Q: What are your hours?
A: Gary, our toilet expert, is available Monday - Saturday 8 - 5 (Pacific Time) and on telephone, via email seven days and Web 24 hours. Shipments depart Monday through Friday except for holidays. The internal tank repair parts department is available Monday - Friday 8 - 5 (Eastern Time) via email and telephone, 603-249-9100. We operate offices and warehouses, there is no physical store.
Q: How much is the shipping charge?
A: The shipping cost is shown on each product page. This is the cost for one item. Greater quantity or multiple items will be a greater cost.
You can see the total shipping cost in the shopping cart. Using the shipping estimator, enter your state and zip code and the total cost will be shown.
Q: Wouldn't it cost less to replace the whole toilet?
A: Well, you may pay less for some toilets at the store, but the entire job may cost you more. For details, Click Here. "It's not just what you pay, it's what it costs you."
Q: Couldn't I get a lid cheaper at a salvage yard?
A : Yes, you could. ...If there is one (salvage yard) in your area; if you are willing to do the work; and if you are lucky enough to find the right one. But salvage yards and plumber shops tend to be dirty heaps of unorganized goods. They don't even know what they have. You're on your own to "pick-your-part." Caution: When rummaging through salvage yards, be very careful of broken or chipped tank lids. The edges are sharp like broken glass and can cut you badly. Additional caution: During the warm season, beware of spiders and wasps living under lids stored outdoors.
Q: Why are the lids so expensive?
A:The value of our price is in our service. We are not a self-service, pick-your-own-part junk yard. We are salvage specialists and toilet experts. Our stock is completely sorted, organized, cataloged and managed. Our service provides expertise in identifying the right lid for your toilet and delivering it safely to your home. In order to have the one you need, we carry two thousand in stock. This spans 500 different models and colors across 85 brands going back 95 years. Our home delivery service provides great convenience. "We'll wrap it, pack it, and drive it to your doorstep. So, why is an old, used lid so expensive? ...Because we're worth it!
A: Handling, handling, handling... and storage. Think of it this way: The lids are FREE! ...But there is a charge for the overhead to provide the service plus a markup. This overhead starts with our travel to find the lids. Then they are loaded and driven back to our facility. Next is unloading, identification, marking, sorting, storing, and cataloging. (One-by-one.) (...And don't break 'em!) Most lids are stored for years. Some may be stored for ever? We have 20 thousand pounds (10 tons) of toilet tank lids! ...It ain't easy. Next, this website is provided and maintained. When an order is placed, the lid is pulled from stock, washed, inspected, wrapped, packed, shipped, insured, and driven to your doorstep. When the process is all over, that ten pound slippery fragile lid has been handled ten to twelve times. ...It's quite a journey from the bottom of a pile, in the back corner of a plumber's shed, to your doorstep.
A:The toilet tank lids we carry are no longer available from manufacturer production in unlimited quantities. With limited supply from salvage, and demand often exceeding supply, we must charge a higher price on some items in order to make sufficient profit to sustain this service.
A: Sometimes we have to buy a whole toilet just to get the tank lid.
Q: Why is the price cheaper on the website versus the telephone?
A: 1) The fee charged by our credit card company is lower for online payments because the risk of fraud is lower. 2) "Seller Protection" benefits apply to online payments; phone payments are "ineligible." 3) The website prepares an order description and price automatically. Phone orders must be prepared manually. 4) Payment data can be entered directly by the buyer on web orders, but with phone orders it must be dictated by the buyer and heard clearly by the seller. (These letters sound alike in many telephone environments: B, C, D, P, T; F, S; M, N.) Here are the most difficult conditions we encounter on phone orders: Hands-free from vehicle with road/wind noise. English is a second language. Bathroom tile echo. Speaker phone echo. Dog barking in background. Baby crying near caller. Children screaming near caller. Music, radio or TV behind caller. Construction noise near caller. Speed talkers. Weak connection from cordless or cell phone. Spouse in background coaching caller. Two or three of these conditions simultaneously are impossible. ~ Save $10.00 on web orders.
Q: What are the payment methods?
A: We take all credit cards plus PayPal, Apple Pay, Shop Pay, Venmo & G Pay.
Q: Can I pay by check?
A: Yes. Postal mail a note stating the item you want; your shipping address; your phone number; and include a check* or money order payable to This Old Toilet for the amount** shown for the item. Send to:
This Old Toilet
P O Box 3501
Los Altos, CA 94024
* Include your bank's telephone number so that we can verify funds prior to shipment. If we are unable to verify funds, please allow two weeks from receipt of check to shipment of lid.
** If delivery is to California, add 9% for sales tax. (Rate is for Santa Clara county, where title passes, per State Board of Equalization regulations.)
Q: Can you ship C.O.D.?
A: Yes. If paying by check, some customers prefer this rather than sending a check with the order. However, there is a $100 extra fee. (This is the amount charged by UPS for that service.) Add $16.00 to payment amount and specify "Ship C.O.D." on your order.
Q: How can I know that you are a trustworthy merchant?
A: Several ways - We are a Pay Pal Verified Seller since 2003. Click the link to view our certification. (Pay Pal login required.) We've been featured in the San Jose Mercury News, Angie's List Magazine and The New York Times ...We're for-real!
Q: I have a toilet to dump. Where can I take it?
A: Contact your garbage company. They will refer you to approved toilet disposal locations. The facility we use has segregated concrete demolition into which toilet can be mixed.
Q: How did you get into this business?
A: Gary was born into a family-owned wholesale plumbing supply business in the 1950's and was a manufacturer's representative for luxury kitchen, bath and plumbing products for 25 years. From 1997 through 2000 Gary was a volunteer advisor on two internet plumbing advice web sites. A recurring question was, "Where can I find a tank lid for my old toilet?" ...Some people were downright desperate: "PLEASE. Help me! Where can I find a lid?" One day Gary took a chance and answered, "I'll find you your lid for $100.00." (...And then thought, "How am I gonna do that?") They said, "Fine, how long will it take?" The lid was procured, the payment was made, the business was born. "Find a need an fill it.", Ruth Stafford Peale.
Q: How did you end up being in an article in the newspaper?
A: An editor at the San Jose Mercury News saw our web site when he needed to replace a toilet tank lid broken by one of his children. He thought it might be an interesting subject and suggested it to a columnist.
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