Buying refurbished at Apple is juast about as safe as buying it brand new.
Brad's Deals Editor David,
Get an Apple Certified Refurbished 12.9" iPad Pro 32GB (in space gray, silver, or gold) for $589 plus free shipping at Apple Online. This is $10 less than the price of a new one. Apple Certified Refurbished iPads include the same one year, extendable warranty as a new iPad, as well as a brand new battery and outer shell! These are the November 2015 models and are the largest version of the iPad Pro with a 12.9" very high resolution retina display. They run on the 9X chip. Sales tax is charged in most states.