It's a great-looking bass. If you find one that plays well AND sounds good plugged-in AND the price is in your range... then it's a deal. When you buy online, you get what you get... but most times a little patiance (or experience) corrects any difficulties.
To readdress the root post: I have seen garbage guitars that were made side-by-side with great instruments. Stuff happens. This is especially true when manufacturing is shifted to another country -- like, early MIM Fenders were often of lower quality than present-day MIC Squiers. It's not unusual to find that early-run MII, MIV, MIK, & even MIJ are barely playable.
For years I wasn't a fan of MIC instruments, then I played two "identical" guitars side-by-side (sometimes called an A/B) & was forced to admit that the MIC version was every bit as good as the older MIK.
And, yes, when millions of semi-clueless players demand to save a dollar or two, quality WILL suffer[/i]
. So, "quality control" at the factory will do little more than assure all the parts are attached, & "quality control" at the distribution end will assure nothing has fallen off -- that's IT.
Any "setup" involved is mostly "by eye" & don't involve any playing much less an electronic tuner.
Not so many years ago, it was the retailer
who would check each instrument & do an actual setup -- intonation, trussrod, nut height, etc. But thanks largely to the Internet, most buyers would rather save twenty bucks than have that work done. One shop owner in my area actually plays EVERY guitar that comes in & has been known to return half a shipment for not meeting his standards -- you can get the same models online cheaper, but I seriously doubt they'll be BETTER than the ones he accepted, & what do you think the distributor did with the rest? That's right: sold 'em online to clueless bargain-hunters
If you get a new guitar that's not up to your spec, then WHY would you keep it???