Personally, i would rather buy last yr's stuff or even the year's before stuff new and on sale. Why... because new is new, and it's pretty easy to fool someone. Plus you get warranty. SPECIALLY if you're a begginer..... you'll have less idea of what sort of damage is important or not, or how much itnwould cost to fix it.
Unless it's such a super killer price, OR you're buying from someone with good references. Example:
That ^ i would buy.