Free to Good Home: iPod Nano

4323775264_16da351a93Do you want an iPod Nano, specifically an iPod Nano 8G sent out by Westlaw as part of their recent WestlawNext promotion?  Because I sure as Hell don’t.

I’ve waited a week and I can’t a definitive answer on whether or not my initial plan to auction off the iPod and donate the proceeds to charity is allowable.  And honestly? I’ve had just about enough hassles this week and I’m sure any money changing hands with this thing would just be more trouble than it would be worth.  I have been in contact with West throughout this process and they said it is mine to dispose of as I wish.

So I’m giving the sucker away.

4332457410_0cdd08b2a5Here’s how it’s gonna work:  You want the iPod?  Leave a comment here with a valid email address that I can contact you at.  (Don’t worry, you don’t have to write it out so everyone can see it..I’ll see it if you put it in when you leave the comment . You don’t have to even leave your real name publicly if you want a Westlaw iPod on the DL.)  You have until 12:01 am, Saturday February 13, 2010.   At that time I’ll randomly select a comment and notify the winner. I’ll even ship it to you out of my own pocket.

Please note: any comment that calls me a name that rhymes with “punt” or “witch” will be automatically disqualified from the raffle and not published per my blog comment policy.

I have an iPhone, but I’m not a real expert on apple products.  I guess it’s a real nifty whiz bang sort of gadget.  You can read the specs on it here. It’s 8G, orange, shoots and shows video.  Retail value $149.  As you can see in the picture of the back, it does have “compliments of WestlawNext” written on it.  I guess there’s some sort of advertisement also pre-loaded on it, but I haven’t watched it.  I’ve not even taken it out of the box except to get the picture you see here.

So, free iPod.  Woo.

(EDITED TO ADD: Just to be clear, I’m going to assign each comment a number (e.g. 1 – 57) and have a friend pick a number between 1 and 57.  The winning number gets the iPod.  So you can leave your thoughts, comments, etc in addition to your name, but it really is going to be a random drawing.)


  41 comments for “Free to Good Home: iPod Nano

  1. chadwick
    February 6, 2010 at 1:48 am

    Me me me me. 🙂

  2. Krista Lebetter
    February 6, 2010 at 8:08 am

    As someone who does not use Westlaw products and therefore would not fall under any influence from them, I’d be happy to take it off your hands.

  3. Sean
    February 6, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Hey Sarah, don’t forget us law catalogers that weren’t in the loop! Thanks!

  4. February 6, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Dang, I knew I shoulda stayed up late. Late to bed and late to rise makes a man gadgetwise.

  5. me
    February 6, 2010 at 11:14 am

    since I’m too cheap and too still annoyed at Apple DRM to actually buy an ipod, I guess this would be a way to get one without feeling quite so guilty 🙂

  6. February 6, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    It may be too late to suggest this, but have you considered just giving it to a charitable organization? There may be some libraries that have iPods for check out, for instance, or some charity might be holding an auction in the future and then they could take care of the auction-related headaches.

    Regardless, I wanted to let you know that I really appreciate your posts of late. Very thought-provoking!

  7. February 6, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Well, I’m a medical librarian who has never and probably never will use Westlaw, so no influence there. Although it’s sort of scarlet letter (or should that be orange letter) with its branding, it has a great story behind it for teaching ethics to any librarians or lawyers who might ask about it (I doubt the guys on the bus would know what Westlaw was at all). Anyway, regardless of where it goes, your posts have been great about it. Good luck.

  8. February 6, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    What Krista and “me” say goes here as well. It’s increasingly unlikely that I’ll ever cough up my own bucks for any Jobs-anointed product, and I neither write about nor work with Westlaw products. But I’d take it–although JKBeitz has an excellent suggestion.

  9. Jon
    February 6, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    hope my number is the random one chosen.

  10. Meg V.
    February 6, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    check it!

  11. Julie
    February 7, 2010 at 2:49 am

    Pick me. How do you get on that list for a free ipod?!

  12. February 7, 2010 at 2:57 am

    I would like a free ipod. I would take “special” videos with it just for you. That’s right: cartwheels, baby.

  13. Sansanee
    February 7, 2010 at 11:00 am

    I’m glad I don’t have to deal with this issue but I appreciate your posts on the subject.

  14. JasonF
    February 7, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    please to pick this entry

  15. Julie Jones
    February 8, 2010 at 10:25 am

    What can I say? I’m cheap!

  16. Abby
    February 8, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    I think it is a topic worth discussing and I’ve appreciated your posts on this.

  17. February 8, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    I’d love the iPod! I’ll listen to it while still being impartial and slightly resenting West, promise!

  18. Valerie
    February 8, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    The comments are amusing me. I am an LIS student. I wonder if I am risking corruption by putting myself into the drawing? I guess if I am lucky enough to win, I will just give it to my son as he is sans iPod and his favorite color is orange.

  19. February 8, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    If I win this now infamous iPod I’m going to scratch off the “Compliments of WestLaw Next” on the back and scrawl in “LEXIS” with a big, black, Sharpie marker. 🙂

  20. Theo Belniak
    February 9, 2010 at 10:28 am


  21. February 9, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    (no, seriously, my brain is too fried to think of an amusing comment)

  22. Chris
    February 9, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    I love music, and I love free.

  23. Tom
    February 9, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I like orange. 🙂

  24. Katie
    February 9, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    I would like a free Ipod Nano, mine was stolen:(

  25. agwildcat59
    February 10, 2010 at 1:28 am

    I would be very interested in the Ipod nano. Thanks for the opportunity.

  26. Jonathon S.
    February 10, 2010 at 9:54 am

    I’m in. I appear to have dropped my last ipod—for your entertainment, a nano3 named Melvil—in the Pittsburgh Snowpocalypse…

  27. Number Nerd
    February 10, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Having a friend pick a number is not very random. My suggestion is They use atmospheric noise to help pick a more random number.

  28. Stacey
    February 10, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    An ipod would be lovely.

  29. Lindsey Pierce
    February 10, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    As a peace corps volunteer, an ipod would really change my music listening style…would be great!!

  30. what the heck
    February 10, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Can never have too many gadgets! 🙂

  31. Abby Webster
    February 11, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Hi Sarah, My name is Abby and I am a friend of one of your co-workers. I also happen to work at Dakota Woodlands which is the homeless shelter for families in Eagan. We would love to win this! Please enter us!

  32. Patti Morgan
    February 11, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I sure hope I get that Nano. I would be so good to it, and (Holy Cow) it is Gator Orange. Could anything be better? I think not!

  33. Conrad Rader
    February 11, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    I would love an iPod, and I have the sneaking suspicion I have met you somewhere. In any case, here’s to small worlds.

  34. Kelly
    February 11, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Hi Sarah, thanks for this opportunity. I’d love to win the ipod 🙂

  35. Vegas Librarian
    February 11, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Mmmmm, free iPod. Really enjoy the blog!

  36. Nick
    February 11, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    An ipod would be great!

  37. Alice
    February 11, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    I promise I won’t call you a runt or a snitch.

  38. Iowa librarian
    February 11, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Fellow midwesterner….welcome to our region!

  39. Rebecs
    February 12, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Count me in!

  40. Trina Greene
    February 15, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    I would love it for my classroom! I am a teacher and would put it to great use with my little ones! I am crossing my fingers

  41. sglassmeyer
    February 15, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    The raffle is over. The winner has been notified. iPod going in mail tomorrow when post offices re-open.

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