What to buy with your $500 Best Buy Gift Card

If you're lucky enough to get a big fat Best Buy gift card this year instead of a pair of socks (or two), you'll have a lot of cool stuff to choose from. Best Buy gift cards have some great features like free shipping for online purchases and no expiration date or added fees. If you happen to receive a smaller denomination gift card you should check out Retrevo’s recommendations for $50 gift cards. If you want to get up to speed on gift cards, read this report on gift card basics or how to avoid gift card scams.

Retrevo turned its value analyzer on Best Buy's high tech gadgets and gear and came up with these great values including products from Apple, Microsoft, and Sony.

Hottest Games

Rock Band
Rock Band which won the Best of Show award at this year's E3 is also a popular Xbox 360 and PS3 game. For $169, you get a get the game, a guitar modeled after a Fender Stratocaster, four color-coded drum pads with a kick pedal, and a USB microphone that you play along with on screen instructions, karaoke style.  
Guitar Hero 3
In case you can't buy Rock Band because it's sold out, there's always Guitar Hero III which will probably be sold out too but that's all the more reason to wait until after the holidays to spend your gift card. Some of the instruments work across both Rock Band and Guitar Hero. For $89 you get the game and a Les Paul guitar controller for the Nintendo Wii. Versions for Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Mac, and PCs platforms are also available or will be soon.  

Another Best Selling Game

Halo 3 If you weren't part of the tidal wave of buyers that helped Halo 3 set the record for highest opening day gross in entertainment history then you might want to put a copy of this highly rated game for the Xbox 360 in your cart for $59 and have plenty of money left to spend.  

A Game Worth Waiting For


If you have a Playstation 2 or a Playstation 3 and are suffering from Halo envy, you might want to buy Killzone or pre-order Killzone 2, a five star game, which is due to ship in early 2008 and has been called "one of the most cinematic and immersive games ever produced on a console."  

MP3 Players from Apple

iPod Nano
If you're looking for a special treat, you could get one of the latest iPods like the iPod nano with a big two inch display for $149, the iPod touch which is basically the iPhone without the phone for $299, or better yet, the iPod classic with its huge 160 GB worth of storage for $349.  

Son of Zune is Cool

Microsoft Zune 2 (80gb)
The Microsoft Zune 80GB is the latest version and is getting much better reviews than the first version. Reviewers liked the improved WiFi features and the large 3.2" screen. You can currently get it for around $249.  

Better Headphones

Shure SE110
The Shure SE110 Sound-Isolating Ear Bud Headphones get good marks for sound quality and noise isolation. They’ll cost you around $119.  
Bose In-Ear Headphones
The new Bose In-ear headphones cost $99 and get mostly good reviews with a few complaints about noise leaking in and music leaking out so those close hear what you're listening to.  

Don't forget to use Retrevo anytime you are looking for advice on buying a product like GPS, digital cameras, HDTV, or camcorders. You can also find manuals and reviews for all popular gear and gadgets.


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