Shoppers turned out at malls and shopping centers across the country Thursday night and early Friday, looking for good deals on holiday gift items.
Eager Black Friday shoppers file into J.C. Penney at the Vernon Park Mall in Kinston, N.C.,Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. Black Friday, the day when retailers traditionally turn a profit for the year, actually got a jump start this year as many stores opened just as families were finishing up Thanksgiving dinner. Stores are experimenting with ways to compete with online rivals like Amazon.com that can offer holiday shopping deals at any time and on any day. (AP Photo/Daily Free Press, Zach Frailey)