You can find most ads scanned online before they are actually released in the newspaper. This is great because you can search through them and plan exactly what items you want, from each store. Make a list of everything and it should make your Black Friday shopping much easier. Also, this year it seems as if stores aren't just selling a few of each hot item. Most of the stores will be completely stocked, so you shouldn't have a problem purchasing the item you want. Standing in the long lines the night before not only will waste your time, usually by the time its your turn in the store, the items are sold out, and not restocked quickly. Overall, I think your best bet is to go early in the morning anywhere Friday between 6-9am. You shouldn't have to fight lines outside of the store, and the items you are interested in should be stocked and available.