This post concerns problems I have had with the iPod mini promo from Citibank. If you have had similar problems or any other problems, please reply or send me a message. I, like many other people, signed up for a Citibank checking account at the end of 2004 to receive a free iPod mini. The promo was for a retail value of $249. It was also supposed to arrive within 90 days of completing the initial requirements. So, here are my problems: 1) The mini did not arrive on time. I had to call at least 2 or 3 times about it and was told that it could take another 30 days. I got my mini 15 days late. 2) The mini that I was sent would have been worth $249 in December, but it's only worth $199 now. They sent me a new 4 GB mini (with the extended battery life), but this is not worth the $249 that they say. For anyone who says that I should just be happy with a free mini, keep the following in mind. They sent two notices with the mini that say that if I fail to satisfy the rest of the requirements, they will deduct $249 from my account, "the retail price of the iPod mini". So they will take $249 from me for something that is only worth $199. I called about this tonight and was told, "Well, it cost us $249 when we bought them." I explained to the guy at Citi that this particular mini never cost $249, but he didn't care. There is no way that they are paying $249 for these iPods. Regardless, they promised me something 5 and a half months ago that had a retail value of $249. To give me something now that is worth $199 is like charging someone $2500 now for a Performa because that was how much it used to be worth. Or imagine if you ordered a new Dual 2.7 GHz G5 from Apple today, that they didn't ship it for months, during which time the price had dropped, but they still charged you the old price. If they had shipped me an iPod at the end of December that was worth $249, I would have been fine with it, even though newer, better ones were introduced shortly thereafter. But to wait 5 and a half months to get it, I should get something that is worth $249 NOW. I have satisfied all of the requirements in the agreement: opening deposit amount, direct deposit, pay two bills online per month. However, Citi has broken two parts of the agreement, timeliness and retail value. Please let me know if this has happened to you.