Have never gone the refurb route - but I've seen pretty positive reviews from other people who went that direction. My question is, how long can I wait before it's too late and the deal is gone? The specific one I am looking at is: http://store.apple.com/us_epp_55499/product/FD318LL/A I'd prefer to be able to purchase it outright - but it may be a month or so before I have the funds to do that. I actually just got out of debt today, and don't want to take a step backwards. Feels kinda nice not owing anyone anything.