Originally Posted by oldhat
is the best place to find CHEAP Le Creuset...and most of what you'll find on eBay are NOT factory seconds. That said, I found mine (a 9 qt. round) at a factory outlet store near me. Although I would prefer a 7 qt (9--actually 8.75-- is a little big), the store was hit or miss, and I found mine for $115, which I thought was a fantastic deal. I quickly got over the minimal extra size (7 1/4 is what I wanted, ended up w/ 8.75) for a bargain like that. The fact that it is a factory second doesn't bother me in the least. So, I'd check eBay first, then call a factory outlet nearby.
tell me oldhat, what factory outlet store do you live by? I know that Vacaville California is the closest one to me. I have called them and they are hit/miss, you're right about that. I have looked several/many/tons of times at ebay and found no good deals at all. To me, they're over priced there too. They end up selling for too much as I think some people bid them way up, making them not a good deal anymore. Like you, when I've found them at terrific prices wherever I've shopped and found them, if they're seconds or a slight defect, it's not a problem for me either. Only thing I've found is, when they're cracked or have a noticable crack in them, they're trashworthy
I fully plan on taking my mom for a long drive to Vacaville, lunch and a fun shopping experience at their outlet there. Hopefully, I'll get every size I really want and won't spend more than a 5 C note