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November 19th, 2013
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From:aldabra
Date:November 19th, 2013 12:46 pm (UTC)
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If I were Tesco, I'd probably order in 100,000 of Kwazii and 100,000 of Barnacles and so on. And then depending on the eptitude and cost control of my distribution factory I might open the boxes one at a time in order of arrival and fill orders that way. So the answer might be several hundred thousand.

What's the deadline? Christmas? If there's time to iterate I'd order in a preliminary eight and see what I got. And then investigate eBay for low-faff swapping.

Although, last time I counted we had 17 Tescoi in Cambridge. What I'd actually do is cycle to the largest half dozen in order of accessibility and see what they had on the shelves, first.
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From:geekette8
Date:November 19th, 2013 12:56 pm (UTC)
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^^^ This.
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From:atreic
Date:November 19th, 2013 01:06 pm (UTC)
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Yes, that was my worry. But then I became interested in the hypothetical question, rather than the actual problem, which I fear may be as you state it...

_17_ Tescoi? Wow.
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From:naath
Date:November 19th, 2013 01:11 pm (UTC)
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Many of them are "Tesco Express" and probably have few or no toys of this kind; I think I'd only bother trying Milton, Fulbourn, and Newmarket Road unless I'd seen evidence of the toys in the smaller shops. Bar Hill is a difficult cycle, but likely to have more stock.
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From:atreic
Date:November 19th, 2013 01:31 pm (UTC)
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I think the back road path from Dry Drayton to Bar Hill is quite a good cycle, but it's ages since I've done it, so I could be wrong...
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From:aldabra
Date:November 19th, 2013 03:59 pm (UTC)
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Not all of them big enough to probably have what-were-they? Octonauts?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 21st, 2013 11:13 am (UTC)
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Toys don't come in boxes of one type, because otherwise a smaller shop which ordered only one or two boxes wouldn't have a good assortment. So opening boxes one at a time actually gives you a fairly good random assortment, depending on whether are are shortpacked.

See: http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Shortpacking

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