It's too bad you can't look into what has been "Refurbished." on this stuff labeled as so. It may not even have anyting to do with the inner workings of the set. It could have just been a scratch in the finish that had to be replaced or something silly like that. I purchased a refurbed ipod at the fraction of the cost of a new one but was able to find out that dock was the piece that was actually refurished, the ipod was fine, but since they were sold as a set, the whole thing had to labeled as "Refurbished." Maybe you could look into it more and find out what they really mean when they label the set that you want as a "Refurb."
In my search for a new HDTV (my last one died after a coupla years) I want one that is good, but cheap.
I have been considering many "off-brand" TVs, like Syntax Olevia (no tuner) and Vizio.
The BEST prices are, natch, the refurbished ones. I like the prices, but many refurbished TVs make me worry.
WHY are they refurbished? Did they quickly break, and if so, why? Were they lousy TVs? Were there gazillions of returns because they were highly unsatisfactory? If I buy a refurbished TV, am I throwing money to the wind?
A used car is far different. Many people lease cars, and others trade-in frequently. But you can buy under long-term warranty (sometimes a few years) and you have an idea of longevity.
It is far different with TVs. I believe the majority of people invest in a television and keep it for years. They would only send it back if it was, um, a lemon.
So, say it IS a lemon. When it is refurbished, has the company FIXED the problem they didn't realize existed when they sold it, so the newly refurbished TV is a better quality.
Points to ponder!