I've bought a refurbished hp spectre notebook and it so far appears as good as new. I had my fears (must admit) that something could be wrong, but fortunately all was fine. Computer looked untouched, even though the packing was not top notch (large, ugly hp cardboard box that could accommodate 3-4 notebooks.
Minus one star = Since it went out of EU, I was hoping that VAT would be deducted or at least hidden from the invoice so I don't pay import tax and local VAT upon UK VAT. The invoice was altered in a way to show UK VAT as additional shipping cost, but it didn't help since shipping is included in total taxable cost.
Minus second star = I've asked for an AC plug that would work in continental Europe. Instead I've got alternative (but stil original hp charger) that is not as portable or as beautiful as the one that originally goes with this product. Had I known it would be the case, I would have preferred the other one even with the U.K. plug (and would have used the converter instead).
The bottom line is, the seller deserves respect for good communication, fast shipment and quality product. Would recommend them to a friend!