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Should I return it?

Just bought a LC 30cm (8.4L) round french oven at Homesense for $148. It's a second and although I did peak inside while in the store, I didn't see the flaw until I got home. It has a sesame seed sized flaw in the enamel inside the pan, on the bottom. You can see the dark cast iron in the spot. I've looked on line and opinion is mixed on whether this could shorten the life of the pan. Do you think I should just return it? This pan retails for about $500 in Canada.
Thanks for any feedback!

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  1. Unfortunately, I would return it. $148 is a good price for the large size but the spot - with the dark cast iron inside bothers me. You will find better condition pieces at LC outlet if you can wait for sale - discontinued colors are usually very nicely priced.

    1. Return it. It is not a function Dutch Oven. Had the pinhole occurred on the exterior surface then you don't need to return it, but such is not the case.

        1. uh-oh, I'm gonna disagree with the others . Keep it. Why would that tiny little flaw make any difference? There's a reason that the pan was sold as a second. Chances are that's the reason. It's not going to make any difference in the quality or safety of the food you cook in it. It's not going to affect anything by aesthetics.

          Saying that, I realize you are asking because that pan makes you uneasy. So return it if for no other reason than peace of mind.

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          1. re: Ambimom

            Rust will spread under the enamel around the hole and weaken it, causing further degradation over time. Think of a scratch in the paint of your car.

            1. re: ThreeGigs

              @ThreeGigs/with all due respect, rust will not form around that sesame seed size piece of bare cast iron. Chances are that tiny little exposed piece will just become seasoned with regular cooking and seal naturally.