I might be wrong here, but I had a cheaper one ($75) last for a year or 2. This saw a lot of races though. At least every weekend for about 6 months or more the first year. After that is was on it's last leg. When I got my first EZ-UP ($150) it's still in great shape after 9 years. I did just buy a new one not too long ago, but only because I wanted an extra one for like house parties and stuff. So the higher priced ones are money well spent. Just something to think about. Higher winds can make those cheaper models buckle pretty easy. If You raced In Vegas, you would know what I mean.