Refurbished items did just cross my mind but if you can find a good refurbished blower for $300 you should buy it already because you also need to consider we're looking for a leaf blower, in the fall! Try finding this same blower around February if you want a deal. July and August are good months as well, maybe September. But you try and find a backpack blower "cheap" in the fall, that's like all the folks running out to try and find a generator because a hurricane is on the radar, who are all these folks kidding? You want to find a deal, you need to buy it during the off season. Here are two I could scare up on short notice but they're no deal, just the best I could find: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Husqvarna-b...w-warranty-Husky-350-/290640352477#vi-content Now I did find a 560BTS new for $400, it's about a 500 cfm blower... http://www.allenlawnmower.com/shopsite/product18361.html?gclid=CN-asuqe27MCFQu0nQodQ1oAxw#18361 On a bonus note, give it two months if you want to find deals on generators. Bet you can find some power generator sales around 15.Jan-28.Feb ! Make a note of it so you don't forget.