to think i should be able to buy an Easter egg on EASTER Saturday

(125 Posts)
Loislane78 Sat 30-Mar-13 17:22:28

Just been to Sainsbury's to get an Easter egg for me and DP to share tomorrow but there are none left; zilch, nada, ZERO eggs. The person in the store looked at me like I had two heads when I asked where they were; "Easter Eggs you say? No, got none left. Might be a couple of cream eggs near the tills".

The 'seasonal' aisle is now full of summer gardening equipment (look outside people!!!) and confused looking mums wanting to buy last minute eggs.

Perhaps I should start shopping a season in advance; buying my Christmas turkey in September and Easter Eggs on Boxing day. Shit, I better start queuing for some sparklers for Bonfire Night in case they run out of those in November too.

Get it together Sainsburys. Some of us live in the moment.

trinity0097 Sat 30-Mar-13 17:23:44

It's the same in b,oat supermarkets, Waitrose this morning near us just had hardboil eggs le and no legs of lamb!

they had plenty in tesco yesterday. Dh says there were none left in asda today.

trinity0097 Sat 30-Mar-13 17:24:14

Haribo not hard boiled!

UnChartered Sat 30-Mar-13 17:24:16

nope, i was in Waitrose yesterday and they were clearing the easter eggs off the shelves in front of customers

not a stealth boast, just didn't want Sainsbos to get all the flack


katkit1 Sat 30-Mar-13 17:24:37

Nothing in asda or tesco either - missed the boat this year it seems

Lottashakingoinon Sat 30-Mar-13 17:25:06

Not unreasonable at all except today is not Easter Saturday, that's next Saturday. Today I think is Holy Saturday <books taxi and leaves!>

Fleecyslippers Sat 30-Mar-13 17:25:30

They've been on the shelves since Boxing Day wink

MimmeeBack Sat 30-Mar-13 17:26:10

Tesco express, all reduced too.

MrsGeologist Sat 30-Mar-13 17:26:34

I got the last bag on mini eggs in Tesco today. I was ridiculously chuffed.

They had lots of eggs left, but they were all thorntons or double deckers (which I don't understand, double deckers are ace).

WorraLiberty Sat 30-Mar-13 17:26:36

Morrisons was exactly the same today.

I've also noticed that most of the newsagents haven't stocked them at all for the last couple of years around here.

gymboywalton Sat 30-Mar-13 17:26:39

YES!!!!!!!!! i have been to three brnaches of sainsburys, asda, the coop marks and spencer and numerous small shops. plenty of fucking bbq equipment but no bloody easter eggs!!!!

wtaf??? it's easter saturday!!! i am so glad that i am not the only person to be wanting to buy eggs at the lasts minutes!!!

zwischenzug Sat 30-Mar-13 17:26:51

Just have some Easter broccoli instead. Think of the health benefits.

Cybbo Sat 30-Mar-13 17:27:01

Nothing in Kingston. Ended up bulk buying bars of chocolate to hide around the house, from Lidl

gymboywalton Sat 30-Mar-13 17:27:26

oh and morrisons too!

Vicky2011 Sat 30-Mar-13 17:27:59

exactly the same issue for me - had ordered 2 for delivery from Thorntons yesterday but they didn't turn up so was at Sains at 8.00am this morning and, as you say - nada. I also got looked at like I was a loon for even asking.
BP Connect's overpriced offerings saved the day though.

yaimee Sat 30-Mar-13 17:28:40

None in asda or Waitrose near me, also had a couple left but it was slim pickings. All the mums had their iPhones out trying to find out if anywhere else still had some in stock and the Easter egg rumour mill had gone into over drive with potential sightings sightings ring whispered and people running for their cars grin

WrenNatsworthy Sat 30-Mar-13 17:28:58

I'll sell you DS's for 20 quid grin

OhChristHasRisenFENTON Sat 30-Mar-13 17:29:11

When I looked on Thursday there wasn't a great choice. I only wanted the basic Dairy Milk eggs and there were none.

Luckily I was buying for older 'children' so just got multi-packs of bars and wrapped them up in tissue paper - chocolate is chocolate to the grown-ups older children.

