Eggs in Basket Puzzle

Here’s a puzzle I came across a while back. Can you figure out an answer? Which strategy makes the puzzle easy to deconstruct?

There was a old women trying to sell eggs at the market. She had them contained in a basket. The first customer that approached her asked for half the eggs in the basket and then half an egg. Whilst she was slightly confused by the order she decided to give the man what he wanted. The second customer strangely asked for half the eggs in the basket and half an egg. Again, she was confused but of course went ahead and gave the lady what she’d asked for. The third customer also asked for half the eggs in the basket and then half an egg. She gave the customer what he asked for and then was surprised to see that she had no eggs left in the basket.

The question is how many eggs did she have in the basket to start with?

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