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Brace yourselves, Pandas—Black Friday is upon us! Traditionally, the Friday after Thanksgiving marks the start of the Christmas shopping season in the United States, as well as in many parts of the world. Unfortunately, this period brings out some of the worst traits in people: greed, aggression, and envy.

Our team at Bored Panda has compiled a list of photos featuring some of the most epic Black Friday fails ever. From stores ransacked by customers hunting for the biggest sales to companies trying to pull the wool over crazed shoppers’ eyes, there’s a bit of everything. Scroll down for a taste of what discounts can do to someone if they’re not careful.

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A Black Friday "Bargain"

A Black Friday "Bargain"

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A lot of Black Friday deals are like that. Still people fall for it. Or they are selling an older model or deal is less good than a previous deal.

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My Local Macy's Store After Black Friday Sale

My Local Macy's Store After Black Friday Sale

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#3

My Friend Saw A Baby Being Born At A Walmart On Black Friday

My Friend Saw A Baby Being Born At A Walmart On Black Friday

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The National Retail Federation reports that 196.7 million Americans shopped in stores and online during the five-day holiday in 2022, from Thanksgiving Day to Cyber Monday.

That’s more than the jaw-dropping 179.8 million shoppers in 2021, 186.4 million in 2020, and 189.6 million in 2019.

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When You're At The Hospital And It Dawns On You That Today Is Black Friday

When You're At The Hospital And It Dawns On You That Today Is Black Friday

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People Who Do This

People Who Do This

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In America this gets you a "Have a nice day, sir". Everywhere else it's "You are banned for life. Please leave immediately." Some retail workers I know would even add "...after you have cleaned up this mess".

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Black Friday At Walmart

Black Friday At Walmart

The line decided to cross the street, blocking traffic. It extended down the parking lane rather than turning down the sidewalk like normal human beings.

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Broadly speaking, Black Friday tends to be (one of) the busiest shopping days of the year in the US… as well as in some other parts of the world. However, you’d be wrong to think that Black Friday begins and ends on… well, Black Friday.

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The shopping ‘holiday’ has a tendency to ‘bleed’ into the surrounding weeks… and even months (yes! Months!).

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What A Great Black Friday Deal

What A Great Black Friday Deal

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I Captured The Essense Of Black Friday In One Picture

I Captured The Essense Of Black Friday In One Picture

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just curious. They do not offer free deliveries over there in the US? Here, anything that does not fit inside a car usually comes with free delivery so long the distance is less than 50km radius from the store.

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For instance, the Monday right after Black Friday is known as Cyber Monday. Retailers and companies continue to sell products and services at a discount. Some of them go further, celebrating Cyber Week.

Others, however, go even beyond that.

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My Partner Ordered Our First Ever "Big Purchase" On The Black Friday Sale. Apparently, The Delivery Guy Dropped It Down The Stairs And Ran

My Partner Ordered Our First Ever "Big Purchase" On The Black Friday Sale. Apparently, The Delivery Guy Dropped It Down The Stairs And Ran

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I Finally Bought Myself A Security Camera On Black Friday From Target After Dealing With A Psycho. However, I Got Rice Instead

I Finally Bought Myself A Security Camera On Black Friday From Target After Dealing With A Psycho. However, I Got Rice Instead

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CNN reports that in 2023, retailers “threw out the playbook,” rolling out deals in a similar vein as Black Friday weeks in advance. What this means is that this year, the impact of Black Friday itself might be lessened.

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After all, if you’ve already hunted down the best deals of the season in advance, you might not want or need anything else. If you bought a new laptop/TV/console, you don’t need a second one.

#13

Here In Brasil There's No Black Friday But Only Scam

Here In Brasil There's No Black Friday But Only Scam

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Black Friday At A Walmart In Alabama. So Many People Waiting To Just Get In

Black Friday At A Walmart In Alabama. So Many People Waiting To Just Get In

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FedEx "Efficiency". I Live In Oregon And Ordered This Package On Black Friday

FedEx "Efficiency". I Live In Oregon And Ordered This Package On Black Friday

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According to Parija Kavilanz from CNN, the November and December months account for around a fifth of retailers’ sales for the entire year. This means that the gift-buying season is incredibly important for companies’ sales and profits.

Retailers who fail to take advantage of the seasonal rush might find that they’re far behind their competitors.

