To find these bargains, keep an eye on the musical want-ads in your local newspapers and suburban shopping guides. You might even try running a 'drumset wanted' ad in any of those same newspapers.
Buying used drum equipment will mean that you must ignore your preferences. You most likely will not get to choose your favorite color. Specific brand names may not be an option, but you can wind up with more drums for your money.
What are the logical alternatives for the aspiring beginner? Would you buy a Cadillac just to learn to drive? Probably not! I recommend that most beginners start in the low or middle price ranges. You can always upgrade to higher quality over a period of several years.
Here is another link to help you save big when making the decision to purchase a drum set: