut them off to collapse the crates (usually required for moving them from room to room), but for me that's not a major issue.