In this recession, we’re all tight with our spending, but we don’t want to scrimp on sexy time! So, it’s not shocking adult toy sales are still strong (except in France), but why pay top dollar when the goods are free? Yes we can get creative in these hard (no pun intended) times! Here are our suggestions to put the pinch in penny pinching with sexy stuff under five bucks…
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Contrary to what’s going on here in the U.S., sales of sex toys, massage oils, and other kinky stuff have declined in France, according to vendors at Big Eropolis, an erotic fair near Paris. Attendance has been about the same as last year, said the fair’s organizer, but visitors are buying less. “We always managed to sell [customers] two or three items,” said a vendor. “Now, alas, they leave with one single item. We feel the impact.” To some visitors, the decline in sales didn’t make sense because people tend to like having fun at home during a recession, which is why sex toy sales have jumped in the U.S. Maybe the French are just more ingenious than Americans and don’t need toys? Or maybe there has been a spike in banana and cucumber sales, instead. [Reuters] Keep reading »
Ten years ago, Gwyneth Paltrow was a Hollywood golden girl. She won an Oscar, she dated Brad Pitt, and then she married a rock star. (Okay, he’s more like an emo star.) She even popped out a couple of cute kids and nobody said boo when she gave Apple and Moses silly names.
But, with the GOOP blog and the rabbit-food-diet rumors, Goldilocks is so tarnished, it’s no wonder she’s out of touch. Nobody wants to join Gwyn’s new NYC gym, which she is starting up later this year with her (and Madonna’s) trainer, Tracy Anderson, because the price is so ridiculous. Girlfriend wants $4,500 just to join, plus hundreds of dollars each month in fees. Just to exercise! What recession?! Gym representatives are cold-calling potential customers, but instead of joining, they’re just laughing, padlocking their wallets, and calling the tabloids. [NY Post] Keep reading »
A recent essay on The Daily Beast asks, “Do Male Enhancement Pills Really Work?” My response — who cares? Men clearly, but they shouldn’t. As the economy tanks, men not only make up the majority of those who’ve been laid off, they also are more likely than women to not handle it very well. Are men suddenly even more desperate to grow their wangs because they’re coming up short financially? If so, what a wasted endeavor — whether male enhancement pills (and contraptions and extenders) work or not is irrelevant. It’s how you use your member that really enhances your sexual resume, fellas. Keep reading »
We keep hearing that industries related to sex and dating are some of the only ones not being affected by the recession. Apparently, sex is one of those things that doesn’t need to be eliminated from people’s lives, even when their wallets are thin. After all, it’s free! Of course, extra equipment and accessories cost money. In past months, sales at sex toy boutique Babeland and lingerie stores like La Petite Coquette have seen an increase in sales, even while other parts of the economy have plummeted. Now, one sex toy company is coming to the rescue of women who have lost their jobs during these hard times. Keep reading »