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Photos: 2012 Black Friday frenzy

Shoppers crowd a Macy's in New York for the store's Black Friday sale on November 23, 2012. Some stores opened even earlier, cutting into the Thanksgiving celebrations and indicating that even this cherished American family holiday is falling prey to the forces of commerce.

Shoppers crowd a Macy's in New York for the store's Black Friday sale on November 23, 2012. Some stores opened even earlier, cutting into the Thanksgiving celebrations and indicating that even this cherished American family holiday is falling prey to the forces of commerce.