Working at Good Vibrations: Sex Toy Shoppers’ Frequently Asked Questions

After working at Good Vibrations for a while, I’ve helped a lot of folks with a lot of different questions.

Although I get tons of unique questions, there are a few questions that pop up fairly often.

I have compiled a list of the frequently asked questions I encounter at the store.  This is one of ‘em: “I love my Magic Wand, but I want something smaller, travel-friendly, and rechargeable.”

The first thing to note for folks looking to purchase something after owning and loving a Magic Wand, is that something you plug into the wall will USUALLY be more intense than something rechargeable or battery operated.  That being said, if you feel like you found a rechargeable or battery operated vibe that feels just as powerful TO YOU as your Magic Wand, that’s valid, it all boils down to what you feel works for you.

One of the first questions I ask someone looking to buy a smaller, more travel-friendly vibe is how they liked the surface area of the Magic Wand.  The Magic Wand has a very broad surface area, so if someone enjoys the sensation of vibration spread generously over a part of the body-that’s important to know.  If that’s the case, I steer them towards the Mimi by Je Joue.  This vibrator reminds me of a smooth beach pebble, it is made of ABS plastic but has a soft silicone coating.  For being so small, this vibrator is pretty intense.  The Mimi’s vibration ranges from low pitched and thuddy to a high pitched and fast.  For some folks, this Mimi’s unique lower vibration will feel similar to the Magic Wand.

Hitachi Magic Wand Massager
MiMi Rechargeable Waterproof Vibrator

If someone isn’t concerned with the surface area and is just looking for something with brute strength (in a small package) I usually show them the Form 2 by Jimmyjane.  The Form 2 has two motors and a very unique shape.  The “ears” can be used to surround the clitoris in vibration, which is great for people who like the intense vibration of the Magic Wand.

For folks who are looking for something similar in size (with awesome massage capabilities) with comparable strength, they should look no further than the Smart Wand by LELO.  The Smart Wand has Sensetouch technology, which means it’s designed to mimic a massage by upping the vibration intensity the moment it touches the skin.  The shape of the Smart Wand is similar to the Magic Wand, but it’s rechargeable, silicone, and much quieter.

Form 2 Rechargeable Vibrator
Smart Wand Rechargeable Vibrator

If the Mimi, the Form 2, or the Smart Wand don’t tickle your fancy, spend some time toying around with some vibrators in the store.  Turn some vibrators on/off and test them against your fingertip.  Just remember, it’s all about which toy speaks to you, and don’t forget to ask questions if you have any!

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AJ Jones

AJ Jones is a Sex Educator-Sales Associate at Good Vibrations, a graduate of San Francisco Sex Information’s Sex Educator training and current SFSI volunteer. When she is not educating folks at Good Vibes she is (still) a student studying Gender & Women Studies and Human Sexuality, attending Bay Area sex geek events, and devouring unhealthy amounts of donuts.

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