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posted by [personal profile] aldabra at 12:46pm on 19/11/2013
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.
 
posted by [identity profile] geekette8.livejournal.com at 12:56pm on 19/11/2013
^^^ This.
 
posted by [identity profile] atreic.livejournal.com at 01:06pm on 19/11/2013
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.
 
posted by [identity profile] naath.livejournal.com at 01:11pm on 19/11/2013
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.
 
posted by [identity profile] atreic.livejournal.com at 01:31pm on 19/11/2013
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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posted by [personal profile] aldabra at 03:59pm on 19/11/2013
Not all of them big enough to probably have what-were-they? Octonauts?
 
posted by (anonymous) at 11:13am on 21/11/2013
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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