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This Chair I Was Going To Buy Was £169.99 A Few Hours Before Amazon's Black Friday "Sale" Started

This Chair I Was Going To Buy Was £169.99 A Few Hours Before Amazon's Black Friday "Sale" Started

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Marshal Cohen, the chief retail industry analyst with market research firm Circana, told CNN that Black Friday is now more akin to ‘Grey Friday.’ “The dilution of the power of Black Friday has begun again this year. Gone is the sense of urgency and excitement. But the quest for value is still there,” the specialist explained.

As the shopping ‘holiday’ spreads out over a longer period of time, what this means, in practical terms, is that there’s less urgency for shoppers to rush to their local retail stores. Though you’ll still find people camping and queuing up before opening time and fighting over goods, this year, all of this might be slightly muted (well, comparatively). There’s slightly less competition.

#19

Deals Like This

Deals Like This

Costco sales are unbeatable right now. They're next to the tires, in case you were wondering.

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Black Friday Sales Are Fire This Year

Black Friday Sales Are Fire This Year

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What’s also changed the dynamic of Black Friday is the continued growth of online shopping. This makes deals incredibly accessible to anyone with a smartphone, a computer, and an internet connection.

When you’re offered awesome deals with (hopefully, insured) delivery straight to your door, why would you want to risk being crushed by several hundred other shoppers at a physical store? Convenience is a huge factor here.

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#22

Black Friday, The One Day Saving 30 Bucks Is More Important Than Your Baby's Well Being

Black Friday, The One Day Saving 30 Bucks Is More Important Than Your Baby's Well Being

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I mean…..from the perspective of a mother, stuff like this happens. It’s either this, don’t buy it, attempt to push a stroller and a cart at the same time, or ask someone to go with you. I’ve done the stroller w/cart method because of judgements from others like those shown here. BTW, those judging never offered to help me. Babywearing isn’t an option for some of us and we still have s**t to do while caring for our children alone. The baby looks safe in the carrier made to withstand the impact of a car accident and Mom is standing right infront of them. I’m more concerned about that box hitting mom in the face, or go crashing to the ground. Sometimes saving money on gifts, groceries, clothing, formula, or any other item commonly purchased by parents ends up looking like this. If the photographer cared at all about the safety of the baby, they would offer to carry the box on top. Instead, they’ve chosen to shame someone and blast the picture on the internet.

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#23

My Friend Ordered Two Fitbits During The Amazon Black Friday Sale, But Got Paper Plates Instead

My Friend Ordered Two Fitbits During The Amazon Black Friday Sale, But Got Paper Plates Instead

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3 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just curious - is there any laws that obligate suppliers to deliver promised products to a buyer, or can they simply deny to give any compensation or just anything in general in situations like this? There should be, I think there are, but I'm no expert in that

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#24

When You Go Shopping On Black Friday But Forget Your Child's Stroller

When You Go Shopping On Black Friday But Forget Your Child's Stroller

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CNN notes that some retailers may be worried about rising prices, higher interest and mortgage rates, and Americans having to restart repaying their student loans which were frozen for many during the Covid-19 pandemic.

This means that some companies respond by turning Black Friday into a massively long event, hoping to draw in more customers.

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Target Has These Up All Over Their Electronics Section. Guess Which Games Are Specifically Excluded From The Offer

Target Has These Up All Over Their Electronics Section. Guess Which Games Are Specifically Excluded From The Offer

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Such A Great Deal. Amazon vs. Manufacturer's Retail Price

Such A Great Deal. Amazon vs. Manufacturer's Retail Price

I've been waiting to buy this on Amazon, assuming there would be some sort of Black Friday discount. But no, the price stayed at $150, but they added a crossed-out price, which is even higher than the actual manufacturer's suggested retail price.

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I always try to buy from the manfacturer's websites. It usually is cheaper and lots of less hassle in case of problems. The more people need to earn money between manufacturer and customer, the more expensive a product gets. If not, something in this chain isn't right.

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The upside for shoppers is that they get access to better deals for longer and have to compete less with others. The downside is elementary fatigue: if it’s always sale season, then it doesn’t matter much.

In the meantime, BBC Worklife notes that Black Friday has become shorthand for any deep-discount shopping event, whether it happens in October or… July!

#28

These Dudes Are Trying To Put Two 65" TVs On The Top Of Their Honda Civic. Just Unreal

These Dudes Are Trying To Put Two 65" TVs On The Top Of Their Honda Civic. Just Unreal

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My Friend Ordered Two Elgato Game Capture Cards At $180 On Black Friday, And Amazon Sent Him Two Empty Boxes

My Friend Ordered Two Elgato Game Capture Cards At $180 On Black Friday, And Amazon Sent Him Two Empty Boxes

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Most common cause for this is actually Amazon's return policy - or the human tendency to use it for scams. People order the game, demand a refund, send back the empty case as a product, looking unopeened, and some underpaid workers restock them without opening. When a later customer orders, they are sent out again.

