I was looking for a tv early 2009, so 4 years ago. A new LED tv was expensive at the time regardless what model as that was the first year they came out with the edge lit designs. I couldnt find anything within my price range that was the type of quality I wanted. I found a Samsung 4681f, probably a little over a year old model. Still one of the best tvs you could buy at the time and way better than what I could get new with the money I wanted to spend. Im still using the tv today and it is great. Getting a refurb imo could be the safer choice. When you get a new one it may have a problem or develop a problem. The refurb probably already went through w.e problem or problems it was going to have and now is fixed and probably less likely to have a problem compared to a new one. There is also no discernable difference from a new tv.