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    Talia [sign in to see picture]
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    Who actually likes it? I don't!

    I'm not talking about toy storage cases like the ones that come with the Lovehoney Desire line (brilliant idea!) or Vixen Creation's sturdy reuseable plastic boxes, they are useful as well.

    But the packaging used by Lelo and L'Amourose seriously annoys me: On the one hand the (inner) boxes are too beautiful to throw away, on the other hand I find them perfectly useless: My toys don't live in their packaging, and the boxes can't really be used for storing anything else. I'd much prefer the money spent on them was either used for improving the product or for reducing the price!

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    I agree I'd prefer these boxes to be 'less', but only if the price would reflect it. I seriously doubt luxury sex toy companies would reduce their prices though even if they chose to put less effort into the packaging. And that means, paying the high price, I do expect a high quality box for my luxury items.

    Having said that, I actually find Lelo boxes are very useful (emptied out of their internal pieces) around the house / office to keep small stuff (such as pens, pins and the likes). I have had "luxury toys" that did not have such sturdy and discreet reusable boxes as Lelo, so more of a waste.

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    era wrote:

    I agree I'd prefer these boxes to be 'less', but only if the price would reflect it. I seriously doubt luxury sex toy companies would reduce their prices though even if they chose to put less effort into the packaging. And that means, paying the high price, I do expect a high quality box for my luxury items.

    + 1 I didn't like the packaging for the L'amourose rosa as it's vertical so you have to tip things out of it (not something I want to do with £100+ toy!) and it's hard to fit everything back into it. I much prefer the packaging for the Lovehoney Desire range, as it comes in a nice carboard box but you also get a proper storage case with it. So much more useful!

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    Lovebirds_x [sign in to see picture]
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    I love it, feels like you are actually buying something that has had effort put into it in all respects. Presentaion is always important when a company expects people to blow massive sums of money on an unnecessary item. Plus I do keep my toys in their boxes most of the time, especially with the likes of Lelo that include a shaped insert that keeps them far more safe and secure than the included storage bag.

    Plus realistically, you'd probably be talking a difference of a matter of pounds (if that) if they used plainer boxes. Even the most luxury packaging is hardly a large portion of the price. So taking them away would likely not make a major difference to the overall price. Certainly not enough money to improve the products that could do with improvement either. Plus it's all swings and roundabouts, a big part of the 'luxury' packaging is that it keeps toys safe in transport. If you start using flimsier packaging, you'll need more packaging materials for shipping etc which means customers will just be getting charged more for shipping.

    But yeah. I really appreciate it :)

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    I like the luxury packaging, even though I do just throw it away. If youre paying a high price for a toy it should be packaged in a way that reflects that. Also it's ideal for people that give the toys as gifts. You wouldn't want to pay that price for a toy to gift to someone for it to look cheap x

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    Lovebirds_x wrote:

    I love it, feels like you are actually buying something that has had effort put into it in all respects. Presentaion is always important when a company expects people to blow massive sums of money on an unnecessary item. Plus I do keep my toys in their boxes most of the time, especially with the likes of Lelo that include a shaped insert that keeps them far more safe and secure than the included storage bag.

    Plus realistically, you'd probably be talking a difference of a matter of pounds (if that) if they used plainer boxes. Even the most luxury packaging is hardly a large portion of the price. So taking them away would likely not make a major difference to the overall price. Certainly not enough money to improve the products that could do with improvement either. Plus it's all swings and roundabouts, a big part of the 'luxury' packaging is that it keeps toys safe in transport. If you start using flimsier packaging, you'll need more packaging materials for shipping etc which means customers will just be getting charged more for shipping.

    But yeah. I really appreciate it :)

    +1. I have to say I'm a sucker for luxury packaging, it just adds to the overall experience. Saying that though, the Desire range packaging is super convenient whilst still being nice on the eye.

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    I really love luxury packaging. I know it might make me a bit of a sucker but I feel like I'm really getting a luxury product when it comes in a nice box an it makes me more excited to use it.

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    I really like toys being presented nicely because I always appreciate little details like that, and "luxury" packaging is usually preferable to a lot of cheap toys for me because some of them have the tackiest, least subtle designs I've ever seen. That being said, some of the LELO packaging, for example, is a bit too minimalistic. I quite like We-Vibe's packaging (although it is quite feminine, but their solo toys are clearly intended mostly for women) because it's clean yet still has a bit of colour, and to me has a luxurious feel without being too minimalist. Plus I do actually use the boxes from my We-Vibe toys to store items like blindfolds so that they'll stay nice and flat, and I have a small LELO box (which originally housed my kegel balls) for keeping small toys from rolling around a lot (I used to have them loose in my toy drawer... every now and then I'd set one off if I slammed the drawer too hard!)

