These garden stools are AMAZING but we got a batch that wasn't finished completely perfect. It may have a few spots on it that don't meet our stanards of perfection. It may be a black spot where it wasn't painted all the way before being glazed and fired. It may be that the top is not completely flat. To be honest, we can't see the defects often without really looking for them and being a hand-glazed hand-made product, you would normally expect small imperfections. You save a bunch of money, and that makes you a savvy shopper while still getting a super-chic piece that you'll love love love. NO ONE will be the wiser!