I do not normally order anything online because I usually inevitably have to return it for one reason or another. Who wants to deal with the hassle, especially around Christmas time, but this product came to me in a very timely manner & it was packed very snuggly in the box. Actually, the product itself was in a box of its own, which was then in another box surrounded by bubble wrap. The plexiglass had a coating on it as well to prevent scratches. I bought this as a Christmas gift for my mom so before wrapping it, I took it out of the box & set it up even going as far as placing one of my own cookbooks & then a magazine on it. It was perfect. I had full view of the page plus you can adjust it to fit the different size cookbooks, magazines and even recipe binders. I will be placing another order to buy one for myself. Oh, by the way, when you're done with it, it collapses nicely so that you can put it away until the next time although it's actually nice enough to display on your counter, as well.