Shoppers looking for the best price on Apple stuff recently may have noticed a mysterious ebay store selling official Apple refurbs for less than Apple itself. Although Apple never confirmed its involvement, it was widely believed that it was behind Refurbished_Outlet, because it sold official Apple refurbs with genuine Applecare. Today, there are no more products for sale through Refurbished_Outlet, and the store page brings you to an FAQ.
Why did Apple decide to shut down its ebay store? Because we never knew why it existed in the first place, it's hard to say. Did they run out of stock? Is it a bizarre April Fools prank? Who knows, but for the time being, if you're looking for an official Apple refurb, your best bet is Apple's online store. [ebay]