I have just about decided to pull the trigger on my first Mac. My first post to Macrumors too, after lurking for some years. In any case, I have decided to go with the previous gen iMac 24" 2.8, as the price savings against the current 2.93 are substantial. The Apple store offers both refurbs and clearances at the same price. I am wondering what the tradeoffs might be between these choices? Seems to me: Refurb - has been "burned in" - has been checked over for function - might have upgraded specs Clearance - new - discount coupon available, such as educational Seems like the refurb is a no-brainer, but am I missing something?