OK, apart from the delivery problems, how bad (or good) are these tables really? Here is the deal: an installer in my area (Boston) got stiffed by pooltablesdirect.com on getting reimbursed for his services, but he also ended up with 3 tables where the customer canceled. He says he is owed about $4K by the company (which, as you may know, is not responding to calls/emails/etc), but he can make some of it back by selling the 3 tables he has. So, waiting for the goods is not an issue here...which seems to be the issue with some of the original posters. I saw the tables in person....they are here! They actually look good from my untrained eye. The frame is factory assembles (i.e., not a knock-down), fully supported with center cross beams, it is not laminate but solid wood, including the rails. The cushion has the webbed cloth backing. What looks like about 1/2" to 3/4" thick plywood or some other type of wood covers the top of the frame where the slate would sit. The slate itself is 1" thick and framed. This a furniture-style table with clawed legs and looks very attractive.
So obviously, I'm not worried about placing an order and then waiting 6 months only to find the company took my money and has no intention of shipping my table. In fact, the installer doesn't want a cent until he has completed the job at my house and I am satisfied. Total cost (table, accessories, transport, and installation) is $1200. I obviously can't get a new Olhausen (for example, the Sheraton is their low-end table I would buy) for less than $1,900 all costs included. I can get a used one from craigslist for about $800, and then pay about $450-$500 for installation, assuming the cloth is in decent shape. The Sheraton does not have the Accu-fast cushions, by the way.
So, I can get a brand new furniture style, solid-wood table with 1" framed slate, with decent-quality accessories fully installed for $1200. Considering all this, how will the table play? I mean, is an amateur like me going to notice any difference as compared to, say a 5-7 year old Olhausen Sheraton with used, but decent cloth? Is the ball going to rebound essentially the same from the cushions, will the balls roll as truly as they should, etc? Will the slate remain flat with smooth joints between the 3 pieces?
Sorry for the length, but just wanted to provide a clear picture.