CNN PRODUCER NOTE Tim Freda of Cleveland, Ohio, visited five stores in the span of about three hours on Black Friday. 'There were still specials to be had without camping overnight,' he explained; by then much of the craziness had subsided but 'there were still bargains to be had' in all the stores. 'It's a pretty jovial atmosphere, actually,' he explained. The only real downside he noted was the condition of the stores, as shown in this photo of a Walmart aisle after the shoppers barreled through. 'The place was pretty shopped through,' he said, adding that the scene in this photo was 'indicative of the general mayhem there today.'
- nsaidi, CNN iReport producer