A few years back, I bought a few light stands from Amazon and I think from adorama ( can't remember the models) but I didn't pay more than 30 bucks each. Never, ever, had an issue with them aside from thumb screw issues but that was it. Few weeks ago, I was at my local camera store and decided to buy a boom arm and and walked out with an avenger boom arm. Didn't think my stands were that cheap until I looked at the build quality of the avenger. today, I mounted my strobe and 60 inch octobox to the boom.... Needless to say, my light stand bent from supporting the weight and the build quality doesn't compare. Not even the slightest. Looks like I'll be upgrading. Should of spent more once instead of paying twice.