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How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.

Post by confusedinvestor » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:08 pm

Folks,
Bit embarrassed to ask this but any tips how to get Toilet Paper ?

I've been bit sick so DW is doing all shopping and she went to 6 stores to get it but no luck.

We tried to order online from Amazon, Costco, Vons - all online orders cancelled

We are in So CAL.

ps: We were able to get Meds for our kids, on the brighter side...

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Post by 7eight9 » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:11 pm

Did you try ordering from Target or Walmart? Both had it on offer when I looked earlier today.
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Post by quantAndHold » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:12 pm

Do you have a neighbor you can borrow some from?
Yes, I’m really that pedantic.

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Post by ThankYouJack » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:13 pm

Sorry to hear that. Could you ask neighbors, friends, or relatives for some?

Also, you could call stores to see when their expected stock will be coming in. And then go first thing. Good luck and hope you get well soon!

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Post by jjface » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:14 pm

Might have to go further afield and check smaller non traditional stores eg even gas stations sometimes have toilet paper. Good luck. I imagine things will get restocked eventually. Some of my local stores are still selling toilet paper but I am on the other side of the country.

Also amazon does go in and out of stock. Keep refreshing the page and see if anything comes up.

There seems to be some on walmart.com but you might have to pay a little premium as these are 3rd party sellers.

also see about friends/neighbors. Maybe work has a supply and can help an employee in need.

ebay as a last resort.
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Post by AerialWombat » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:14 pm

Do you have a broad leafed tree in your yard? Snow on the ground? Old t-shirts or wash rags?

Get creative. :beer

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Post by KyleAAA » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:14 pm

Use your bidet.

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Post by johan851 » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:15 pm

Apparently our local Costco restocks every night. I heard from an employee that the trick is to line up a bit before they open and then (their words) run to get it in time. Ridiculous, but I'm considering grabbing a pack that way since we're starting to run low.

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Post by curmudgeon » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:16 pm

It will be back in a few days. There's no real shortage, just silliness. Borrow a couple of rolls from a neighbor until then.

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Post by pasadena » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:17 pm

I would try to go to the store right when they open in the morning.

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Post by jjface » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:17 pm

Also try the shipt / instacart services and order from several stores. The shopper may get to the store and get lucky especially if you set the time for first thing in the morning. There isn't a fee if they are out of stock so worth a try. Get a team on it :D
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Post by Devil's Advocate » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:18 pm

My cousin taught me a new word to add to my vocabulary...waffle stomp..
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Post by mhalley » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:19 pm

The bidet idea isn't terrible, you can get toilet lid attachments pretty cheap these days. Then just use a washcloth to dry off. Better hurry before they sell out!

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Post by Sandtrap » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:19 pm

Costco, pack of 12-20? limit 1 per customer.
Amazon.com
Facial tissue
Paper towels
Baby wipes
Jumbo paper towel dispenser roll donated from work if they let you have it.

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Post by JAZZISCOOL » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:19 pm

Try office supply stores. I found some at Staples (online with delivery).

I don't think people really need 500 rolls at home. Lots of hoarding out there. :shock:

Good luck!

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Post by quantAndHold » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:20 pm

What I read but haven’t checked since we’re fully stocked is that the stores restock overnight. So if you really, truly need something, your odds are best when the store first opens in the morning.

Out Costco had plenty the other day. They were limiting it to one pack per person, but it was one Costco sized pack.

But i was serious about asking your neighbors. Most people have a six month supply at this point. They might be able to spot you a few rolls until things inevitably calm down on the panic buying front.
Yes, I’m really that pedantic.

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Post by InvestingGeek » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:21 pm

Doesn't solve your problem but hopefully helps tide you over :). In the absence of toilet paper, water works really well. Use a cup or glass (not used again for other things of course) to dispense from a bucket and wash well with your hands.

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Post by donfairplay » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:24 pm

johan851 wrote:
Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:15 pm
Apparently our local Costco restocks every night. I heard from an employee that the trick is to line up a bit before they open and then (their words) run to get it in time. Ridiculous, but I'm considering grabbing a pack that way since we're starting to run low.
Here's the problem, in So Cal people are lining up as early as 3 AM at Costco.

Orange County Register article: https://www.ocregister.com/2020/03/13/w ... -outbreak/

Orange County Register video, also hosted in the article and on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGlTBVFFyro

Toilet paper is very hard to come by in this area, and not just at Costco.

