I agree with the other answers that you cannot expect a very high quality instrument at that price point, but that's not necessarily a reason not to do it. It does mean that you really don't need to worry too much about the quality.
If you do go to a music shop and get to examine the instrument first, then look at all the joins -- all the places where two pieces of wood are connected together. All the bracing around body and especially the heel of the neck where it joins the body. And don't just look, but run your fingers over it. Any rough spots or irregularities are a sign to put that one down and examine a different one.
If you order one online, you won't have this opportunity. But you should still be able to return it and ask for a different one if there are any noticeable problems, it'll just take a lot longer.
Particularly with an online order, you may still want to take it to a music shop and have them look it over. You may want to have someone skilled to string it up and set the bridge (the bridge is a separate, movable piece, and it will need to be placed correctly while putting the strings on).
If it's violin that you want to play, then do it. And don't start with an "easier" instrument if it's not what you want to play. My father wanted to learn the electric bass as a child, but was told to start with piano since his hands were small. Having no interest in piano, he lost interest in playing music altogether! And that's just horrible.
But the other answers are also correct. Violin is very difficult and even more so if you're on your own. But you don't necessarily need weekly lessons either.
There's a middle ground. Any place that offers music lessons should be able to offer you a smaller package. Maybe take 4 lessons, and space them out.
The first lesson is to show you how to stand, how to hold the instrument, how to apply resin to the bow, and how to push and pull the bow on each string. After a few weeks of practicing with this, take another lesson to check your progress and maybe start some simple fingering exercises. After a few week of practicing with this, take another lesson to learn a few scales. Then practices those scales to train your ears and your fingers to find the right notes. At the fourth lesson, maybe begin to work on a simple piece of music.
You will also need to learn to read music. Guitarists (and Lutists) can cheat with tablature but violin music will be written in standard notation.
My basis for all this is that I have a cheap viola, bought from Amazon, that I am privately learning to play. I have the advantage of a lot of music theory and experience with other instruments, but still I had to start at the beginning and two years in, I'm still not very good.
But it's still lots of fun. Fun that could not be had if I didn't own the instrument.