Black Friday Shopping Frenzy

Shoppers across the country began lining up days before doors opened on Black Friday.

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Early bird shoppers snatch up flat screen televisions at the Target store in Mayfield Hts., Ohio in the early hours of Friday, Nov. 25, 2011. Black Friday began in earnest as Target, Abercrombie & Fitch and other stores opened their doors at midnight. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
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The holiday shopping season got off to an especially frenzied start this Black Friday, leaving one injured from a shooting outside a Walmart in San Leandro, Calif. and a crowd in L.A. pepper-sprayed by a fellow bargain hunter. Click through for scenes of Black Friday madness.
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Protesters from Occupy Wall Street ask people not to shop at the entrance to Macy's department store in New York after the midnight opening to begin the Black Friday shopping weekend.
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A fight inside a Milford, Connecticut Walmart ended with a customer tasered and arrested. Brian Shellnutt, 26 was handcuffed by police after he allegedly punched a customer.
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Black Friday shoppers clamor for "door buster" deals while awaiting the midnight opening of an Emeryville, Calif. Best Buy.
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A bin of $4.47 children's pajamas spills onto the floor at a Black Friday sale at a Walmart store in Mentor, Ohio.
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Ashley Bard, left, and Brandi Detweiler check sales flyers while waiting for managers to open the doors this morning, November 25, 2011, at Kmart, Wayne Avenue, Chambersburg. The doors opened at 5a.m. for Black Friday deals, but customers started arriving at 1:30 a.m.
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Black Friday is important to merchants because it kicks off the holiday shopping season, a time when they can make 25 to 40 percent of their annual revenue. Here, bargain hunters shop for discounted merchandise at Macy's in New York City.
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These shoppers have their hands full with purchases made at Walmart, Gainesville, Florida.
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A woman takes a break from shopping on Black Friday at Dadeland Mall, Friday, Nov. 25 in Miami.
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Black Friday shoppers rush into Best Buy in North Dartmouth, Mass., early Friday, Nov. 25, 2011.
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Shoppers pass the time in line watching the recently released "Harry Potter" movie and enjoying complimentary snacks during Best Buy Black Friday at Best Buy Union Square in New York City.
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Shoppers rushed into a Target store in Roswell, Ga., right as it opens at midnight on Black Friday.
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Early bird shoppers snatch up flat screen televisions at the Target store in Mayfield Hts., Ohio in the early hours of Friday, Nov. 25, 2011.
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In another Target in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, a baby watched his family amid the chaos from the comfort of his carrier.
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A crowd of shoppers who had not waited in line outside the Target store in Lisbon, Conn., wait by the front doors for the queue to file-in as the store opens for Black Friday shopping at midnight Friday, Nov. 25, 2011.
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Some shoppers forewent the usual Thanksgiving fare on Thursday and opted instead to camp out and wait for midnight at a Best Buy in Santee, Calif.
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Lake Edwards, 16, of Sussex enjoys a helping of corn while enjoying a Thanksgiving dinner with his family outside of Best Buy in Menomonee Falls, Wis.
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Shoppers stand on the sidelines of a crowd that has gathered following the release of specially priced video games at a Black Friday sale at a Wal-Mart Stores in Ohio.
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Customers waited in line outside the Toys R Us in Times Square in New York on Thanksgiving Day.
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Many stores offered entertainment outside store for the lines of customers . Here shoppers are serenaded by costumed carolers as they wait in line. .
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Thousands of shoppers lined up at Macy's, Best Buy and other stores nationwide to buy everything from toys to tablets on Black Friday despite the economic downturn. Here, crowds gathered outside a Best Buy store in Burbank, California.
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Black Friday shoppers wait for "door buster" coupons while awaiting the midnight opening of an Emeryville, Calif., Best Buy.
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Terrebonne Sheriff Deputy Mike Navarre was on hand to provide security for Best Buy Black at midnight in Houma, La.
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Shelby Buquet and Phi Nguyen, friends from Houma, push their items towards the cash register at the Best Buy electronics store during Holiday Black Friday shopping on Friday, Nov. 25, 2011 at midnight in Houma, La.
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A line of people wait for the doors to open at Lowe's in Anderson, S.C.
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Customers shop for electronics items during 'Black Friday' at a Best Buy store on November 25, 2011 San Diego, California.
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Jasmine Rogers shops in a Kmart in Chicago.
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Customers wait in line to pay for their items at a Kohl's department store in La Habra, California.
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Sisters Britney, left, and Ashley Martin rest in chairs at the "Rejuvination Station" at the Crystal Mall in Waterford, Conn., for Black Friday, Nov. 25, 2011. The sisters started the evening at 8 p.m. at the factory outlets and arrived at the mall at midnight only to find that most of the stores they wanted to visit were not open yet.
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Shelby Buquet and Phi Nguyen, friends from Houma, push their items towards the cash register at the Best Buy electronics store during in Houma, La.
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Garrett Scmrau, 17, of West Bend, Wis., helps his sisters, Paige and Lexi, and their mother, Julie, hold a cart up after it tipped when hitting a pot hole in the parking lot of Walmart in West Bend.
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Customers leave with their purchased items as others wait in line to enter a Best Buy store in Burbank, California.
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Shoppers line up for shoes.
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Some shoppers decided to run towards the deals.
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Shoppers line up for a Black Friday sale at a Toys "R" Us Inc. store in Mentor, Ohio.
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Toys, flats screen televisions, and laptops are Black Friday top sellers.
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Christine Mirr of West Bend, Wis., rests on her cart while waiting in line at the back of the Kohls store during the Black Friday sales in West Bend.
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At a Manassas, Va., people camped out for a chance to purchase discount items including a 42-in. LCD television for $199.
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Across the pond, staff at Amazon's warehouse in Swansea, Wales, braced for their busiest time of the year thanks to American shoppers.
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Children at Toys "R" Us toy store looked sleepy as they waited.
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The store — where this customer scored a Barbie car — opened at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving to give bargain-hunters a chance to get started on their shopping early.
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