Maybe but with no knowledge of what to look for (for example of submersion and being told it was just surface rust, everything this age has some), I was just siding with caution.
A first boat should be a good experience, not one plagued with dodgy outboards! That said, if the OP is just trying to find out if he enjoys it or not, maybe risking a cheaper outboard is worth it.
I guess it's like buying your first car with no one to help you. Do you buy from a news paper and risk being sold a lemon and breaking down, but spending less in the first place.
Spend slightly more, buy from a dealer and get a 3/6 month warranty and some peace of mind.
Difference is breaking down at sea can be quite a bit more dangerous and depressing.