I have bought 2 of these stools before in store, already assembled. Then I bought this 3rd stool online and had to a assemble it myself, and there is a clear difference in quality. The one I assembled myself had screws and was not welded, and feels very unsteady compared to the ones bought in store. However, it looks nice and the faux leather feels great.
This stool looks exactly like the old model (I had bought in two others in late 2021) so it's nice to see I can still match the current model with the new ones. I love the way they look and feel, good quality too.
My only downside for the new ones is you have to assemble them, it would be pretty un-noticeable to almost every visitor that they are assembled, but I like how the old models were just one big continuous piece of medal with no assembly required.
If I for some reason needed more than the current 4 of these I own, I would totally buy more again. Good product overall.