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“Black Friday really is a huge deal. But Black Friday is no longer a single-day event,” David Bussak, managing director at the global business advisory firm AlixPartners, told the BBC's Brennan Doherty.

For some deliciously accurate and funny Black Friday memes, check out Bored Panda's previous article when you've enjoyed this list to the fullest.

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They Told Me They Are Waiting For Black Friday. What Do They Need That Bad? I'm Sure They Could Get It Online

They Told Me They Are Waiting For Black Friday. What Do They Need That Bad? I'm Sure They Could Get It Online

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Don't know if people still do it here, but up until a few years ago, a lot of people just did not even so much for the discounts but for the entire experience. -_-

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The Majority Of Stores At "Toronto Premium Outlet" Have Put Stickers Over Cheaper Prices Or Have Changed Tags For The Black Friday Weekend

The Majority Of Stores At "Toronto Premium Outlet" Have Put Stickers Over Cheaper Prices Or Have Changed Tags For The Black Friday Weekend

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The New TV I Bought For Black Friday From Walmart

The New TV I Bought For Black Friday From Walmart

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Black Friday Parking. This Guy Parks On The Plant Bed In Between The Handicap Parking

Black Friday Parking. This Guy Parks On The Plant Bed In Between The Handicap Parking

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sadly enough, I have to give him credit for not taking the handicapped spaces.

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#35

This Sums Up Black Friday

This Sums Up Black Friday

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I run into this a lot with "bulk"item purchases. Sometimes buying a couple of the smaller ones is more economical if a bit of packaging waste

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This Occurred On Black Friday At A Local Shopping Mall In Lancaster, Pennsylvania

This Occurred On Black Friday At A Local Shopping Mall In Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

David Attenborough: "here we are, during peak mating season of vehicle vehicularis, the paler juvenile attempts to mount his mate but slips, which might result in the frenzy commonly referred to as 'the pile up'".

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#37

Apparently Someone Got A Little Too Excited And Lost Their Underwear In The Bathroom On Black Friday

Apparently Someone Got A Little Too Excited And Lost Their Underwear In The Bathroom On Black Friday

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's those pant wettingly exciting specials. They prove too much for some people.

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#38

My Coworker Went A Little Crazy On HDMI Cables This Black Friday

My Coworker Went A Little Crazy On HDMI Cables This Black Friday

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A Casualty Of Black Friday

A Casualty Of Black Friday

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hopefully they were locked in some way, or at least the find mode was activated.

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#43

My Awesome Cousins Bought Me A Nice Big 55" TV Last Night, As A Thank You And As A "We Will Be Spending Lots More Time At Your House" Gift

My Awesome Cousins Bought Me A Nice Big 55" TV Last Night, As A Thank You And As A "We Will Be Spending Lots More Time At Your House" Gift

Two minutes in, the picture goes out. Get it outta here kids. Try again. 

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#44

This Shopping Cart Traffic During Black Friday. People Are Going Crazy

This Shopping Cart Traffic During Black Friday. People Are Going Crazy

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I keep thinking that these overcrowded pictures are AI generated, they are so chaotic and full!

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Black Friday Be Like

Black Friday Be Like

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What is with the commas everywhere when there should be decimal points?

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#46

Someone Was Way Too Excited For Black Friday Deals

Someone Was Way Too Excited For Black Friday Deals

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Human Decency Is Gone During Black Friday

Human Decency Is Gone During Black Friday

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

To everyone out there, please remember human decency this Black Friday. Just take a min to put stuff back please

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#48

I Spent 30€ On This Thing

I Spent 30€ On This Thing

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And I don’t even think that was the material it was even meant to be in the first place.

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Thank Goodness For Black Friday Deals

Thank Goodness For Black Friday Deals

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Black Friday In Portugal

Black Friday In Portugal

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3 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

First picture shows €719.99 instead of €899.99. There is a possibility that the second picture is something like €599.97 instead of €649.99 or something. It is possible that the picture was cut or not taken properly. EDIT: Especially that the description shows 4GB RAM, 64GB memory and features like dual sim. It just does not seem like a store would raise the price from 50 to 600 for an item.

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