In the 2000s, Black Friday wasn't just a shopping holiday — it was a blood sport.
Gabriel H. Sanchez
Posted on November 22, 2018, at 9:34 a.m. ET
Shoppers rush to enter a Best Buy store at 5 a.m. on Nov. 28, 2008, in Los Angeles.
Mark Zuckerman (center) gathers his workers for a last-minute pep talk at 5:30 a.m., just before opening the doors for early-morning Black Friday shoppers at the Target in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, on Nov. 25, 2005.
Shoppers await the opening of Best Buy in Auburn Hills, Michigan, on Nov. 27, 2009.
Shoppers rush in at 5 a.m. as employees open the doors at the Walmart in Duarte, California, on Nov. 25, 2005.
Eager shoppers push through the front doors of the Boise Towne Square mall on Nov. 23, 2007, in Boise, Idaho.
Workers greet the first rush of holiday shoppers at 5 a.m. at Best Buy on Nov. 27, 2009, in South Portland, Maine.
A fire department ambulance is prepared to treat patients after pepper spray was released in an elevator inside the Toys "R" Us superstore in Times Square on Nov. 26, 2004, injuring 20 and forcing 3,000 to flee.
Paramedics help a shopper who fell shortly after the doors opened at 5 a.m. at the Walmart in Duarte, California, on Nov. 25, 2005.
Shoppers try to work their way through the crowd that mobbed the Walmart in Duarte, California, shortly after the retail giant opened its doors on Nov. 25, 2005.
Rose Wilson (left) and Denise Gajdowski do their Christmas shopping at KB Toy Works in the Franklin Mills Mall in Philadelphia on Nov. 25, 2005.
Bratz dolls are on sale at a Target in New York City on Nov. 29, 2002.
While the adults shop, children stop to try out the new Sony PlayStation 2 on Nov. 24, 2000.
Peg Keeley holds up the iPod Nano she purchased while Christmas shopping at Circuit City on Nov. 25, 2005, in Philadelphia.
A shopper looks at shoes in a Macy's in New York on Nov. 27, 2009.
A customer looks through the in-store sales advertisements inside a Cabela's store in Fort Worth, Texas, on Nov. 27, 2009.
A sales clerk at the Best Buy electronics store counts money for a purchase in Westbury, New York, on Nov. 27, 2009.
Left: Rolando Gonzales from East Boston rests in the women's shoe department at Macy's in Boston on Nov. 23, 2007. Right: Susan Snyder waits in line while Christmas shopping at KB Toy Works in the Franklin Mills Mall in Philadelphia on Nov. 25, 2005.
Brittany Youngclaus (left) and Cody Givens (center) wade through the throngs of shoppers at a Target in Fresno, California, on Nov. 24, 2006.
Shoppers carry their choices through the crowd that mobbed the Walmart in Duarte, California, on Nov. 25, 2005.
Dan Aldrich takes a break from shopping at the Baybrook Mall on Nov. 24, 2006, in Friendswood, Texas.
Gabriel H. Sanchez is the photo essay editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York City.
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