I just took delivery of a 13” MacBook Pro last week. As I tend to do these days, I got a refurbished one, but got it tricked out with an i5 2.6GHz, 16GB RAM and a 1TB SSD. The big SSD will be a major plus when dealing with gigabytes worth of photos on the go, and I’m glad to finally be able to store my entire music collection on a laptop for the first time.
When I actually checked the specs of the machine that arrived, I was surprised to find Apple had sent a 2.8GHz i7 (with the other specs being the same as I’d ordered). This is normally a $200 upgrade, but was presumably due to lack of inventory as this model approaches being refreshed. So, as it worked out, I got a $2,958 laptop for $2,324 (inc. California sales tax) — refurb being identical to new with the exception of the vanilla packaging. So if a box is worth over $600 to you, going this route probably isn't for you. This is even better when I think that the equivalent cost of the same machine in the UK would be over $3,800 (a major WTF in itself, but not really helped by the current high exchange rate).