Hi, I realize there was a similar thread recently, but my question is somewhat different.
I would like to buy a new cast iron skillet, and while I've heard good things about Lodge preseasoned products, I've found a no-name unseasoned pan for half the price. The weights and designs are nearly identical. Since I'm on a rather tight budget, I'd rather pay less.
Since I don't mind seasoning the pan myself, is there any real advantage to buying the preseasoned pan in the long term? Is there really such a thing as better and worse quality cast iron cookware?