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You may be getting a deal, or maybe not. Are the spokes name-brand, or off-brand? If they are good quality spokes, then maybe I'd go for it. Just expect to have to stress-relieve all the spokes, then re-true the wheel several times in the first few rides.
Chances are, at that price, it was not professionally built. You will need to re-tension and back off each and every spoke (I usually do it by sound, always backing each nipple about 1/2 turn, until all are about the same tension). Then, you will need to grab each "crossover", and squeeze them together really good. This should approximate a decent stress-relief. Then, you will need to re-true them. Take it for a ride. Re-true again. Repeat at least twice more. This isn't sounding like such a great deal anymore, is it??
One time, a guy posted something on a board about a cheap machine-built wheel he had bought. It was a 36-spoke wheel, and it was perfectly true, straight out of the box. He checked the spokes, and found that one of the spokes was totally slack! It seems that the tensioning machine had been missing a driver for one spoke, and had tensioned and balanced the remaining 35!! Had he ridden this wheel, it probably would've been junk very quickly. BTW, it had been sold as a "hand-built" wheel. A wheelbuilder never would've built something like this.....
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