This store was from the biggest chain in my city, and I don't live in a small town. The moment that I walked in, though, I felt like a creeper. It was dimly lit and dark, with one side all pink and the other full of hardcore bondage things. I told the lady working at the counter that I was looking for vibrators and dildos, and she led me to a corner with a small rack of them. The mark-up was incredible! All of the Lelo toys were over $250 (by which I mean the three they had - Mia (not 2), Liv, and smart wand), and all of the Jopens were over $300. I asked her what to get, and she handed me this jelly vibrator that I know I can buy for $10 - priced for 65! I then told her that I had heard jelly dildos were bad for health, and she told me that that was just a fad. The only dildos (or things resembling dildos) they had in stock were a couple Metal Worx toys. I asked about glass toys, and she told me to never get them since they break inside people all the time!
I'm quite shocked, really. I know that not all sex toy stores are like this, but I had thought that they were trying to break from the misconceptions and false information, not fall back into it! Had this been my first experience with sex toy shops (instead of the kind of nice one in my college town and Amazon/Edenfantasys after), I would have probably never thought of getting sex toys again.
Has anybody else had similar experiences with brick and mortar stores, or was I just very unlucky? Do you have one in your city that you just adore?