We showed up at the Target on the south side of Tucson at 3:30 this morning. There was a group of people, kids, teenagers, and a couple of adults, all hanging out in a pickup truck. They formed up a line as soon as we showed up. They had actually tried to line up at 10:30 last night, but security kicked them out, saying that there were only 9 Wii's available and that they didn't want to create a mob scene. (As if keeping people from lining up would do that.) Shortly after that an older lady and her some got in the line. She said she'd called and was told that there would be 30 available. But everyone in line took a count, and determined that they were #8 in line, so if there were indeed only 9 they would be OK. Everyone started chatting, and it became clear that no one was going to let anyone cut in line, or let anyone lose their spot in line. It was a great group of people.
Soon after the last two showed up, one more couple showed up. Then a bunch of people got in the line; it quickly tripled in size. About 5:30 a Target employee came out and informed everyone that there were only 9 Wii's and 8 PS3's available, and that tickets would be handed out at 7:00. That took care of most of the line right there. While we were waiting, we were chatting, watching DVD's on laptops, playing video games, and just having a good time. Turns out none of us were buying the console to put it on eBay, which was pretty sweet. A few more people showed up in line, including one guy who said he was going to buy four of them and eBay them. (Really skeezy looking guy too.) Most of the people who got in line after were talking about putting the Wii's on eBay. Meanwhile, a line was forming at EB Games in the same shopping center... those guys were going to have to wait until 10:00 for theirs, and there were only 6 available. A bunch of the ones who left after the announcement tried their luck in that line.
7:00 came around and the tickets were handed out. We were #7 in line - it was one of those "wow, I'm really going to get one of these" feelings when I got the ticket. There was a grand total of one person taking a ticket for a PS3. After some whooping and hollering and high-fiving, we scattered for a bit, to Starbucks and McDonalds in search of food, drinks, and most importantly, restrooms.
7:45, and we're all back at the door, with excited chatter among those of us lucky enough to get tickets. People start showing up and waiting at the entrance; a few of them jam themselves in right up against the door, planning to make a mad dash for the electronics department. At 7:55, an employee comes up and announces that those with tickets need to line up. A bunch of the people waiting leave, figuring out that this isn't going to be their day. But several still try to slip past when they open the door for us, only to learn that no ticket = no Wii. At the electronics counter, the employees are deciding that they might as well stock the PS3's in the case, since no one seems to be coming in for them. 10 minutes later we're walking out of Target with a Wii console!
I owe this to my wife. She really did something awesome by suggesting that she'd be willing to wait outside the store with me to get a Wii. This is not the type of thing she normally does, but she did, and we had a lot of fun. I wouldn't go out and wait alone because I'd get bored in no time flat, and I'm a world-class fidgeter who would have trouble waiting in a line that long. She scored a lot of cool points with me for doing this - she rocks! Oh, and she's hooked on Wii Sports already!
And after playing for a while... ay yi yi, my arms are sore! But it's a blast!