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Old 01-13-2008, 09:05 AM   #1
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Le Creuset cookware: why is it so pricey?

why do they charge sooooooo much $$$ for this cookware?

is it really THAT much different than the new enameled from lodge, calphalon, tramontina, etc.?

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Old 01-13-2008, 09:10 AM   #2
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It's considered the best and they charge that much for the name and reputation. I can't say if it's better than the other brands but it is very good.

Look at their outlet stores for discounted cosmetic seconds.
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Old 01-13-2008, 09:25 AM   #3
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The Lodge enameled line is around the same price (maybe a few bucks less) then the LC if memory serves.
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Old 01-13-2008, 10:46 AM   #4
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All the Le Creuset prices I've seen are almost twice those of the analogous Lodge products. Is there a cheaper line of Le Crueset? I may be thinking of Chantal, but I too seem to recall there being a line of enameled cast iron made in China that was around the same price as Lodge's imported, enameled stuff.
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Old 01-13-2008, 11:03 AM   #5
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They charge that much for it because people buy it .. but I won't
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Old 01-13-2008, 11:28 AM   #6
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LeCreuset is expensi ve because it's made very well, and of course it's made in France. I have over 30 pieces of LeC and found it to be the best cookware I've ever used. With one or two exceptions, all of my cookware is cast iron either enamed or black Lodge. If you've ever used LeC you would know what I mean about the quality and price justification. It will last a lifetime if properly taken care of.
BTW, I NEVER pay retail for my LeC. I buy from outlets and I buy "seconds." Neither me nor the clerk has ever been able to find the flaw except on one pot lid, there was a little stain of red paint on a red Dutch oven lid. Like I care. I got the DO at half price.
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Old 01-13-2008, 01:46 PM   #7
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LC enameled cast iron is so costly is because each piece is an original--each has its own mold that is used only once. Also, there is something about the French enameling process that is quite labor intensive, which also adds to the cost. Reputation also contributes a lot to price, LC has earned it because its product and its warranty are top notch.
I have to agree with Drama Queen, you don't have to pay retail for good quality LC--I shop the outlet and the savings are big.
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Old 01-13-2008, 02:22 PM   #8
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LC enameled cast iron is so costly is because each piece is an original--each has its own mold that is used only once. Also, there is something about the French enameling process that is quite labor intensive, which also adds to the cost. Reputation also contributes a lot to price, LC has earned it because its product and its warranty are top notch.
I have to agree with Drama Queen, you don't have to pay retail for good quality LC--I shop the outlet and the savings are big.
ok, so where is the Le Creuset outlet store?
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Old 01-13-2008, 02:27 PM   #9
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Le C is made at fair market wages in a European country. Original Lodge enameled pots were made in this country at Union wages and were also pricey. Lodge has since moved it's enameling to China (check their boxes, country of origin is listed.)

Is the Le C product better? My experience is yes, the enameling is harder and less prone to chipping. I've paid good money for cheap cookware earlier in my life and won't make that mistake again.
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Old 01-13-2008, 02:35 PM   #10
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I wonder if it's because they were featured on the Bill Cosby show (remember the gorgeous orange set of pots that they used (let's see---Mom is a lawyer and Dad is a doctor---yep they can afford them and maybe that was the subtle hint) they may not have been the real McCoy but they sure looked like it though they never referred to them on the show "Rudy, please get Dad that LC pot over there"........but would I like to own some.?.......of course...if anyone knows of any outlet stores in Houston let me know.......
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