Holiday shopping begins

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Bearing the cold for sales

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Shoppers wait outside November 23, 2012, for doors to open for Black Friday deals at 5 a.m. at Kmart in Chambersburg, Pa. 
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People Pass by an Apple store on Black Friday

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Early start to the holiday shopping season

Shoppers wait in line for the 8 p.m. opening of the Times Square Toys-R-Us store, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, in New York. While stores typically open in the wee hours of the morning on the day after Thanksgiving known as Black Friday, openings have crept earlier and earlier over the past few years. Now, stores from Wal-Mart to Toys-R-Us are opening their doors on Thanksgiving evening, hoping Americans will be willing to shop soon after they finish their pumpkin pie.

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Shop Till You Drop

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A Shopper Sits with Shopping bags in a Macy's Store in New York

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Early shopping for flatscreens

People shop for televisions at Target on Thursday night of the Thanksgiving Day holiday in Burbank, California.

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Clamoring for computers

Customers wait in line in the computer department to shop for Black Friday discounts at a Best Buy store in Northeast Philadelphia. 

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A quick nap before battle

Customers sleep while waiting for the stores to open at the International Mall Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, in Tampa, Fla.

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The mad rush

Customers rush into the Macy's store during Thanksgiving Day holiday in New York November 23, 2012.

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Shop til you drop

A customer at a J.C. Penney store waits in line to pay shortly after the store's doors opened in Las Vegas.

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An Empty Shopping Cart is Seen At Best Buy as People Wait In Line

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Southern Wal-Mart protest

Karen Levin, carrying an American flag with corporate logos, protests Wal-Mart in Boynton Beach, Fla., Friday, Nov 23, 2012

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Wal-Mart workers protest

Protesters demonstrate outside a Wal-Mart store in Chicago.

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Waiting patiently

A child sits and waits with a guitar at a Macy's store during Thanksgiving Day holiday in New York.

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No Wasted Space in this Cart

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Crowds compete for deep savings

Shoppers rush to grab electric griddles and slow cookers on sale for $8 shortly after the doors opened at a J.C. Penney story, Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, in Las Vegas. Stores are experimenting with ways to compete with online rivals like Amazon.com that can offer holiday shopping deals at any time and on any day.

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A Woman Shops at a Toy R Us Store in Carle Place, New York

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Santa listens to children and adds to his list

Santa Claus speaks to his visitors at Macy's Santa Land at the 34 Street Herald Square store in New York. Black Friday marks the first day back for Santa and his elves at Macy's, where shoppers and their children wait on line for a chance to meet the Christmas season's icon.