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Today, after fruitlessly searching the house for half an hour, I gave up and went to W.H. Smith to buy more plain HB pencils. There, I found a well-stocked selection of three different HB pencil multipacks: they came in packs of nine, ten, or twelve.

How dramatically different is the market for nine pencil packs versus the market for ten pencil packs?


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Jun. 10th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
Some people like odd numbers and some like even?
Jun. 10th, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
Metric = ten
Imperial = 12, or divisible of (9, 6, 3....)

My thoughts anyway.
Jun. 10th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
Might it have something to do with common class sizes, or how to achieve the least number of unnecessary pencils possible? Common classes of 17 or 18 or 20 or 24?

(I doubt this theory, myself, but I toss it out for your consideration nevertheless!)
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