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 $679 plus free shipping at Apple Online. This is $100 less than a the lowest price of a brand new one and 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! This is the largest version of the iPad Pro with a 12.9" very high resolution retina display and runs on the fast 9X chip. Sales tax is charged in most states.