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We visited two Walmart stores across the country on Black Friday and were shocked at how few shoppers we saw

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A nearly empty Walmart store in Irvine, California on Black Friday 2022.Brittany Chang / Insider

  • We visited two Walmart stores in New York and California on Black Friday morning and found the aisles relatively empty.

  • In New York, customers were shopping for electronics and toys while the rest of the store was silent.

  • In California, most customers also stuck with the electronics and vacation sections.

We went to two Walmart stores across the country to see what Black Friday shopping was like this year.

Walmart Black Friday 2022

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To our surprise, Walmart in Rochester, New York and Irvine, California saw similar foot traffic, with most shoppers flocking to electronics…

Walmart during Black Friday

A nearly empty Walmart store in Irvine, California on Black Friday 2022.Brittany Chang / Insider

…and just a handful of people lingering in the children’s toy and holiday departments.

Walmart in California on Black Friday

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Walmart has seen supply chain improvements this year after low inventory during the 2021 holiday season, Walmart U.S. CEO John Furner said on an earnings call in November.

FILE PHOTO: Walmart signs are displayed at a Walmart store in Mexico City, Mexico March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: Walmart signs are displayed at a Walmart store in Mexico CityReuters

But when we arrived just after 9am on Black Friday, the parking lot at Walmart in New York looked pretty empty.

Walmart Black Friday 2022

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Upon entering we didn’t see many customers, but there was a security system near the door.

Walmart Black Friday 2022

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We skipped past the main grocery store, which was empty and didn’t seem to have any holiday specials.

Walmart Black Friday 2022

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At first glance, the clothing sections also seemed quite empty of customers.

Walmart Black Friday 2022

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We finally started seeing other shoppers around children’s clothing.

Walmart Black Friday 2022

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The bins in the center of the aisles appeared to have some of the most popular offers, advertising “while supplies last”.

Walmart Black Friday 2022

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These were mostly items that were cheaper than typical Black Friday electronic deals.

Walmart Black Friday 2022

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Most of the deals were for bedding, pillows and other home decor.

Walmart Black Friday 2022

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While the homeware sales didn’t seem to have many takers, the toy section was much busier.

Walmart Black Friday 2022

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The toy shelves were well stocked.

Walmart Black Friday 2022

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The doll and stuffed animal aisles weren’t particularly busy, but they were definitely one of the busiest areas of the store.

Walmart Black Friday 2022

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By far the busiest area was the electronics section.

Walmart Black Friday 2022

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There were deals on televisions and video games.

Walmart Black Friday 2022

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Customers rummaged through piles of discounted games and DVDs as workers restocked.

Walmart Black Friday 2022

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Headphones and phone accessories also seemed popular due to messy screens.

Walmart Black Friday 2022

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Aside from toys and electronics, I wouldn’t have known there were any holidays or promotions going on.

Walmart Black Friday 2022

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Meanwhile, the Walmart in Irvine, Calif., looked much the same.

Walmart in California on Black Friday

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By 7:30 a.m., about an hour and a half after opening, early risers had taken up all the parking spots in the immediate vicinity of this Walmart.

Walmart in California on Black Friday

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But about 15-20 rows further, many parking spaces were still open.

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Inside, there were no angry shoppers squabbling over the latest gaming system or discounted clothing.

Walmart in California on Black Friday

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Instead, the store was surprisingly peaceful.

Walmart in California on Black Friday

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The grocery section was nearly empty, occupied mostly by employees restocking inventory.

Walmart in California on Black Friday

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And only a few shoppers poured into the clothing and home goods departments.

Walmart in California on Black Friday

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Like New York’s Walmart, the bins centered along the wide aisles held many widely promoted Black Friday deals on goods like bedding, toys and household items.

Walmart in California on Black Friday

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Several buyers have been interested in the offers of the bins on the bedding sets…

Walmart in California on Black Friday

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…with one person picking up the majority of discount TV wall mounts.

Walmart in California on Black Friday

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But aside from that shopper, most of the shopping carts around Walmart in Irvine, Calif., weren’t overflowing with discounted goods.

Walmart in California on Black Friday

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Alongside the bins, the majority of customers flocked to the party decoration and rear electronics departments…

Walmart in California on Black Friday

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…even though those parts of the store were still far from crowded.

Walmart in California on Black Friday

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All in all, it felt like any typical day at Walmart – not too busy but not completely empty.

Walmart in California on Black Friday

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Between the retail giant’s California and New York stores, it looks like Walmart’s era of extravagant Black Friday shopping is now over.

Walmart in California on Black Friday

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The sight of frantic shoppers, stuffed shopping carts and crowded aisles is now a thing of the past.

Walmart in California on Black Friday

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Instead, it is now less dangerous for security…

Walmart in California on Black Friday

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…and more of a quiet affair with just a handful of shoppers browsing the electronics, toys, and holiday decor offerings.

Walmart in California on Black Friday

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