Well there are lots available on the used market. My first set lasted 25 years without any worked needed on it and when I sold them they were still working okay. If I was to buy one again now I would be asking the age, style of music being played on them and was it used on the road, the last thing I would want is a battle deck! I have noticed that the prices for new product as opposed to used has gone up, There are deals to be had.
I bought a recon Debut 2 SB from E-Bay. After a while I had to send it to have a new phono amp board put in. Then the wires in the arm gave up - so I had only one channel working. Not being a practical bloke I let a pal have it who was able to take it to bits and repair it himself. Well he was kind and gave me a good price for it!
Next I bought a Debut 3 USB in a sale at Richer Sounds - have since added an acrylic platter (like the Esprite) and upgraded the stylus. I'm very happy with it.
So for me it's worth getting new with a warranty. Then tarting up as you get more funds.
I bought a 2nd hand 1210 MK2 from a "bedroom DJ". Apart from assigning the carts he had given me (an Ortofon OM with Nightclub stylus and a Stanton Concorde thingy) for old 45s only, the deck has given perfect service.
I would say that the 1210s are a lot more resilient than other manufacturer's TTs as they are built like tanks.
However, the comment about avoiding ex-competition TTs is well worth heeding. If the platter stays level when it goes around and it has a lid all in good condition, you should be fine.
I have also bought a used 1210mk5 from ebay. You will not be disappointed, you may have to change the cartridge for a more Hifi type cart but but these decks are built to last. Even if you do get a problem there are lots of forums and numerous parts suppliers to get it up and running again. I run mine with a Denon DL110 cartridge and it puts my CD player to shame. Go for it.