I went to stand in line at our local CompUSA to pick up one of their day after Thanksgiving sale items. Ran into a bunch of my friends while there too. A couple showed up way before I did, securing themsevles a better place in line, while the rest showed up shortly after I did. I moved back to stand in line with them so we can visit.
CompUSA decided to claim the 1st store to open on Black Friday by opening at 11:59 PM the day before. Most stores open at around 6 AM, and their sales run for a few hours. All the good stuff is gone inside 15 minutes though.
I arrived at the store at 11:40 PM and was standing outside with my purchase at 12:15 AM. A friend of mine that was much closer to the begining of the line then I actually grabbed it for me and waited for me inside.
Sure, you go and stand in line to get a good price, but hanging out with your friends in the middle of the night when it is freezing cold is the best part.