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Aug 7, 2008 11:37 AM

Inexpensive Tiffin Tins online

Hey all,

I was hoping you could help me out. I'd like to send my sister an inexpensive tiffin tin for her birthday. I found one online at but hit a snag: I am in Canada, and they do not accept Canadian credit cards, even if I want to ship it to the US (which I do).

Can anyone recommend somewhere online where I, in Canada, can purchase a tiffin tin (around the $20-range) and ship it to my sister in California?

(Edit to say: also, if you can recommend the product itself, that's enormously helpful as I don't know what exactly to look for in one of these things. The only one I hear about regularly is the Mr Bento and that is out of my price range.)

I really appreciate it.

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  1. Not to get technical, but a tiffin tin and something like a Mr. Bento aren't exactly the same thing. I believe the general structure is the same, but a Mr. Bento/other thermal jars are usually enclosed in thermal containers, and the individual containers are microwave-safe. I think a real tiffin tin set is usually made of ss and therefore isn't microwaveable, at least from the tiffin tins I've seen.

    Not sure if you've already tried to call customer service at world market, maybe explain the situation you're in, try to get something worked out? Otherwise amazon or ebay are good sources for lunch containers (not always the cheapest, but might be worth it in the long run). Also, check any Asian markets if you have them by where you live, sometimes they have some housewares items for sale that might include lunch containers.


      Has plastic ones. You could probably find stainless ones on ebay. I just purchased a family sized thermal tiffin from one of the local Asian markets in Philly for dirt cheap.