Like most, I have been mightily baffled that toilet paper is almost non-existent these days. That it, the kind most of us use in our bathroom at home.
Then a couple of days ago I heard a reporter on TV talk about what he’d learned as to why there is a shortage. I did not know the reporter, nor who he worked for, but I do remember his explanation and it makes sense to me.
Turns out that there are two markets for toilet paper. One is commercial. One is home. I had never thought about this before. Nor had I had a reason to dwell on it what with all the time I spend considering the really weighty issues of the world–like can Auburn beat Alabama on the gridiron.
So the commercial market is offices, motels, schools, restaurants, fast food places and so on and so forth. For the most part these are the giant rolls stuck in those really big holders in Mickey D’s. Hardly soft as baby’s breathe, but functional.
The ultra soft product is what we normally use at home.
But when offices are closed and schools and restaurants and most of us conduct our business at home, supply and demand get out of whack and the shelves at Piggly Wiggly are bare.
Now. How do you procure what you need during this time of crisis? Hey, I just do football games, not bathroom supplies. But my word to the wise is that if you are in a store and spy some, don’t pass them by.