The 2014 Black Friday Frenzy: America Goes Shopping, In Photos

Tyler Durden's picture

Black Friday is the day when the trademark US consumerism takes center stage for its annual manic, full-frontal exposure around the globe. Here is what it looked like around the US...

People buying TVs


Thanksgiving Day shoppers line up to start shopping at a Target store in Chicago


People carry shoes in Macy's during Black Friday sales in New York


Shoppers line up outside Best Buy before the store opens in Newport, New Jersey


People line up outside before the Toys R Us store opened in Times Square


Women try on shoes in Macy's to kick off Black Friday sales in New York


Shoppers wait to enter Macy's to kick off Black Friday sales in New York


A girl chooses an item from Disney's Princess toy line up to purchase at the Toys R Us store in Times Square


A shopper carries a TV outside a Best Buy store in Newport, New Jersey.


Shoppers enter Best Buy as the store opens in Newport, New Jersey


People look in the window before the Toys R Us store opened in Times Square.


A girl poses with an Olaf plush toy from Disney's Frozen toy line at the Toys R Us store in Times Square.


Thanksgiving Day shoppers ride an escalator while shopping at a Target store in Chicago


Thanksgiving Day shoppers carry televisions at a Target store in Chicago


A woman lines up outside before the Toys R Us store opens in Times Square.


Shoppers line up outside Best Buy before the store opens in Newport, New Jersey


A girl looks at items from Disney's Frozen toy line at the Toys R Us store in Times Square.

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... And not only, because other countries increasingly adopt the "best" of US traditions. Here is what happened in the UK earlier today:

Black Friday hops the pond: Shoppers compete to purchase retail items on "Black Friday" at an Asda superstore in Wembley.


Shoppers wrestle over a television as they compete to purchase retail items on "Black Friday" at an Asda superstore in Wembley, north London November 28


... And Brazil:

Here, shoppers crowd outside a store before it opens on "Black Friday" in Sao Paulo.

Photos: Reuters

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dressguard's picture

This is the road to recovery!

Haus-Targaryen's picture

Look how HOOD RICH dem' Folks R!  


hedgeless_horseman's picture



I am eating more homemade pecan pie... for breakfast... then going for a long trail run with mrs_horseman to burn it off.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



...and earlier (Endorphin loading).

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Sad...all gone now.

You men buy your TVs
Buy your DVRs
I eat more pie
Than any man ever seen
Yea yea

Atomizer's picture

Pecan Pie. One of mother’s favorite cooking treats. Grandma, Rhubarb pie was her elegances.

Troll Magnet's picture


BaBaBouy's picture

Shit that Looks Good... Wit Real Whipped Cream...

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

Fedcoat ZH monitor here:  Damn good looking pie, and we're analyzing that granite right now.  Hope you bot local.  Maybe see you on the horse trail?  We'll be waving from our drone!

jbvtme's picture

all those new tv's...i went to dinner at an aquaintence's house for thanks giving and when we got there the television was on. i asked her to turn it off as it was distracting. she did and what a fucking nightmare was the rest of the evening. i keep hoping we've reached the bottom.  maybe...i didn't see any pics of leaf blowers.

SilverIsKing's picture

Are those really pictures from Black Friday sales or are those photos from Ferguson earlier in the week?

Speaking of Ferguson, how about some more photos from the home of liberty, freedumb, and good cheer?

mjcOH1's picture

On my command, unleash the fat scooters...

The9thDoctor's picture

I had Thanksgiving dinner with my family. I guess I am not "American" enough for you yanks who line up at Walmart to buy a crappy Vizzio television that's $50 off it's regular price.

Unfortunately one of my relatives works retail and had to work Thursday night, so he had to take off early. People were sitting in lawn chairs waiting five hours to buy a laptop that was $50 off it's normal price, and it's the most low-end laptop on today's market.

Then again, most people's families nowadays are so broken, that they would rather wait for hours out in the cold to buy shit they don't need, then to actually sit with uncles and aunts and in-laws that they don't get along with.

