Amazon can be a one-stop shop for everything from lavender-scented massage oil to a trusty vibrator that can handle all of your kinks and fetishes. Plus, two-day shipping!
However, with counterfeit products and review farming being a regular thing on the site, shopping for sex toys can be confusing. Here are some tips to help make it easier.
1. Search by Brand
As the world’s largest marketplace, Amazon has become a go-to for just about everything. But it can be a bit tricky to find quality sex toys on the site. That’s because of all the counterfeit and lower quality products that can be found on the site — even when you search by brand name. Often times, the only thing that differentiates a fake from a real product is the packaging and name. But even then, it’s possible to buy a fake that looks almost exactly like the real deal.
Especially with big pleasure toy brands, you want to be sure that you’re buying a genuine product. That means you should only shop from the brand’s store front. For example, if you’re looking for a dildo from Doc Johnson, be sure to go right through their shop on the site rather than just searching “dildo.” You’ll also be more likely to get discreet shipping when shopping this way as many sex toy sellers ship straight from the factory in clear plastic bags.
Keeping this in mind, a quick internet search will help you spot counterfeit products pretty quickly. For instance, if you see a toy with tons of five star reviews and the price is too good to be true, it probably is. This is because some sex toy sellers actually pay people to write positive reviews. Despite the fact that Amazon is cracking down on these types of sellers, it still happens frequently enough to be a problem for consumers.
2. Search by Product Type
When it comes to sex toys, it’s important to buy from the manufacturer (or an authorized seller) and not a third-party. This way, you can be sure that your pleasure product will last a long time, is made from body safe materials and has a good warranty. Plus, sex toys from premium manufacturers tend to come in beautiful branded packaging that makes them easy to identify.
On the other hand, sex toys from smaller companies can sometimes be cheaper than their name brand counterparts. So if you’re looking for a wand toy, bullet vibrator or cock ring that’s budget friendly but still delivers on the pleasure front, it can be worth checking out the Amazon selection from these companies. Just beware of prices that are too low — this is usually a sign that the toy is counterfeit or used, and could even contain dangerous materials.
However, with a bit of finesse and ingenuity, you can find sex toys on Amazon that are actually genuine name brands (and not cheap knock-offs). All it takes is a little know-how to avoid the fakes and get you on your way to finding the sexy fucking pleasure products you deserve.
3. Search by Product Description
When shopping for sex toys, it’s important to buy from manufacturers that are reputable. The Amazon marketplace is notorious for dupes and counterfeit sex toys that don’t work (or worse, could be dangerous to use on your body). You should also only purchase from sellers who are authorized by the manufacturer.
The best way to do this is to look for a seller’s name that matches the manufacturer’s name. This will be in the seller’s profile or in the description of their products. Alternatively, you can look for an “Amazon Store Front” from the manufacturer. This means that they are selling their sex toys directly through Amazon. This is a great way to avoid dupes and counterfeits while getting the benefit of Amazon’s fast and discreet shipping.
As a bonus, the manufacturer will usually have more product images available and will be able to answer any questions you might have. Also, be wary of sellers who offer a price that seems too good to be true. These sellers are likely selling their products below the manufacturer’s MAP, which could be illegal. If you see a price that is too low, contact the seller and ask them about it. They may be a pirate, which is very dangerous. A good way to avoid this is by purchasing sex toys from large, well-established sex toy companies like Fun Factory and SheVibe, which are always genuine and safe.
4. Search by Customer Reviews
Amazon may seem a little sketchy for shopping pleasure products (like dildos and vibrators), but they have a surprisingly large selection, and many of the best ones are actually on sale right now. Plus, they have the usual cornucopia of customer reviews that are either helpful or hysterical, which can make your decision much easier.
However, it’s important to be a smart shopper on Amazon. They have a huge problem with counterfeit and low quality products, and third party sellers will often sell items below the MAP (minimum advertised price) to make a quick buck. This can lead to sex toys that are not made from body safe materials, or even the wrong item (like a vibrator instead of a dildo).
When you’re searching for sex toys on Amazon, be sure to check out the seller details and shipping information. Also, look for red flags like poor grammar in product descriptions and short, non-descriptive reviews. Also, keep in mind that most sex toys on Amazon are fulfilled by the company’s own warehouses, so you may not get discreet packaging.
So if you’re ready to try out some new toys, Amazon is a great place to start! Just be sure to follow our tips for a smooth (and safe) experience. Happy shopping!