Suggestions for finding disinfecting wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, etc.?

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Suggestions for finding disinfecting wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, etc.?

Post by CT-Scott » Wed Apr 01, 2020 6:51 pm

So I've been out to a few stores in the last week+ and I'm getting concerned that disinfecting wipes, TP, paper towels, etc. are nowhere to be found. I get that people have stocked up on them. But aren't they getting new stock? Based on what I'm seeing, it's not looking so good. We stocked up early on, but within the next couple of weeks our stocks will be getting depleted to the point where I'll be getting concerned, so I want to act now while we're still in OK shape.

I'm thinking that I should call my various grocery stores, etc. to see what they have to say. Maybe they get shipments on specific days and I should plan to be first in line on those days.

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Re: Suggestions for finding disinfecting wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, etc.?

Post by pugchief » Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:13 pm

I talked to a friend today at lunchtime and he said that he was at the local Walmart this morning (6:30a 'senior hour') and they had ample supply of all of those. The store was limiting purchases to one of each per customer.
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Re: Suggestions for finding disinfecting wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, etc.?

Post by Maddy » Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:13 pm

All are available on Amazon, albeit at sky-high prices.

Amazon recently instituted a policy prohibiting its third-party sellers from selling CoVid-related items in short supply at inflated prices--at the risk of having their accounts terminated. I know that because I teach a class on "life skills" to at-risk kids who, among other things, try their hand at online selling.

Go to www.camelcamelcamel.com to find the historical price at which your particular item has sold on Amazon. (You'll need the ASIN number, which is under "Product Details.") Try messaging a seller and reminding him or her of the policy and the price at which the item has historically sold. You wield the ultimate weapon, which is negative feedback, and sellers both know and fear that. If that fails, call Amazon Customer Service and ask them, pursuant to their anti-price gouging policy, to enforce their policy by adjusting the price to the pre-CoVid level. If you whine enough, they'll probably give you a refund for the difference.
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Re: Suggestions for finding disinfecting wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, etc.?

Post by Maddy » Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:16 pm

Another idea is the hardware store. I was in the local Ace Hardware the other day and was amazed to see an entire aisle devoted to household products virtually untouched. People don't think of that.
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Re: Suggestions for finding disinfecting wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, etc.?

Post by Tortoise » Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:18 pm

Try shopping first thing in the morning when the store first opens. That's always when they're most fully stocked.

If you have any elderly people or pregnant women in your family nearby, maybe they can pick up some paper products for you during the special elderly/pregnant shopping hours before the store opens to the general public? Less competition.

Also, have you tried Costco? When I checked the Bogleheads TP thread yesterday, I was hearing rumblings about TP starting to not sell out quite as quickly at certain Costco locations.
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Re: Suggestions for finding disinfecting wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, etc.?

Post by CT-Scott » Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:22 pm

Maddy wrote:
Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:13 pm
All are available on Amazon, albeit at sky-high prices.
I just checked and a simple search for disinfecting/disinfectant wipes turns up name-brand options with the fine print "Available only for hospitals and government agencies directly responding to COVID-19" or no-name brands (can I even trust them?) with extended shipping times.
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Another idea is the hardware store. I was in the local Ace Hardware the other day and was amazed to see an entire aisle devoted to household products virtually untouched. People don't think of that.
Yeah, I thought of that and went to one of my local hardware stores the other day, and they were all out. We're in a fairly well-to-do area, though, so maybe that was a factor.
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Re: Suggestions for finding disinfecting wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, etc.?

Post by I Shrugged » Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:23 pm

One of our kids asked at Walgreens when they got shipments. Then he made sure to get there. Twice he got two 4 packs of tp.
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Re: Suggestions for finding disinfecting wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, etc.?

Post by Maddy » Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:33 pm

A few years back, disinfectant wipes were virtually unknown. A rag with a spray bottle of dilute lysol worked for 1950s housewives, and it still works today.

You can buy cheap hotel washcloths 50 to 500 at a time on eBay for very little money. They make great rags.

Pretend you're a homesteader. It could be fun!
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Re: Suggestions for finding disinfecting wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, etc.?

Post by CT-Scott » Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:53 am

My wife just informed me that friends of ours have run out of TP. Apparently this friend was ribbing my wife a few weeks ago when my wife started stockpiling some things.
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Re: Suggestions for finding disinfecting wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, etc.?

Post by Smith1776 » Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:55 am

Don't worry, guys. With all the money printing going on in the economy, we will soon be using our plentiful paper money in place of TP. O0
For the money you can't afford to lose, why would you invest it in anything other than the PP? ???
Check out the Goldsmith PP: https://www.gyroscopicinvesting.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=9613
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Re: Suggestions for finding disinfecting wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, etc.?

Post by ochotona » Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:10 am

Maddy wrote:
Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:33 pm
A few years back, disinfectant wipes were virtually unknown. A rag with a spray bottle of dilute lysol worked for 1950s housewives, and it still works today.

You can buy cheap hotel washcloths 50 to 500 at a time on eBay for very little money. They make great rags.

Pretend you're a homesteader. It could be fun!
You can wipe your botto with a soft clean rag, and then chuck it into a container with a tight sealed lid, then after a while wash the rags in hot water and bleach, and dry on high heat.

Parents used to wash their own babies' diapers. My mother did this. A baby diaper is a much more disgusting thing than what I'm proposing.

We've gotten terribly wasteful as a society. And the environment pays for it. And our wallets.
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Re: Suggestions for finding disinfecting wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, etc.?

Post by Mountaineer » Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:14 am

ochotona wrote:
Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:10 am
Maddy wrote:
Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:33 pm
A few years back, disinfectant wipes were virtually unknown. A rag with a spray bottle of dilute lysol worked for 1950s housewives, and it still works today.

You can buy cheap hotel washcloths 50 to 500 at a time on eBay for very little money. They make great rags.

Pretend you're a homesteader. It could be fun!
You can wipe your botto with a soft clean rag, and then chuck it into a container with a tight sealed lid, then after a while wash the rags in hot water and bleach, and dry on high heat.

Parents used to wash their own babies' diapers. My mother did this. A baby diaper is a much more disgusting thing than what I'm proposing.

We've gotten terribly wasteful as a society. And the environment pays for it. And our wallets.
My wife and I just had this discussion about rags and washcloths and cleaning them not 5 minutes before I read your post! Amazing. We washed/chloroxed our daughter's diapers before we could afford diaper service in the late 1960s. ;D
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