I'm guessing most of these "refurbs" are unsold stock. The Paypal transaction shows up as "Liquidity Services", which I'm think is a company hired my MS to liquidate stock in preparation for the new Surface 2 line.
damn, the same seller had listed a 64gb version with touch cover for same $199. I was just about to buy it until I saw it ended. those things sold like hotcakes. now that's a firesale price. damn...I figured id get one cuz deal too good to pass up. even if I give it away. like they say, ya snooze ya lose..lol
I was so ready to hit that buy now button on ebay app. they sold around 5000 of them that quick. im sure a deal will pop up again like that. hopefully.