I accept that. Some good things, some bad things. It's a gamble. Still, you can always return it if you don't like it.
But there's another issue which has got the eight-string in the back of mind. For a guitarist wishing a luthier-made instrument of good to high quality, but has never played an eight string, this Ibanez model would be a good try-out. I'd like to try Dm tuning on it, for instance. I feel ten and eleven-string guitars are too boomy and troublesome for the French baroque lute repertoire, whereas eight strings would be more controllable. I've played baroque lutes before, and they are hard work for most players. We rarely hear the French repertoire, some of it very high quality, on the classical guitar, because the modern guitar tuning just doesn't sound anything like the 11c tuning, and the French just loved exploiting that open-chord tuning. It's a bit like trying to play modern DADGAD stuff on a standard-tuned classical. You might get most of the notes, but the sound would be all wrong.
So, for those reasons, I find the idea of a cheap 8-string attractive, even if the quality is not great. Well, I'm thinking about it.