My Mom was ready to buy another $500 POS windows laptop to replace one she bought 3 years ago that's already getting "slow". The laptop never leaves her desk, so I talked her into a Mini and I wanted to get her one for Christmas. When I realized the Mini was so overdue for an update, I decided a refurb would be the way to go. I don't want to pay full retail price for a computer that hasn't been updated in over a year. I just want the standard base configuration and the Apple online store hasn't had one available for days. This really surprised me! I'll keep my eye on the store and I signed up with a couple websites that are supposed to notify you when they store has some available, but I was just wondering if this was normal. Is there a smaller supply of refurb minis or is demand just high for the holidays?