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Should you buy a new set of Revere Ware?

If you’ve read just about anything on our site, you likely know that the quality of today’s Revere Ware pales in comparison to that made in the pre-1968 era.  We’ve heard lots of stories of quality issues like the copper bottom falling off.  But let’s say you don’t care about the quality and just want a set of Revere Ware cookware because you like the look.  Is it cheaper to get a new set, or a used set from eBay.

Here is a new set on Amazon.com.

This set costs $95.55 with free Amazon Prime shipping an option if you are a Prime member.

Here is what we put together from eBay:

4.5 quart Dutch oven with lid: $33 shipped
9″ skillet with lid: $31 shipped
1.5 quart sauce pan with lid: $$20 shipped
1 quart sauce pan with lid: $20 shipped

That gives us a total of $104 shipped.  Withe the tax you’ll likely pay on Amazon.com, and the potential to find better deals on eBay (there are lot of Revere Ware pieces listed at any given time) we’ll call the costs roughly even.

If you wanted to replace all the handles and knobs, that would run you about another $50, although all the items we found on eBay had Bakelite handles and knobs that were in reasonable condition.

If you scoured your local thrift stores, you could likely find all the vintage Revere Ware items for much cheaper, but there is a time cost involved.

It seems to come down to preference – buy a set that will last a few years before it starts falling apart, or buy as set that will likely last many more decades and has a strong history to it.

2 Responses to Should you buy a new set of Revere Ware?

  1. Chris November 24, 2017 at 8:49 pm #

    Of course I’d choose the set from eBay! I like quality! BUT, your pricing is way off! Just for one pan or skillet in your set,the asking price plus shipping is usually MUCH MORE than you said. For that 1 1/2 qt. pan, you’re not going to pay $20! It’s more like $20 for the pan & $30 for shipping!
    The prices are all over the place. Lots of people put a low price on their item, with a high shipping price, to get people to look.
    And, they are good at hiding things.
    As you can tell, I’ve been duped a few times. A lesson learned!!

    • RevereWareParts November 24, 2017 at 10:42 pm #

      Given patience, the high volume of items listed on eBay leaves a lot of potential for finding reasonable prices.

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