Tote your tunes, fear-free

By Mir
January 13, 2009

Just so we’re clear, here: I have an iPod. Before my iPod, I had a couple of other players, both of which broke (one in just a few months, the other in about a year). I’m a big proponent of buying quality and getting the thing that will last, and I dearly love my iPod.


Sometimes you don’t have the money to shell out for the Good Stuff. Or you have it but don’t want to spend it on that. Or you want something you don’t have to worry about getting stolen at the gym. Or you have a kid who wants something and you don’t want to go top-shelf because, hello, this is a small human who sometimes forgets to wear pants. There are lots of reasons why you might want to go cheap on something, with good reason.

And if you want a decent but cheap MP3 player that fits any of those criteria, you should take a look at the Sansa c250 2GB MP3 player available at for just $14.99 with free shipping. It’s refurbished, but that’s still a heck of a price. Plus the MicroSD expansion slot means that you can easily exceed the 1,000-song internal memory capacity if you want.

And the under-$15 price tag means you can drop it or lose it without having a coronary. Bonus!


  1. “…hello, this is a small human who sometimes forgets to wear pants.” This line made me el-oh-el out loud. This morning, my 4 year old made Custer’s last stand and INSISTED that it was don’t-wear-pants to school day! That his friends and teachers WANTED to see his Spiderman underwear! That Mommy just didn’t understaaaaaaaaand! That it DOESN’T MATTER that it’s only 30 degrees outside because he’ll wear his jacket!!!


  2. Anybody know how easy these are to use? Someone got my daughter an MP3 player, but it’s a little tough to use. Of course, she’d probably like the tough one better, because it’s pink and has rhinestones on it. (Don’t get me started.)

  3. You read my mind Mir. My husband and I were just talking last night about getting another MP3 player so that we both can listen to music while we train for a mini-marathon. As he pointed out, we could buy this player or buy a CD for the same price. Thanks for the deal!

  4. hmmm…Is it just me or is anybody else having trouble getting the link to work? I get an error page 🙁

  5. Sweet! Just picked one up. Can’t hurt to have a spare — and I like the FM tuner feature.

    The default shipping option is not the free one — so just be sure to select “budget shipping” at the end of checkout.

    Thanks pretty Mir!

  6. Thanks Mir! I got one of these the last time they were offered and it works great…and DH was pouting because I didn’t get him one too. Now, I can redeem myself.
    Thanks Mir, you’re so very pretty! 🙂

  7. I purchased 3 of these for Christmas. I love mine. I have a 14 & 16 yr. old and they love them.

  8. We have bought two refurbished Sansa’s from over the last year–one for a teenager who said he preferred it over ipod (blasphemy. I love my ipod), and one for my husband who didn’t care what kind he had. We have had good results with both. They are an excellent alternative.

  9. I was just discussing with my mother the beauty of downloadable audio books but that she needed an mp3 player. So I’m having one sent to her.

  10. Sansa is a good alternative. I have one, and it works just fine!

  11. Oh and their customer service is great.

  12. Just received my Sansa today! Good news and bad news. Good news is that it’s cute and fully functional. Bad news is, it is not apparently compatible with iTunes, so all the music we have imported into iTunes is worthless. Too tired right now to try to figure out if there’s a workaround. More good news is that I have some old mp3s on my PC so I can at least listen to all those!

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