This error message was seen on J.Crew's website Friday as shoppers flocked online to save with Black Friday deals.
This error message was seen on J.Crew’s website Friday as shoppers flocked online to save with Black Friday deals.

The unofficial start of the holiday shopping season left many consumers frustrated as some major retailers suffered technical difficulties with their websites just as they were rolling out their Black Friday deals.

Walmart first reported delays beginning as early as Wednesday but said that most shoppers were able to proceed with their orders “smoothly.”

“Due to extremely high demand for our Black Friday deals Wednesday night, our site experienced some delays shortly after our event began online,” company spokesman Danit Marquardt said in a statement. “Many customers were still able to check out smoothly,…