I just bought the Dyson DC18 Slim from Big Lots in Michigan for $259 today. When I got home, I noticed that it said "Factory Refurbished" on it and was concerned. However, the unit looks new and inside it says that it has been stripped down, cleaned out, replaced any necessary new parts, and tested thoroughly. It also comes with a six month warranty. I LOVE this vaccuum and it has more suction than any other vaccuum I ever owned. It works great on my hard wood floors, so now I don't feel that I have to use the Swiffer (cloths aren't cheap). I would highly recommend buying this if you can find a great price on it. I always wanted a Dyson, but was turned off by the price. Good luck!