Machli Sat 30-Mar-13 17:29:39

Go to the smaller ones, the high street Tesco Or Sainsbury's. Always got them in there.

AuntieStella Sat 30-Mar-13 17:29:39

The Great Egg Disappearance of 2013 shock

Just buy a huge slab of Galaxy, or some Mars Bars and use your imagination.

Mumof3men Sat 30-Mar-13 17:30:43

I have had mine for the family stashed away for weeks. Beams proudly :-)

I am off to the first bbq of the year tonight though at which there will be one little one, went to the village today to get an extra egg and there were NONE!

Note to self-buy a couple of spare ones!

nars Sat 30-Mar-13 17:32:49

every year our tesco runs out three days before easter. i complained once and the manager told me they had been out for months so had ample time to buy them! it's all a bit crackers imo. next year i may buy lots and sell them on ebay wink

AuntieStella Sat 30-Mar-13 17:33:16

I went upmarket this year (for DParents and DPiLs at least) and went to Hotel du Chocolat. I expect they might still have some of their Classic Ostrich Eggs (£70).

Fleecyslippers Sat 30-Mar-13 17:33:39

Wren - excellent plan - I have 12 eggs - lets start the bidding at £25 each grin

LovesBeingWokenEveryNight Sat 30-Mar-13 17:39:38

I think they have all seriously cut how many they've had in

Roseformeplease Sat 30-Mar-13 17:41:46

Just bought the last 3 in the village where we are on holiday. One for each child and one for Granny (who will eat theirs otherwise ).

Euphemia Sat 30-Mar-13 17:42:40

So is it that they've sold out, or been taken away to make space for barbecue stuff? confused

VinegarDrinker Sat 30-Mar-13 17:44:53

I ordered some for our online shop yesterday... Got some eggs but not what I ordered and substitutions didn't take account of milk/dark/white so poor DH who only eats dark choc has none while I have 2! blush (On holiday miles from any shops)

It is not Easter Saturday.


VinegarDrinker Sat 30-Mar-13 17:46:45

Eh? It is, surely. Or Easter Eve, or Holy Saturday.

On the other hand, from a stock point of view, running out today is pretty much perfect.

Why do my DCs have four full-size Easter Eggs each?! When I was little you got one, from your parents, and that was it. Where did the custom come from of giving Easter Eggs to everyone you know?

lol at Easter Broccoli

Yanbu, i bet the large supermarkets have stocked them away to sell next year if the dates are good, to sell at the same price. Either that or they have sold them on to staff. Supermarkets don't exactly like offering stuff for cheap anymore grrr.

I agree re all this gardening/bbq nonsense, have they not looked at the weather/temperature??!![bushocked]. No-one is going to do up their garden or have a barbie until the temperature goes up and thaws a bit. Although its sunny here today, its like Iceland outside brrr.

I also think you are right about having to buy seasonal stuff 3m in advance, they were selling Easter eggs in our local Tesco, a few days shy of Christmas! And on Halloween, couldn't find any Halloween paraphernalia as the Christmas stuff was being rolled out shock

We seem to be in a rush for everything nowadays, well not me but some of the general population!

Easter Eve, yes. Holy Saturday, yes. Because it is still Holy Week and the day before Easter.

Easter Week starts tomorrow. Easter (Sun)Day, Easter Monday, etc.

Nincompoopery Sat 30-Mar-13 17:49:19

Yes, you are BU.. Well by supermarket standards anyway.,I bought my DH and DD weeks ago but went to both Tesco and Asda to by my own egg(s) today... Not a sign of any egg shaped chocolate in sight.

MrsGeologist Sat 30-Mar-13 17:49:24

DS1 would love Easter Broccoli, the strange boy.

cherrycarpet Sat 30-Mar-13 17:52:35

Yeah - we had the same problem today. NOTHING in our local huge Tesco or Sainsbury's. We only got back from holiday yesterday so were hoping to find eggs today. Finally got lucky in a small, local Tesco but the choice was very limited. I think they've messed up big time!

NotSuchASmugMarriedNow Sat 30-Mar-13 17:55:44

YABU - everybody knows you have to buy your easter eggs on boxing day.

