Black Friday By The Numbers: 3,580 Macs Per Hour!

Now that we're finally settling in from turkey and shopping overload, it's time to assess the damage. 5 extra pounds and $500 might be getting off easy. With pre-estimates of 152 million shoppers, find out the insane numbers behind the Black Friday sales weekend. Consider Apple moved 1 Mac per second nationwide! Let us know what you bought and what your Black Friday / Cyber Monday shopping experiences were like. We want to hear about the little old ladies battling it out over the last $200 HDTV at Best Buy!
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We didn't venture out the door until mid-morning, not wanting to be part of the early morning madness. Bed Bath & Beyond and Home Depot were on our early list and there weren't that many people by noon. We hit up Best Buy at the end of the day just to browse, but the crowd had started to die down already. Ikea was an absolute crazy place to be. Not out of control crazy, but New York crowded streets within the aisles of Ikea crazy. We actually ended up spending almost $6,000 - but to be fair it was for an upcoming home renovation, with Ikea's 20% off kitchen sale and appliance deals everywhere.

So how did everyone else do? There are lots of statistics and numbers on Black Friday sales, but what we're really interested in is your own experiences. How much did you spend? What time did you start shopping? Hopefully you didn't have to camp out early! Let us know what you got!

Here are some of the best statistics as culled by Hubspot:

- Nearly three-quarters of retailers will use their Facebook page to reach out to shoppers, up from 57.1 percent last year.
- Most Cyber Monday shopping will be done from home (84 percent) and the balance will be done from work (for those willing to admit it!).

Internet Retailer provided the following overall sales figures for Black Friday, 2011:

- by the end of the day North American online retail sales were up a hefty 39% over last year, according to the IBM Benchmark monitoring service
- A 39% increase would put yesterday's sales at over $550 million

Cult of Mac calculated the following Apple stats:

- Macs were another big seller for Apple... about 3,580 Macs per hour or 1 every second, nationwide.
- If those Macs were all MacBook Airs, the stack sold on Black Friday alone would tower 4,800 feet high.

And to think this is just the beginning of holiday shopping, with everyone's attention now focused on Christmas. TheStreet presents the following infographic:

(Sources: 26 Mind-Blowing Black Friday Statistics via Hubspot; Apple Sold A Stack Of iPad Almost A Mile High On Friday, And Other Crazy Black Friday Statistics via Cult of Mac; Holiday Shopping via TheStreet; Thanksgiving Day online sales rise 39% over last year via internet Retailer)

(Images: Flickr member kevinspencer and Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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