This same model is $1,119 on Apple's refurb site. This is $999 for a brand new one. You have to pay tax either way-how is this not a good deal?
I guess people are comparing it to the new models (and the deal at BestBuy with a $999 2012 13")?
Maybe, if that's the case though it really isn't a fair comparison since that deal requires you to be eligible for a student discount (which many people will not be) and also in a place that would participate in the tax-free weekend.
I see a lot of threads around this time of year showing "deals" that factor in the education discount, when in reality I'd bet the majority of the people here wouldn't qualify.