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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2010
The umbrella is very attractive,relatively heavy for its small size. It was extremely difficult to open, and after a neighbor had difficulty also, I decided to return it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2012
Well, I'm disappointed with this umbrella. I don't use it that often; I'm generally on the bus and it doesn't rain so hard here (in Seattle) that I need it very often. So it's seen light use over about two years.

How's it holding up? Well, there's rust all over. I don't make a habit of putting it away when it's wet; it gets time to dry. It's completely silly to me that rust is an issue on a product designed to get wet.

On top of the rust, it's separated on one of the points so it looks a little shabby and doesn't fold as neatly. Others are weakening.

I'm not a guy who abuses stuff; I drive a 1988 Accord with 250k miles, for example; I treat it nice, and it lasts. This umbrella wasn't abused. It was out in Seattle's famously mild weather with light wind and light rain and it just hasn't held up.

I love the size. It fits right into my little bag when it's folded; very compact. When it's open, it's plenty of cover for one person, but a bit too small to share.

I wish I knew another umbrella to recommend instead; if someone has a recommendation for one this size that won't rust and is a little more durable, I'd happily pay twice what I paid for this.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2010
I bought this for my daughter. It did not lock in the open position on the first try and was very flimsy, I was dissapointed that other reviewers recommended this item. Amazon made returning it very easy.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2010
I decided to spend a little bit extra on an umbrella because I'm tired of them breaking on me. I liked that this one had a lifetime warranty.

During my first use the tiny stitching at the end of one of the arms broke. I live in LA, so we're not talking about a gale or anything like that.

I could have it repaired under warranty, but then I'd have to pay to ship it to Totes and they require $5 to send it back, and on top of that I'd be without the umbrella during a length of time equal to the whole LA rainy season. Given what the umbrella costs originally, thats just not helpful.

Long story short, I fixed it myself and will continue to use it, but its not much better than an umbrella of half the price and the warranty is a non-warranty in that its such a burden to use it, its worse than buying a new one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2010
Yes, this is a manual umbrella. It takes a little work to get it open and then closed, and even once you get it closed I can never get it where all the bits of fabric are perfectly tucked inside... but hey, for as small as it is (can fit in my purse) when it is folded up, I will take it! Plus the purple color is great. If you don't mind taking a moment longer to open or close your umbrella, and are looking for a TINY one (once folded), go for it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2010
My son loves the color and overall it does what it's supposed to but it seems really hard for him to operate and just a little flimsy.

Overall not disappointed, but not thrilled either.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2010
While this umbrella has a perfect size, its pieces bent out of place the second time I used it with the force of the wind. Very poor quality, I've never had an umbrella prove defective so soon. I was able to bend it back into place, but I don't think this umbrella will last me very long.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2010
I bought this for my son to carry in his backpack. It is the perfect size. The only drawback is that he clipped it to hang from his backpack and the handle extends when he runs. Other than that, it's perfect.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2012
Don't buy this ! its very small, would not open all the way. Used it once and rust with in no time.
too late to return to amazon by the time I'm back to the state with this umbrella.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I purchased this umbrella to replace an even smaller one which I unfortunately lost. Since I was unable to find anything but one brand of cheap umbrellas anywhere I went (NYC,) I decided to buy this one online. While it is very pretty, and a nice size, there are a few problems with its quality. First of all, while it is easy to open, it doesn't really lock into place securely, and the shaft wobbles. It is very difficult to close as well, and requires pushing it down from the outside top to keep it shut (pretty irritating when the umbrella is wet from the rain. The strap to keep the umbrella folded tightly dangles down from the open umbrella and is already threatening to come loose. In all, a disappointment coming from yet another company whose products bear the company name and promise quality, but are in reality just more cheaply made, disposable goods.
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