I don't know what is worse, a shitty family, or a shitty deal on trinkets.

mjcOH1's picture

"all those new tv's...i didn't see any pics of leaf blowers"

"Stink of work", etc, etc.

zerozulu's picture

I expect a deafening silence between black Friday and Christmas shopping.

Skateboarder's picture

Gotta scrape together a few bones to hit the stores in another two weeks. Wait, that's for people who use the money they actually have to buy things. The sign at the local Fry's Electronics keeps advertising the number of shopping days left until Christmas. It was counting down from 60 days (I saw it at 48, a couple of weeks back, and at 28 a couple of days ago).

I guess people don't really find it weird to be reminded to shop for Christmas around Halloween. Maybe the bells will start ringing when they start pumping Halloween/Thanksgiving/Christmas shopping in July.

YHC-FTSE's picture

Shitty family, definitely. Especially if you have to wipe off the residue from the chairs they've been s(h)itting on.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Wake me up when Hells Angels are replaced by Scooter Gangs.

sodbuster's picture

Are nail guns on sale???????

Crash Overide's picture

Pants up, don't loot...



DC3's picture

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BLOTTO's picture

You know what? Fuck Macy's, fuck Toys R Us, fuck Best Buy and fuck Target...


And while we are at it...fuck Gaspar Gomez and fuck the fuckin' Diaz brothers...fuckem all, i bury those cockroaches...


DaveyJones's picture

I've never seen a post capture the Christmas Spirit like the one I just read

highly debtful's picture

Ok, ok, I'll admit you'll probably beat me with those pies of yours. But never, I repeat never, HH, will you beat my homemade vol-au-vent or coq au vin. 

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Ha! I see you my starter mussels in white wine with my garlic lavender pomme frites, main course boeuf bourguignon with Syrah and mousse au chocolat for dessert. The stage is by candlight and I serve my delights clad in European lingerie. Sensuality and gastronomy meld together well. And yes, we work it off afterwards. ;-)


Bananamerican's picture

One word: "Badgercize".....
You'll thank me later

highly debtful's picture

Damn, that's some stiff competition. But somehow your menu doesn't seem fair, what with the European lingerie thrown in. If I would serve my menus clad in lingerie, it would play havoc with my wife's digestive system and she would probably be working it off in the bathroom.   


Spigot's picture

Possibly, but your wiff might have unspoken interests.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Well, I must admit Mr doesn't dress for the occasion. For some reason he just smiles and gawks at me and my performance. I guess the stiffness should be left for the gentleman during such events and that is certainly fine by me! ;-)


Spigot's picture

So, I'm wondering, does he not dress at all, hence 'au natural' ?? Does this distract you from your ministrations? I'm sure he appreciates the private showings you provide, so to speak. Who could blame him! He's a fortunate man to be married to you. Courtship after marriage is a lost art.

Spigot's picture

I was thinking more Reeses Pie and Jack Daniels. About three shots into the meal, ain't no body got no cloths on.

mkhs's picture

What?  You don't want to be pretentious: le tarte Reese's and Jacques Daniel?

DirkDiggler11's picture

When are you going to publish your annual list of "Man Treats" ???

WTFUD's picture

HH bet you never have to ask ' am i right or am i meringue? '

25or6to4's picture

Are you saying that your a back door man? BTW, why the down votes people?

silverer's picture

Maybe they prefer cheesecake or apple pie?

Pooper Popper's picture

Happy Thanksgiving Mr Horseman!Have a good run.

The Wife and I are heading to the range today!

Lucky for us its only 50 ft out the back door!

Have a good one!

Victory_Garden's picture

"You men buy your TVs
Buy your DVRs
I eat more pie
Than any man ever seen
Yea yea"

Blessings and Grace to you and yours good Sir, and to all the stars on the good ship ZH.

J S Bach's picture

Nary a white face in any of the frenzied photos.  What subliminal message is Tyler trying to plant?