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Today is that day of the year that consumer beasts stare down their lines of credit and shop till they drop: Black Friday, the start of the holiday shopping season. Many stores opened at 6AM and our spies reported that when they made it to some stores at 7:40AM, the stores were already sold out. One shopper told the AP, "It almost looks like looting except with checkouts at the front."