I should add, for those that are interested, I purchased from Amazon.
When I phoned Vitamix, they said there was a 3-4 week wait for shipping. Amazon had the refurbs in stock for the same price $299 + tax. Even though I had prime 2 day shipping, there was extra processing time of about 3 days. I ordered on Wed the 10th, received on Monday, the 15th.
Be aware that Amazon does run out of stock, but they quickly keep receiving more.
I just received my first Vitamix on Monday - a reconditioned 5200. Thanks to everyone that posted in the last few years, I've found all the posts quite interesting and informative.