Today you should be buying school uniform for the new term in September wink

Easter scrambled eggs?

TomArchersSausage Sat 30-Mar-13 17:58:28

I agree!

Buy your eggs on Dec 27th when the shops open and Christmas presents in July. It's madness. We'll meet ourselves coming back one of these days.

lockets Sat 30-Mar-13 18:00:05

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Merrylegs Sat 30-Mar-13 18:00:41

It's true! Only eggs left this a.m in Sainsburys were One Direction eggs for 99p. So I bought 3. Hey, chocolate is chocolate.

cardibach Sat 30-Mar-13 18:01:52

COme to West Wales. Bloody loads of them when I was in town this morning. THere will be many reduced ones on Tuesday, I feel... smile

Meglet Sat 30-Mar-13 18:03:42

smugmarried I've already started on the new uniform. And can I get age 7 boys black trousers, can I fuck.

Maybe we should get some easter egg moulds so we can make our own eggs next year.

OddBoots Sat 30-Mar-13 18:08:31

It must be a buyers nightmare trying to work out exactly how many to stock, especially in recession.

OddBoots Sat 30-Mar-13 18:09:46

Sorry, my apostrophe fell off.

BooCanary Sat 30-Mar-13 18:15:26

Only a couple of eggs in the GIANT Tescos Extra yesterday.
Couldn't believe it. First year I have left it this late - stuck for storage space so thought I'd buy them late.

Ended up getting stack of creme eggs and big bags of chocolate buttons!

hugoagogo Sat 30-Mar-13 18:16:15

YABU It's the day before, not the week before, of course they are all gone hmm

It's like expecting to buy a turkey on Christmas eve.

Or school uniform on August the 31st.

krasnayaploshad Sat 30-Mar-13 18:16:40

Easter Saturday is next week. Today is Easter Eve or Holy Saturday.

Horry I have a little crush for your perfect explanation on why today is NOT Easter Saturday. smile

NumTumMum Sat 30-Mar-13 18:18:47

Don't worry OP. If you wait about 2 weeks, you'll be able to buy selection packs for christmas.

kim147 Sat 30-Mar-13 18:20:54

I need one more. I have a friend who is in charge of the Nestle delivery trucks. Might need to speak to him.

piprabbit Sat 30-Mar-13 18:22:04

I don't think that the shops have necessarily run out of eggs, it's just that they have chosen to clear their shelves as Easter is now 'over'.
Last night my local Tesco Express had a full selection of eggs, chocolate rabbits and hot cross buns.
Today, nothing. They've all be removed and replaced with other offers. Not even a solitary Maltesers Bunny hiding at the back of a shelf sad.

lockets Sat 30-Mar-13 18:24:39

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Euphemia Sat 30-Mar-13 18:27:28



Smug as I bought DD's favourite Lindt egg three weeks ago oh and also we're going abroad in October and I already know her passport will be valid then as I checked in November when I booked the holiday. It's called being organised.

Lucyellensmum95 Sat 30-Mar-13 18:32:15

i am dreamin of a hotel chocolat egg with the choccie animals inside - we are skint thoughso i'll have to dream on <sighs>

Does anyone know if hotel chocolat chocolate is any good - somoene please tell me its shite..........please

Nirvana1999 Sat 30-Mar-13 18:34:26

I'm just back from my local Tesco, they have a few left, Smarties, Creme Egg, Buttons and a Celebrity Juice with Keith Lemon mug which I bought for mysel

lockets Sat 30-Mar-13 18:34:48

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poppypebble Sat 30-Mar-13 18:47:35

There were none in the big ASDA yesterday and none in the little Sainsbury's today. I've bought mine already but was surprised as every other year there are always lots on sale half-price on Easter Monday. Lots of people looking bewildered on the seasonal aisle today. I suppose some DC may prefer a watering can, but not many. smile

HokeyCokeyPigInAPokey Sat 30-Mar-13 18:53:04

This is one of those times when Woolworths would have saved the day, they always had loads.