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Post by livesoft » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:26 pm

KyleAAA wrote:
Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:14 pm
Use your bidet.
That's a great suggestion. One can make a small portable bidet from a plastic soda bottle with a plastic cap. See youtube. Backpackers often do this.

Then if you like, you can wipe with a cloth that you wash much like a cloth diaper.
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Post by JAZZISCOOL » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:26 pm

JAZZISCOOL wrote:
Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:19 pm
Try office supply stores. I found some at Staples (online with delivery).

I don't think people really need 500 rolls at home. Lots of hoarding out there. :shock:

Good luck!
Edit: also some local stores are starting to limit some items e.g. 2 per person. That should help.

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Post by Looking4Answers » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:27 pm

Wal-mart and Target were not selling it online when I checked. None in stores that I have been in lately.

My local Wal-mart has grocery pick-up available. Usually you can schedule for the next day. A couple of days ago I checked and no pick-ups were available for several days out. Now website says no pick-up times available.

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Post by HueyLD » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:27 pm

Does anyone still have old Sears or Penney’s catalogs?

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Post by BeneIRA » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:28 pm

Get to the store, not Costco, about 30 minutes or so before they open and they will have toilet paper. They do stock daily. Going to some non traditional places like Staples or Whole Foods should also work out for you, but again, show up at least 30 minutes before they open.

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Post by dukeblue219 » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:28 pm

Flushable wipes might be in stock, as are baby wipes (don't flush them!).

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Post by FIREchief » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:28 pm

Every day the mailman delivers junk mail to my mailbox. Problem solved!! 8-)
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Post by Starfish » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:28 pm

And when you think humanity invented toilet paper only few decades ago.

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Post by donfairplay » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:29 pm

BeneIRA wrote:
Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:28 pm
Get to the store, not Costco, about 30 minutes or so before they open and they will have toilet paper. They do stock daily. Going to some non traditional places like Staples or Whole Foods should also work out for you, but again, show up at least 30 minutes before they open.
I lined up at Ralph's (Kroger affiliate in so cal) earlier today and they didn't have toilet paper. Thankfully the manager warned people who lined up early so they could try at other stores.

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Post by BeneIRA » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:31 pm

donfairplay wrote:
Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:29 pm
BeneIRA wrote:
Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:28 pm
Get to the store, not Costco, about 30 minutes or so before they open and they will have toilet paper. They do stock daily. Going to some non traditional places like Staples or Whole Foods should also work out for you, but again, show up at least 30 minutes before they open.
I lined up at Ralph's (Kroger affiliate in so cal) earlier today and they didn't have toilet paper.
Keep trying. Try Staples or Whole Foods or a secondary store. Ask the employees if they have it and if they stock it. Had a friend call to about five stores and found one that said they were stocking daily. He got a pack today. Whole Foods worked for me when they opened.

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Post by Dottie57 » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:33 pm

FIREchief wrote:
Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:28 pm
Every day the mailman delivers junk mail to my mailbox. Problem solved!! 8-)
+1

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Post by fareastwarriors » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:34 pm

Can you ask for your friends or family to spare some for now?
The stores will restock eventually.

If you're in Nor Cal, I could help...

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Post by donfairplay » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:34 pm

BeneIRA wrote:
Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:31 pm
donfairplay wrote:
Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:29 pm
BeneIRA wrote:
Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:28 pm
Get to the store, not Costco, about 30 minutes or so before they open and they will have toilet paper. They do stock daily. Going to some non traditional places like Staples or Whole Foods should also work out for you, but again, show up at least 30 minutes before they open.
I lined up at Ralph's (Kroger affiliate in so cal) earlier today and they didn't have toilet paper.
Keep trying. Try Staples or Whole Foods or a secondary store. Ask the employees if they have it and if they stock it. Had a friend call to about five stores and found one that said they were stocking daily. He got a pack today. Whole Foods worked for me when they opened.
I'm not trying to find toilet paper as I am fully stocked up. I'm merely relaying how hard it is to get it when people are lining up 7 hours before Costco opens, and many grocery stores/hardware stores/office supply stores in this area don't have it when they open their stores.

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Post by F150HD » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:35 pm

confusedinvestor wrote:
Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:08 pm
Folks,
Bit embarrassed to ask this but any tips how to get Toilet Paper ?

I've been bit sick so DW is doing all shopping and she went to 6 stores to get it but no luck.

We tried to order online from Amazon, Costco, Vons - all online orders cancelled

We are in So CAL.

ps: We were able to get Meds for our kids, on the brighter side...
not sure. But I had to chuckle when I saw the thread listed after yours and wondered if it might yield the solution to your problem in some obtuse way....

