A lot has happened over the past week and by now you are hopefully practicing social distancing and possibly working from home, in which case you are not able to ‘go’ on company time – requiring more toilet paper at home.
Compounding this demand, some have unfortunately found it acceptable to hoard more than their share of the supplies. A couple was found to have bought $100,000 worth of Lysol from Costco at $20 a piece and were reselling it online on Amazon for $89, then as of March 16, Amazon has shut them down. A woman was spotted reselling toilet paper right in the Costco parking lot. Photos of bare shelves are all over social media which has prompted many to stockpile goods and especially toilet paper.
Toilet paper supply is safe
Dino Bianco, chief executive officer of Kruger Products, Canada’s largest manufacturer of toilet paper reassured Canadians that while some stores are out of stock in the short term, they have the pulp and other raw materials available to make the product and are working 24/7 at their 7 facilities across Canada and that supplies should be able to recover “soon”.
There isn’t a structural shortage of toilet paper in the country, we’re not going to run out– Dino Bianco, CEO, Kruger Products
I’d rather use toilet paper than paper towel
Today I found that we had 5 rolls of toilet paper left in the house and there wasn’t any at No Frills when I went grocery shopping over the weekend, so naturally I went looking for where there was some toilet paper left to buy.
Here are 12 places you can buy toilet paper so you won’t have to use the dreaded tissue paper or paper towel:
While availability varies significantly for name brand options, Amazon also lists a number of unbranded toilet tissues of questionable origin if you’re desperate.
2. Canadian Tire
Canadian Tire may not come to mind when you think of toilet paper, but they sell the usual suspects: Cashmere, Charmin, Purex as well as their store brand FRANK. There is also Cottonelle Flusable Wipes and Woods Wipe Camo Toilet Paper which is septic safe and biodegradable. Canadian Tire has options for either in-store pickup or delivery right to your home for a fee that starts at $4.99 and ships within 1 to 2 business days.
3. Home Depot
Home Depot sells a few options from Cottonelle, Charmin and Cascades, but mostly commercial-quality bulk toilet paper designed to be used in the dispensers found in business bathrooms, which can work in a pinch. They have options to pick up in-store or free parcel shipping on most orders over $49.
Costco may have been the epicenter of the coronavirus toilet paper panic-buying, but they are still offering Cashmere and their Kirkland brand online – with 2-day Costco Grocery delivery in some areas which are subject to a $3 surcharge unless the order is for more than $75.
Note: Due to the increased sales of personal care items and non-perishable food, we will make every attempt to deliver within 2-days, however your order may be delayed. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Another store you not think to check for toilet paper, Staples stocks a selection of Charmin, Cottonelle and Cashmere options as well as off-brands of commercial/office quality toilet paper. They have recently introduced free delivery regardless of order size to make it easier for Canadians to buy online.
Offering free shipping on orders over $35, Well.ca has a limited selection of Cashmere bathroom tissue.
You can order online and either schedule a time for free pickup or have it delivered to your door for $9.97 (your order must be more than $50 for both options).
I would personally suggest using Ebay only as a last resort as many of the sellers are some of the people who helped cause the toilet paper shortage in the first place in the hopes of making a buck by selling it back at a markup.
9. Canadian Office Supplies
Canadian Office Supplies sells a variety of bulk Charmin options as well as “Genuine Joe” toilet paper. They offer next business day delivery when you order by 3:30PM on a business day. Delivery is free on orders over $75, but under $75 are charged a $15.00 delivery fee.
In a recent statement regarding COVID-19, Galen Weston Jr, the Executive Chairman of Loblaw Companies which is the largest food retailer in Canada and owns Real Canadian Superstore, Your Independent Grocer, No Frills and Shoppers Drug Mart, among others, confirmed the following:
- We have the food, drugs, and essential products you need and that supply will continue even as Canada restricts its borders.
- We are going to make sure our stores stay up and running to serve your community.
- We will not, under any circumstance, change our actions or prices to take advantage of COVID-19.
- Please be patient with us when you are shopping, and don’t forget to practice social distancing.
Our supply chain and store teams are responding to the spikes in volume and quickly getting the most important items back on the shelf. Volumes are already normalizing somewhat, and we are catching up. There are a few items, like hand sanitizer, that may take longer to get back, but otherwise we are in good shape.– Galen Weston, Executive Chairman, Loblaw Companies
10. Real Canadian Superstore
Sells Cashmere bathroom tissue and flushable wipes via PC Express store pick-up as well as delivery services by Instacart which start at $3.99.
11. Your Independent Grocer
YIG sells Royale, Cashmere and Charmin and since it is also a Loblaws brand, you can pickup at a location near you through PC Express or they can deliver groceries (and TP) in as little as 1 hour (powered by Instacart).
Shop and order Cashmere, Royale and Selection brand toilet paper online from Metro online grocery and use the promo codes WINTERDELIVERY2, WINTERDELIVERY3 and WINTERDELIVERY4 to get 3 free deliveries (normally $11.99) for your grocery order.
Due to higher than normal volume, you may experience some delays. With current inventory levels, we have limited the maximum quantities you can order on some items. Thank you for your understanding!