EdenFantasys: The History Of A Sex Shop - Chapter 1, The History Behind The Name

Emma (Girl With Fire) Emma (Girl With Fire)
Welcome to EdenFantasys: The History Of A Sex Shop, we will be providing you with a new chapter of Eden's history every other week. We hope you enjoy!


EdenFantasys is a name which has brought some snickers, but also recognition to this amazing place that many of us call a home away from home. Many people wonder about this, "Why did they misspell such an easy word?", "Why don't they change it?", "Was this just a typo that was never corrected?"; these are all perfectly reasonable questions, but what may surprise many of you, is that there was a lot of thought put into the spelling of EdenFantasys. This topic was discussed in an interview with Fred Petrenko, the company's founder and President, here is what he had to say about the decision to use the name EdenFantasys:

"In retrospect, the name is something of a weak link. We have "Eden Fantasy" and "Eden Fantasies" all registered too. We've noticed, however, that very many people when typing in the name do make the typo "-sys". After a year or two of deliberate discussions, we settled on "EdenFantasys". Here are a few of the reasons that were cited back then (2002):

1. people obviously WOULD notice the misspelling. Back then, we badly wanted to be noticed no matter what—even for being grammatically incorrect;

2. everything around us that had anything to do with Internet business had "system" in their names. I suppose this was considered cool in 2002/3, and we wanted to be cool too. Who doesn't? I think if we were starting Eden today, we would've called it "EdenFantasy2.0";

3. and — yes, quite a lot people do type "fantasys", believe it or not—don't ask me why!"

In fact the misspelling of a name is a very popular, and in many cases a very intelligent tactic used by companies in order to set themselves apart from the competition. Jennifer Slegg, a Search Engine Marketing Consultant talks about the benefits of bidding on misspellings of your company name in this article.

EdenFantasys falls under the misspelled name category along with some other great companies like Digg, SyFy, flickr, Google and Topix.

So what do you think? Did they make the right decision back in 2002?


Poll:

How do you feel about the EdenFantasys name? Did reading the history change your opinion at all? Did you enjoy this history lesson?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
I love the name the way it is.
76
I wish they would change it to EdenFantasies.
13
I think EdenFantasy2.0 is the way to go!!!
3
Other
I feel the same about Eden's name as I always have... I love it!
41
I used to think the name was silly, but I have changed my opinion.
9
I still think the name is silly, but don't mind it as much now.
18
There is no good reason to misspell anything.
6
I found this history really interesting and would like to know more!
84
I think this is great for those who are interested and love that it gives me access to information I was previously unaware of.
54
I don't care either way, I just care about the toys!
13
Total votes: 317 (133 voters)
Poll is closed
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Vaccinium Vaccinium
The name really doesn't matter to me one way or another.

Oh, and congrats on the blue avatar border, GWF!
05/18/2011
Emma (Girl With Fire) Emma (Girl With Fire)
Quote:
Originally posted by Vaccinium
The name really doesn't matter to me one way or another.

Oh, and congrats on the blue avatar border, GWF!
Thank you Vaccinium! I think it rather suits me
05/18/2011
Kayla Kayla
I hadn't known that about the name! I actually misspell as "fantasys" all the time now, so I guess it worked!
05/18/2011
xxx xxx
This is awesome, I never thought about the fact so many companies have misspelled names. We were ahead of the curve!
05/18/2011
Rayne Millaray Rayne Millaray
I love the name. I just hate that I always type "fantasys" now. Lol.
05/18/2011
Emma (Girl With Fire) Emma (Girl With Fire)
Quote:
Originally posted by Rayne Millaray
I love the name. I just hate that I always type "fantasys" now. Lol.
Lol, so do I.
05/18/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
Cool info, GWF. I know many companies intentionally misspell their names and I figured it was the same way with Eden. But, it's good to know.
05/18/2011
NuMe NuMe
I've always thought it was pretty neat that it was spelled that way. And I figured they did that on purpose.

Very cool forum thread! I love these little history bits.
05/18/2011
toxie m toxie m
The name used to drive me crazy but by now I'm used to it.
05/18/2011
Alyjazz Alyjazz
Love the history tidbit, can't wait for more! I'm awful with spelling (thank goodness for auto correct) and I didn't even realize anything was amiss with the name until months after I was already here. By then I was totally used to it and loving it <3
05/18/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
That's neat, I remember reading it a while back, but seeing it again refreshes my memory. I can't wait to see what comes in the future!
05/18/2011
Jobthingy Jobthingy
Very cool. Cant wait for more history
05/18/2011
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Wait a minute, Fantasys is spelled wrong? Damn that spelling teacher!

I can't wait to see more history.
05/18/2011
SexyLilPixi SexyLilPixi
Awesome! I look forward to chapter 2!
05/18/2011
Darling Jen Darling Jen
This was super awesome and I loved reading the short history behind the name of our virtual neighborhood. More more!!!
05/18/2011
Kdlips Kdlips
nice
05/18/2011
tim1724 tim1724
The spelling used to drive me nuts. But now I'm used to it, and it doesn't bother me.
05/18/2011
Sammi Sammi
I like the way it's spelled - it stands out more, I think
05/18/2011
Bunnycups Bunnycups
Quote:
Originally posted by ToyTimeTim
Wait a minute, Fantasys is spelled wrong? Damn that spelling teacher!

I can't wait to see more history.
Haha, public education.

Me too. Bring on the history! When I first came across Eden I didn't like the spelling. I thought it was just because Fantasies was taken so they when with Fantasys. Even after I joined the community I didn't like the spelling. Now that I feel like a part of the community it doesn't bother me. But now I'm biased. I like Eden regardless of how they spell Fantasies. I really enjoyed reading the history. It makes sense and I think I actually prefer it with the misspelling.
05/18/2011
Miss Voluptuous Miss Voluptuous
What a great idea to tell the history of the company
05/18/2011
deletedacct deletedacct
I noticed the misspelling but now i think it's a clever marketing technique. Pretty interesting background information.
05/19/2011
ToyingCouple ToyingCouple
Great info, we always thought the spelling was odd!
05/19/2011
Leila Eden Leila Eden
I admit I was completely confused when I first saw the spelling! I was like, what on Earth were they thinking?! Now I love it and can't imagine it any other way!
05/19/2011
Sakura Mahal Sakura Mahal
I found this very interesting. I indeed, wondered why the name was EdenFantasys. Though, I didn't make the typo to find it, and when I went to bookmark it I noticed I typed it EdenFantasies, hehehe, whoops!
05/19/2011
Emma (Girl With Fire) Emma (Girl With Fire)
Haha, you guys are awesome! Thanks so much for participating in this thread!
05/20/2011
sextoygeek sextoygeek
I noticed it was misspelled, but assumed since it was a 'title' that strict grammar rules didn't apply to it and I didn't really care that much. People who get all bent out of shape over little grammar details like that should probably buy a toy from EdenFantasys and chill the f out. I don't think I mistype "fantasies" as "fantasys" but I rarely type that word...
05/20/2011
A Closet Slut (aka nipplepeople) A Closet Slut (aka nipplepeople)
I love names intentionally misspelled! They become really easy to notice and remember.
05/20/2011
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
Brands are supposed to be distinctive - 'creative' spelling is fairly common in trade names.
05/21/2011
LostBoy988 LostBoy988
Good information!
05/21/2011
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