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Post by Teague » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:35 pm

JAZZISCOOL wrote:
Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:19 pm
Try office supply stores. I found some at Staples (online with delivery).

I don't think people really need 500 rolls at home. Lots of hoarding out there. :shock:

Good luck!
That could make quite the headline.

Out of toilet paper, some are switching to Staples.
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Post by Devil's Advocate » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:37 pm

I would add that only TP go down the toilet. Wet wipes, shop towels, paper towels, face wipes, paper, etc will likely eventually clog your toilet/pipes/septic system.

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Post by runner3081 » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:37 pm

Staples...

https://www.staples.com/Envision-Bathro ... uct_491291

Cheap, crap, but a lot, shipped free and you will be set for a while.

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Post by fareastwarriors » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:43 pm

runner3081 wrote:
Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:37 pm
Staples...

https://www.staples.com/Envision-Bathro ... uct_491291

Cheap, crap, but a lot, shipped free and you will be set for a while.

1 ply? Not that desperate yet!

Kidding. Good find.

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Sandtrap wrote:
Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:19 pm
Costco, pack of 12-20? limit 1 per customer.
Amazon.com
Facial tissue
Paper towels
Baby wipes
Jumbo paper towel dispenser roll donated from work if they let you have it.

j :happy
I was going to say baby wipes. Old t-shirts if necessary. Luckily there wife got enough baby wipes for our daughter for a couple months & us both if necessary.

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local construction porta potty :happy

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Post by seawolf21 » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:48 pm

Replace your seat with a bidet seat. Order one from Home Depot or Costco.

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F150HD wrote:
Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:35 pm
confusedinvestor wrote:
Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:08 pm
Folks,
Bit embarrassed to ask this but any tips how to get Toilet Paper ?

I've been bit sick so DW is doing all shopping and she went to 6 stores to get it but no luck.

We tried to order online from Amazon, Costco, Vons - all online orders cancelled

We are in So CAL.

ps: We were able to get Meds for our kids, on the brighter side...
not sure. But I had to chuckle when I saw the thread listed after yours and wondered if it might yield the solution to your problem in some obtuse way....

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lol

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Post by mhalley » Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:02 pm

Sorry, I can’t spare a square.

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Post by JAZZISCOOL » Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:17 pm

Teague wrote:
Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:35 pm
JAZZISCOOL wrote:
Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:19 pm
Try office supply stores. I found some at Staples (online with delivery).

I don't think people really need 500 rolls at home. Lots of hoarding out there. :shock:

Good luck!
That could make quite the headline.

Out of toilet paper, some are switching to Staples.
LOL! I really needed a good laugh! :beer

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Post by bob60014 » Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:29 pm

HueyLD wrote:
Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:27 pm
Does anyone still have old Sears or Penney’s catalogs?
For all you youngsters out there that haven't been through this before, Ya gotta do what ya gotta do!

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Post by bob60014 » Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:30 pm

FIREchief wrote:
Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:28 pm
Every day the mailman delivers junk mail to my mailbox. Problem solved!! 8-)
Ok, it's a duplicate but, for all you youngsters out there that haven't been through this before, Ya gotta do what ya gotta do!

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Post by Watty » Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:49 pm

This might be TMI so skip to the next post if you do not want to hear how it works in less developed countries.

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I have been in Mexico away from the tourist areas and some places had plumbing but it was not up to handling toilet paper.

They had signs telling you to wrap up the used toilet paper in more toilet paper and put it into separate trash can that had a flip door so you could not see inside it.

It sounds really gross but it was not really that bad and they would change the plastic bags in the trash can multiple of times a day.

Anyway if you have to resort to using something like paper towels it is doable and not nearly as bad as using a one of the green fiberglass outhouses they have at places like street fairs.

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Post by ram » Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:56 pm

Rural midwest.
Local store has TP. Rationed a 1 packet/shopper.
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Post by MikeWillRetire » Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:05 pm

Go visit an open house.

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Post by countdrak » Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:14 pm

There was a great deal on a fancy bidet at Lowe’s.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Bio-Bidet-LW-1 ... 1001011924

Great product and still available, the cheaper ones are all sold out.

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Post by zottopix » Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:29 pm

I would try places that carry it that people aren't aware of, such as Home Depot, Office Depot, or Staples.

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Post by Mactheriverrat » Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:41 pm

I had stopped at a wal greens . Picked up extra paper towels.
Use them and throw them in the trash, take out the trash every day.

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