I finally gave in and bought an Apple 8GB iPod Nano to replace my 4GB iPod mini. The battery on the mini dies after only a few hours of use. Also, I had a $25 credit at amazon.com that I wanted to use before it expired. But I ordered it through target because I wanted to be able to return/exchange it easily. The online reviews indicated that some of the units were defective - something about buzzing noises. Shipping and handling was free, but the sales tax was over $17. Ouch!
To be honest, I really don't need 8GBs of flash memory because my music collection isn't all that extensive. But it's the only version of the 2nd generation Nano that comes in black. And if you've ever tried to clean the white clickwheel on a regular iPod, you'll know why I'm insisting on a black clickwheel. Otherwise, I would have ordered the 4GB special edition Product Red because Apple contributes $10 of the purchase price to the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa.
Admittedly, I could have purchased a refurbished 1st generation nano in black, but my friend says that they're pretty flimsy. The new nanos harken back to the minis and are encased in anodized aluminum. Also, the battery on the new nano lasts up to 24 hours (supposedly), in contrast to the 14 hours on the old nano.
Anyway, here's hoping I won't experience buyer's remorse.
*Update - I just got an email indicating that the item has been shipped. But oddly enough, they decreased the sales tax from $17 to $14. So the total came out to $239.05 instead of $242.42.