That is a nice deal on the older version. It is likely a clearance sale so if this appeals to you better move quickly.
Microcenter is a great store and I bought a 2009 MB for only $799 and my current 2010 13" MBP there for only $999 + Tax. Tax at my New Jersey store is only 3.5%, half the normal state tax making it, or anything else purchased at this store location, an even better deal.
I'm looking heavily at the 13" actually for $999 and then getting the apple care from amazon for $200.
Just so happened that the 17" deal must have just come on because I hadn't noticed it before. Didn't seem too bad. I'm prefer to get more real estate than 13", but I don't think I'm willing to pay the extra $600 for a 15" new.
Saw the 17 in person the other day (yeah, been a while). Looks like, just seems a little too big.
Does anyone know the difference between the mc266ll vs the mc227ll? I am thinking about selling my current gen 13" and upgrading to a 17", MicroCenter has both available but I do not know the difference.