Our previous little experiment suggested that, while this is in theory possible, the small savings might not justify the time and trouble.
The good news is - we have now found a simpler way of ordering your Le Creuset products online with a lower price. Surprisingly, this is from one of the most prestigious departments stores in the world, Harrods.
During one of our recent "shopping trips" at Harrods.com, Miss Curator was amazed that the 24cm French Oven (which was the subject of our February experiment) is being sold at £145 (without discount).
Harrods.com currently offers a flat shipping fee of £25 to Hong Kong. However, don't forget that Harrods, like many other UK online shopping sites, automatically takes out the VAT when you order from outside the European Union. In our example, this gives us an extra saving of £24.17 (effectively free shipping). And you get the pot delivered straight to your door!
The results are now obvious, and we have found a winner:
24cm French Oven
Hong Kong - HK4,028 (or HK$3,128 with the current HK$900 discount)
US - US$350 / HK$2,730
UK (Harrods.com) - £146 / HK$1,900