Frenzied customers have been filmed shoving each other and brawling in the hunt for bargains on the biggest shopping day of the US calendar.
Massive queues typically build up for Black Friday, traditionally the day after Thanksgiving, with shoppers hoping to take advantage of the discounts on offer.
In the small town of Moultrie, Georgia, hundreds of people were filmed violently pushing others in the hope of grabbing discounted mobile phones at the local Wal-Mart.
Similar commotion was filmed at another Wal-Mart in Illinois, with store security and police shouting to control the crowd.
In Springfield, Massachusetts, a 34-year-old man may face charges of reckless endangerment after leaving his girlfriend's two-year-old in his car as he went to buy a TV.
Anthony Perry, 34, left the toddler sleeping in the vehicle at about 1.30am as he bought a 51-inch flat-screen from the local Kmart.
As emergency services broke into the car to free the toddler, Perry was questioned by police at his home.
It is not known how he got home with the large TV without his car.
The boy's mother was at work at the time.
Meanwhile in San Antonio, Texas, a queuing customer pulled a gun on another man who punched somebody in a bid to push into line.
The queue jumper fled the scene but the gunman will face no charges because he did not break Texan law.
Author: Nick Pearson.