I ordered some materials from Adena Montessori on August 31st and they arrived yesterday. I am posting about the experience because I know everyone is always leery of ordering from the discount suppliers. I have ordered from Adena several times in the past. I also wrote about many of the different companies, their prices, and shipping costs previously.
My current order included the small moveable alphabet, trinomial cube, maps and cabinet, botany cabinet, and a couple of dressing frames I don't feel like making.
The trinomial cube, botany cabinet, and dressing frames look great. I will keep you posted as the materials go into use.
The moveable alphabet is missing all of its letter "z's."
I have some major issues with the maps and the cabinet.
The biggest problem is with the map of Asia. Several of the countries in my
Asia map were not cut out and have no knobs. I cannot remove Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, or . There are white dots printed on the countries where the knob would go, but those countries are not cut from the puzzle. Tajikistan
Two of the maps have one or two warped pieces that will not lie flat in the puzzle.
Four of the maps have a dent on one of the edges.
Finally, the map cabinet itself does not hold the maps as pictured on the website. Instead of fitting flush in the cabinet they stick out at least 5 cm. The cabinet also was "assembly required" and came with no instructions.
I have already e-mailed the company. I have had good experiences with their customer service in the past and will let you know what transpires.