i was wondering if costco sells returned of refurbished units as brand new. reason being is, i was going to buy a sony bravia 32" lcd from them a couple days ago, and noticed that the tape that seals the box had already been opened,....and you could tell that a new layer of tape was placed on top of it. i asked the store clerk if he had any more in stock, and he pointed me out to another stock pile. much to my surprise, all of them had the same condition! about 10-15 were obviously retaped. it's hard to tell if you're not examining the box, but if you were to look closely, you could see the cut tape underneath the nicely sealed one. the price they sell this unit for is about the same as all the other electronics stores, and there was no "refurbished model" sign on them.
and the end of it all, still got it, and it works fine. if they hadn't had the return policy i probably would have gone somewhere else.