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Some call it stalking. I call it love.

When the hell did toilet paper get so damn expensive?

I buy toilet paper in bulk, along with paper towels. It came from habit when I was living with a couple of women in the house-- women in general use a hell of a lot of toilet paper, and specific women use a lot.

I don't begrudge the use of toilet paper-- it's much better than teh alternative-- but just to give a bit of scope on my buying habits, I still buy in bulk when I go shopping. It's not like I won't use it eventually, or like it will go bad ("Honey, this toilet paper is past its expiration date!") or anything.

But as a single guy living alone, I don't use nearly as much as a houseful of women, even after discovering that a roll of toilet paper soaked in kerosene will burn for a really long time (don't ask how I discovered that, let it just be said that there are certain freedoms to be enjoyed when you don't live with a houseful of women).

Last time I bought toilet paper was probably a year ago. Target had a sale on Charmin or Northern or something that was a pretty usual brand (Northern and Cottonelle have less lint than Charmin), and I bought enough to fill the back of the 'Sploder. It was something like 30 cubic feet of toilet paper and paper towels.

Well, I was down to my last roll a few days ago, and decided to get more.

I found some on sale, and the price was something like three times what I had paid last time. In the space of a year.

Paper towels have gone up too, but not nearly as much. Seriously, what the hell? What is it about toilet paper that's gone into the increase? Is it somehow a scarce commodity? Are we as a people suddenly shitting more than ever? Has someone decided that toilet paper would make a really good flood clean-up medium?

Or is it a conspiracy?



( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 13th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC)
Just something I learned when my wife worked at a plumbing company... Plumbers love and hate Charmin... They Love it cause it causes more toilet backups and Sewer issues than almost any other brand... and they hate it for the same reason.

Charmin does not break up the way other brands do because it is so thick.
Sep. 13th, 2007 05:44 pm (UTC)
Do people actually call plumbers for toilet clogs?
Sep. 13th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
Some times... It can actually back up the entire system because today's toilets do not put through as much water thus the paper becomes a sloppy mess and does not break apart as it should
Sep. 13th, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC)
Wow. I called Roto Rooter once, I think. I just haven't come across anything that I couldn't do myself.

There are exceptions: the roofing company (which wasn't because I couldn't do it myself, but because I really, really didn't want to) and I'll be calling a cement contracting company for pouring the large slabs of concrete and the foundations for the garage-- again, more for convenience, because I know just how much a pain in the ass it is to move that much 'crete.

And there's luno, who does landscaping and more, and has some nifty-fun tools to play with. Big, expensive, hydraulic tools.

And I may call a tree-removal service for the annoying weed-tree in the side yard. That's a bit of a don't know yet, particularly since I can rent an industrial wood chipper from the rental place by my house as well as a chainsaw, but the part about getting high enough in the tree is something to consider.
Sep. 13th, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC)
trees, man. forest fires and all that.
Sep. 13th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
I think it's something deeper.
Sep. 13th, 2007 09:45 pm (UTC)
i like when you say
Sep. 13th, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
Don't talk with your mouth full.
Sep. 13th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)

Sep. 13th, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
You would always just get one of these gadgets: The Washlet (careful, opening animation is NSFW) and not need toilet paper.

I hadn't noticed that it costs more... but then again James makes fun of me if I buy the big ol' 16 roll package when we go to the store. I hate making more trips for it; he doesn't think we need that much. But like you say, we use it eventually, right?
Sep. 13th, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC)
The "Poo Spa". That's awesome.

I think when I remodel the upstairs bathroom, I have to have one of these.
Sep. 13th, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC)
these are wonderful.
Sep. 13th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC)
And the concept of the "paperless office" has just been upgraded. :)
Sep. 13th, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
That may be the funniest and most disturbing thing I have ever seen.
Sep. 13th, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC)
ben uses so much tp on his ass, its obscene
Sep. 13th, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC)
Better than the alternative.
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