Black Friday is here, and bargain-seeking holiday shoppers are out in force.
The annual retail mega event began in many stores on Thanksgiving evening and will continue into the weekend.
Target (TGT), which put its Black Friday deals online Wednesday, said it sold 3,200 televisions a minute during the first hour that doors were open. The retailer was offering a 50-inch Hisense 4K TV for $249.99.
The deals didn’t last long at some stores. A Target in McAllen, Texas, quickly sold out of the Amazon Fire TV stick, on sale for $29.99. And at a nearby Walmart (WMT), the Nintendo 3DS, which was on sale for $99, was also reported out of stock .
Shoppers appear to have largely stayed away from the madness in retail stores this year, instead opting to venture online for the best post-Thanksgiving pre-Christmas deals.But the opening of stores late on Thursday evening invited chaos and trouble early on, with several shootings in mall parking lots. Footage inside stores such as Walmart and Target also captured tense shopping scenes.
As Black Friday madness kicked off, video apparently recorded inside a Walmart in Bainbridge, Georgia, showed shoppers fighting over towels that were on sale for $1.60 during the early Black Friday rush.
Meanwhile, shoppers broke into an all-out melee at a Walmart in Houston on Black Friday, as customers battled it out for some $99 kiddie convertibles.