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  • LidaK Nov 7, 2010 03:20 PM
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This week I have seen pieces of le Creuset on sale at Winners at College Park and at Home Sense.
I have seen mostly Red at Winners. They had about 20 pieces when I was there on Thursday.
The "26" 5.4 quart round oven for $169. Also some yellow oval ovens and a nice blue #30 3.5 Quart braiser for $199.
At Home Sense I saw the same size braiser in red for $169. Also blue, yellow and red pieces.
I heard LeCreuset is discontinuing the Carribean colour and Kiwi. Anyone seen these colours on sale any where in Toronto?

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  1. Try Home Outfitters but they ain't on sale. BTW, these Creuset deals at Winners and Home Sense stores seem to be downtown-specific. Their western GTA stores never seem to carry them, opting instead for some pretty schlocky inventory that collects dust.

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    1. re: Kagemusha

      Not true - I've seen quite a bit of Le Crueset recently at the location across from Sherway Gardens.

      1. re: detritus

        Try Mississauga. Nada.

    2. The deals at Winners for Le Creuset are good, but if you ever find your way to a Le Crueset Outlet in the States - watch out! I picked up a 5.5 qt braiser in red for $65.00. There was a little 'bump' under the enamel, but nothing that will affect the use of the pot.

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      1. re: BequiaT

        Right. I'm not left breathless by the Winners/Home Sense prices. I passed on some last year that were scratched and chipped. Not a fan of the store. Got some nice closeout Lagostina French-made enameled ovens from Sears for $100 and under several years ago before the line shifted to Chinese made. They were ringers for Staub ware. Keep hoping Costco will rerun their killer Staub set deals.

      2. I saw a piece in winners, also in the $160 range, however there was a sticker on it that said "seconds" which explains the price differential. I quickly checked it out, other than some scratches I didn't notice anything wrong with it. I didn't have time to look at it carefully but I wanted to see how well the lid fit. I don't care about scratches but I would want to make sure the lid fit properly and the base wasn't warped in any way.

        1. Kagemusha, I have purchased several Le Crueset items from the Winners at Dundas and Winston Churchill. It is hit and miss as to whether they have any in stock, but it does travel as far as Mississauga!

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          1. re: donelikedinner

            Lucky you. Both it and HomeSense stores I've been in look like garage sales. Not worth the bother.

          2. I actually found a lovely blue Le Crueset pot at the Homesense in Cambridge. I little scratch on the lid, but I can live with that.

            1. I just got back from Winners at Dufferin Mall. There were about 20 pieces in red, blue and yellow at the end of the row where the pots are, toward the back of the store.

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              1. re: pastina

                @pastina do you remember what the prices were for the pieces you saw at Dufferin Mall Winners?

                1. re: ParsleySage

                  Sorry. It was a bit of a blur. I think I looked at one large, red round oven (maybe around 5qts) and it was $169. If you go, make sure you go to the end of the aisle, where they put the clearance stuff. That's where they are (or were on Sunday). You won't see them unless you go to the back.

                  1. re: ParsleySage

                    I picked up a red 8 quart oval French Oven for $249 at the Yonge/Sheppard Winners. I would imagine the prices are consistent across the stores.

                    1. re: TorontoJo

                      Was at Yonge/Sheppard today. They had good selection. Most of the pieces that I saw where around $169ish.

                      WON
                      http://whatsonmyplate.net

                      1. re: wontonfm

                        Yep, those are probably the 5-quart rounds. Nice.

                        1. re: TorontoJo

                          I was at the Yonge Street/ Queen store last night & no pots in sight. I think the pots are gone until after Christmas. They did habve a few of the ceramic dishes in red and blue. I am not sure if those are worth buying or not. The small oval 1 litre dish was $19.99 and is $45 at Williams Sonoma. The small square dish $24.99.
                          Is there a Le Creuset outlet within driving distance of Toronto?

                          1. re: LidaK

                            I saw a few (maybe 4) pieces at the Dufferin Mall winners but they were on the smaller side. Maybe 4qt.

                            WON
                            http//whatsonmyplate.net

                2. A discussion about why people use Le Creuset has been split to the Cookware board:

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/748867

                  1. Agree completely with the US Le Creuset outlet comment! Amazing prices. I stumbled onto one at an outlet mall and could not believe my eyes. The store manager there told me the outlets are coming to Canada - first one was to be just outside Calgary by end of this year. It's positive news, but like other "Sales" in CAnada, I suspect the prices will not compare to outlet shopping south of the border. I was given my Creuset pieces this year by my boyfriend and I love them.

                    p.s I justi noticed them at Winners too - the colour selection was pretty good. And the prices are very good compared to what you'd paid full retail.

