Here’s what I did. We had an older digital that worked OK, but had very little in the zoom feature. We were going on a trip and wanted something that would enable us to take pictures from a longer distance. I went to Kodak.com and looked at their refurbished models. (BTW, a guy I work with got his the same way, and he got his a year before we did and neither one of us has had any problems) The refurbs still carry a warranty, and since it is actually from the Kodak website I tend to think they’re a bit more thorough than someone not identified with the product name (i.e., someone that refurbishes a lot of stuff).
Anyway, we’ve had great luck with ours, and we got it for at least $75 less than a new model with less features.
Might want to check it out. I know some people are leery of refurbs, but I’m sure they’ve got a toll free number you can call and talk to someone about any fears or questions you might have.