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AnalArtist AnalArtist
I just went into a sex store I use to go. Just looking and getting an idea what I would like after Christmas. Well I go in, and man...they suck. No metal, some glass. Like no silicon dildo's or anal. Then the cock rings where like...umm ok? I don't know, I guess I'm just use to eden too much. Has anyone else notice this?
12/19/2008
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Nashville Nashville
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Originally posted by AnalArtist
I just went into a sex store I use to go. Just looking and getting an idea what I would like after Christmas. Well I go in, and man...they suck. No metal, some glass. Like no silicon dildo's or anal. Then the cock rings where like...umm ok? I ...
YUP! And talk about the prices... I hate offline stores, they're so overpriced and a lot of times the staff don't know about phthalates, porosity, etc. so they can't help you pick safe materials. The one store I went to back home had really awful florescent lighting that made you feel like you walked into a prison and the creepiest guy working behind the counter- we're talking if Riff Raff had a love spawn with Robby Rotten.
12/19/2008
Miss KissThis Miss KissThis
Even before EF I noticed how lacking the store in my town was. It definitely has the creepy guy behind the counter and florescent lighting, not to mention it's so small and cramped. They stock more porn then anything else, so there's not a ton of room left for the toys. And the people who work there don't even try to be helpful, so it's really every man (or woman) for himself. Have a question? Too bad. Read the box and figure it out yourself.

Now I feel spoiled with all the products and information here
12/19/2008
Backseat Boohoo Backseat Boohoo
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Originally posted by Nashville
YUP! And talk about the prices... I hate offline stores, they're so overpriced and a lot of times the staff don't know about phthalates, porosity, etc. so they can't help you pick safe materials. The one store I went to back home had ...
Seriously. My friends and I drive to a porn store an hour away from our college sometimes, only to find that the three walls of vibrators are pretty much crap.

They do, however, have an awesome display case full of gorgeous glass dildos.
12/19/2008
*Country Girl Can Survive* *Country Girl Can Survive*
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Originally posted by Miss KissThis
Even before EF I noticed how lacking the store in my town was. It definitely has the creepy guy behind the counter and florescent lighting, not to mention it's so small and cramped. They stock more porn then anything else, so there's not a ...
I agree. Just going into them is creepy I think. Its not about being embarrassed its just the creepiness of the man behind the counter and the lack of toys. I am not big on porn, it just does not do anything for me so going into the store can be very frustrating in my opinion.

THANK GOD FOR EF & OTHERS!!!
12/19/2008
Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady
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Originally posted by AnalArtist
I just went into a sex store I use to go. Just looking and getting an idea what I would like after Christmas. Well I go in, and man...they suck. No metal, some glass. Like no silicon dildo's or anal. Then the cock rings where like...umm ok? I ...
AfterI found Eden in July 2007 I never bought from an offline store again. I went to a couple of local ones I had been to before, and I realized the prices were no less than 10% more, the selection was horrible, and the people who worked there were basically just acting as security guards and cashiers.

We even have one store in a city nearby that calls itself an "Adult Superstore", but all it carries is heterosexual, made for men, porn.
12/19/2008
Backseat Boohoo Backseat Boohoo
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Originally posted by Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady
AfterI found Eden in July 2007 I never bought from an offline store again. I went to a couple of local ones I had been to before, and I realized the prices were no less than 10% more, the selection was horrible, and the people who worked there were ...
You make a good point. I haven't thought about it, but even with shipping, toys from EF are so much cheaper than they are at a pornstar. The only exception, again, is that this porn store has some truly affordable glass dildos.

We became kinda buddy buddy with the one cashier at the porn store, since I am pretty open and it amused him when I started ranting about the lack of REAL lesbian porn, but the other one is this middle-aged woman who hates anyone who isn't a middle-aged man and glares us down when we're in the midst of browsing things.
12/19/2008
Backseat Boohoo Backseat Boohoo
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Originally posted by Backseat Boohoo
You make a good point. I haven't thought about it, but even with shipping, toys from EF are so much cheaper than they are at a pornstar. The only exception, again, is that this porn store has some truly affordable glass dildos.

