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November 27, 2009
Black Friday
As shoppers around the nation crowded stores and malls in the wee hours Friday to grab discounts and hard-to-find items, early reports pointed to some renewed spending vigor. The nation's retailers ushered in the traditional start of the holiday shopping season with expanded hours and deep discounts on everything from toys to TVs in hopes of getting consumers, many of whom have slashed spending to focus on basics amid high unemployment and tight credit, to open their wallets. (21 images)

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Mario Yanez, second from right, and bakery manager Richard Silva, right, pass out Wii and Wii Fit consoles to anxious shoppers Friday, Nov. 27, at the HEB McCreless Market in San Antonio, Texas. San Antonio Express-News / Lisa Krantz


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Shoppers Courtney Griffin and Tanner Langham try to stay warm while waiting in line for the 5 a.m. opening of a Target store on November 27, in Fort Worth, Texas. Many shoppers waited in line for hours for the chance to snatch up limited quantity specials that the store was offering. According to the National Retail Federation, a trade organization, as many as 134 million people, 4.7% more than last year, will shop over the next three days. Getty Images / Tom Pennington



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Cierra Marostica, right, and T.J. Rivera sip hot chocolate while waiting in line at Target Friday, Nov. 27, in Greeley, Colo. The Daily Tribune / Eric Bellamy



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Heavy, wet snow didn't prevent shoppers from lining up in front of the Best Buy store in Battle Creek, Mich., early Friday morning for the store to open Friday Nov. 27. The Battle Creek Enquirer / Kevin Hare



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People line up to get their Black Friday shopping deals at Ultimate Electronics in Denver, Colo., Friday, Nov. 27. AP / Barry Gutierrez



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Shoppers form a line as they wait for the doors to open at the Nebraska Furniture Mart, in Omaha, Neb., Friday, Nov. 27, on Black Friday. AP / Nati Harnik



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Shoppers await the opening of Best Buy, in Auburn Hills, Mich., Friday, Nov. 27. The Detroit News / Charles V. Tines



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Jenni Nelson, 8, of Arden Park, Calif. is all eyes over the dolls at Toys R Us on Arden Way. The Sacramento Bee / Randy Pench



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Jenifer Byquist, right, and her mom Debbie Morrison, center, try to keep toys from falling from their Toys "R" Us shopping cart Friday, Nov. 27, in Tacoma, Wash. The News Tribune / Janet Jensen



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Customers reach for Tom Tom GPS devices for sale during the traditional Black Friday shopping day at the Target store in Mayfield Hts., Ohio early on Friday, Nov. 27. AP / Amy Sancetta



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Shoppers wait in the check out line during a Black Friday sale at Nebraska Furniture Mart Friday, Nov. 27, in Kansas City, Kan. AP / Charlie Riedel



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A crowd of shoppers seeking bargains at Target in Cool Springs, Tenn., bought electronics, apparel and toys on Friday, Nov. 27. The Tennessean / John Partipilo



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Within minutes of opening for Black Friday the aisles at the Waterloo Super Target were clogged with shoppers Friday, Nov. 27, in Waterloo, Iowa. The Waterloo Courier / Rick Chase



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With shopping bags at their feet Prisca Ramos, left center, of Tukwila, Wash., and aunt Emily Ragutero of Tukwila wait for Macys to open at Westfield Southcenter Mall in Tukwila near Seattle Friday Nov. 27. AP / Stephen Brashear



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Customers wait patiently in line to check out at Target during the Black Friday sale, Friday, Nov. 27, in New Hartford, New York. Observer-Dispatch / Nicole L. Cventnic



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Vanessa Fayemiwo, 12, left, and her sister Vivian Ademola, 14, both of Rosedale, N.Y., take a nap as they wait for friends to finish shopping in the shoe section at Macy's in New York Friday Nov. 27. AP / David Goldman



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Brothers Darwin, left, and Cesar Cartagena of Federal Way play with laptops at Toys "R" Us in Tukwila, Wash., near Seattle Friday Nov. 27. AP / Stephen Brashear



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Early morning shoppers look for Black Friday bargains at Target store in Burbank, California on Nov. 27. AFP / Getty Images / Robyn Beck



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Ciaran Smyth, center, of Dublin, Ireland, takes a break from nearly five hours of shopping as he waits for his wife to finish up in the shoe section of at Macy's in New York Friday, Nov. 27. AP / David Goldman



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Ed Yother, of St. Louis, Mo., looks over his children Ed VI, center, and Eleanor, in the handbag section of Macy's department store Friday, Nov. 27, in Chicago. Shoppers around the nation crowded stores and malls on Black Friday, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season. AP / Charles Rex Arbogast



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Exhausted shoppers Kirsten Pope and Andrew Fritch take a break in the center court at the Park City Mall in Lancaster, Pa., Nov. 27. Lancaster Intelligencer-New Era / Richard Hertzler



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