I received the stakes but did not use them right away because I was waiting on the installer to come to the work. He was hired to use the stakes to hold strips of wire to the ground and next to the base of a new installed vinyl fence. By the time that the stakes were to be used, they had rusted from the shiny aluminum color to all!most a totally brown rusty color. This what I saw in the boxes that were stored in my enclosed garage. A box had been checked upon arrival and they seemed to be exactly what I was looking for, but I was shocked to find out that they were rusting and were not around moisture of any kind. They had to be sprayed for appearance and I had no time to send them back. I bought several boxes of these stakes. Plus they look like they are stable and they are not. A rubber mallet was used and the ground was not extremely hard, yet they constantly bent before reaching the proper depth. I wasted a lot of money and time using this product.