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Ask the Attorneys: What Lies Around the Corner in 2015?

Ask the Attorneys: What Lies Around the Corner in 2015?
Corey Silverstein Last year I predicted that 2014 would not be the year that the adult industry saw a conclusion to the Free Speech Coalition’s battle with the U.S. Government regarding 18 U.S.C. § 2257. But for 2015 I predict that while the battle may not conclude in its entirety, this ... More »

New Beginnings: What Was Your New Year’s Resolution?

New Beginnings: What Was Your New Year’s Resolution?
We’ve just started a new year, and that’s always a good time to take a moment and reflect on new beginnings. It’s also a great opportunity to help your customers learn something new about sex, pleasure and relationships. So here’s my question for you: what new thing do you wa... More »

Retail Sales: No Thanks, I’m Just Looking

Retail Sales: No Thanks, I’m Just Looking
All of us in this wacky industry of adult toys and products often find ourselves as working as sales floor staff, selling blush-inducing devices like a vibrator for a jittery first time buyer or those insta-hard on pills to baby boomers who read somewhere that they really work. But more times than n... More »

Taming the Voracious Inbox

Taming the Voracious Inbox
People say it all the time, “The only thing guaranteed in life is death and taxes.” The truth is, the one thing that is inevitable (as well as constant in our lives) is change. We are faced with it everyday. Sometimes its expected, sometimes a surprise. For some, the idea of change is te... More »

Creating a Plan for Success as the Economic Picture Gets Brighter

Creating a Plan for Success as the Economic Picture Gets Brighter
A new year always brings promise and the excitement of new opportunities. And this year is looking better than a number of recent ones when it comes to economic forecasts. In the U.S., a total of 321,000 jobs were added in November of 2014 and data for the months of September and October were revise... More »

Think: Be Careful What You Wish For

Think: Be Careful What You Wish For
Reading over the news about the U.K.’s Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014 and the Communications Act of 2003 that it amended, one thought kept reverberating through my head: Thank you, 1st Amendment! As a three judge panel from the 9th U.S. Court of Appeals demonstrated recently with... More »

Valentine’s Day Isn’t Just a Couples’ Celebration

Valentine’s Day Isn’t Just a Couples’ Celebration
‘Tis the season for love at your friendly neighborhood sex shop! This is not to say that there isn’t a particular sense of yearning and passion that haunts your stores the other 11 months out of the year. You just can’t deny that there’s something different about the vibe (pu... More »

Paysite Power: Hype or the Next Big Thing?

Paysite Power: Hype or the Next Big Thing?
As we start anew in 2015 and kick off what will no doubt be an eventful and exciting year for adult businesses we can expect the same old year/new-year discussions of trends and the “next big thing” as people try to figure out how to get rich or stay rich. My prediction is that the next... More »

Piracy Journal: An Industry Coming of Age

Piracy Journal: An Industry Coming of Age
I have been ruminating about this column for some time. It started when I read an unflattering article in a mainstream publication after the XBIZ EU show in London about how the industry appeared to be “on its death bed.” The author talked about a “disappointingly beige” conf... More »

Legal Reality: Texas Kickstarts New Crowdfunding Era

Legal Reality: Texas Kickstarts New Crowdfunding Era
Well, it’s the beginning of 2015 and the Securities and Exchange Commission still has not finalized long-awaited federal crowdfunding rules. The SEC is now nearly two full years past the congressionally mandated deadline to provide final enabling rules for the online crowdfunding provisions o... More »

PROFILES & BIOS

WIA Profile: Cassie Pendleton

Each month, industry news media organization XBIZ spotlights the career accomplishments and outstanding contributions of Women in Adult. WIA profiles offer an intimate look at the professional lives of... More »

Booming BDSM Market Incites Rapid Growth for U.K.-Based Rouge Garments

There’s room in any market for a range of manufacturers from the “pile ‘em high, sell ‘em cheap” to the luxury and bespoke artisans. Too often in any marketplace the race... More »

Q&A With Mia Hyun, CEO of Mobius Payments

Mia Hyun, president and CEO of Mobius Payments, knows A to Z about online processing, particularly within the high-risk adult space, where the exercise to pivot and change with regulation and policymaking... More »
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