Actually, after looking around on ebay i found a refurb pro 5 for $240 with the 450 watt motor. after i used buy it now, i tried to pay for it and got an email a few days later saying they were out of stock and to check back later. this is the kitchenaid store at ebay, so it irked me because i couldn't find another one. looked a bit longer and found a refurb pro 6 with the 525 watt motor for the same price, with the 6 qt bowl-lift design. that one i was actually able to pay for, and it should arrive on monday. i bought that one from kitchenaid also, though i was a little leary since they irked me once before, but it's a good price. i figured for the price of a new artisan, i could get a refurb pro with more power, on the kitchenaid forums people seem to have no problems with the refurbs. appearances aren't all the important anyway, if it's scuffed i can deal. i plan on learning how to make bread and i do love to bake, i just haven't done much lately because the little hand-held mixer i have just doesn't do much when it comes to cookies.
anyway, thanks for the help though, i'm sure i'll need it when i start making bread, that's something i've never done before except for banana bread.