Scenes From Black Friday

Long lines, but no riots ... yet

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Nov 23, 2012 6:30 AM CST

(Newser) – So far, no reports of waffle-maker-esque madness yet, as hordes of shoppers descended on stores to snap up the best deals of the year. This year, stores such as Target and Toys R Us opened on Thanksgiving evening, while retailers from Macy's to Best Buy opened their doors at midnight on Black Friday. Retailers are hoping that the earlier openings will help boost sales this holiday season. It's still unclear how many Americans took advantage of the earlier openings, but about 17% of shoppers said earlier this month that they planned to shop at stores that opened on Thanksgiving, according to one survey. Overall, it's estimated that sales on Black Friday will be up 3.8% to $11.4 billion this year. Here, in images, are scenes from Black Friday from across the nation:

Shoppers stand in line outside a Best Buy department store as another rushes to join in before the store's opening at midnight for a Black Friday sale Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, in Arlington, Texas.
Shoppers stand in line outside a Best Buy department store as another rushes to join in before the store's opening at midnight for a Black Friday sale Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, in Arlington, Texas.   (Tony Gutierrez)
Shoppers, right to left, Karin Carlson, of Wichita, Kan., her husband Jason, and her cousins Tylar Neu and Christie LaFever wait in line to pay for items for purchase at Best Buy electronics store.
Shoppers, right to left, Karin Carlson, of Wichita, Kan., her husband Jason, and her cousins Tylar Neu and Christie LaFever wait in line to pay for items for purchase at Best Buy electronics store.   (Brennan Linsley)
Shoppers wait in line for the 8 p.m. opening of the Times Square Toys-R-Us store in the lead-up to Black Friday, November 22, 2012, in New York.
Shoppers wait in line for the 8 p.m. opening of the Times Square Toys-R-Us store in the lead-up to Black Friday, November 22, 2012, in New York.   (John Minchillo)
Dora Hurtado waits in line at a Pembroke Pines, Fla. Toys-R-Us store, late Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012.
Dora Hurtado waits in line at a Pembroke Pines, Fla. Toys-R-Us store, late Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012.   (J Pat Carter)
A shopper looks at televisions at a Best Buy store on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, in Franklin, Tenn., after the store opened at midnight.
A shopper looks at televisions at a Best Buy store on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, in Franklin, Tenn., after the store opened at midnight.   (Mark Humphrey)
Customers wait in line in the computer department to shop for Black Friday discounts at a Best Buy store, Friday Nov 23, 2012, in Northeast Philadelphia.
Customers wait in line in the computer department to shop for Black Friday discounts at a Best Buy store, Friday Nov 23, 2012, in Northeast Philadelphia.   (Joseph Kaczmarek)
A customer makes a purchase in the Times Square Toys-R-Us store after doors were opened to the public at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, in New York.
A customer makes a purchase in the Times Square Toys-R-Us store after doors were opened to the public at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, in New York.   (John Minchillo)
Stefan Rood, 20, folds blankets as he cleans out his tent outside a Best Buy Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. while waiting for the store to open at 12 a.m.
Stefan Rood, 20, folds blankets as he cleans out his tent outside a Best Buy Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. while waiting for the store to open at 12 a.m.   (Tony Dejak)
A shopper browses the aisles at the Times Square Toys-R-Us store after doors were opened to the public at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, in New York.
A shopper browses the aisles at the Times Square Toys-R-Us store after doors were opened to the public at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, in New York.   (John Minchillo)
People wait in line, on Thursday Nov 22, 2012, for a Best Buy store in Northeast Philadelphia to open it's doors at midnight.
People wait in line, on Thursday Nov 22, 2012, for a Best Buy store in Northeast Philadelphia to open it's doors at midnight.   (Joseph Kaczmarek)
Tyler Harless of Byram, Miss., leaves a Jackson, Miss., Best Buy store after making Black Friday purchases early Nov. 23, 2012.
Tyler Harless of Byram, Miss., leaves a Jackson, Miss., Best Buy store after making Black Friday purchases early Nov. 23, 2012.   (Rogelio V. Solis)
People wait in line, on Thursday Nov 22, 2012, for a Best Buy store in Northeast Philadelphia to open it's doors at midnight.
People wait in line, on Thursday Nov 22, 2012, for a Best Buy store in Northeast Philadelphia to open it's doors at midnight.   (Joseph Kaczmarek)
Consumers line ouside the Abercrombie & Fitch clothing store, as consumers line on the early morning hours Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 at the Glendale Galleria mall in Glendale, Calif.
Consumers line ouside the Abercrombie & Fitch clothing store, as consumers line on the early morning hours Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 at the Glendale Galleria mall in Glendale, Calif.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Young consumers shop early on the early morning hours at the GAP store offering a Entire Store Up to 60% Discount ad Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 at the Glendale Galleria mall in Glendale, Calif.
Young consumers shop early on the early morning hours at the GAP store offering a "Entire Store Up to 60% Discount" ad Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 at the Glendale Galleria mall in Glendale, Calif.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Betsy McGonagle checks her receipt after shopping for Black Friday discounts at a Target store, Friday Nov 23, 2012, in Northeast Philadelphia.
Betsy McGonagle checks her receipt after shopping for Black Friday discounts at a Target store, Friday Nov 23, 2012, in Northeast Philadelphia.   (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
A Lifeguard model stands outside the front door of a  Hollister Co. clothing store, as consumers line up on the early morning hours Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 at the Glendale Galleria mall in Glendale, Calif.
A Lifeguard model stands outside the front door of a Hollister Co. clothing store, as consumers line up on the early morning hours Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 at the Glendale Galleria mall in Glendale, Calif.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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