I've searched and searched, but cannot find the email or comment from the person asking me my opinion on materials from Montessori Outlet. Since I cannot find it, I will just post my thoughts here.
Having used materials from Montessori Outlet over several years now, I have found them to be well priced for home educators, and in my experience they have held up pretty well.
The only negative thing I would say is that some of the knobs in the geometric cabinet came off, but it's not been a big deal and could easily be fixed with some super glue.
I worked with a person named Emmie Saito, and she has been nothing but helpful and patient, especially when placing a large complicated order for the home school co-op. There were a few mix ups, but they were taken care of promptly. Overall, I have been very pleased with their products and customer service.
I strongly recommend not waiting until the last minute (August, September) to place your Montessori Outlet orders, or any home schooling orders for that matter. Those are extremely busy months for companies and you will more than likely end up with back ordered items.
I personally feel that now is the time for planning and prepping for the start of the new school year, even though this school year is not even over for most people. Even if you only put in 1-2 hours a week in May, it will help you feel more organized and ready come late August or September when you start your official school year again.
I hope this helps!