I had had a semi-dead iPod nano first generation sitting in a drawer for years; the battery would only last minutes. Then a few weeks ago when I was just about to throw it away I saw somewhere that there had been a battery problem with a lage batch of those and Apple were replacing them (rather than repair such an old device). Checked at the Apple support page, sent it away to Apple and yesterday I got a lovely Nano previous generation (wrist-watch style) arrive via courier. Win!
If you have one of those old Nanos in the same condition it might be worth the while to check at: