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How To Buy Your First Vibrator

how to buy a vibratorI am the worst at making decisions, particularly if I’m given a wide array of options. Maybe that’s why I get stressed out just thinking about buying a vibrator. Every time I enter a sex shop, I wind up too confused and upset to find anything. Racks and racks of different vibrators and dildos to choose from and they’re all so different! Do I want it too tickle or tingle or oscillate or shred? Do I want it to be cute or utilitarian or sleek? And what color? There are too many choices; it makes my head spin and I’m left vibrator-less. I’d say empty handed, but my hands are full of my own crotch because I don’t have a vibrator. Should I ever have the urge to buy a vibrator of my very own again, I want to actually buy one. Next time I go into a sex shop, I’m going in prepared!

Know what you’re looking for- First figure out what kind of vibrator you want. There are a wide array of vibe species: wands, eggs, bullets, rabbits, body massagers, g-spot stimulators, pocket rockets…it’s a little overwhelming. I find that the embarrassment of options makes it tough to even begin making a decision, but it helps to browse online shops and read reviews. That way you can get a feel for what kind of vibrator you’re looking for. Poking around the internet will also help you gauge the proper price range for the toy you want. Be an informed consumer!

Know what you are not looking for-

That would be any vibe made of phthalates and toxic chemicals. That means avoid jelly toys and rubber toys and go for plastic, elastomer and silicone. You’re going to be putting this in a sensitive zone, so you want it to be as safe as possible.

Reading reviews will also help you figure out what you don’t want. People who have already purchased and tested these vibes will tell you critical information like how powerful it is, if it breaks easily–you get it.

It’s better to shop in an actual store than online-

That way you can talk to sales people about the products (make sure you ask if the toy you’re buying is waterproof) and test out the strength of the vibes you might purchase. I heard that the best place to “test” a vibrator is on the tip of your nose because it’s sensitive like a clitoris.

Bring a buddy-

Bring along good friend or your sexual partner for support. Company will make sex toy shopping more fun, less embarrassing, and possibly even sexy. There’s just something about being in a sex shop alone just feels creepy (even though it totally isn’t). It’s a little immature, but I think giggling with a friend about different parody pornos and sex implements for sale can be a hoot.

Know the proper care and keeping of your new toy-

You’re going to be spending your hard earned cash on this thing, make sure you know how to take care of it. You’re going to be putting this in/on your or your lover’s sensitive spots, you want it to be clean and in proper working order.

Good luck and happy shopping! If you have any recommendations for vibrators, make sure to let us know.

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