The Importance of Brick and Mortar Sex Shop Retailing
In this day and age, everything you could ever want you can have delivered to your door at the click of a button. Online shopping is so convenient that often times we ask ourselves, “Why bother going into stores anymore?”
For a lot of things purchased online, this can be true and for others, well…not so much.
Enter our trade: online sex toy and lingerie shopping can kind of be like dodging land mines. You might find some killer deals online on that toy you’ve been eying for some time, but chances are what gets delivered won’t be exactly what you expected. This is why brick and mortar sex shops are so important, and sadly…we’re a dying breed.
Have you ever heard of the Triple Constraint? It’s a visual model often used to describe the constraints of products or projects.
One thing we urge all customers to take into account when searching for a new toy or piece of lingerie is this concept of the Triple Constraint. All things made can either be quickly made, high quality, or cheap. You can pick two of these qualities, but rarely all three.
In regards to sex toys, our FDA does not regulate the production and distribution of toys, meaning anybody can fraudulently claim a cheap, unsafe toy is “medical grade”, “phthalate-free” or any other number of things and that’s totally LEGAL. I like to liken this to cigarettes… everyone knows cigarettes are bad for you and can even kill you, yet you can buy them at any gas station or grocery store without question. Just because manufacturers sell it, doesn’t always mean it’s safe.
Truth is, there’s a good many toy manufacturers and distributors out there that employ shady tactics to cut costs at the consumers risk, either by using unsafe materials like PVC or cheap metals in their motors, like lead.
It is up to the consumer to know what a toy is worth, and this is what makes actual brick and mortar retail shops so important. Our sales associates are highly trained by toy designers and manufacturers worldwide, and study the sciences that go into sex toy production.
Online distributors like eBay, Amazon and Groupon are especially dangerous. Any Tom, Dick or Harry can sell a used or cheaply made toy on these platforms, slap some buzz-worthy phrases like “Phthalate-free!” And “Medical grade!” on it and sell it to some unsuspecting consumer.
A lot of distributors on these platforms sell their toys on eBay, Amazon and Groupon because they are cheap imports that no other reputable store (online or otherwise) would even touch, so they are forced to sell them for cheap on eBay or Amazon instead.
Blue Boutique ONLY purchases product either directly from manufacturers or a refutable third party distributor, Eldorado Trading Company, so you always know with Blue, you’re buying the real deal 100% of the time. No cheap knockoffs here!
We often get people who bemoan that Blue Boutique’s toys are so expensive! Why don’t we carry any toys under $20? Well…that’s because any toy that costs below $20 is sure to be a hunk of junk that at worst, is made with chemicals and garbage that could hurt your body… at best, it’ll crap out on you 3 weeks after you buy it. We specialize in high-end, luxury toys because that’s what’s popular these days…most of our customers are people who know what they like and want something a bit fancier. We do carry lower-end, therefore cheaper, toys for those who are new to toy shopping or who just want something simple or budget friendly, but we tend to carry more of the high end stuff because that’s what our customer base asks for the most!
Blue also NEVER resale any of our adult products, or any product that might be bio-hazardous, like panties or teddy lingerie.
You’ll never buy a used toy here!
Because our sales associates are so knowledgeable and our products are genuine, you are sure to find a high quality toy at a fair price at Blue Boutique.
Lastly, there’s just something so intimate and fun about going out to a physical brick and mortar shop, being able to feel and see exactly what you’re buying before you take the plunge. Shopping should be an experience, something fun and adventurous!
But hey…if you must purchase online, choose a reputable seller….like us! Check out Blue Boutique’s webstore here.