    I do really hate it, however, when any toy (luxury or not) uses a lot of unnecessary packaging... it's just so wasteful, and also makes it difficult to discreetly dispose of stuff most people would want to keep private. I don't think any of the luxury toys I've bought have had that problem, though I can't remember for sure. I know the We-Vibe Touch is definitely fine in terms of packaging, as I bought one yesterday (weekly budget, what weekly budget?) but that is a pretty small toy, so obviously it's not going to need as big a box as something like a wand (trying to get rid of the packaging for my LELO wand without anyone noticing was a bit of a nightmare.)

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    Another pro-fancy packaging here!

    It's not useless to me personally, because I do keep a lot of toys in their packaging, especially if that packaging is plain enough to not draw the attention of a nosey child. I have literally hundreds of sex toys and bondage pieces, and I'd lose the plot if they were all in bags, because they'd be indistinguishable from one another and I'd have to hunt to find the one thing I wanted.

    But I know where the Bettie Page stuff is cos it's in Bettie Page boxes, and the same goes with L'Amourose, Lelo, Fun Factory, Maro Kawaii... If they come in pretty boxes that don't have pics of the product on I'm happy to leave favourites on a shelf to have them always within reach, so that's another plus. I think there's something comforting about getting a toy that's well presented, as it suggests the designers and manufacturers have taken pride in every aspect of what they've created.

    It's those plastic shells that retain the shape of the dildo or whatever that came in them that drive me mad. I need to chop them up to put them in the bin and I always end up ripping my hands to shreds, but if I just stuff them in a black bag as is, they rip said bag open when I'm at the tip, then all the other people there get to see what I'm into when they see me chasing stuff around the carpark. True story, btw. It was horrible.

    Nope, I have no love for anything I need scissors to open, and I have no love for those cartons that have nekkid folk greasing all over them either. I'd take a nice L'Amourose box with it's cute little bow any day of the week.

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    Ruby Red Slippers wrote:

    era wrote:

    I agree I'd prefer these boxes to be 'less', but only if the price would reflect it. I seriously doubt luxury sex toy companies would reduce their prices though even if they chose to put less effort into the packaging. And that means, paying the high price, I do expect a high quality box for my luxury items.

    + 1 I didn't like the packaging for the L'amourose rosa as it's vertical so you have to tip things out of it (not something I want to do with £100+ toy!) and it's hard to fit everything back into it. I much prefer the packaging for the Lovehoney Desire range, as it comes in a nice carboard box but you also get a proper storage case with it. So much more useful!

    the lid never stays on, so the charging dock falls out along with the plug. Totally agree with what you say

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    I actually like the packaging. If I am really paying for the expensive toy, then I do really want a nice packaging to come with it. Rather than just plastic one or the very basic packaging. Since these toys are often used as gift, it is part of them being more luxury.

    I tend to reuse the boxes, tbh, some to store lubes and cleaning for the toys, some I have small things which could get lost easily, like stuff for sewing etc. And some are just on stock if I need some small box. Also when I moved places, I put several toys in their carry bags in to the box, as it was bit easier to pack them.

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    Packaging is packaging. Generally not used for storage. For me the money should be in the toy. Even though it may give the product that luxurious look it still ends up in the bin.

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    Unfortunately fancy packaging is a good selling aid. But I agree, once you've taking the toy out of the box. What do you usually do with all that packaging? Just throw it away!

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    OUCH! Thank you ;) wrote:

    Another pro-fancy packaging here!

    It's not useless to me personally, because I do keep a lot of toys in their packaging, especially if that packaging is plain enough to not draw the attention of a nosey child. I have literally hundreds of sex toys and bondage pieces, and I'd lose the plot if they were all in bags, because they'd be indistinguishable from one another and I'd have to hunt to find the one thing I wanted.

    But I know where the Bettie Page stuff is cos it's in Bettie Page boxes, and the same goes with L'Amourose, Lelo, Fun Factory, Maro Kawaii... If they come in pretty boxes that don't have pics of the product on I'm happy to leave favourites on a shelf to have them always within reach, so that's another plus. I think there's something comforting about getting a toy that's well presented, as it suggests the designers and manufacturers have taken pride in every aspect of what they've created.

    It's those plastic shells that retain the shape of the dildo or whatever that came in them that drive me mad. I need to chop them up to put them in the bin and I always end up ripping my hands to shreds, but if I just stuff them in a black bag as is, they rip said bag open when I'm at the tip, then all the other people there get to see what I'm into when they see me chasing stuff around the carpark. True story, btw. It was horrible.

