I saw an R300 with ink and cable (said special packaging due to the cable) at my local Costco for what I think was $129. I can verify the price tomorrow as I will be going there and will post back just in case anyone is interested. I have personally had some bad experiences with refurbished things, so for possibly $29 more you can have some piece of mind. Of course $29 is alot of money if you don't have it, which I didn't when I got the R200.
I also have an R200 and I think it does real well with pictures, but I love what it does on printable CDs/DVDs. No more Sharpie dude!
Anyway, I found a link to a forum where there was a multiple page thread that had comments about the longevity of the R200/300 etc printers. Some people commented about having had problems after they had printed about 200 disks. I'll see if I can find that again (my PC crashed and I lost all my saved links) and post it here in case anyone is interested.