I love my LC 5.5-quart Dutch oven. I have a raw cast-iron Dutch oven, too, and it works fine, but the extra energy it takes to keep it seasoned got really old
I got mine at an outlet shop. If there's one near you, take a look. I can't find any problems with the "seconds" they sell. I've also seen LC at TJ Maxx.
When I got my Dutch oven, I asked the shop manager if they had any specials. Turns out, they had the color and size Dutch oven I wanted in a floor model that was in the back, so I got an additional discount because it was slightly scratched on the bottom
And now that I'm on their mailing list, I get coupons in the mail.