As the economy tanks, sex toy sales on the rise

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Sure, the economy sucks. Sure, people like sex toys, and their sales are on the rise. But are these two seemingly non-related facts actually linked by cause and effect? Are Americans so beaten down from years of unemployment and unpaid internships that they have turned to sex toys for some measure of respite?

CNBC online thinks so. They even talked to an online sex-toy salesman, Stefan Dallakian, the owner of Paris Intimates, who said, "At a time when unemployment is high and bank account balances are low, people are passing the time by getting busy."

Dallakian goes on to assert that — due to unemployment and the prevalence of self-employment — couples spend more time together in the home. This, in turn, leads to better communication and experimentation in the bedroom. While this certainly puts a positive spin on things, I'm more inclined to think that the correlation between the terrible economy and sex-toy sales is purely incidental. I'm guessing people are just more likely to purchase a vibrator online, and the last few years has shown a huge increase in online sex-toy stores.

But, if you're feeling sad and you and your significant other haven't worked in nine months, then, by all means, go buy some handcuffs or something.

Commentarium (8 Comments)

Jul 22 11 - 10:00am
Tool Kit

I wonder if there's another factor: difficulties with money have strained, or even broken, relationships, requiring the (possibly former) partners to fly solo.

Jul 22 11 - 10:13am

That seems like it could be a factor. Or just people wanting entertainment forms that they can get a lot of mileage out of. Go see a movie/get popcorn and a drink to enjoy two hours or so... or invest in a decent vibrator and get endless hours of enjoyment- all you need are rechargeable batteries.

Jul 22 11 - 10:50am

Maybe this was the goal of the stimulus plan?

Jul 25 11 - 9:10am

That's awesome.

Jul 23 11 - 1:27am

I worked in a small, local, education-oriented, woman friendly sex shop for four years. Business took a bad hit with the economy and now the shop seems to be going under. Given the owners' TERRIBLE marketing and HR practices, I'm not surprised to find that the business really might be salvageable if ownership would spend less time blaming the economy and more time reminding the city that the shop it used to LOVE is still there. It's so sad to watch such a valuable little jewel crumbling for no good reason.

Jul 29 11 - 6:18pm

they are , i agree

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