We became ...
*porn STORE. Too much Roxy Deville for me today!
12/19/2008
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
I like going into stores. Maybe because it's taboo? I like seeing the things but I rarely buy because I usually am thinking "I can get this cheaper online" or "This is such a crappy toy." Plus, brick and mortar shops just don't have the selection. I like to have options
12/19/2008
Dragon Dragon
Oh but the fun you can have with the creeps behind the counter or in the store if you walk in wearing a short skirt and sexy top. Especially knowing that you have an escort nearby. They about fall over themselves....
12/19/2008
AnalArtist AnalArtist
Ok, a mini skirt and a sexy top would do me no good. I might get thrown into jail.
I find it funny, cause I get along with one of the workers there. We'll talk about toys (many anal) and be like... ohh yeah I would love that size or why did they make it that big kind of thing. The boss gets piss and just glares at me. There are times I might buy something like toy cleaner just cause I need it. But when she does that I just leave.
But yeah, most people at porn stores don't know a thing and can be creepy. The funny thing, I always wonder... they even use the toys?
12/20/2008
Dame Demi Dame Demi
Even though I rarely buy anything in sex stores anymore due to higher prices and lack of selection, I really enjoy sex stores. There are some really good stores in major metro areas that have metal and glass and will let you test out (in your HANDS!) the toys, which I love! My favorite part is going in and putting on a show, though--I'm constitutionally incapable of being embarassed when I'm embarrassing someone else. I have one particularly sub friend that I enjoy whipping in the middle of stores, then letting other customers have a go at her as well. I'm always afraid I'm going to get kicked out, but so far, the employees seem to enjoy the entertainment...
12/20/2008
Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady
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Originally posted by Dame Demi
Even though I rarely buy anything in sex stores anymore due to higher prices and lack of selection, I really enjoy sex stores. There are some really good stores in major metro areas that have metal and glass and will let you test out (in your ...
I wish we had stores like Dame has around here. It would be awesome to be able to be able to go in and actually see glass and metal and touch them! Plus.... I would also get a real kick out of being comfortable in a place where the other patrons aren't. You know I'd be the one caressing the pretty toys and saying things like "Oh my dear what fun we'll have when we get home."
12/20/2008
Nashville Nashville
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Originally posted by Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady
I wish we had stores like Dame has around here. It would be awesome to be able to be able to go in and actually see glass and metal and touch them! Plus.... I would also get a real kick out of being comfortable in a place where the other patrons ...
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<-- Hustler Hollywood in Nashville. GREAT store, I've been there and I loved it but I found an article you may like.
12/20/2008
Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady
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Originally posted by Nashville
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<-- Hustler Hollywood in Nashville. GREAT store, I've been there and I loved it but I found an article you may like.
Awesome!! Thanks! I will have to make a trip there. It'll be worth the drive to go somewhere where there's "no sticky floors". LOL!
12/20/2008
Dragon Dragon
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Originally posted by Dame Demi
Even though I rarely buy anything in sex stores anymore due to higher prices and lack of selection, I really enjoy sex stores. There are some really good stores in major metro areas that have metal and glass and will let you test out (in your ...
LOL. In SF you can find anything from Good Vibrations which is a nice place with good stuff to the trashiest place for the guys just getting out of a strip joint.

And @greathouse2008 in SF you wouldn't get thrown in jail!
12/20/2008
Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady
I just revisited one of my favorite local stores 2 days ago. I hadn't been there since I've become more active in the EF community.

It's nice because they have a huge selection of lingerie in a classy environment. All the toys are in the back room but it's not seedy.

They had a much larger collection than the last time I was there - still no wood, glass or metal - but I did see a couple of familiar 100% silicone toys. They also had a whole lot more lube options.

The prices were, I kid you not, at least 10% more. At least. I looked at a couple of specific toys I know the EF price of and the store price was $20 more on one and $35 on the other!

I was just shocked by the signs everywhere proclaiming "If you attempt to open a package in the back room it will be considered a shoplifting attempt and you with either purchase the product or face criminal charges."

Oh well. At least I got a pretty purple flogger for $11 and some thigh-high fish nets for $10.
01/09/2009
tantric tantric
I live two blocks from a very interesting store, It is a wedding/ bridal boutique/ lingerie/ adult toy store. Everything is very upscale. The really funny thing is that it is owned by a chinese family, quite interesting to see three generations of family members working in this situation. They can be a bit pushy ( especially the older ladies, that can barely speak American English) but they are knowledgeable, and friendly. When I want to get my girlfriend really upscale lingerie that is a step up from something like victoria secret, I go there. I rarely buy sex toys or lubes from them because the prices are ridiculously high, but they let you handle anything, and they have "tester's" of all their lubes, and the entire KamaSutra line. The younger employees are very familiar with the products and share their knowledge (sometimes whether you want to know or not). I have really come to enjoy this site because it's so much better than the "creepy porn/sex shops" mentioned by others. Better prices. amazing inventory, and real reviews are what have me want to participate in this community.
01/09/2009
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
I'm exceptionally lucky. We have a place called A Woman's Touch here in Milwaukee that has an actual brick and glass building I can browse in as well as a website.

It's run by a doctor and a sex educator so it's not your typical, seedy, adult bookstore type place.

Much as I love online shopping it's way, way nice to have a good, physical store to go to.
01/10/2009
Avery Dragon Avery Dragon
well, i work at an adult store, and would like to say we try to keep it a rather inviting atmosphere. I'm in a small company in the Dallas Metroplex, Condoms To Go/Sara's Secret. We try to pull ourselves away from the normal thoughts of "Sex Stores" by being trained on all of our products, letting customers see the products with batteries to know how powerfull they are, and by not carrying pornography. We do carry movies, however they are educational films, how to videos and such. We have lingerie and toys just inches from each other, and try to answer all the questions as best we can. Yes I know its sounds like I'm just trying to promote my company, but it's just to show that there are a few good places to go =)
01/10/2009
Dragon Dragon
Oh, I love real stores. I love the raunchy ones, but I almost never buy anything there. I usually get overwhelmed or freaked out. The nice ones I enjoy exploring and thinking.

