I ordered this on a Wednesday evening directly from Amazon, selecting free carriage, and it arrived on the Friday morning - can't be bad! This tripod is just what I need for mounting a compact camera. The ball mount is really good - it allows the camera to move in all directions, including 90 degrees in any direction, and locks rigidly and quickly. It won't hold a DSLR, I don't think, but the word "Compact" in the product name gives a clue there - although that applies to the tripod itself! As a fairly spindly 5-section legged tripod, when extended to full height it can move so may not be suitable for windy conditions, but that was expected - if I wanted something sturdier I would have bought something sturdier (and paid more than £40!) My main priority was for something that is compact when folded for easy carrying, and this meets that criteria.
All in all, just what I need at an excellent price, and now I can get on with time-lapse and HDR photos - not necessarily at the same time though!