When you get a new dildo, do you measure it? Do you find it to be accurate as described by the manufacturer?

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When you get a new dildo, do you measure it? Do you find it to be accurate as described by the manufacturer?

trios trios
This poll is to see who out there measures the goods when it arrives in the mail. I am particular about size and want the "best fit" for my wife's toys, and have found that my results vary from the sizes described (this has happened on more than one occasion and manufacturer). Do you measure and more importantly, do you find any variance to the size of the item?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
Yes I measure it (length and/or circumference and/or diameter) and...
49
No I dont measure the toy
63
I find my measurements agree with the manufacturer/retailer
5
I find differences between my results and the manufacturer/retailers
29
Total votes: 146 (113 voters)
Poll is closed
07/22/2010
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Alan & Michele Alan & Michele
As part of the review process, yes we measure them. We've found some differences, usually in realistic toys, and usually in their diameters. A manufacturer may say 1.5" (for example) but the heads are often larger than that.
07/22/2010
buzzvibe buzzvibe
I measure, and sometimes it's off slightly, but I haven't seen any notable discrepancies yet.
07/22/2010
NuMe NuMe
I agree with the others. I measure for my reviews, and either they're correct or just slightly off.
07/22/2010
P'Gell P'Gell
One of the reasons I do it is my husband doesn't realize how large he is. He usually thinks the insertables we buy are larger than him, and they aren't! I measure them to show him how big they are.

Weird, so many guys brag about their size and they are average,normal and regular sized. This guy is big (OK huge) and he doesn't really believe it. He's looking at it from a different angle than I am, I think. He's never seen that damn thing coming at him, either.

I haven't done a review for an insertable dil or vibrator yet, but I would measure one for that too.
07/22/2010
LiftedUp LiftedUp
We usually only measure toys when we are writing a review on them, but yes, we have found some discrepancies as well.
07/22/2010
Alicia Alicia
I don't usually unless it looks way off. Maybe I should start...
07/22/2010
Red Vinyl Kitty Red Vinyl Kitty
I only measure the toy if I am going to review it. If I am using it just in my personal collection I don't bother, unless like other have said - it looks WAY off.
07/22/2010
Envy Envy
Due to buying from smaller companies I find their measurements not always accurate, so yes, i measure.
07/22/2010
SexyySarah SexyySarah
Nope never have, but I might now that I'm doing reviews about them. I had actually never thought about it before!
07/22/2010
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
I measure occasionally, find small differences occasionally, but usually things are pretty close to being right on when I use the EF specs rather than the manufacturers.
07/22/2010
Ciao. Ciao.
I never have actually measured a toy. But I guess if it seemed off I might check.
07/22/2010
ScottA ScottA
EF seems to be pretty close. The small differences become much more noticeable with larger toys that are at your limit...

A big problem is how you calculate width/circumference. Many toys are not perfect circles, and a number of them have curves. If you measure diameter there can be two different diameters, and if you measure either diameter or circumference you can be off because of your cross section being not square to the axis.
07/22/2010
gone77 gone77
I do measure mine because I'm a total perfectionist nerd that way. I find that the given measurements occasionally slightly vary from what I discover.

As for measuring diameter, I usually measure at the thickest part be it a curve or the shaft.
07/22/2010
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
Quote:
Originally posted by P'Gell
One of the reasons I do it is my husband doesn't realize how large he is. He usually thinks the insertables we buy are larger than him, and they aren't! I measure them to show him how big they are.

Weird, so many guys brag about their ...
Awww that's sweet! Same with us though. Sigel doesn't have any emotional hangups about his "equiptment" but sometimes he gets a little intimidated by some of my toys LOL. Arch also has the same level of confidence. OMG funny story:
When I was just talking to him, we had never even sent pics to each other. We were just describing ourselves and I told him that I have breast dysmorphia (one breast is noticeably larger than the other) and he was describing himself. SO he pauses for a second and says, "Well I'm six feet tall so I guess I should be a bit above average, penis size wise. I mean it's ok...it's not like it will scare small children!" I spit my coffee and laughed till I cried! Then he sent me a pic and I knew I had to meet this...ummm guy. Naw seriously I loved him from the moment I first heard his voice, pretty much the ame thing that happened with Sigel and I.

I measure my toys for my reviews and I've found a few discrepancies between the box, EF and actual measurements but nothing that would cause me to scream about truth in advertising. EF is usually pretty close on their descriptions.
07/22/2010
trios trios
I have only bought 2 dildos since joining EF. I have acutally ordered a total of 3, but returned one because it measured 1/4 inch more than advertised. That makes a total of 2 that were 1/4 inch more than reported. I use a cloth tailors measuring tape and move along the whole shaft.

Now when choosing a toy I will account for the possibility that it may be a fraction larger. It also depends upon where you are measuring, so far it seems that just under the head will be the thickest portion.
07/23/2010
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
I do measure them - and find that most times they match the description.
07/23/2010
Annemarie Annemarie
I measure them, and find that they're usually close-ish (within half an inch, definitely), but I do more detailed measurements, like how wide the base is, how wide the toy is at various points, how big bulges are, how long a particular section is, etc, so that it's a bit more comprehensive of a view, and not just one measurement for the entire thing.
07/23/2010
P'Gell P'Gell
Quote:
Originally posted by Airen Wolf
Awww that's sweet! Same with us though. Sigel doesn't have any emotional hangups about his "equiptment" but sometimes he gets a little intimidated by some of my toys LOL. Arch also has the same level of confidence. OMG funny ...
"Scare small children." LOL! More like "Frighten young virgins!"
07/23/2010
joja joja
I'm most careful about glass toys, since there seems to be a lot a variety from piece to piece. Other than that, I'll only measure toys myself if the toy description seems off to me.
07/24/2010
Maiden Maiden
Quote:
Originally posted by NuMe
I agree with the others. I measure for my reviews, and either they're correct or just slightly off.
I have found slight discrepancies, but not enough to really make much difference.
07/28/2010
usmcwife99 usmcwife99
I really dont look a whole lot at measuremnts. I buy my toys in the store.

I just take it home and take it out of the box and....masterbate.
07/28/2010
brokenangel brokenangel
I didn't really think about it before. I am going to start doing some reviews and I guess I should be more conscious about that lol....
07/30/2010
XXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXX
I do measure them - but sometimes they don't match the description.
07/31/2010
Yoda Yoda
I find sometimes that the width is off by a bit.
08/12/2010
Meowmix Meowmix
I usually don't measure them, but I have had a few that seemed quite "off" but I guess that all has to do with where and how they measure. Diameter/circumference seems to be the one that is the most elusive for me.
08/26/2010
Shellz31 Shellz31
Sometimes I measure. And sometimes my measurements differ slightly from the site but I have found that with other buyers too.
10/24/2010
Danielle1220 Danielle1220
I don't measure mine.
10/24/2010
Love Buzz Love Buzz
Since I've begun reviewing I measure every aspect of my toys, often I do find at least one measurement is different to the product specs
11/16/2010
ToyGeek ToyGeek
I've measured a few things. The diameter on the Passion Wave is wrong, for example.
11/16/2010
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Unique posters: 63