Crying bloody shame they are no longer with us.

harbinger Sat 30-Mar-13 18:53:32

Yum, Hotel Chocolat. The DDs went and bought me a lovely 100g block yesterday. I'm being very VERY good and havn't scoffed it already.

As it's not egg shaped,I might just have to test a little tonight. grin

somewherewest Sat 30-Mar-13 19:04:45

There wasn't a fecking Easter egg to be had in our medium sized town today (we looked everywhere). M & S were clearing away all the Easter displays mid-afternoon

somewherewest Sat 30-Mar-13 19:08:59

...this would be the same M & S that already has shelves of 'Great British Summer' shite out despite the fact that there is still unmelted snow in our back garden.

Not that I'm bitter....oh no...grin

harbinger Sat 30-Mar-13 19:21:45

When the DDs come home they showed me a picture of the £70 Ostrich Egg that they had seen.

Who buys them?

Gingefringe Sat 30-Mar-13 19:50:09

Strangely our local Tesco had absolutely tons of Double Decker eggs with mugs. Nothing else! What's wrong with double deckers? i bought three and eaten one already

Andcake Sat 30-Mar-13 20:01:49

Same in my corner of London earlier today. All gone - None in m&s, none in waitrose, couldn't face morrisons bought a few small random things to compensate in newsagents. Then found a teso express with loads including a green and blacks dark choc egg for DP. Suspect he won't have got me anything though as went out after me (at 5 when the football on the radio finished ahhh)

Euphemia Sat 30-Mar-13 20:03:59

Ginge DD fancied one of those, but DH advised her that for the same money she could have a Hello Kitty egg, four Double Deckers and a bag of sweeties! grin

Helpexcel Sat 30-Mar-13 20:08:26

Might out myself now but my lovely neighbour is a store manager for a large supermarket. He has just delivered my bags of mini eggs and even he had to reserve them from the petrol station. They had only 2 bags left people shock
Just double decker large eggs are left in store. I've reserved two for Monday when reduced

StuntGirl Sat 30-Mar-13 20:09:36

Every year shops have loads of eggs left over they have to sell on cheaply and lose money on. I'm glad they've finally wised up and reduced wastage to be honest.

<stares longingly at the 1kg Thornton's Easter egg waiting for me for tomorrow! smug>

Euphemia Sat 30-Mar-13 20:10:54

1kg?! shock

StuntGirl Sat 30-Mar-13 20:11:52

It's bigger than my head!

specialsubject Sat 30-Mar-13 20:14:30

in an ideal world the shops would have had just enough and have run out today. Sadly loads will get wasted.

I was quite surprised to find that Christmas actually stops about Dec 18th.

I'm all for 'just in time' but it now seems to be a world of 'way too early'.

peacefuleasyfeeling Sat 30-Mar-13 20:21:43

Waitrose' shelves groaning under the weight of own brand, Green & Blacks' and Thorntons' eggs, but what I was really after were a couple of bags of those small solid eggs with a speckled pastel sugar coating, but they were all sold out as they're ideal for egg hunts, apparently. Happy Easter, everyone.

Euphemia Sat 30-Mar-13 20:23:19

It's bigger than my head!


GreenEggsAndNichts Sat 30-Mar-13 20:24:08

Honestly I think they stocked fewer eggs this year than previous years. Or, they people have purchased more eggs over the last couple of months, Because I've always bought eggs after Easter, especially ones with a toy or a mug that I fancied but didn't want to pay full price for before Easter. This year, every shelf I've seen for the last few days has been bare except for the small Easter bunny Maltesers or random small bags of Haribo. No eggs.

Thankfully I bought some when my mum was visiting a couple of weeks ago (including some Hotel Chocolat bits from her, yay) so minimal last minute shopping for me. I did decide I needed little wrapped eggs for hiding (I seem to have lost half the plastic eggs I use for hiding) and I think I picked some up at Lidl yesterday.

Horsemad Sat 30-Mar-13 20:26:29

Our local Tesco only had Double Decker eggs with mugs too Ginge

oh dear. DP has just popped out to the shops for something so spurious it can only be my easter egg.

I'm going to have to share the one I got for him, aren't I? Just as well it's a fancy arse number from hotel chocolat really!

