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Black Friday is one of those unofficial holiday traditions that people love, hate, hate to love, and love to hate. Nobody really wants to stand in line for hours on end. Nobody really wants to wake up before dawn or forego sleep entirely to camp out in front of stores. Then again, Black Friday deals are the only way many people can afford the sorts of things that are on sale. It started with incredible sales at stores, then the stores started opening earlier and earlier, some even open on Thanksgiving day.

Starting Black Friday sales earlier and earlier lead to utter chaos this year since many items were sold out before Black Friday even started.

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Yup, you read that correctly. Several large stores sold out of their Black Friday deals before Friday even happened. Game systems were, as always, a popular item. Target and Gamestop sold out of the Nintendo Switch before Thanksgiving Day was over. Target also sold out of the PS4, but don't hate on them too much. Wal-Mart, and Gamestop sold out of them, too. Don't bother checking Target or Wal-Mart for an Instant Pot. Those sold out before Friday as well.

Crowds were understandably annoyed that they waited in line and wandered through this year's Wal-Mart Maze (more on that later) only to find out that the major items they came for were never even there because they had sold out before Friday. Why call it Black Friday sales if you're not going to sell them on Black Friday?

Frustrated shoppers vented on Twitter.





In order to try and curb some of the expected chaos, many Wal-Mart stores changed their layouts with color coordinated maps and funneled customers through towards registers. Redesigning the entire store so regular shoppers now had no idea where anything was proved to be a controversial choice. Not only were layouts changed, some aisles were capped off completely and it left people trapped in place with no idea that the items they came for were long gone. The maze included arrows on the floors and swirling lines. It was like if Disney and Ikea had a terrible baby.

Again - Twitter was NOT happy.









Are you a Black Friday shopper or does the whole thing just strike you as unnecessary? Did any of the early sell-outs change your holiday plans? If you braved your local Wal-Mart and came face to face with the maze, we want to hear about your experience with it. Sound off in the comments!

H/T: Business Insider, Twitter


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