I bought this exact thing last year after I killed my blender!!!
I personally think it was new and not refurbished, as it looked/felt/smelled/tasted brand new and was in seemingly original packaging and with warranty.
IMO it's a fantastic blender and for $30 does indeed make it a great deal.
I'll definitely be exploring this avenue again when I kill something else.
Less is not more. More is more and more is fabulous.