Many violins sold online may look like a violin, but they do not sound like one! They are more like Violin Shaped Objects. VSOs are found for cheap, but do not be tempted by the low price point. They are hard to play and keep in tune, and they will frustrate a beginning student.
How to spot a VSO:
Low price point with lots of "extras" (comes with extra strings, bow, and lots of accessories)
Very shiny, thick finish or colorful paint that deadens sound
"Mystery" wood and painted fingerboard or purfling
Cheap, plastic fittings that break easily
Strings too high or low from the fingerboard
Bridge not custom cut to fit the violin
Pegs that do not turn easily or stay in tune
Get a violin that will set your student up for success here! If your student is starting on a smaller instrument we recommend renting until they reach full size.