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    againstleon [sign in to see picture]
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    If its not a chain then I find it has been seedy. I went In one and was greeted Welcome to the pleasure dome' and then he kept on going about this anal gnome he had for sale......

    Highstreet chains can be good for the spur of the moment drag partner in and get something fun for the night. But have found using lovehoney and next day delivery so so so much better on price, range, quality, fun, returns and ideas.

    LibraLover [sign in to see picture]
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    I've been to a few and never liked them. I've always felt that they don't really care what you want and just try to sell you the most expensive (and usually cheap looking) products. All their products are a lot pricier than on here anyways. I made an order recntly from the high street competitor and was happy with the lingerie and Hustler Kegel Balls (so not their own brand anyways) but very disappointed with their bondage items. Really bad quality! Because I payed by paypal I could only exhange in store, so went with my boyfriend. We had a quick look at the other bondage stuff and toys and agreed their was nothing for us there, then choose some lingerie to get with the credit. My boyfriend was bored very quickly and didn't enjoy the experience! I've come to the decision that Lovehoney is really the only place for me!

    Delboy1991 [sign in to see picture]
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    Yes, we visited one on our local high street hoping for some new toys. Omg what a mistake! The out fits was from 1950's and the whole shop was just full to the top of porn! Not a rabbit in sight 😂😂

    Naughty Miss K [sign in to see picture]
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    My OH would freak if I took her in one!

    I went in with a friend the other day, our local independant one is awful, half of it is porn and the other half really seed sex toys I wouldn't trust anywhere near my bits!

    Anto [sign in to see picture]
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    go to amsterdam, we had great fun just walking around in all the sex shops :) and its just normal over there so theres no weird looks from others.

    Sensuous58 [sign in to see picture]
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    In my London days I used to visit a store in Camden which catered pretty well exclusively to the gay S&M market: we're talking seriously expensive fetish wear and equipment. Mostly I'd just be tagging along with my gay friends but the people who ran the store were very friendly and chatty to me and it was there that I bought my first ever butt plug. The smallest one in the shop, I stress! I used to wish there were similar shops for straight people - at the time it seemed to be [well-known chain] or nothing. I think what I was missing was the opportunity to hang out a bit, swap experiences and tips and so on: more of the 'club' than the straightforward buy-stuff experience. Nowadays we have Lovehoney, which gives me all I want in both regards.

    Blueeyes82 [sign in to see picture]
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    Ops, sorry LH for mentioning names :(

    I've gone into a local sex shop and had a giggle with the staff, since i told them I blog and review, they wanted my website. I get various emails from the staff there, asking me about certain products and 'what do they really contain'. I'm more than happy to give them that inforamtion and they seem a lot more confident with selling tactics now.

    I did get asked to become a home party rep but their rules were that I wouldn't be able to review for companies and pretty much had to shut my blog down. Nope, I'm happier with my blog but thanks :)

    JM88 [sign in to see picture]
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    We have been in the compeitior shop as i like it for when they have a sale. I prefer to buy clothing and lingerie from there as i know the sizings. Ive never bought a toy from there though as i prefer buying online.

    oh bought our first sex toy from a warehouse type shop on an industrial site but wasnt keen. He said it felt intimidating and the people working there didnt really know anything about the products. That as well as it not being busy meant he felt like the staff were all watching the customers every move.

    missmhithrha [sign in to see picture]
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    I've been in with friends, but never a signficant other. Personally I've had better experiences with sex shops that bill themselves as LGBT+ friendly, which also tend to have a more welcoming female-friendly environment than some of the others I've been in.

    myghost [sign in to see picture]
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    Other than a certain well known highstreet store i've not been in a sex shop the ones near me are very uninviting they sort of feel seedy the building fronts are a bit tired and run down windows whited out so you can't see inside which i can understand why they do it for such establishments the only thing that identifies them as sex shops is the fact they are called Adult Shop or Private Shop i can't quite manage to pluck up the courage to go inside

    CutieCurious [sign in to see picture]
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    I generally don't like to go into sex shops, although I've never found them to be seedy. The independent sex shops I've been into have actually been quite nice and professional, but I'm quite a private person in my day to day life, and I dislike the notion that someone could see me and my purchases. That's why I far prefer to shop on Lovehoney.

    I have been into the "shop that must not be named" before, and I actually dislike it far more than independent sex shops for one main reason - they are terrible for trying to hard-sell additional products at the till, like batteries and cleaning products. Once, the girl behind the till actually sort of scolded me about cleanliness when I wouldn't buy cleaning wipes, as if the fact I wasn't buying the wipes meant I wasn't cleaning my toys at all. I stopped going into that particular store at all after that.

    Ruby Red Slippers [sign in to see picture]
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    I've only ever been to the well known high street shop (henceforth referred to as wkhss) many people have referred to on this thread. I've avoided any independent ones as the ones I've seen have either been horrendously expensive 'boutique' type places or seedy looking dumps that I hate walking past never mind going into.

    I've been in wkhss a number of times, both alone and with partners, but I've never really liked it. I was always paranoid about bumping into someone we knew, too embarrased to ask questions and would leave immediately if an assistant approached me. IMost of the underwear hasn't fitted me properly and I haven't liked any products I've bought from there apart from some lube. When I first started experimenting with toys I got a few from there and they were high price, low quality and couldn't be returned. I was bitterly disappointed and didn't buy anything sex related (bar essentials) again until I came across LH. I love that you can be part of the community and get advice on purchases without sacrificing privacy and the returns policy is the best thing ever. It's the only reason my partner and I have felt able to experiment and try some luxury items and the reason that this is now the only company we buy sex related products from.

    naughty stacey [sign in to see picture]
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    My OH loves to lok through the sex shop and even more so with me. I feel a bit uncomfortable talking about toys and things to do with them in such a public place though.

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