I have to say that I asked for and recieved a Sony PRS-500 for christmas this pas year, one of the refurbed ones. I've been very happy with the reader, though I think prolly Sony would not be very happy with me. I've spent most of my time on it reading books from here, as well as my free downloads from Sony. I just have yet to see something that I would want to buy for it.
But I keep looking. I do agree that I think that prices are still a bit to high. I hope that competition from the Kindle will continue to help drive down prices everywhere. I agree like most people, I considered a Kindle, but based on lack of availability, and the fact it looks like from 1978 Battlestar Galactica, it was just not the reader for me.