I know many are going to start lecturing about "China-mart" and sweatshops and "Mom & Pop" going out of business...BUT...I did it anyway... I had a large area of unused floor space in front of my fireplace and I got this for $298.00 plus tax = $316.00 total at Wal-Mart. This thing came with balls, rack, cues, chalk, tip-roughener and 2 spare tips. It took over half a day to assemble and it will require some help because it comes in a flat box and is HEAVY. If you're not healthy, don't try it...hire someone to assemble it. I just thought that if you have a family and friends and an area of un-used floor space in your house or garage and you like to shoot pool...it's a GREAT Value for the Money. Top is something called "Thermaslate" and is guaranteed not to warp for 10 years (Yeah RIGHT!!). Whatever it is, I'm sure it's probably some kind of thick, heavy, treated particle board...it ain't no kind of real "slate"... But Hey, it ain't got no real "Slate" price tag either. I figure it will last several years if we care for it and don't dump drinks on it. It Does look nice... Please take my advice: If you get one, DO NOT wait until the kids are in bed on Christmas Eve to begin assembly...I DOUBT if you'll get done in time!