I WILL go for refurbished provided it has some kind of warranty and of course a much better price.
It's always a risk but for some things at the prices they usually go for it's worth the risk to me.
I bought a refurb 2tb hard drive in a server form which was the heavy duty version with a 6 month warranty for 30 bucks shipped.
That was worth the gamble, especially when several buyers had gotten bad ones but they replaced them immediately with another good one no problem.
They just all had high hours but almost no power cycle time and mine seems to work fine, runs cool, and passed all the tests and formatting I did with it.
I'll buy another if they get a bunch more in like that.
Also got a excellent Vizio 40" 5.1 sound bar for my flat screen for like 205 shipped and those are normally like 350 or something, has a small warranty, was like new, probably just returned, and sounds great with a bunch of inputs and extra features.
They even had some as open box returns for like 135 shipped recently but those could have been missing minor things and already have one so always worth watching for deals and weighing the pros and cons before jumping in at a great price.