I think it sounds like you are trying to convince yourself you are making the right decision! lol But, it depends on your situation and what you are comfortable with. Personally, I will never pay full price for an item. I also realize refurbs and open boxed- items carry a risk not working properly. I still tend to buy them though because you can get more product for less money. The big question is what is the return policy? Most reputable sellers offer around 30 days, no questions asked return policy- but this is usually easier to go about at a brick and mortar store. What good is a return policy if you need to pay 40 bucks in shipping fees!? If it's brick and mortar, and they offer a return policy, I'd say go for it. Within that first 30 days, you'll likely know if the item works to your satisfaction and has any defects/ problems.