    Nope, I have no love for anything I need scissors to open, and I have no love for those cartons that have nekkid folk greasing all over them either. I'd take a nice L'Amourose box with it's cute little bow any day of the week.

    I think you really hit the nail on the head with your point about nice packaging contributing to the overall feel of the toy. I hadn't been able to put my finger on it, but I completely agree with you; well-presented toys do come off better. I'm usually a little suspicious of toys which have really tacky boxes (not plain ones like LH Basics, but ones which look like they're some hideous mash-up of WordArt and soft porn...) because they generally seem to be made by dodgy companies which made awful toys. That's not always the case, of course, but it doesn't really suggest they've thought about marketing at all, and to me that suggests they may have been a bit lax when considering other aspects of the toy.

    As for your anecdote about the plastic shells... yikes! I cringed a little reading that, as it's precisely why I'm so leery about just chucking them in the bin. I hope they find a more discreet way of packaging things, for your sake and mine lol.

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    To be honest in not a fan of expensive packaging, there just doesn't seem much point. I like the desire packaging because it's a practical storage case. I would much rather a toy came in a cardboard box with a quality storage bag for the toy. Oh and for Rechargable toys I would like some sort of label to attach to the charger to make it easier to find the charger for the toy, when it's needed.

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    Fun Louise wrote:

    To be honest in not a fan of expensive packaging, there just doesn't seem much point. I like the desire packaging because it's a practical storage case. I would much rather a toy came in a cardboard box with a quality storage bag for the toy. Oh and for Rechargable toys I would like some sort of label to attach to the charger to make it easier to find the charger for the toy, when it's needed.

    I do that, Fun Louise, I print transparent labels to stick to all my cables. I would have long lost track otherwise!
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    I love the experience of opening and appreciating fancy packaging because I've worked in premium retail brands for so long I cannot abide tacky packaging, but when it's both gorgeous and bulky it feels like such a waste.

    For instance, I keep my Aneros Tempo S2 in the box because it feels like part of the foreplay (with myself!) every time I open it and see its sleek chrome body nestled so beautifully in its red satin bed. heart *swoons*

    I'd love to do the same with the njoy Fun wand, but the box is enormous! No way will it fit in the bedside drawer. So I have to decide whether to just have it out in its box or toss it entirely and keep it in a boring baggie.

    I'd love it if all luxury toy retailers included more space-friendly options like velvet or leather storage bags, but that would no doubt add to the price.

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    I see your point, Dani (after looking at the Aneros Tempo video) - that really is a beautiful box! Still, it wouldn't easily fit in my toy chest :(

    By the way, I don't like tacky packaging with more or less explicit pictures either, but I've learnt that I can get rid of it easily enough by flattening the boxes and hiding them in a pizza box (the recycling bin is for three houses, one of which is uninhabited at the moment...)

    As for the chargers - I like the ones that have the company name written on them, like Fun Factory or L'Amourose. I don't plan on getting so many rechargeable toys that I can't keep up with the cables, but I'd be more inclined to keep all the chargers - labelled - in one box than each with its toy. Because I'm convinced that some chargers are interchangeable between toys.

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    Here is my preference in packaging... eco friendly and compact and include a storage bag if it is a wee more expensive.

    I have a lelo and had to throw away the box, it was massive! I felt guilty doing it but I need my collection to be more compact so I use the Lovehoney storage bags and the storage cases. I love that the Desire line comes with an actual storage case but the current range basically duplicates other toys I already own. Waiting to see if my "Pander to Me" turns up anything as I would love to see the gsot shaft with bunny ears.

    I also label my chargers because they are so easily mixed up, glad i am not the only one with OCD on here.

    I also have had issues breaking down the plastic inserts that are shaped like the toy and they are not recyclable but not sure what the "fix" is there to keep things secure during shipment. I take the cardboard boxes and turn them inside out and flatten them inside other boxes in our recycling as well.

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    Talia wrote:

    Who actually likes it? I don't!

    I'm not talking about toy storage cases like the ones that come with the Lovehoney Desire line (brilliant idea!) or Vixen Creation's sturdy reuseable plastic boxes, they are useful as well.

    But the packaging used by Lelo and L'Amourose seriously annoys me: On the one hand the (inner) boxes are too beautiful to throw away, on the other hand I find them perfectly useless: My toys don't live in their packaging, and the boxes can't really be used for storing anything else. I'd much prefer the money spent on them was either used for improving the product or for reducing the price!

    You may not be surprised to hear that Bonny & I agree 100% - and that's why the Desire packaging is at it is. Some people on this thread would be horrified if they knew how much packaging costs. Some of the premium packaging is 50% of the cost of the product. Do you really want that going into a matte black box, or would you rather it was in the motor, the battery and a case that you can reuse..?

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