Today only, Tekdeals via eBay offers the refurbished 4.5-lb. Apple MacBook Pro Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 2.5GHz 13.3" LED-Backlit Laptop for $344.95. Coupon code "PICKUPSALE" cuts it to $310.45. With free shipping, that's tied with last week's mention as the lowest price we've seen. (It's the best deal for a refurb today by $31.) This mid-2012 model features:
Intel Core i5-3210M 2.5GHz Ivy Bridge dual-core processor
13.3" 1280x800 LED LCD
4GB RAM & 500GB hard drive
802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, & Gigabit Ethernet
Thunderbolt & USB 3.0
Mac OS X 10.7.5 (Lion)
Note: A 30-day warranty applies, although it's unclear who backs it. Also, the above coupon can be used once per account, with a $75 maximum discount.
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