Most people prefer their interactions with sex stores not to be public. This is one of the reasons why there are a lot of bad sex stores out there, both online and offline. Some sellers are taking advantage of the fact that many people choose not to come back to exchange or return a product because of its low quality. Because of this, it is important to choose a sex store that you can trust and that offers both safe high-quality products and excellent customer service. From this article, you will learn about eight tips on how to choose a quality sex store.
Get a recommendation, be it personally or online.
If you have friends who like to have fun in the bedroom, you can ask them for a recommendation. If you don’t or are embarrassed to ask in person, you can always ask in forums online or check review websites such as Yelp.com. You can also check social media pages of a store you are thinking of buying from to see what ratings and reviews they have on Google and Facebook.
See if they have knowledgeable and friendly customer service
Call a store and ask them questions about specific products. You can also ask for product or category recommendations. If they give you time and ask questions about your preferences, that’s a good sign. If they simply read product descriptions that you can see online or try to push you into placing an order, find a better store. You can also use customer service email address to send an email with questions and see how long it will take for the store to respond and what products they will recommend. Red flags here are the following: taking too long to respond, pushing the most expensive products, not trying to understand what you are looking for.
Learn the policies
Before you buy a sex toy from a store, learn about their return and exchange policies. A reputable store would usually offer at least a thirty-day exchange window for defective merchandise and have an easy process to return products that you don’t like. If a store doesn’t have a clear policy or has a sign that all sales are final, think twice before buying anything there.
When you shop online, you can compare prices for any types of products or for any specific items. However, keep in mind that sellers with a bad reputation may advertise one product and send you a cheap knock-off instead. You want to buy from a store that has a solid reputation, a return and exchange policy and friendly customer service. For this reason, you probably want to avoid buying your toys at rock-bottom prices. Paying a little more is worth it in the long run.
Visit a store in person
While shopping in person may not always be possible, you can often get more information about what you are buying and whether a product is right for you when you talk to a sales associate in a store than when you are reading online reviews and forums. The Internet is a great place to conduct research, but once you identify the type of product you want, go to a store or call a store in your area and inquire about the products.
Find a store that caters to customers like you
Today you can find all kinds of sex stores for all kinds of customers. There are sex stores for vegans, active feminists, sex stores that only carry organic products, sex stores that are cooperatives and so on. The boom in the sex toy industry has led to an incredible variety of stores, products, and niches. Today it is possible to shop in a way that fully matches your ethics and values. You do not have to settle for a cheesy porn shop if that’s not what you are looking for. If you see something that you don’t like or don’t feel comfortable about, do some more research. Chances are very high that you will be able to find exactly what you are looking for.
See if you can get information and not just advertising
One of the best ways to see if sales staff is really knowledgeable is to ask them to compare different products or explain why products in the same category are priced differently. People that do not know much would simply read you the descriptions from the packages. If an answer that you are getting sounds more like an empty sales pitch, be wary. Those who do know a lot about what they are selling would go into details of how products work and what they are made of that you will not find on the packaging. Although the sex toy retailing market is becoming more and more competitive and more and more stores are training their employees, not all of them do an excellent job.
Deal only with legitimate online stores
If you are shopping online, look for signs of a reputable business. Do not buy from stores that don’t have a business name and a physical address for that business name posted on a website. Avoid websites that don’t have phone numbers. A reputable online company would usually have a toll-free phone number that you can use to reach it. Also, make sure that return and exchange policies are on the website. If you don’t see them on the website, email the store and ask. Do not buy anything unless you get something in writing. Emailing a store is also a good idea because you will be able to see how quickly you will get a response and what the quality of the response is going to be. If you get something in broken English or if it seems that the person on the other end didn’t really understand your question, don’t buy from the website. The only exception would a website that has hundreds of excellent reviews on a third-party platform such as Google, Facebook or Yelp.