They have a red tomato strainer/mill that separates skin and seeds from flesh. Is this any good? I have a gift certificate I want to use and it has been hard to choose any of their gear because so much is for show or very expensive. Any one who has used this I'd appreciate your comments.
And you forgot about their food products which are even worse: $16 for a turkey brine that's basically about $2 worth of kosher salt and canned frosting that's about an equal value of sugar and cocoa for a ridiculous price! Couldn't agree MORE with you about W-S but it sounds like the OP is limited by the gift certificate.
If it weren't for that I'd go to Sur la Table or, better yet, a restaurant supply store where they carry a number of products to compare features, design and price and where things are about cooking and not conspicuous consumption.
Too bad; W-S wasn't always like it is now.
I recommend to use the gift cerificate at Williams-Sonoma OUTLET store if there is one close to you. Sometimes, they have very nice deals going.
If not, check the online sale section.
Last week I saw Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven 5.5qt for $185 (Gray color only), which I think a very nice price; needless to say, when I checked again a day later, It was already gone:)