Well, for those who might have ordered and are still waiting on their Ipad, I received mine today. It was not in an original box but (as promised) had an original Apple charger and cable included. I called Apple and was able to purchase AppleCare plus as a warranty. Be careful with Squaretrade -- I called and they said they no longer warrant refurb items.
Apple told me the original purchase was made in March -- so to Apple this was effectively a used Ipad purchase with ~100 days left on the warranty. The Ipad is scratch free and looks as good as new. The screen had a shrink wrapping over it and there were no scratches. Based on the comments I guess I was lucky but good luck to everyone else who ordered.