i always enjoyed working on black friday when i worked retail in high school and over breaks in college. the day went super fast, everyone brought cookies and **** in at work, and i usually got put on the register and would just ring my heart out all day.
i worked at Eddie Bauer though, not like walmart or best buy, so it wasn't SUPER crazy. I actually enjoyed it every year.
now we go shopping, but never wait on line for something or go to one of the crazy stores. we just got out for the sport of it and don't stress about being there early, or getting something we need. it's just fun to see the madness.
I've been going out of tradition for probably a good 4 or 5 years now. The first few I was out trying to buy stuff, but namely things like video games or movies more so than the big ticket electronics. I was never going to do the 5 AM stuff so I would go at 7 or 8 just for the sport of it all. Now I have less incentive to go as you can get as many (if not more) of the games/dvds online via the same, or comparable sales throughout the week. Not sure if I'll go out this year, but it is quite a spectacle to see. My extent of black friday shopping this year will probably be stopping at Quick Chek for the free coffee and that's it.
I wrote a story on black Friday a week ago. I was only half surprised to find out how prevalent the practice of lowering prices on some things and then raising the prices on everything else is. Don't buy anything used from gamestop.