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This year’s Black Friday shopping extravaganza was full of contradictions and surprises.

Stores such as Target, Walmart and Best Buy are reported to have drawn a record number of people on Friday (and Thursday), only to be disappointed by less-than-stellar sales numbers.

"The economy spoke loud and clear over the past few days," Brian Sozzi, CEO and chief equities strategist at Belus Capital Advisors, told The Associated Press’ Anne D'innocenzio.

Overall sales numbers weren’t the only surprise this year.

Take InfoScout's informal report of Walmart’s most purchased items on Black Friday. According to its count, 18 out of the top 20 items purchased there were electronics (although other outlets have reported that towels take the top spot, InfoScout's metrics don't seem to include them in their ranking). Those 18 electronics account for 22.8 percent of all items bought at Walmart that day.

Because Walmart drew in roughly 50 percent more Black Friday shoppers this year than any other retailer, it’s reasonable to assume that Walmart’s reports indicate larger shopping trends.

That’s certainly the case with sales of Sony’s newest game console, the Playstation 4. Even though the PS4 was only released two-weeks before the biggest shopping day of the year, its sales were not only beat out by the Xbox One (in America, anyway), but also by its own previous incarnation, the PlayStation 3.

Microsoft saw a surprise of its own — a more positive one — with InfoScout reporting sales of the new Xbox One accounting for 1.2 percent of all purchases at Walmart. Combined with the equally stellar sales of the Xbox 360 (which took up .8 percent of all sales, according to the statistics aggregator website), Microsoft’s game consoles totaled an even 2 percent of all Black Friday sales at Walmarts across the nation.

When InfoScout combined statistics for both Walmart and Target, Xbox consoles accounted for 61 percent of all consoles sold last Friday. Playstation only accounted for 30 percent.

It's important to remember, however, that InfoScout’s numbers have not gone without dispute. Tracking sales numbers, especially in such a short amount of time, is no easy task and is subject to error.

Either way, the statistics show that product developers as well as retail store managers can’t always predict how, where and what people will buy.

20 Shark Steam Mop
Sears.com

Average price: $48.03

Percent of Walmart sales: 0.3 percent



The Shark Steam Mop is only one of two items on this list that breaks the mold by not being classified as an "electronic" item.

19 Samsung Blu-Ray DVD Player
Samsung.com

Average price: $48.00

Percent of Walmart sales: 0.4 percent



Samsung has three items included on this list, two of which are TVs.

18 Nintendo 2DS
Nintendo.com

Average price: $99.91

Percent of Walmart sales: 0.4 percent



Although the Nintendo 2DS has been met with mixed reviews, Black Friday shoppers were clearly impressed by the product's relatively low price, for a new gaming console that is.

17 Samsung 46" TV
Samsung.com

Average price: $497.00

Percent of Walmart sales: 0.4 percent



Samsung has three items included on this list, two of which are TVs.

16 Sony Playstation 4
Playstation.com

Average price: $399.00

Percent of Walmart sales: 0.5 percent



Though it has been reportedly performing very well overseas, the Playstation 4 seems to have struggled in comparison with the XBox One in Black Friday sales.

15 Android tablet - Nabi 7"

Average price: $99.00

Percent of Walmart sales: 0.5 percent



14 Element 23" TV
ElementElectronics.com

Average price: $75.00

Percent of Walmart sales: 0.6 percent



With five slots taken, TVs have the distinction of appearing on the list with the most frequency.

13 14-foot BouncePro Trampoline
Thinkstock

Average price: $165.00

Percent of Walmart sales: 0.6 percent



The BouncePro trampoline is only one of two items on this list that breaks the mold by not being classified as an "electronic" item.

12 Call of Duty: Ghosts (XBox 360)
Associated Press

Average price: $39.95

Percent of Walmart sales: 0.6 percent



The only video game included on our list, "Call of Duty: Ghosts" is easily one of the most in-demand games of the holiday season.

11 Sony Playstation 3
Wikimedia commons

Average price: $163.52

Percent of Walmart sales: 0.6 percent



Oddly enough, InfoScout tracked that the Playstation 3 ranked higher than the Playstation 4 in terms of Black Friday sales at Walmart.

10 HP Black Licorice 15.6" Laptop
Associated Press

Average price: $178.00

Percent of Walmart sales: 0.6 percent



HP has caught the attention of many consumers for their innovative approach to tablet-laptop hybrids.

9 LG Blu-Ray DVD Player
LG.com

Average price: $37.95

Percent of Walmart sales: 0.8 percent



Including the XBox One, Playstation 3 and Playstation 4, there are five Blu-Ray players on this year's list.

8 XBox 360
Associated Press

Average price: $99.00

Percent of Walmart sales: 0.8 percent



Known as part of the "seventh generation" of video game consoles. the XBox 360 is most notable for introducing the Kinect motion sensor, which allowed gamers a more interactive experience.

7 Android Tablet - RCA
RCA.com

Average price: $48.86

Percent of Walmart sales: 1.0 percent



The emerging "low-end tablets" that mostly operate with Android systems are being touted as "training wheels for non-PC users."

6 XBox One
XBox.com

Average price: $499.00

Percent of Walmart sales: 1.2 percent



It's been reported that Microsoft sold more than 1 million XBox Ones in the first 24 hours of the product's release.

5 Emerson 50" TV
EmersonAudioVideo.com

Average price: $286.00

Percent of Walmart sales: 1.4 percent



Emerson has been making electronics since 1912, but their HD televisions are now picking up steam for their competitive prices.

4 Samsung 32" TV
Samsung.com

Average price: $98.00

Percent of Walmart sales: 1.8 percent



As one reviewer at TechRadar.tv puts it, Samsung is known for "packing an almighty punch" when it comes televisions. Clearly, consumers agreed on Black Friday.

3 HP Pavillion 14" Laptop
HP.com

Average price: $278.01

Percent of Walmart sales: 2.2 percent



HP has caught the attention of many consumers for their innovative approach to tablet-laptop hybrids.

2 VIZIO 60" TV
VIZIO.com

Average price: $668.15

Percent of Walmart sales: 2.6 percent



Although VIZIO hasn't gathered much of a reputation for picture quality, the ability to sell large HD TVs at a reasonable price has given the California based electronics company quite the edge.

1 Apple iPad Mini 16GB
Apple.com

Average price: $299.91

Percent of Walmart sales: 6.4 percent



The iPad mini is Apple's latest foray into the ever-expanding tablet market. As one reviewer noted, the iPad Mini is "the distillation of everything that makes the iPad the top-selling — and best — tablet available today."