i think the durability is hit or miss enough that it might just be a case of bad luck on the part of those who report it. all i know is i've ridden my other board, a 2011-2012 Gnu's Riders Choice much harder (about 70% runs in the glades, jibbing off sides, etc.) for a season and aside from needing wax and some dings on the tip and tail from the lack of a metal edge there, the base is completely intact. this was during a very weak winter season too.
but at best this is anecdotal. you can't go wrong with the price. if you don't run into durability issues, great. if you do, well it's not like you're breaking the bank. win-win for you.