This has come up a couple times (even just today!) but I thought it really kind of deserved its own thread for discussing in general rather than cluttering people's specific questions that at least in some cases are only somewhat related.
So here is my question: Is it generally regarded that it's not worth the trouble of returning these for replacement under the "lifetime warranty"? Time and time again I have seen people on CH say they don't buy anything but cheap nonstick. Even in the case of the All-Clad thread, there was some assumption that it was a waste and you would be out quite a lot of money, although at least that was 15 years of use.
For me personally I am curious about this now because I have a couple of Calphalon 10" omelet pans that we use for various everyday nonstick stuff. They haven't been abused with metal utensils or anything, but they do finally after several years (more than 5 I know, less than 10 I suspect, not sure exactly) have some wear on the coating. I got these extraordinarily cheaply on I guess some kind of closeout from Amazon. I know at least one of them was just $12.95. That was the second one, enticed by the drop in price. I think I may have paid around $20 for the first one.
Anyway, at those prices it wouldn't be a great loss if I just tossed them and got something else, but I am curious why most people here treat these as disposable when they have a warranty? Do they get out of the warranty on some technicality? Do you just want to try something different by the time they wear out? Or is it just too much of a pain to jump through the hoops of the warranty?
Surely at least a few folks reading this have attempted to invoke these warranties. It would be most appreciated if you would share your experiences.