The_Gekko_State I apologize for any confusion to everyone. But now that I see how Kainguru has worded it, do starter set hold any value for veteran players of RPGs? I have been playing for about 7 years and GMed for some of those years.
Well, yes and no? That's not helpful let explain.
First as stated by @Kainguru sometimes they are overpriced. I cringe when I see these starter sets that are 40 or 50 bucks.
The worst ones have one adventure and no character creation rules.
I think @ProbieTim is correct the Pathfinder beginner box was good. I think it was $25, but you got little standees and i think basic character creation rules.
Sometimes if it's a slightly weird system like FFG star wars they charge $10 for the dice you need alone and the starter set is only slightly more so you're like why not get the box.
I am currently tempted by the new Warhammer 4e starter set.
Cons - no character creation rules, just pregens.
Pros - It's affordable $23, and it has a city guide and an adventure book.
So I think this one has some useful long term info, but I think you would want the character creation rules over pregens for long term use.
I would say instead of starter sets, I do check out a lot of quickstart rules on drivethru to get a grasp of the absolute basics. But if I like it I typically end up getting the rulebook so it's not helping me learn as much see if I want to buy it.
I just read the Witcher quickstart pdf "Easy Mode" it seems a perfectly playable game with only those rules and it's 300 pages shorter than the core rules.