i am in the same boat and want to buy a refurbished or B-stock projector. I checked the Epson site for the 6500UB and the AVS store site for the JVC HD-250 but can't find neither one of them for sale.
This will be my first projector, and i would prefer a better refurbished model than a cheaper new one.... Otherwise, i will have to go with a BenQ W1100 or Viewsonic PRO 8200 which are both in a different PQ league :-(
My use will be in a living room which has one large window which i will have a curtain in front, so it is decently dark.
The distance from the wall will be 12feet and i want to hang it off the ceiling/rear wall.
What other deals are available in the range of $1,000?