Serves him right, I sorted DS and him 48 hours ages ago.

FakeHotCrossLobsters Sat 30-Mar-13 20:31:13

Why did you not buy your Easter eggs on Christmas Eve, when they first started selling them?

Easter Saturday is for buying 'Bak 2 Skool' stuff ready for September and the first of the Halloween Haribo packs.

SmiteYouWithThunderbolts Sat 30-Mar-13 20:34:20

Tesco Eggstra (fnar!) near me had a few left this afternoon but there were people actually pushing and shoving to get to them. It was a little scary!

Loislane78 Sat 30-Mar-13 20:51:00

Well today i have learned if i want an Easter egg

- that is not a Double Decker (with mug)
- and costs less than £70

...I need to get it Boxing day. I'll add it to my Christmas list, I mean Easter list, oh heck grin

Bloomin' supermarkets!!!

I am reminded that at Easter in 2002 I was working at a vair posh chocolate shop (makes Hotel Chocolat look like Thorntons). Someone bought a £600 Easter egg which was about three feet tall and two feet wide. For their child.

I know mine has come from here, as I've seen the bag grin
I bet it was because everywhere else had sold out!

midastouch Sat 30-Mar-13 21:34:55

i saw some of those horrible cheap chocolate ones somewhere today the disney ones. YANBU however, i brought mine in february grin

issey6cats Sat 30-Mar-13 21:42:18

no boxed eggs in asda halifax today but hundreds of packets of cadbury mini eggs and very yummy they are too bought myself two packets

CecyHall Sat 30-Mar-13 21:43:22

Yes, none in Sainsburys yesterday or Asda today. Really annoyed, luckily got DSs last week but not DH, in the end I got him a 4 pack of Bounty, a 4 pack of Double Decker and a bar of Dairy Milk, which came to about the same price as an egg and will (hopefully) last him longer! Not exactly eastery though.

babybythesea Sat 30-Mar-13 21:43:33

Hmm. Glad it's not just me.

We weren't planning on really doing anything for Easter as it doesn't feature on the radar for either me or DH (DH is working tomorrow anyway) so a while back I bought one very small egg for DD (age 4) and thought no more of it. Until this morning when clearly someone said something at the birthday party we went to, and she started going on and on about how the Easter Bunny was coming and it was tomorrow and she was so excited.... so we thought we ought to play along a little bit as it was starting to feel as though if we didn't we'd be as mean as if we had not let Father Christmas come!
So DH nipped off to the local co-op. Absolutely nothing, not even a packet of mini eggs.
He came back, reported failure, and I headed out to Tescos.
Where I found the ubiquitous Double Decker Easter Egg with mug. What the hell did they do? How come all over the country Double Deckers are the only ones left????
There was a mash of people standing round the half inch length of shelf containing the double decker eggs, all clearly pondering whether that was suitable. I went to the pick and mix in the hopes of finding chocolate eggs there - nothing. So I went to the chocolate aisle and went instead for a box of Heroes on the principle that DD will just be excited to get chocolate and won't notice it's not egg shaped....

I did notice however that the Spa I drove past on my way home seemed to have eggs so I did an emergency stop and ran in to investigate. DD now has a chocolate rabbit, a chocolate chick and a Kinder egg (all similar sizes - the rabbit and chick are not big) for her 'hunt', as well as a Thornton's egg with a butterfly on it to find at the end (which I am rather chuffed with - it was half price too!). They also had creme egg eggs (if you see what I mean) and chocolate button eggs - two for a fiver. So I got a couple of extras (for me and DH - if dd has all this chocolate we need some way of preventing ourselves eating it!). In the end, it was successful, but the crisis of egg hunting was quite traumatic!

I have an enormous Lindt bunny to devour tomorrow. I may remove the bell for sneakier scoffing.

Didn't need to buy DS any eggs - grandparents have been lavishing them upon him since February, and he has a bag full. Must go and hide them around the house.

My sister and I always used to get money for Easter, and a trip to Woolworths. We worked out pretty early on that this meant twice as much chocolate for the money!