                    1. I just got an email from Home Outfitters. They are having a 30% sale on Le Creuset cast iron cookware November 27-28. In addition, you will receive a $20 money card for every $50 you spend pre-tax (e.g. spend $50 get $20, spend $100 get $40). Not sure what their selection is like, but this seems like a good option if you can't get to a US Le Creuset outlet or don't like Winners' limited options. Good luck!

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                      1. re: LTL

                        I was at the Home Sense Store on Yonge & Queen on Saturday and they had a pile of #30 3.5 Quart braiser for $179 in red, 1 blue, losts of yellow and a horrible bright Orange I have never seen before. Also the 6 quart wide round for $199 in red, yellow & orange.

                        1. re: Smachnoho

                          Seconds? Discontinued colours? Comparable pricing?

                          1. re: Kagemusha

                            I saw them too. They were labeled 'seconds'. Saw a couple of pieces at the College Park Winners last week too.

                          2. re: Smachnoho

                            Tons at the Vaughan Mills location, and the one at Centre and Bathurst as well.

                        2. I have had a lengthy conversation with the Manager of the Woodbury Commons outlet, she said that almost all of the outlet and 'cheaper' home stores supply are 2nd ('seconds') or 3rd choice products. Very rarely does a 1st choice product get into the outlets and if they do its mostly due to the colour being discontinued (and these only go down 10% not the 30% 2nd or 3rd choice gets).

                          What does this mean? 2nd and 3rd choice are defected; discouloured or have cracks, dimples and/or holes in the enamel. Sometimes you are lucky and these are on the lid rather than the pot, however it is very important to inspect the product on the interior cooking area (all the way up the side walls). If there are any defects on the surface it is not worth buying no matter how good the prices are. I was in a Home Sense the other day and noticed they were all had a sticker of 2nd or 3rd choice pieces. Since my Pot/Pan collection is basically complete I didn't bother looking at any. I have purchased from the Le Creuset outlet in the past but I did spend 20min looking for the perfect pot and lid before making my purchase. I would recommend anyone looking for a deal, inspect the product and ensure the cooking surface doesn't have any defects, the pot will last much longer. And for those wondering defects in the cooking surface can cause the cracking in the enamel to spread along with rust deposits being formed, just to name a few issues that can arise.

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                          1. re: flying101

                            Costco Canada offers 5 Le Creuset pices on their website:
                            http://www.costco.ca/Common/Search.as...

                            1. re: letrell

                              Costco Rules! I worked in Textiles in my previous life and know most of the unsold lots are sold to places like Winners/marshalls etc. so I am not sure its always 2nd or 3rd.
                              Worse case scenario buy yours from Costco as I trust their warranty over others.

                            2. re: flying101

                              Hello Flying 101
                              'I was in a Home Sense the other day'

                              Which location of Home Sense that you saw LC products recently?
                              What items that you saw?
                              I am looking for casserole pan and small individual pieces. Thanks

                              1. re: knusprig

                                Saw a ton at the Oakville (Trafalgar) store if anybody is interested.

                                Epicure in Mississauga also has a 25% off sale right now.
                                The Staub discounts were 35% off. I picked up a colcotte 4.25L. Impulse buy, but damn its great.

                                1. re: knusprig

                                  Centre Street and New Westminster (Thornhill) Didn't look at what was available selection-wise, but it was right when you walked in.

                                2. re: flying101

                                  Thanks. The ones that I saw Sunday at the Queen &Yonge St. store all have tiny grey marks on the cooking surface except one brasier. I scratched the grey spots and it was the metal coming through. Also dimples. As you said it takes a lot of time to see the defects. Is there any problems if a pot has dimples? Is it a sign of future cracks?
                                  The one brasier without any grey spots had an odd shapped handle.

                                  1. re: Smachnoho

                                    If the dimples are on the outside walls or lid I wouldn't worry to much (unless they go all the way down to the cast iron)

                                    If they are on the cooking surface I would avoid them as they weaken then entire interior enamel.

