I bought this for a toddler and he loves it. The net is used indoors, it is small enough to to fit indoors, but still big enough to use. The sticks are a bit on the small side though, even for a toddler. Older children might like the net and ball, but the sticks will be useless. The ball is very good for indoors, it is soft material (foam?), but very firm. The net was very easy to put together, it took less than 5 minutes. The one thing i really don't like is that sticks are pre-shaped one for a lefty and one for a righty - i would rather them not shaped at all so it can be used by both lefty and righty.
For me, the package came in a cardboard box inside a regular cardboard shipping box, not different than any other product I would purchase.