Canon Direct had a coupon code on refurb T3i with 90 day warranty. 15% off the current discount of $667, plus tax & $5 shipping. Google to find code. www.canondirect.com
Just buy now & buy smart As I said, I paid $617 shipped & taxed for the T3i with 18-55mm kit lens. Selling new for $800, down $50 from $850.
I compared to used, but the refurb was cheaper. Let other, more exerienced people be the early adopters. Then sell the T3i in 6 months for $550-$600 with the kit lens. Net cost is $50 or maybe $100 if you hold on longer.
I NEVER care how much I pay for a camera. I only care about the true cost to own it, Purchase Price - Sales Price. Good used Canon market at Fred Miranda and others.
This is my 10th digital Canon. D30, 10D, 20D, 30D, 40D, 1DsII, etc. The 40D series have never cost me more than $300 to own for 2 years. The 1DsII was about $1,500 per year (on an $8,000 camera), but it saved me at least $5,000 a year in medium format film (645 & 6x7)
Good luck! Have fun, make images.