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March 19th, 2006
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The economics of bulk buying

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From:piqueen
Date:March 19th, 2006 01:41 am (UTC)
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I had this revelation one Easter. I wanted to buy a lot of creme eggs and I sat on the floor in the supermarket trying to work out the best way of doing it. I came to the conclusion that the medium size packet was the cheapest per egg. The same was incidently also true when buying pasta a while ago. Isn't the world a weird place.

Did you get my email BTW and also did you pick up the dress yesterday?
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From:deliberateblank
Date:March 19th, 2006 04:19 am (UTC)
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I once bought a crate of creme eggs post-easter when they were selling them off for pennies. I took in a fiver and worked out how many I could get for just under that. It was a *lot*.
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From:catyak
Date:March 19th, 2006 08:38 am (UTC)
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That's basically what we did last year as well. Took until gone October to finish them.

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From:atreic
Date:March 19th, 2006 08:39 am (UTC)
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What was even odder was that they weren't even hiding the fact - they had little price check lables on that meant I didn't even have to divide by 6, or 4, or anything difficult like that. Their only attempt at deception was that the 1-pack and the 6-pack were labled in price per litre (68 and 61p), and the 4-pack was labled in price per 100ml (5.4p). But
a) is the Great British Public really so innumerate this confuses it?
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b) surely that just makes the 4 pack look even cheaper?
Maybe angoel is right and they're just trying to get rid of 4 packs.
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From:king_of_wrong
Date:March 19th, 2006 09:42 am (UTC)
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is the Great British Public really so innumerate this confuses it?

Yes.

Anf the only logical reason to sell 1-, 4- and 6-packs is to confuse people; given how long unopened orange juice will keep, there's no pressing need for an "I'll never finish that much" size.
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From:senji
Date:March 19th, 2006 10:13 pm (UTC)
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Particularly since TESCO Online will no-longer deliver 132 cartons of OJ at a time (the most they'll do is 10xpack size; so if you're buying the not-cheapest variety a total of 110 cartons (10x1 + 10x4 + 10x6)).
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From:sashajwolf
Date:March 20th, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC)
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I dunno - I often find myself paying more for a smaller size because I don't think we've got enough space to store the larger one conveniently.
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From:atreic
Date:March 19th, 2006 08:43 am (UTC)
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PS I have your email, and your dress, which surprisingly has a matching thing with it (*stop press - dress with shawl - hold the pashimas*) Will email you back about dress logistics.

Thank you very much for the email - I am now Thinking. Due to my mother randomly annoucing that the cost of the wedding rings isn't allowed to come out of the wedding budget because of Tradition (I hate Tradition, it keeps sneaking up on me when I don't expect it), and because I need to find a hair dresser for M's mum and me anyway, it looks like there may well be a hairdresser...

PPS I have over 180 bottles of bubbles in my living room, and have found some tiara-like things for the bridesmaids. But they're more like headbands, they don't stick up or anything. Impulse buys :-)
From:rmc28
Date:March 19th, 2006 10:44 am (UTC)
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Which bizarre tradition is this?

*boggle*
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From:king_of_wrong
Date:March 19th, 2006 02:58 pm (UTC)
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Well, I'd guess at least half of it is the Tradition that the bride's parents pay for the wedding wheras the ring given by the groom is supposed to be a gift from him/his family...

I love tradition, but only so far as it doesn't get in the way.
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From:piqueen
Date:March 19th, 2006 01:43 pm (UTC)
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I can look for more quotes if you would like. I just got one of each because I thought it was just fantasy money.

bubbles? **boggles** instead of confetti?

pashmina on hold. Sam and I will just look for makeup and shoes.
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From:angoel
Date:March 19th, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC)
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Some places don't like confetti because it's impossible to clean up. I suspect areas with cobbles are particularly problematic to deal with. But this is uninformed speculation.
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From:arnhem
Date:March 19th, 2006 03:20 pm (UTC)
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180 bottles of bubbles

Cava or champagne?

Drat.
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