Here is a list of sex toy retailers and manufacturers that I do not recommend. There are shades of shit here — some of these companies are grossly unethical, while others have constant order and shipping problems, etc. As always you’re free to form your own opinions and buy from whomever you’d like.
(For a list of companies I do love and support, check out Where To Buy.)
Adam & Eve – A&E are old school, and not in a good way. Besides selling mostly porous and potentially toxic toys, they’re also known for sending customers indiscreet, unwanted catalogs and porn mailers via snail mail.
EdenFantasys – EF have been fucking over employees and the reviewer community for going on a decade now, but what concerns me most for their customers are the allegations that they’ve sent out used sex toys and their disregard for privacy.
A Touch of Glass – What do you get when a creepy UKIP politician starts a glass dildo company and tries to catfish bloggers for nudes and explicit video “reviews”? A baffling shitshow.
sexmachines.co.uk – Used appalling, fat-shaming advertising, including making fun of a plus sized blogger who worked with them, and made light of sexual assault. The company has since apologized. Their behavior going forward will determine whether they remain on this list.
Amazon/eBay/AliExpress/etc. – Basically, when you buy a toy from sites like these, you have no idea what you’re actually going to get. It could be counterfeit, it could be used, and manufacturers may not honor warranty for toys purchased from these sorts of sites.
Pipedream – Pipedream are The Worst. I cannot overstate how disgusting this company is. Their advertising and products are misogynistic and racist in the most vile ways. They capitalized on a sex crime by releasing a Jennifer Lawrence sex doll based off her stolen nude photos. They steal designs from indie companies, sell tons of porous and possibly toxic junk, and make me fume a little every time I’m reminded that they exist.
Bad Dragon – I’m going to state upfront that I have no personal experience with this company. However, there are many, many, many posts on the internet detailing a multitude of issues with them. I recommend you read them and draw your own conclusions.
LELO – I’ve had mixed feelings about LELO for a long time, but their Hex Condoms promotion is the final straw for me. A company that claims to care about women partnering with a well-known domestic abuser is unforgivable in my eyes. I’m done. Update: On top of that, the condoms in question are potentially even unsafe.
Mr. Hankey’s Toys – Mr. Hankey runs an exploitative marketing scheme where he encourages customers to upload explicit videos using his products to “tube” porn sites in exchange for the possibility of free dildos. When called out on Twitter, he responded by sexually harassing me.
Autoblow/SiliconeStroker – Another company who thinks awful misogynistic douchebro advertising is the way to market sex toys to men. The owner has also threatened and attempted to bribe bloggers to remove negative reviews.
Shiri Zinn – Shiri, best known for her Cupcake Vibrator, has censored, stifled, threatened, and apparently doxxed reviewers. Don’t give her your money.
Velvet Nest – They make the cutest strap-on harnesses I’ve ever seen. Too bad you may never receive your order. Or an e-mail reply. Or a refund.
Vamp Silicone – Their pre-made products are great, and if you see them in a shop I totally recommend them. But some people have had issues with custom orders and dealing with the company directly, so I wouldn’t buy from their own website.