I'm a newbie woodworker too, and from what I've read it appears that any new inexpensive plane is going to take work to put in service. It is just as easy, if not easier, to put an old Stanley Etc, in working condition as it is to fiddle with a new import. I googled up several sets of instructions for reconditioning wood planes and was able to put 5 heirloom planes from mine and my wife's families back to work. It was pleasurable and something I could do in evenings and when I had small amounts of shop time at my disposal. There is a lot of internet stuff available on these old planes and learning the histories and dating these planes proved to be enjoyable. It is a good feeling to pickup and use a tool that is over a hundred years old.
Any inexpensive plane that you buy new or used is going to have to be sharpened. There are many sharpening schemes out there. I would look into the "Scary Sharp" system. It is not expensive in that it uses sandpaper in varing grits to sharpen an edge to "Hair shaving" sharpness and is relatively fast to employ. I sincerely hope that you find as much joy in wood planes as I have....even the shavings are intriguing as they roll up and out of the plane! The feel of a sharp plane slicing thru wood is is remarkable!