I was hoping for a good beginner set up for around $150 haha. The stance looks a bit wide though but since I don't know my stance I guess I'll get used to it since I don't want to spend the extra money remounting it. By the way, a newbie question here. I saw videos on waxing but they were all on the base. Is there any maintenance required for the top part?
I guess I'll go with the K2 skyla for now. Any tips on what I should check for when I meet up with the buyer?
No maintenance on top except for checking the screw tightness and bindings parts every once in a while. You can wash the top with dish soap and warm water if you want but it's not necessary.
Honestly I'd suggest learning to mount your own bindings. If you pay a shop to do it, they'll set you up with their standard beginner stance which may or may not be right for you. Chances are you'll end up changing it after 5-10 days anyway. Unless you're absolutely cranking down the screws it's pretty hard to damage anything by trying.
I'd just start with a basic stance (about 20" wide measured from centre to centre of each base plate, and a learning stance of either 0 degrees on the back foot and 18 on the front, or -6 back 15 or so on the front). Other than those two measurements, the next adjustment is to strap your boot into the bindings and make sure the overhang is about equal on your toe and heel side. Chances are you'll have no problem with the bindings mounted in the centre since you have smaller feet, although you may need to bring the boots forward to centre them over the board. Last but not least adjust the straps so they're all centred over your boots (toes and ankles). Have you got any boarder buddies that could help you the first time? It's really easy once you've adjusted them once or twice.
For stuff to look for when you meet the buyer:
Board - look at condition of the base, small gouges are fine and indicate riding over a small rock or rail, larger gouges are okay too as long as they were fixed properly. If it looks like a t-rex had the board in his mouth for a while I wouldn't buy it. Edges, look at the edge and make sure it's reasonably sharp. If it was recently tuned this shouldn't be an issue. Dull edges will make learning very tough. Check the topsheet and edges for any glaring damage. Chips in the topsheet are no big deal, and edge chips are fine too, but edge damage is another thing.
Here's an edge chip, no big deal but worth haggling on the price.
Here's edge damage. Avoid this!!!
Bindings - check all the ratchets to make sure they do up easily and don't slip when you apply tension. Make sure the releases work easily. Check condition of the straps to make sure they're not too frayed/falling apart. Check all over the baseplate and highback for any obvious cracks in the plastic. Don't be afraid to grab the bindings and flex them around and look for cracks. Try wiggling the bindings to make sure they were installed tight enough. If they were rode with loose screws there's a small possibility that an insert has been stripped.