In terms of "bang for buck", this product is awesome. If it wasn't for one issue I had, which I will put more details below, I would've given this product 5 stars for sure. The color is beautiful (even though I know this is highly subjective), and it's quite durable as well. You certainly can put dents and scratches on it since it's real wood (not laminate), but it was more durable than I have expected. We put this in our second bedroom 3 years ago, so we actually had enough time to have some real-life testing.
There were quite a few strips which had some imperfections, such as bend or broken/missing tongue. There were few (only few) strips which had some defects on the surface also. However, 99% of them were still usable.
Now the problem part... When we put this on the second bedroom 3 years ago, we ordered 20 boxes. We used about half of them. Among the ones we have used, there were a couple of boxes which contained mostly short strips. All the boxes have plenty of short strips, but these two had more than average. Unfortunately, one of those boxes were the last one we opened/used, so there wasn't much for us to do in order to "wisely utilize" these short strips - so we just had to put them on the floor. As a result, some places we have a series of short strips in the same row, but then again it did not look too bad. Maybe it's due to the dark color and wood grain pattern (which is already very irregular even within the same board), but whatever it is, it's not that visible.
Just last month we put the rest of the flooring in our master bedroom. We ran out of the material, so we had to order additional 5 boxes. This time, we opened up all 5 boxes and sort each board out by length, so that we can be more efficient by using the right length strip and minimizing cut offs (by the way, we used diagonal pattern, so there were a lot of cuts to be made).
I am glad we did that because one of those 5 boxes had nothing but short strips. the entire box was literally filled with boards which are shorter than 30 inches, a great majority of them under 15 inches in size. That actually was the box that got bent and partially torn open during the shipment. When we picked those boxes up from Home Depot, I even took a picture of it just in case I need to return them because the boards inside are also damaged (but it turned out there were no physical damages to the boards). I think that was because of the very fact that the box was filled with short boards only. If there's not a single board long enough to provide any kind of structural strength to the box, I can imagine the hardboard paper, no matter how thick it is, won't be able to withstand the load.
Also, these short boards had more imperfections, mainly missing/broken tongues. I think they probably used left off garbage and scraps to make short boards.
Well, we managed to use up this big pile of short boards since we still had two small walk in closets unfinished, where we were able to use all the bad boards. However, if we did not open all the boxes up ahead of time like we did, and if we ended up opening this short board box the last, then we may have been in trouble.