Fry's offers the Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR DX AF-S ED Zoom Lens, model no. 2197, for $246.95 with free shipping. (Amazon charges the same.) That's $3 under our April mention and the lowest total price we've seen. (It's the best deal now by $33.) This DX-format zoom lens features a High Refractive Index element, ED glass, and VR II image stabilization.
Update: The Fry's offer is now back ordered but can still be purchased at this price for shipping on or about August 1.