They used to be cheap, as they get trendy, the price goes up, same as any trend. Serious chili cooks swear CI is the only way to go, it puts iron in the beef, or something. I like cooking with a nicely seasoned CI, but in real life, I use mostly non-stick; it's so easy to clean. I got an All-Clad stainless skillet for cheap, years ago. They're crazy expensive now, $255 retail. Ha, I just checked e-bay, there's plenty to be had for under 20 bucks, but some "vintage" items are $500- $1000, even one for $3500!!!