There is something very tactile about getting to visually see and understand products compared to flipping through pictures.

But in my life, visiting sex stores just doesn't happen as easily as visiting Eden!
01/10/2009
Dame Demi Dame Demi
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Originally posted by Avery Dragon
well, i work at an adult store, and would like to say we try to keep it a rather inviting atmosphere. I'm in a small company in the Dallas Metroplex, Condoms To Go/Sara's Secret. We try to pull ourselves away from the normal thoughts of ...
Oh, I LOVE Condoms to Go! I didn't realize they were affiliated with Sara's Secret! I've thought about applying for a job there several times, but I'm probably too old. Plus, I probably would lose money on the deal, if the employee discount is any good! They are awesome stores, though, and I frequent them regularly!
01/11/2009
Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady
Yesterday I went into the most well-known "adult" store in the nearest city only to find they sold NO toy cleaners of any kind! They have about 2/3 porn and 1/3 toys, lingerie, lubes, etc. I ask the early 20's guy if they had toy cleaner and he "didn't think so."

It annoys me greatly because I only went there to get toy cleaner and it was just up the street from a party we attended.
03/23/2009
Gary Gary
Over the years I have popped into a lot of the adult stores here in Philadelphia. They have all for the most part been the creepy stereotype that you are all very familiar with. I have the feeling that most of the people who buy toys in these stores do not know what the difference is between the products and the materials, and make their purchasing decisions based on price. Everyone started out with this same lacking of knowledge, but the internet, and especially this community help us all to select better and safer products... (and usually for less money.)
03/29/2009
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
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Originally posted by AnalArtist
I just went into a sex store I use to go. Just looking and getting an idea what I would like after Christmas. Well I go in, and man...they suck. No metal, some glass. Like no silicon dildo's or anal. Then the cock rings where like...umm ok? I ...
OH hell yes I have noticed this! I went to a brick and mortar emporium type of sex store recently and was shocked at how little variety they carry and how little they know about proper care and maintenance of the toys. Selection was more aimed at titillating men than pleasing or even interesting women. I told Sigel that I would just prefer to go to EF where I could at least get a review of the product, get some proper care instructions and have a friggin' selection! They did have some kick ass fetish shoes though so it wasn't a total waste!
03/30/2009
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
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Originally posted by Dame Demi
Even though I rarely buy anything in sex stores anymore due to higher prices and lack of selection, I really enjoy sex stores. There are some really good stores in major metro areas that have metal and glass and will let you test out (in your ...
Whoa what a concept..."here take this into the back room and give it a test drive...." Course then I'd be thinking I wonder how much mileage this baby has...total ewwwww! LOL
03/30/2009
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
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Originally posted by Nashville
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<-- Hustler Hollywood in Nashville. GREAT store, I've been there and I loved it but I found an article you may like.
What a nice article...I need to find one of those stores near me! Still I prefer EF right now for my sex toys but it might be nice to be able to walk into a sex positive location and peruse toys with sales staff that are actually knowledgeable and kind!
03/30/2009
deceased deceased
We have like one store, and some little porno movie stores- so a total of 3 small stores all on the same strip. Since everything comes to Hawaii by boat, there is a huge markup. I once paid 90 bucks for a rabbit vibe that cost 54 anywhere else. Japanese men like clubs, animated porn, the Koreans have the market on "hostess bars". There are too many streetwalkers who need money for drugs so live sex replaces quality toys. The main toy store is Jelly city. They do have some Don Wands from time to time, and some Kama Sutra products. Individual ethnic groups find ways of bringing back their toys (Caribou and cow eyelashes that go on the end of the penis are big in the local Filipino community). I still patronize our local store because I really love talking to the manager and the employees, they are lovely, funny, smart people.
07/19/2009
Valyn Valyn
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Originally posted by AnalArtist
I just went into a sex store I use to go. Just looking and getting an idea what I would like after Christmas. Well I go in, and man...they suck. No metal, some glass. Like no silicon dildo's or anal. Then the cock rings where like...umm ok? I ...
Totally! I went into a sex store just the other day. I was mostly looking for something for a costume, but I thought I'd check out the glass case where they had the nice stuff. Everything they had was like double the price of stuff on EF, and the other toys looked so cheap!

I guess I feel a little spoiled by EF
07/19/2009
Alan & Michele Alan & Michele
We recently moved to a small town and were shocked when we found out we had to drive to the next county to visit the *one* toy store that was anywhere around. And all they have is a bunch of videos and some cheap novelty toys. No Fun Factory, no Tantus, no Vixen Creations, just cheap plastic junk. Needless to say, we shop almost exclusively online now, and I SO miss big city living!


Michele
07/19/2009
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