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Customers gather and wait for Sears to open at 4 a.m. at the West Acres Mall in Fargo, North Dakota, on Nov. 25. Over 30 stores at the mall opened at midnight.
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Shoppers line-up at Target in Lisbon, Conn., for Black Friday bargains late on Thursday, Nov. 24. Black Friday began in earnest as Target and other stores opened their doors at midnight.
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Landry Spitler (front left) Riley Spitler (left center) Megan Davis (top left) and Laura Davis (far right) show signs of fatigue while they wait in line for a cashier at the Target store in Mesa , Az., on Nov. 25.
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Shoppers ride an escalator at a Target Store in Chicago on Nov. 25.
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Black Friday shoppers wait in the check-out line over an hour, after waiting in line to get in and then fighting huge crowds at the Toys-R-Us store at the Fair Lakes Shopping Center in Fairfax, Virginia, which opened up at 9 p.m. on Nov. 24.
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Did you know that the term "black Friday" was coined by a Philadelphia newspaper? TODAY's Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb talk about the history and fun anecdotes surrounding the busiest shopping day of the year.