I returned a couple of Christmas gifts last night, most notably a large Calphalon pan my husband purchased at Macy’s for $127.99. I had every intention of keeping the pan, despite the hefty price. Cookware is one item that I will not skimp on. After all, if you have good pots and pans in the kitchen you will cook at home more and eat out less often. Believe me before we had solid cookware we ate out a lot, but once we replaced our pots and pans cooking became quite enjoyable.
I returned the pan because it was dented on one side and the lid would not rest properly on top. If the pan had been cheaper I might have let the issue slide, but for $127.99 I expect it to be perfect. I intended to exchange it for another one, but the Macy’s near my house had been stripped clean from the recent Christmas sales, so I simply returned it for a full refund.
Before driving back home I decided to stop by Marshall’s. I ventured into the housewares section, (my favorite section of the store), and found the same exact Calphalon pan for only $49.99. I couldn’t believe it. I picked it up, checked the top, bottom and middle for dents and other damaged, but it looked perfectly fine to me. I even put the lid on top. It was a perfect fit. Oddly enough it was the only Calphalon pan in the store, but it was the 3-Quart nonstick saute pan that I wanted.
Luck hasn’t been on my side lately, so I was pleasantly surprised by my finding. Best of all, I was able to use a Marshall’s gift card to buy the pan, so I purchased it without spending any money out of my own pocket. For just a moment I thought karma might be on my side again. Just for a moment.