Wow - so everyone buys free range???
Well, I have to say that I buy cage eggs. I did have my own chickens, but sadly they got eaten by wild/ escapee dogs (didn't see it happen, so not sure which). I'm hoping to get some more soon.
As for my reasons for buying cage... Hmm... not sure I have them. My family always have and it's not something I have put a lot of thought into.
I can't tell any difference taste-wise between fresh/ free-range/ cage eggs, and I must have been doing something wrong as my fresh eggs were usually smaller than supermarket ones!!
But other than that I'm afraid I can't give a reason that doesn't sound like an 'excuse'. It's not something that troubles my conscience very much, but I'm not sure why, as I do care about animal welfare. I can't really give a good response - I'm sorry!
It's nothing to do with the cost. It might be because I buy in bulk, and from memory free-range ones tend to come in 6-packs...? But I'm really not sure.