Okay, so I did a lot of research before buying this thing. I read every review on it on this site, and having already bought a similar item once before, I decided that if I ran into problems like some of the people say they had on their reviews, I could just return it and exchange it. So I went in, picked it up, and brought it home. I unloaded it, expecting pieces to be unorganized, or incomplete. All the hardware was separated by letters, and even had individually perforated trays. Every shelf was given a letter as well. The instructions were simple. They were easy to read and to follow. The only tool required was a screwdriver...Phillips head. I was able to unpack this thing, separate all the pieces, and put it together, all by myself, in roughly an hour. It did help that I had a power screwdriver though.
So, the positives? It holds a lot of media. It's big, and fits right where I needed it to. The construction was very easy, and the instructions are simple and do what they are supposed to (tells you how to put it together). Some people question the stability of this unit. Yes, it's made of more simple materials, but they are well supported. The unit doesn't wobble at all, and only forcing it to shift made it tip back...but it's leaning against a wall anyways, so no problem. And on top of that, it comes with a wall mount. If you want something stronger, you need to pay for it...which brings me to price. Just over $100.00 after tax. I've bought many pieces of furniture similar to this, and contrary to what many say, this is actually a decent price. If you want a sturdy oak cabinet or something, They are double, even triple the price of this unit. Sometimes even more.
The negatives? I only really have a couple qualms with this thing. First, yes there are a TON of screws that go on the back to hold the backing in place. Most things like this use tiny nails, this actually used little screws. It is rather monotonous and was the most time consuming part of putting the thing together, but that backing is not coming off...ever! Second, the overhang of the DVD's. I don't like this look personally, but I understand why they did it at least. It puts less space between the shelves so they can put more DVD's in a 73 x 40 space. So, I don't like it, but I understand it. But that does bring up a sub point...the shelves are shorter than any other DVD rack I've purchased, So a couple of the taller DVD box sets don't fit in the shelves, and they aren't adjustable. so, complaint 2.5? Shelf size.
So, in the end....No, this is not hard to put together. If you can read, and know what end of a screwdriver to use, you can put it together by yourself. Having a second person would speed up the process, and I definitely recommend using a power screwdriver to save time. If you have a stable level floor, you will have a stable level storage unit. It's not top of the line, but if you just want an inexpensive (relatively speaking - approx. 20 cents per DVD) way to store DVD's, this is it. And if you really are concerned with the stability after assembly, mount it to the wall. This does exactly what is says it does...It stores multimedia.