2kidsintow Sat 30-Mar-13 21:57:52

I bought lots of the 3 for £whatever mini easter shaped chocolates as soon as they hit the shops, ages ago. For the kids easter hunt in the morning - if I can be bothered to get my bum in gear and arrange it.

Then filled my boots a few weeks later, with lots of the BOGOF £1.50 eggs from Tesco. I have a bag of 14 waiting to be exchanged with family tomorrow. Just over a tenner for the lot.

I learnt last year that you didn't buy the eggs the second they hit the shops as they generally come out with a better offer once they've been on the shelves for a few weeks.
But also that you don't leave it too long as they start to put the prices up... and if you leave it til the bloomin last minute, they will have run out.

I don't think that the supermarkets are taking them off the shelves... they will want to sell every scrap of stock they have. They have bought pretty much the right amount if just a day or two before the event they are selling their last few and not having to reduce any.

jellybeans Sat 30-Mar-13 22:00:15

There was none in Asda, Morrisons or Coop today. Luckily Aldi, had some of those cute bunnies.

Midlifecrisisarefun Sat 30-Mar-13 22:01:19

I went to Asda Thurs evening, no bloody eggs!! Is there a egg shortage this year!!
Easter bunny got myxomatosis??
Yesterday went into local coop caramel eggs were all that was left so bought those for friends DC, bought our DGS a toy car instead!
disclaimer: he is only one 1 yr old!

There was half a dozen easter eggs left in my local Tesco this afternoon; there was also a dozen or so people actually fighting over the things, with staff standing between the eggs and the people!


hwjm1945 Sat 30-Mar-13 22:13:41

Weird,went to waitrose today and v little left.had wanted mini eggs for post kiddie bed time pigging but all gone!

BadabingBadabong Sat 30-Mar-13 22:18:31

Going shopping today for Easter eggs is like doing your Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve. How long have you know it was Easter Sunday tomorrow? Long enough to get the eggs before Easter eve!!!

Bugsylugs Sat 30-Mar-13 22:19:47

Tesco's said their fingers got burnt last year with the heat wave and loads left over so all shops ordered less this year .

GreenEggsAndNichts Sat 30-Mar-13 22:37:26

We had a heat wave last year? I can't even imagine at the moment.

Iaintdunnuffink Sat 30-Mar-13 22:56:38

I was saying this earlier, the supermarkets don't seem to have over stocked this year. I got some ages ago but we accidentally ate them one night, I replaced them on a Tesco order but they substituted them with creme egg ones. One child hates them so I went to Sansburys this thurs, expecting to see the usual piles of cut price ones.

Nope, it was only the more up market ones going. I couldn't get one child a luxury one and the other a cheapo one so I got two of them. The spare creme egg one was donated elsewhere.

Today I realised that after buying 6 eggs we had nothing for us adults. I usually get something for us to share, we would survive without chocolate, it's silly but nice We're visiting inlaws this weekend and went to one supermarket today, intending to pick something up with the shopping, nothing. Walked down the high street past 2 newsagents and nothing went into a small high street supermarket and found a tiny display of the last dregs.

BlessedDespair Sat 30-Mar-13 22:58:44

We've been practically giving our last ones away today (petrol station) as no one was interested :-/

Iaintdunnuffink Sat 30-Mar-13 23:16:15

Last month I got a 99p Christmas cake from our local petrol station smile

SinisterBuggyMonth Sat 30-Mar-13 23:26:41

YANBU, my local tesco megastore had a shelf of hello kitty and Peppa pig micro eggs and a half eatern yorkie I think.deliberately put there to piss people off That is all for a shop thats entire floor space takes up half my town. And this was on Good Friday too. Christmas, valentines days, halloween you can usually pick up something last minute. WTF do they have against Easter?

It snowed today. I didn't buy any barbecue stuff.

goldenlula Sun 31-Mar-13 00:08:50

And this is why I refused to let dh eat one of the Easter Eggs last night! I had already replaced 2 on Thursday! As it happens the small Tescos I went in today had some so I got him one from there, but I was taking no risks on Good Friday!

