That article also mentions that the distributor needed to repair up to 100% of incoming Crealtiy machines before they were fit to sell.
3D printers are still complicated devices, and cheap still means cheaply built. In the long run (might not even be that long) you’ll spend less on something like a Prusa i3 mk3 kit than on the cheapest kit you can find. If you’re willing to live with a tiny print volume, that will most likely work for most of the things you’ll print, look at the smaller Monoprice machines. They have a reputation for working pretty well.
Yeah, that sounds a bit preachy and somewhat OT, but I’ve had them since laser cut plywood was the latest thing, and been a mod on a couple smaller support sites. Nothing turns (most) people off towards 3D printing than spending more time fiddling with the gadget to get it to work at all, when all you want to do is just print something. I liked tweaking, tuning, fixing, modding, adjusting, tweaking, tuning, etc when I got started but moose just aren’t normal. OTOH, if frustration and strong language is your goal, go cheap.