SX Andromeda II Jazz Bass for $200
These basses are normally $280, so it's 28.5% off. Although it may not sound much, but these basses are excellent for the bucks at regular price, beating out Fender Squier for sure. Body is made out of solid American swamp ash, which is light and good for guitars and basses. Neck is "one piece" bolt-on Canadian maple!
I found some good reviews and video for this bass. Just look for them on the web.
Disclaimer: I am just a guitar enthusiast and in no way associate with www.rondo.music other than buying some Agile guitars from them. These basses are made in China, so you may bump into a lemon here and there ... but almost everything is made in CN nowaday
And if you have to ask ... yes, it is definitely good for a beginner too.