I hate buying toilet paper. It’s just irritating to cough up cash for something that ends up being flushed away. The fact that it’s constant doesn’t help and I make it worse by not liking most of the conventional tp. My preferred is Seventh Generation, which I purchase at my co-op. It’s unbleached and comes individually wrapped in paper, not plastic.
I’m not a Costco/Sams kind of person – I don’t have storage space for huge quantities – but for years I have purchased my tp by the case from the co-op. 48 rolls at a time for a huge chunk of change – but this means I only have to be irritated every 10 months or so. We keep the case at the top of the attic steps and bring down rolls to the bathroom when we need them.
When toilet paper first became the cause celebre last year, I wasn’t worried; we had plenty. Or so I thought. As the spring and summer came and went, I watched our supply dwindle. Unfortunately, by the time we started to run low, the co-op had suspended bulk orders and for several months I was having to pick up tp on a regular basis. You’d think I had better things to get irritated about, but you’d be wrong. As if that weren’t enough, the co-op quit getting the Seventh Generation and what they were carrying didn’t last as long per roll. Crazy making.
Two weeks ago, just for jollies, I asked somebody at the co-op’s Customer Service desk when bulk orders would be re-instated. They called the manager out and they said I could again order tp by the case. Even though I wasn’t crazy about what was available from the co-op, I figured that the lack of irritation would make it OK. Then about an hour later, they called me from the co-op; the stuff they now carry comes in case lots of 96, not 48. That would make the price tag close to $200. Aaarrrggghhhh. I told them not to place the order.
As I was explaining this to YA, she started banging away on her phone. “You know, you can get a case of the Seventh Generation at Amazon.” Calm as could be. I looked at her phone and confirmed that it was exactly what I wanted, and unbelievably cheaper, than what I used to pay at the co-op. An additional benefit is that I didn’t have to worry about anybody looking at me funny for getting a case of toilet paper during pandemic. So now we have the tp I like best and I don’t have to get all worked up and buying more until Solstice!
Is there anything you like to have in bulk (or used to like to have in bulk….)?