5 Reasons to Support Sex-Positive Adult Shops

In today’s web savvy digital age, customers can shop the lowest price at the biggest stores. But while getting a deal may feel good at the time, there is a trade-off to consider when shopping for price over quality.

Why should you support sex-positive retailers? We asked our co-workers here at Good Vibrations and compiled our thoughts:

1. Supports other small & ethical, body-safe toy companies.

Sex-positive adult shops often support smaller, local, like-minded and more ethical companies. The perspective of sex-positivity informs the purchasing choices. Ultimately benefiting other sex-positive businesses and expanding the principles that inspired their business to begin with.  Often in the adult industry that means supporting businesses with female leadership, ethical and sound business practices, local smaller vendors, longtime relationships, and alternative communities. We work with small vendors who often hand-make their products locally, and benefit directly from our orders placed with them. We know our vendor’s faces and don’t sell counterfeit products that unfairly copy original ideas and lower the quality in the marketplace.

2. Local business economy.

Unlike “big box” stores, sex-positive adult shops tend to be smaller and thus support their communities through jobs and benefits. We work with local organizations to stock supplies in our staff kitchen, and with small print houses to make our posters and other marketing collateral. We buy ads in local newspapers. Each store is part of a community of neighborhood shops, who work together to bring commerce to the area. Our retail stores also host educational workshops that bring outside sex educators and help build community around sex-positivity and accurate information, furthering our longstanding company mission to provide high-quality, sex-positive products and non-judgmental, accurate sex information through our clean and comfortable stores and web site.

3. Promotes accurate sexual information.

For Good Vibrations, the premise of sex-positivity is that pleasure is your birthright and everyone is entitled to accurate sex education.  This information is communicated in a shame-free method and environment that is body-positive, inclusive of people with different abilities, and welcoming to folks of all genders and orientations. The sex-positive retail model allows people to safely explore their sexual interests in an informative and non-judgmental way.

We try as much as possible to reflect the in-store experience and expertise on our website, with helpful information you wont find at major discount websites.

4. Ensures safe & discreet purchases.

Privacy and safety are important components of a sex-positive retail environment.  We believe customers should be able to purchase with a guarantee of privacy from trained, discreet sales people who offer any relevant safety information to ensure safe and pleasurable use of the product.  The products themselves should not pose a hazard to the user.  Both in our stores and on our website, we offer direct customer support to help every visitor make an informed purchase with safety and fun in mind.

5. Smart sales people ensures customer gets what they want.

Sex-positive sales staff are committed to connecting customers to something that will bring them pleasure, not necessarily the most expensive item.  If you’re trying something out for the first time, and there’s a more affordable product available, we’ll let you know your options. We’re not about selling someone something they don’t want or need. It’s true: the best way to find the best product for you is to engage with an educated sales rep and ask a lot of questions! With a positive attitude, an inquiring mind, and a commitment to pleasure, your next favorite toy is just around the corner! We work towards helping people have pleasure. (It’s pretty much the best job ever.)


So the next time you shop for sex toys, please keep this information, and sex-positive businesses in mind. A little goes a long way, and your sexual pleasure is worth it!

Want more ways to help ensure the longevity of sex-positive businesses? Write us a review on Yelp, Google Places, and other online shopping review sites. Browse our website (GoodVibes.com) and leave a customer review on our products to share your experience using a certain toy or reading a certain sex book. Engage with us — your pleasure is our business!


Good Vibrations

Good Vibrations is the premiere sex-positive, women-principled adult toy retailer in the US. An iconic brand and one of the world's first sex toy shops to focus specifically on women's pleasure and sexual education, Good Vibrations was founded by Joani Blank in 1977 to provide women with a safe, welcoming and non-judgmental place to shop for erotic toys. Good Vibrations has always included all people across the gender spectrum, and is a place where customers can come for education, high quality products, and information promoting sexual health, pleasure and empowerment. Customers can shop Good Vibrations' expertly curated product selection across any of its nine retail locations or on the GoodVibes.com website, where they can also find a wealth of information pertaining to sexual pleasure, exploration and education.

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3 Responses

  1. Sinners Toys says:

    Such a nice information.

  2. Yes, times are bad! If there is anything that can help the economy and create more jobs, sex-positive adult shops should work wonders for everyone!

  3. I LOVE THIS!!! This is why I’m doing the Superhero Sex Shop Tour (can’t wait to see you folks in SF!) Sex positive retail has the power to change lives.

    High quality, body safe products, accurate education, awesome experiences- that’s what it’s all about.

    Thank you Good Vibrations!