Category Archives: Adult Store Shopping Etiquette

We are not a directory of all things XXX related.

Sometimes, people seem to think that since we work at an adult shop we know where to get anything “adult” like.  Sometimes we do!  aaaand sometimes we don’t (sorry?) We have the same access to the internet like you do.  So finding certain businesses and information are a lot more attainable than back in the day.  It’s okay to ask but don’t get huffy puffy if the adult store employee doesn’t know or want to tell you where other places are like strip clubs, nearest dungeon, weed shops and especially another adult store is. 😛 Sometimes we just don’t know, where the epicenter of XXX is all the time.  I don’t think that you would automatically answer questions to random strangers all the time. haha Soooo Ask politely, have something to jot notes down on and hope for the best. 😀

I’ve been working a few morning shifts as of lately and noticed my main directory questions has been about… arcades.  Not all adult shops are old school and have arcades or previewing rooms anymore.  Now that we are in the computer era, phasing out booths, theaters, Videos and now DVDs. It has been a mission for those folk that it does cater to.  So, lucky you! if you live in the SFV I made a mini map of the places that have preview rooms and you can get your wank on. Expect a bit of sleaze and possible gloryholes. lol

Respect the Help.

Respect is a thing that customers consistently forget when dealing with retail employees.

Adult Shop employees are no exception and in my opinion they deserve more respect more so than normal because of the environment and the delicate conversation that occurs.

Don’t talk down to them.

Treat adult shop employees as equals.  Your career, education level or annual income is not taken into consideration to them.  We are all on the same level since the topic of conversation is sexuality and adult products.  Depending on where you go, you can get some quite intelligent people or possibly gross people who you think should never multiply.  But, that’s just like any other place of business.

I don’t know how many times people talk down to me because of where I work.   AS IF, they are better than me?!?! NEWSFLASH.  I CHOOSE TO WORK THERE.  I have gone college and do have a degree.  I love sex education and TOYS!!! So, you can understand my frustration when that happens.  Even though I want them to walk out with that cyberskin toy paired with a silicone, just to be mean…. I won’t.   Adult shop employees usually have your best interest in mind.  Just be nice and respect them.  Chances are you might get some extras like free lube samples, smart advice and hell… maybe even a discount. haha

Be nice. Be patient and always ask questions if necessary.  😀

Don’t ask for piercings and body piercing jewelry.

Don’t come into an adult shop thinking that you can get pierced or buy the jewelry here.

If you’re looking to get pierced, be a smart human being and go to an actual piercing shop.  They specialize in that and are trained professionals and have a sterile environment for that.

Yes, some piercings are made to make sex enjoyable but piercings are more of a specialty type of thing.  Especially their jewelry!!!   It’s like going to Claire’s and buying some of their cheap jewelry and wondering why it’s tarnished and turning you green.  Why would you buy crap ass jewelry when it’s going in and on your body?!?  Treat your body with respect and go to a shop or buy online where they have high quality jewelry.

So, if you come into an adult shop and they look at you weird when you ask for belly button rings.  Just realize we sell sex toys and what not.  I haven’t encountered any sex toys for belly buttons or anyone who fucks belly buttons on the daily haha but when they start making it, i’ll be sure to tell everyone to stock it. 😛

… and since everyone and their mom’s keep asking me where they wanna get poked.

If you are in the Los Angeles area.  I recommend Studio City Tattoo & Piercing. You can check out their Yelp since they have 5 stars of goodness.

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…now get out muh face with that nonsense & go buy a dong haha

Always Battery Test before you leave!

Some sex toys are just like any other type of electronic toy, there is always the possibility of hiccups and things that can go wrong.  Sometimes, Sex toys are troopers and can last for years but then there are times where their life span is only a few days.   Then, when you bring batteries into the mix, it can add a whirlwind of pro’s and con’s.  That’s why I always recommend you get your toy Battery tested before you leave the store! By doing so, you will cut your chances of having a defective or dead toy.     Majority of the Adult store’s out there lately battery test and this allows you to understand and see if your toy is in working order.

Oh and please refrain from the “oh, we get to test it here? giggity giggity” or “you’re going to test it on yourself? ;)” it’s been said and old.  

What I mean by testing a toy is the employee will put the appropriate batteries that the toy is calling for and makes sure if it is suppose to vibrate, it is… or if it swirls or shoot lasers, everything is in working condition.  If you have questions on how it works, now would also be the prime time opportunity to do so.

Once you leave  a store, very rarely, do they allow you to return them.  Also, just like any type of electronic they are ones that are defective.  It’s better to safe than sorry! because no orgasms for you if you get home and it’s a no go!

Don’t ever attempt to return sex toys at a store.

First off, that is just nasty.

I’ve never been one to return items that I purchase unless it’s super dire.  So, when the situation comes up where people attempt to return things that are “Personal items” aka stuff that would touch your junk, I get a little grossed out.  But, sometimes I’m shocked that people think its okay to return used items.

  • I get that you may not even used it! You may have left the store for an hour, but how am I suppose to know?
  • I get that you… think YOU cleaned them enough for another person to touch it. But, it’s like me touching my junk and trying to shake your hand after.
  • I get that you… would want to shop at a location that didn’t sell used products … right?!? (

But, how am I suppose to know? Would you touch used sex toys if you don’t know who last touched them?   There are so many situations and you just don’t know.  So, at my work we take precautions.

so! PRO-TIP. Don’t try and return anything at an adult shop.

It’s just awkward for the associate and you should really ask for help and make sure that the product you buy is what you think might work for you.  Just keep in mind anytime you buy a toy, it’s a gamble.   Everyone’s body is different, sometimes it works and sometimes a toy is just horrible.

I get the line, “THEN WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO WITH THIS?!?!?!”… seriously… throw it away? or be a gnarly mofo and sell it on craigslist haha there are some pervy folks who’d buy it. haha

#CommonSense Use it. 🙂