All of my Minis have come from the Outlet. My original Mini 9 was pristine, as well as the Mini 10v. I also got my 17" S1209W monitor from the Outlet, it's really nice to use with the Mini and looked brand new. Just last night I ordered two more 10v models for the low price of $175 after taxes each! (Rare $199 models with 15% off coupon and free shipping 3-5 days. I bought these two for a family.)
I can't tell any difference between new and refurbished. There was one Mini 10 that my friend purchased from the Outlet that had a smudge or two on it when it arrived, but those wiped right off.