First: don't let the thrill of the auction convince you into buying something without having time to think. A deal like that probably pops up every week or so and the more you wait on a purchase, the better your chances of a steal.
Second: What do you plan to do on your laptop? Gaming? Web surfing? Text editing? Graphic design? 3D modeling? Linux? Posing in Starbucks? If you're not going to use any demanding applications, might as well step down a notch and gain battery life and build quality.
Third: If you're buying the system to game, nothing beats building your own desktop. Gaming laptops typically have < 2 hours battery life and don't have the value advantage of graphics card upgrades. MaxPC's baseline is a great configuration. Ditch the hard drive and get a cheaper case to save money.
Forth: SSDs are a necesity in laptops. No worries about bumps, blazing speed, and instant on from sleep. http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/build_pc_blueprints_november_2012
As for recommendations, it all depends on your needs, but I really like the Thinkpad brand of laptops. They have good looks, durable casing, great battery life and a keyboard unrivaled by any others (the new chiclet style keyboard has a few though). I use a Thinkpad X201 Tablet that is great for graphic design and web development and gets around six hours of battery life.