I always tell folks, in the spring starting with a full size colony puts you much farther ahead than starting with a package or nuc. OTOH, in the fall, what you are buying is winter risk, and it needs to be priced appropriately. Prices vary by region and time of year.
There is huge advantage to starting with drawn comb. OTOH, there are potential huge disadvantages to starting with old diseased comb. A newcomer to beekeeping probably cant tell the difference between brood comb drawn this season and comb thats been in the hive for years.
So as in all things beekeeping, correct answer to the original question is, 'It depends...'