This is a very good question. Though the answer to it is not as simple.
There are various kind of guitars based on Shapes and Sizes and Budgets one has which can get extremely confusing.
Let me categorize it in 3 types.
Music Stores try to promote guitars with built in Pre Amplifiers which in my opinion is not needed unless there are stage performances. Those can be added as accessories as well.
All these guitars meant for beginners are purely suggestions based on our personal opinion and experience.
Getting the right advice to buying a new guitar is extremely important. For those living in Metro Cities or cities with good Music Instruments store should go to stores which are biased about the Instruments they sell. It might not be a well known brand as today in the market there are lots of small guitar brands but manufacturing excellent quality.
There are lots of online reviews for Guitars which can be a good starting point for any purchase. Incase you need a list of Musical Instrument Stores, here is a list below -
A new guitar will always be a better bet unless you are already an experienced musician and you can judge the quality of a guitar. The used guitar market can be very misleading and many people try to sell their equipment to beginners take advantage of the lack of their knowledge. Hence buying a new instrument is a better bet -
Here is a list of stores to visit -
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The internet age has really changed the approach of Beginners and they feel there is no need to formally learn howto play the instrument. However there are a lot of things Beginners miss out on a very important factor. Even though thetutorials might be extremely informative, they can never replace personal tutoring. When it comes to teachers personallybeing present, the student learns the correct methodology of playing the instrument and builds a strong foundation. Oncepast the basics students can then pursue either learning on their own or continuing with their Teachers. Hence it isalso very important to find the right Teacher.