Bittman returns to that theme today in his article in the Times. Bittman reports that he bought "a small, medium and large cast-aluminum saucepan (total: about $30)" in a restaurant supply store. "I bought a single lid ($5; I often use plates or whatever’s handy for lids because I can never find the right one anyway)."What's the most you'd pay for a pan? Anyone ready to stand up for copper cookware or the other high end items? And as stoop sale season begins, we bet there are some stories of the perfect $1.25 pan too. Let us know in the comments.