Plain & Fancy counterfeits?
Does anyone know of any cases of counterfeit Plain & Fancy cabinetry?
I ask because I just received a delivery of what is billed as P & F and, frankly, I was shocked.
The KD told us we were getting "maple" cabinets...and, indeed, the drawers do have this loving maple dovetailing. But the cabinets themselves are made of particleboard.
(An aside: I never would have bought these cabinets had I known they would be fashioned of particleboard. I don't care how one comes down on the whole 45-lb particleboard vs. furniture grade plywood debate, particleboard just doesn't hold its shape the way the good stuff does, which is why it's cheaper. And, perhaps, why the only reference to construction material on our invoice are via the words "species: Maple". But I digress...)
Beyond that, the melamine is haphazardly applied and already delaminating on some corners. Furthermore (again, in contrast to the impression of stolid workmanship implied by the drawer's dovetail joints), the wall cabinet's backrails are not attached to the tops of the cabinets (only the sides) and, since it's through the (particleboard) backrail that the cabinets are attached to the wall, it's likely that, over time, this will warp and sag.
My installer wonders whether these cabinets were built in someone's garage. Which leads me to wonder...were they?
In light of the KD's seeming misrepresentation of the cabinet's material components, is it far-fetched for a reasonable person to wonder whether these cabinets might, in fact, be fakes?