It came! I got my free iPod Shuffle!
So here's confirmation that the promotion is indeed legitimate. I've even received my $20 gift cards for Lowe's and $20 gift cards for Circuit City for corresponding offers I completed.
Hopefully this will diminish skepticism, because now I want more. I'm excited about working toward some of the other promotions like those for a free 20 GB iPod or a free flatscreen TV.
I have been noticing, though, that several people have signed up under me for free iPod shuffles, free game systems, free designer handbags, etc., yet very few have actually completed an offer in order to receive credit.
As such, I thought it might be helpful for me to explain how to best go through the process and what can be tricky about it.