There is a couple mindsets to this when buying tools. Having bought several smaller benchtop machines with the mindset of starter machines, only to turn around and buy better tools a few years later, I don't know if I would necessarily want a new woodworker to run out and buy an inexpensive table saw. I am an advocate of buying used tools online when the price is right, and the condition is good. My current table saw was a one I bought from craigslist, then proceeded to make upgrades to it.
That said, for a brand new woodworker, buy a table saw used is daunting. To know what it is they should be looking for and combine it to what they want to do with it can be confusing.
In some of the other forums/chatrooms I participate in, we frequently get "what table saw should I get" where the first question we ask is "what do you want to use it for?" If their budget is limited I have often gone on to their local craigslist and show them a few options in their area, but often show them several new options as well, across several manufacturers. If they aren't certain still, we will often advise them to take a small class to get a chance to make some sawdust. That way they get a feel for how the machines should feel and operate.
The discussions often do bring up the Sawstop. My typical response is, it is up to them, and whether the premium for safety brake is worth it to them or not. I will neither push them towards nor guide them away from it. If that is what they want, then that is what they should get.