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Le Creuset deal... is it worth it?

thunderbug84 Jun 13, 2007 10:04 AM

A person offered to sell me 5 Le Creuset peices for $260. Four of them are in excellent used condition, one of them is new (the skillet). These are the peices:

8 quart stockpot w/ cover
12 quart stockpot w/ cover
16 quart stockpot w/ cover
Sauce Pan w/ cover (6" dia and 2.5" deep)
Grill Pan (oval aprox. 9" x 12.5")

The stockpots are steel w/ porcelain enamel, the pans are cast iron.

If I take this offer, a friend has offered to buy one of the stock pots (I don't really need 3). Do you think this is a good deal, or should I haggle? What would you pay? THANK YOU!!!

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    ktcolt RE: thunderbug84 Jun 13, 2007 10:12 AM

    Buy them....look online at their retail prices and you will see that you are getting a steal....though I am always up for a good haggle...I wouldnt haggle yourself out of this great deal!!

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      ngardet RE: thunderbug84 Jun 13, 2007 01:07 PM

      The Le Creuset enamel steel line is not as good as the cast iron line. I would not buy.

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        nyfoodjoe RE: ngardet Jun 13, 2007 01:11 PM

        I agree...unless you are desperate for some pans of this sort...put the money toward a set of cast iron..it will last you, your children and their children a lifetime!!

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          ktcolt RE: ngardet Jun 13, 2007 02:12 PM

          I agree with the above...I didnt notice the part about the steel... I would definately haggle over the cast iron though, they are worth every penny!

        2. Candy RE: thunderbug84 Jun 13, 2007 02:02 PM

          A grill pan can be handy to have when it is too windy or raining or cold for outdoor grilling. I have a bunch of LC but have never seen the need to buy a LC sauce pan. I love my casseroles (French ovens) because they can be used stove top and in the oven.
          I find a full 8 qt. Calphalon stock pot pretty heavy to lift. I have a 12 qt with pasta insert I never use and I cannot imagine trying to lift a 16 qt. full stockpot even if it is just steel.

          1. inuksuk RE: thunderbug84 Jun 13, 2007 02:08 PM

            I don't believe the enamel on steel stockpots offer any real advantage over a stainless steel stockpot and you can get a good one, one with a sandwich bottom, for less than the asking price above. And, really, would you use all 3 stockpots?

            1. Chuckles the Clone RE: thunderbug84 Jun 13, 2007 02:34 PM

              That's a lot of stockpottery. Do you need it? For roughly the same price you could pick up a more diverse set of LC pans:

              (though I'd prefer a larger dutch oven).

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                financialdistrictresident RE: Chuckles the Clone Jun 13, 2007 05:30 PM

                I love my le creuset enamaled cast iron dutch oven and casserole (stove top, oven, broiler, dishwasher - indestructible!). Expensive but so worth it. Agree with the other posters.

                p.s. I have a Sitram saucepan and fry pan.

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                  janeer RE: Chuckles the Clone Jun 14, 2007 06:16 AM

                  Yes, what do you need those pots for? This particular group of pots constitutes some of the least useful pans one could buy. If they were other items, it would be a different story. And LeCreuset is only worth it for the enameled cast iron, and even then there are others (such as Batali's line) that are good but less expensive.

                2. thunderbug84 RE: thunderbug84 Jun 14, 2007 06:35 AM

                  And the plot thickens... This person forgot that he also has a 9" Round cast iron Skillet. So, after taking all of your advice, I'm not going to deal with the stockpots and I'm going to stick with the 3 cast iron pieces. Hopefully he takes my offer.... Thanks again!

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                    Hungry Celeste RE: thunderbug84 Jun 14, 2007 08:12 AM

                    The saucepan, grill pan, and skillet are very useful pieces...I use the saucepan almost daily in my cooking.

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                      thunderbug84 RE: Hungry Celeste Jun 14, 2007 10:17 AM

                      I got the three cast iron pieces for $130... I'm pretty happy, especially considering that the grill pan is new!

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                        jzerocsk RE: thunderbug84 Jun 14, 2007 11:13 AM

                        You drive a pretty good bargain. Good going!

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