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Is the Recession Increasing the Sale of Sexual Accessories?

According to a recent Advertising Age article, either improved marketing or “recession sex” is to thank for this year’s dramatic increase in sexual-enhancement device sales.

“The recession hasn’t taken any edge off the sexual-accessories trade and may well have helped: Data show that such things as his-and-hers lubricants and mass-market sexual-enhancement devices are producing fireworks in supermarket and drug-store aisles,” writes Advertising Age’s Jack Neff.

He goes on to quote Information Resources, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise market information solutions and services, saying that the first-quarter sales of personal lubricants jumped a significant 32%. Add to that the 74% increase over last year in the “sexual-enhancement devices” categories in stores, and it’s worth figuring out just what factors are spurring this market’s growth.

600px-circle-question-redsvgWhat do you think?

Have your sexual accessory purchases increased with the recessed economy? Sex is a great relaxation aid – is it valued enough for this positive benefit that the overall market is seeing a positive growth? Or could it be that marketing and advertising is becoming more mainstream and thus reaching a larger audience? Or are companies finally “getting” the consumer and offering more appealing advertising, utilizing customer testimonials, and creating engaging social media tactics?

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