                                    An odd shaped handle isn't that big of a deal, and is actually an easy fix (le creuset even sells metal replacement handles for higher over temps)

                                3. Home Sense and Winners know a lifestyle prop when they see it. Buying seconds(or worse, functionally)at these prices just confirms it. Not worth it.

                                  1. be careful buying le Creuset products. They promise to immediately fix any problems and that is total crap. Neither the store nor the the website were able to help with a simple exchange of a damaged product. $200 for a kettle and two mugs and the kettle is broken and I'm stuck with it. Their customer service sucks almost as hard as that of the Bed Bath and Beyond! Totally useless! Such a crappy experience I won't ever purchase from either place again!!! Stay away!

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                                    1. re: caseymac

                                      Wow! I thought that their famous warranty was supposed to be the whole point of buying Creuset!

                                      1. re: graydyn

                                        So did I. I won't be making that mistake again.

                                      2. re: caseymac

                                        Have you tried where you made your purchase? I had a kettle purchased at Williams Sonoma that they exchanged for me in store when it chipped - this was over a year after the original purchase.

                                        1. re: Truffles

                                          The OP mention "Bed Bath and Beyond" so maybe that is where it was purchased... could it be that they were selling the "2nds" like at Winners and Home Sense? Not sure if the warantee applies to those?

                                          1. re: Truffles

                                            Kettle and mug set (Peruh) in Flame was purchased on-line. I called the number on their website and was told to go to Bed Bath and Beyond in Markham Ontario (on Hwy 7) for a replacement because they (BBB) carries this product. The store had none! They had no suggestions other than to call the website again. The website took almost a week to "investigate" and only came back with a voicemail saying "Return it to us and we'll see what we can do but we haven't been able to find any in Flame". I'm not spending $50 on shipping to return a broken product that I know I'll never find again.
                                            I didn't even get to use the kettle since it was broken right out of the box.

                                            1. re: caseymac

                                              What website did you buy from?

                                              1. re: julesrules

                                                lecreuset.ca

                                                they checked stock for the stores in the area that carry the Peruh set in Flame and no one has it. Either not the right style or not the right colour.

                                                1. re: caseymac

                                                  Sorry for the dumb question, I had honestly checked out their site and somehow couldn't tell it was a store. Anyway, I agree, that's very disappointing. If their merchandise arrived damaged they should refund you no questions asked. And that's how I would approach it in your next email: you require a refund for defective merchandise; it is not your job to go chasing stock around.

                                              2. re: caseymac

                                                Did you contact le Creuset directly and see what they said? I just went to the le Creuset and they say they have that colour in stock.

                                                1. re: pourboi

                                                  Bed Bath and Beyond was my first stop and then I called the website and still nothing. What they show and what they actually have are two completely different things.

                                                  1. re: caseymac

                                                    Checking the lecreuset.ca site, I don't see "Peruh Kettle & Mug Set." http://lecreuset.ca/cookware/kettles/

                                                    It is available, however on lecreuset.com: http://www.lecreuset.com/peruh-kettle...

                                                    1. re: Jay F

                                                      http://www.bedbathandbeyond.ca/store/...

                                                      But it's not in stock according to customer service.

                                                      1. re: caseymac

                                                        So return yours to BB&B, then buy another one for $89.99 ($96.09 CDN) from the LC website. I don't know what the shipping charge would be, but I'm sure your new total would be less than $200.

                                                        http://www.lecreuset.com/peruh-kettle...

                                                    2. re: caseymac

                                                      Did you buy it from le Creuset's website directly?

                                                  2. re: caseymac

                                                    That's pricey for Thai enameled steel and Chinese ceramics, whatever the brand.

                                                    I've seen the Thai-made Copco replica stuff and it's not the greatest quality.

                                                    1. re: caseymac

                                                      I want to do this in all caps: if you're going to buy LC, ya gotta spend the money and get something that is marked 'made in France.'
                                                      Buy anything else (than the cast iron that is fait en France) and you're just part of the marketing opportunity to milk the brand. Really, if you're getting a stovetop kettle and steel cups, those can come from anywhere.

                                                      1. re: neighborguy

                                                        LC knows their merch is a lifestyle prop more than just cookware for many buyers and markets accordingly. It's a trophy brand.

                                                  3. re: caseymac

                                                    I know this may sound silly, but do you have Twitter? I've found a lot of my customer service woes have been solved through Twitter. Usually faster and with a lot less hassle than phone calls emails etc.