Searching for a place to buy toilet paper? It's been weeks since people first started hoarding it, but retailers are still playing catch up, (and there still seems to be a subset of people who think hoarding it will give them a leg up in the fight against coronavirus), so two-ply is still at a premium, especially if you want to buy toilet paper online. But we’ve been tracking the great toilet paper shortage of 2020 from the start, and we’re happy to say it looks like things are starting to take a turn.
It’s still pretty hard to find toilet paper available for home delivery -- check our widget below for in-stock options -- but you can find it in store in a lot of areas.
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Where to find toilet paper in stock online
If you can't get to a store or have a few days to spare before you're fresh out of toilet paper, we suggest trying out a local grocery delivery service like Instacart. We've seen toilet paper in-stock at lots of Instacart stores (including Aldi and Costco), and the beauty of the service is you can shop different stores in one order if you can't find everything you need at one spot (as long as you spend a minimum of $10 per store).
Also, if you can afford to wait a week or two and really don't want to (or can't) go to a store, try Aliexpress.com. They've got all kinds of toilet paper in stock (albeit from no-name brands). Some sellers are even offering free shipping. If you're new to Aliexpress, it's a site that ships directly from wholesalers and manufacturers, so it's a good place to check for things you're running short on that are hard to find elsewhere. However, you'll also want to note the shipping times as they vary from seller to seller. Sometimes things ship in a few days, other times it can be a matter of weeks.
8 rolls/bag toilet paper| $25.54 at AliExpress
AliExpress currently has more than 900 of these 8-roll packages in stock. They ship from the U.S., but can take about two weeks to arrive, so plan accordingly.View Deal
8pc Three Layer Toilet Tissue | $17.27 at AliExpress
This option is a little more expensive and comes with fewer rolls, but shipping is guaranteed in two weeks or your money back. As of April 3 there were 140 packages of this toilet paper available. View Deal
But, here's the best bet if you're in desperate need right now
We've been keeping an eye on big national retailers like Home Depot, Costco, Lowe's, Walgreens, Staples, Target, and Walmart, and the latter two seem to be the most consistent bet for getting toilet paper fast. The Target website even tells you what aisle it's in so you can get in and get out quickly.
We suggest going online first thing in the morning to check stock at your local Target or Walmart. To see what's available at Target, you have to check the "Pickup today" or "In-stores" option under "Shipping & Pickup."For Walmart, select your local store from the "Store availability" drop-down menu at the top of your search results.
Both of these stores are re-stocking overnight, and first thing in the morning is when most will have availability. We’ve seen toilet paper, Clorox wipes, and even (gasp!) Lysol spray available for in-store purchase at our local Target in the New York City suburbs.
We’re linking below to the brands we’ve seen in stock most frequently so you can check availability directly and not make an unnecessary trip to the store. Bookmark this page, and come back first thing in the AM to check for essentials.
- Check Target's in-store toilet paper stock
- Check Walmart's in-store toilet paper stock
- Check Walgreens in-store toilet paper stock
- Not sure how much TP to buy? Check out this handy toiler paper calculator.
Walmart toilet paper
Charmin Ultra Strong Toilet Paper 9 Mega Roll, 286 Sheets Per Roll | $9.97 at Walmart
Six mega rolls isn't a ton, but most stores are letting you buy two of any one product, so try and double up if you can. (But obviously, no hoarding, since that's how we got here). View Deal
Angel Soft Toilet Paper, 6 Mega Rolls| $5.28 at Walmart
This Angel Soft toilet paper is currently available at a number of stores in our area.View Deal
Target toilet paper
Charmin Ultra Soft Toilet Paper - 6 Mega Rolls| $6.99 at Target
We've seen this brand in-stock fairly often. But, once it starts to go out of stock, the in-store pickup option becomes unavailable. View Deal
Premium Ultra Soft Toilet Paper - Up&Up| $10.79 at Target
Target's in-house brand is a bargain and comes in 12 or 18 roll packs. The bigger ones seem to sell out first (obv).View Deal
Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong Toilet Paper - Mega Rolls| $12.49 at Target
This mega-roll pack comes in nine, 12, and 18-roll packs, and you can check which size is in stock at your store. Click below to check if it's available near you (be sure to set your store to the one closest to you!).View Deal