I ordered a bunch of Mauviel stuff from E. Dehillerin in Paris and I'm waiting back on them for a quote with shipping. I figure duty and taxes should probably amount to about 30% and those prices still come in under those of William-Sonoma or any other stateside cutlery place. I was feeling a bit impulsive because I've started to go through my new cookbooks but still have shitty thin SS pans so I told myself, "what the hell, if it costs an extra hundred bucks or so to have them now, why not?" So I found this store in Montreal that carries Mauviel & Le Creuset. It's actually a place that I walk right past all the time and I was a little puzzled how I hadn't noticed a high-end cookware store before. I thought that surely they'd have pretty copper pots hanging in the window to attract people's attention. Of course, they did not. It looked more like an overstuffed camping store from the outside because it was mostly outdoor-type equipment on display. It's not surprising that I never went in. So I entered the store and headed straight for the copper. I'd withdrawn enough cash to cover my purchases and was gonna try and get them to forget the taxes (on a thousand dollar easy sale a lot of small places will). I saw a price dangling from a copper pan and it was only 90 bucks, then I looked at a pot and it was $450. It was at this point that I started to scratch my head. The pricing was obviously way out of whack. Upon closer inspection though one was obviously just plated, and not real Mauviel, while the other ones at $450-$675 were the real deal. Of course they all sat together on the same rack under a sign that said "Mauviel 25% off". It's actually the 25% off that got me in to the store, but it was still a rip off. I'd looked at W-S prices and the european prices, and these prices were almost double those of W-S. Is anyone really so stupid that they'd pay $750 for 6qt pot with lid after taxes? I didn't even try to bargain with them cause they were WAYYYYYYYYY out of the ball-park. So I bought a lodge 11" cast iron pan for my steaks and left. Interestingly, the Le Creuset items weren't anywhere near as highly marked-up as Mauviel and the Lodge pan cost me 65 bucks which was on the expensive side but not enough to bother ordering online cause I'm cooking steak tonight.