Well, I can't answer that one. They are expensive. Many years ago--before it was easy to find things on the internet--I read glowing reviews of All-Clad pans and decided I wanted to get a 12-inch saute pan. Being a frugal girl, I could not pay the $200plus price. So I started to search. Eventually--many many hours later--I happened upon a book in the library that had a reference to "Cookware and More," a store that sold All-Clad seconds.
I called up (this was before email) and eventually bought the pan of my dreams for about $100.00.
Now, you can find anything on the internet. At minimum wage, my search for the All-Clad probably made the pan cost well over the retail price I was so intent on beating!
What if you want an All-Clad now? The gorgeous All-Clad 6 quart saute pan.
However, if you are willing to give up the straight sides of the saute pan and get a frying pan instead, you can save a bunch.
That last one probably has somewhat less capacity than the saute pan. But the saute pan is so huge that I seldom use it, especially now that my household is down to two.
What about Cookware and More, now--like everything else--on the internet. My big saute pan is under $200; it's irregular.
Williams-Sonoma has a pretty good deal on an All-Clad 4-quart pan; it's the brushed aluminum, not the stainless steel.
As with everything else, you have to compare and contrast. If you are obsessive about getting good prices (as I am) you can waste a lot of your precious time seeking out the good deals.
I love my All-Clad, even though its purchase occasioned a goodly amount of cognitive dissonance.
The best deal in the entire universe of cookware? Everyone knows it's the Lodge cast iron frying pan!
How much time do you spend seeking out a bargain before giving up? Do you ever feel you spent too much time?