OhMerGerd Sun 31-Mar-13 09:39:54

Ok. No one else has admitted it but I am going to confess.
I do all my shopping for Christmas on Christmas Eve! Even the Turkey and we always have at least ten for dinner, so I'm not talking turkey drummers and a Birds instant trifle here. It's an operation planned with military precision (organisation) but I like everything to be the freshest of the fresh as I'm not going into those shops again until January .
And I always buy the Easter eggs ( apart from DDs which I get on the Saturday) on bank Holiday Monday on the way to see family.
This year no eggs yesterday, but I went to Lidl anyway as the DD love those belgian seashell chocs they do at 1.59 a box ... Bargain! Fam will get Easter Choc too..[ busmile ]

TheNebulousBoojum Sun 31-Mar-13 09:41:56

Same here, OH went shopping for eggs yesterday and found none in all the normal places.
Fortunately as it was for me, he finally decided to get one at Montezuma's.
Expensive, but I'm worth it. smile

Theicingontop Sun 31-Mar-13 09:42:51

None left in my local either. So I dusted off my easter egg molds and made my own with a massive bar of cadburys and milkybar.

The lengths they drive us to. <shakes fist>

SanityClause Sun 31-Mar-13 10:00:57

Do you think the supermarkets have done this deliberately? Of course not! They would love to sell you their last Easter egg at closing time on Saturday. But they have to make an educated guess as to how many they will need to order in. And this year, lots of supermarkets under ordered.

But, as far as they are concerned, it's better to sell out a little to early than have to discount, and store surplus eggs (think of the storage cost - Easter eggs are very bulky as they're mostly air!).

Easter eggs have been in the shops since January. Could you not have popped an egg in with last week's shop?

Essexgirlupnorth Sun 31-Mar-13 10:22:42

Even hotel chocolate had hardly any yesterday was going to buy one reduced after Easter but don't think there will be any hmm

Bugaloo Sun 31-Mar-13 11:28:40

I don't think they ran out of stock, I think they chose to clear the shelves and get the summer stuff out. It was the same at Halloween, I popped in for some last minute extras on 30th October, and it was all gone, making way for the Christmas stuff. It's odd. And very annoying. I was so going to treat myself to an egg this year.

EricNorthmansFangBanger Sun 31-Mar-13 12:06:30

I had DS in February so I've been a bit preoccupied shite excuses

I got both DDs their eggs plus a bag of eggs to do an Easter egg hunt a week ago, but the choice was pretty limited in our big Sainsburys. Literally a few days before there was a whole aisle and a half of eggs that seemingly disappeared. Balls that they've sold them all in that time so I reckon that the staff have eaten them grin

Is it wrong that I really want an Easter egg now that I haven't got any for me? I wonder if my local co-op will have any lonely eggs on the shelves?

aldiwhore Sun 31-Mar-13 12:10:38

YWNBU if you'd posted this on thursday, but easter saturday is half way through the bank holiday. Christmas Eve is also a 'you'll be lucky' day if you want much of anything Christmassey.

There was ONE egg left in our Sainsbury's yesterday, I'm also guilty (and U) of leaving it until the last moment... so Grandad has a Barbie Princess Easter Egg, he won't mind!

ddubsgirl Sun 31-Mar-13 13:51:03

Eggs were out from Boxing Day over 3 months they have been on the shelves pissed of at being shouted at the last 2 days cos all the eggs have gone hmm

Pandemoniaa Sun 31-Mar-13 14:05:12

It mightn't be reasonable but actually, leaving Easter egg buying till the Saturday is risky. Last year DP and I assumed it'd be no problem at all wandering into Waitrose and finding a reasonable (if not lavish) choice. Instead, there were none. Same in Tesco and every other shop. We weren't much more organised this year either but even on Thursday there were plenty to be had. By Friday there was buggerall. Unless you wanted the gigantic and ludicrously expensive Lindt chocolate bunny that even Waitrose customers had shunned.

I don't know whether the supermarkets are clearing their shelves or ordering fewer supplies in the first place but I suspect they assume that people buy things way ahead of time. Hence sodding Easter stuff being in the shops just after Christmas. Only this lack of Easter eggs on the weekend of Easter seems to be commonplace now.

