It was quick, easy and rather comfortable (I was in my pyjamas sitting at the dining room table). However, I enjoy shopping in real life. Being able to handle the product, joke around with the sales assistant (sometimes that’s the only flirting I get that day) and take it home right after paying is great. Now I have to wait for my order to arrive in a non-suspicious package and hide it before Mother asks “What is that?”
To be honest an adult store IRL isn’t set up for a female shopper. It is still to this day a “man’s place” even though vibrators are mainly purchased for women. I have been inside one shop and didn’t find it appealing, intimidating more than anything else. The shop happened to be located in an industrial estate, with fluorescent lighting, concrete floors and a wall of dildos.
I was disappointed. Here I thought it would be something fun and exciting to go inside and maybe purchase an item. I had more fun pressing buttons on my phone.
If they wanted to be serious about selling products to women then the adult industry needs to stop referencing Fifty Shades and instead make things clean. I mean, make the shop feel less seedy, change the lighting and layout so it’s more intimate (after all these products are going to be used rather intimately) think more like a boutique lingerie store. Change the packaging; personally I don’t want a picture of a blonde with fake boobs holding the dildo I want to buy. In fact I want a package I can throw into the bin without the neighbours spotting it and knowing what I have in my top draw. Make it so it’s a fun experience to go in and browse the shelves with a couple of girlfriends. Have dildos and erotic fiction and pretty knickers side by side. Not Wall of cocks and hard core porn together.
We are liberated and the owning of a phallic object that is either battery operated or re-chargeable is accepted these days. No longer do we live in a time where women are dependent on a male to go into an adult store (because it would be unseemly if a lady stepped inside) and buy what he thinks she needs. We might not be quite at the level of comfort we should be (where there is no judgement no matter what your kink is, as long as it is legal and doesn’t involve children/animals and there is mutual consent) but we are slowly getting there; especially online.
Online has nailed it.
The only time you can be embarrassed is if someone is going through your search history and you had no idea what that thing was and then found out and thought “nope.” You can explore, add things to your wish list, remove them, compare stats and read reviews. Some sites are even classy. I kind of enjoyed the way the site I visited whispered that the charge to my card would be listed under a plain business name and the package that would arrive through the mail would be just as plain so no co-workers, partners or parents would be the wiser. LOL.