I know this is a few days old - hope you are still reading, researching, and have not bought yet. This may sound off, but start with the pawn shops. I bought my Yamaha
Rydeen set complete with throne, all hardware and original cymbals for a lousy $325. Mint condition. Agreed Rydeens are a beginner set, but a good beginner set that is not produced anymore. I've since haunted the shops often AND used music shops and found a number of cymbals, rototoms, and found a great full size motorcycle seat throne with a backrest with lockable wheels still in the box for $75. The stuff is out there. Just have cash in your pocket and be ready to ask if they will do better. Most will. A local pawn shop near me now has a set of Pearls
, 5 piece set with a steel snare, cymbal stands, high-hat, even cases - $400 out the door. Comes with three cymbals, two of which are Zyldians. May need a couple new skins, but the set is pretty clean.
If you can afford it now, in this economy, there are great bargains as more and more people have to bite the bullet to get money. And the pawn shops are virtually overloaded with stuff, they will move it at a lower profit to make the room.
Do not buy any of the no-name sets from e-bay. Have seen some of those up close, and they will turn you away from drums in no time.