FourArms Sun 31-Mar-13 14:45:23

Went to Tesco at 6pm last night after finding nothing in Sainsburys earlier in the day. Only Hello Kitty, Lindt rabbits with free ears and Double Decker eggs left. Bought 3 double deckers!

Horsemad Sun 31-Mar-13 15:52:57

They seem to have ordered way too many Double Deckers this year! Loads left in our Tesco last night.

lilackaty Sun 31-Mar-13 16:06:26

YANBU - what I found most annoying is the attitude of some staff like it is beyond ridiculous that you are wanting Easter eggs the day before Easter Sunday. I found some in a small Tesco & we had loads of Double Decker ones left too; I wonder if it is the same tesco!

cocoachannel Sun 31-Mar-13 16:10:29

None in our Waitrose yesterday - just packets of haribo Springtime and those creme egg splat things.

ddubsgirl Sun 31-Mar-13 16:55:54

maybe the staff were fed up for the 1000 time being asked why now eggs like its thier fault? at work yesterday everyone seemed to be in a bad mood and were rude!
dont blame the workers,blame higher up!

I think everyone has been sneakily eating the previously-bought ones because they are so cold and miserable, then having to go out and replace them. So by the time Easter actually arrived = shortage.

wonderingsoul Sun 31-Mar-13 18:40:40

Our Tesco had 100's of double Dockers only a couple of other ones to.

Horsemad Sun 31-Mar-13 20:33:07

So, either we're all shopping at the same branch of Tesco, grin OR, Tesco have vastly over ordered on the DD eggs!!

Ditzydit Sun 31-Mar-13 21:04:50

Yo should have bought them earlier. You could have picked up a FO Thorntons eggs for £10 a couple of days ago.

Ditzydit Sun 31-Mar-13 21:06:40

We had to get a DD Cadburys egg to satisfy the demand for a Cadburys egg, augmented by a pouch of chocolate buttons cos we felt like parenting failures.

babybythesea Sun 31-Mar-13 21:10:36

I was at a Tesco in Cornwall where there were loads of DD eggs left. Someone else was I think in Birmingham.

My last minute excuse was that we did already have one small egg for dd and weren't going to do anything much as Easter really isn't a big deal for us. DD is four so I didn't think would have been influenced by anyone else yet! DH was working, no family nearby, we're not churchy so there's no religious celebration.... I was just going to give her a little egg and then have a normal Sunday.
Until she started going on and on, at Saturday lunch time, about the Easter Bunny and how excited she was and would she see him and what colour was he and what about all the eggs and the chocolate and she was so excited and did I mention how excited she was - someone had clearly said something. We were panicking because I felt as though I'd be as bad as not playing along with father Christmas if I didn't do something easter egg hunt-ish. So I was last minute shopping because Easter hadn't featured on our radar as a family until someone got hold of dd and told her all about it. That someone will pay if I ever find out who they are.....
All I wanted was a packet of mini eggs for a hunt. And never did find them.

FannyBazaar Sun 31-Mar-13 21:14:28

I found Waitrose almost devoid but John Lewis still had some yesterday and they were half price, M&S not one but had tins of chocolate biscuits on their Easter display. I did like their style for sticking something on the display and the fact they obviously hadn't over stocked, but not one?

I remember the good old days of popping to supermarkets after Easter and buying ridiculously cheap eggs with mugs just to get a collection of mugs.

FakeHotCrossLobsters Sun 31-Mar-13 21:26:41

Why don't they make easter eggs with Topic chocolate bars in them.

I love Topic's.

I work in a shop that sold Easter eggs. Ours stock sold out on Friday afternoon. And yes, I was genuinely surprised at how many customers came in looking for eggs right up to closing time Saturday (although sympathetic and suggesting alternative sources to the customers).

I'm intrigued by the notion voiced by a couple of posters that the shops are choosing to clear their shelves of Easter eggs, rather than sell them. That just makes no sense. They won't keep to next year, and it's expensive to warehouse 'dead' stock anyway; so do you honestly think they're going to discard stock they can sell hmm? Selling them after Easter means taking a loss on them, which I don't imagine many retailers are keen to do, no matter how big and profitable they are.

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