"Black Friday" Marks Start Of Holiday Shopping Season


Black Friday shoppers check out a Samsung I-Core 7 laptop on sale on... News PhotoBlack Friday,Consumerism,Customer,Fairfax - Virginia,Finance,Horizontal,Laptop,Sale,Shopping,Store,Technology,USA,Virginia,Wireless TechnologyPhotographer Collection: AFP 2011 AFPBlack Friday shoppers check out a Samsung I-Core 7 laptop on sale on Black Friday, November 25, 2011, at the Fair Lakes Best Buy store in Fairfax, Virginia. Immediately following the Thanksgiving holiday on the last Thursday of November, many Americans are off to the shopping malls for the pre-Christmas shopping melee known as Black Friday, when retailers slash prices on clothing, toys and consumer electronics. So important is Black Friday to retailers -- potentially more than $20 billion in sales, according to the market analysis firm SpendingPulse -- that many big-name outlets are opening earlier than ever. During the original Thanksgiving in 1621 pilgrim settlers from England sat down with native Americans for a three-day feast in modern-day Massachusetts to thank God for bountiful harvests in the New World. AFP PHOTO Paul J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)