Five Big Surprises from Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Black Friday doors
The doors, virtual and actual, have been busted. While Super Saturday and "Cyber Week" still lie ahead, the two most heavily hyped shopping days of the season are behind us.

And for the most part, the early results are unsurprising. Online retail sales were fantastic not only on Cyber Monday but on Black Friday as well, continuing the explosive growth we've seen in online retail in recent years. As usual, Walmart and Amazon had nice weekends. And as usual, there was a bit of violence over the weekend -- an armed confrontation in line at Sears, a fight outside J.C. Penney, and an alleged shoplifter dying after a struggle with Walmart employees.

But there were a few surprises as well. Here are five noteworthy ones:

Matt Brownell is the consumer and retail reporter for DailyFinance. You can reach him at, and follow him on Twitter at @Brownellorama.

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Didn't waste my time...too busy trying to pay for health care

November 29 2012 at 6:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My time will not be waisted buying on impulse things that I do not need.

November 29 2012 at 3:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why do humans act like this over sales and black friday?

November 29 2012 at 3:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

amazing how many people in the 98% class who complain about not having enough money and want more, stand in line to buy replacement big screen T.V's and all other sorts of things that they really do not need - - but want.

November 28 2012 at 3:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The buying season will not be as good as they believe!

November 28 2012 at 2:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

hey man i missed the whole thing i had to put gas in my car.

November 28 2012 at 10:40 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

In the Tampa area stores like Walmart, Big Lots etcc...were open regular and then extended hours on Thanksgiving. The "door buster sales" started at 8:00, 9:00 or whatever. Most of the press makes it seem like workers were going into work at 7:00 PM or so. At least in this neck of the woods, that wasn't so.

November 28 2012 at 10:38 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

im not sure that anybody embraced thanksgiving day shopping. people line up at 2am on friday morning when the store didnt open til 6am to get doorbuster deals-- not because they like standing outside in the cold and dark, but because they want an advantage of getting the best deals before they are gone. so when stores open on thanksgiving day it forces people to do what they have to in order to get the deals they want. the doorbuster deals always sold out, so giving people more time to buy them over the weekend is probably unnecessary, and certainly ruining thankgiving day for the workers as well as some shoppers that have to choose between being with family or heading to the mall. and even worse is when one store opens early it almost forces their competition to do the same, soon everyone will be working on thankgiving day--- and thats just big business being what i consider too greedy.

November 28 2012 at 10:32 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply