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Mary Beth Buchanan: The Gift That Wants to Keep Giving

Mary Beth Buchanan: The Gift That <i>Wants</i> to Keep Giving
Mary Beth Buchanan is the gift that wants to keep giving... and giving... and giving... and giving. The lady doesn't ever want to go home! And why should she? A tough female U.S. Attorney who isn't afraid to clean up the sex-stained streets of Gotham has a certain appeal, and a bright future. It's a... More »

Let's Talk About Penis Size

Let's Talk About Penis Size
So let's talk about a very serious subject. A subject that probably occupies far too much time in the heads of most men, and a subject that my job admittedly makes into a bigger deal than it really should be. I'm talking, my friends, about penis size. If there is one physical trait that men measu... More »

Sell Yourself Online

Sell Yourself Online
Current economic conditions portend major innovations to come – that is, if you are wile and ready to adapt to the times and reinvent your strategies and capabilities in anticipation of the coming national and global infrastructural changes. Many businesses continue the trend to cut fixed carr... More »

Fighting Chargebacks

Fighting Chargebacks
One of the least talked about effects of the dwindling economy is a worsening of consumer behavior. Mainstream retail outlets are citing a dramatic increase in "past authorized date" merchandise return attempts, sometimes on items that were purchased more than a year ago; rampant "re-ticketing," whe... More »

Sex Toy Market Big and Changing

Sex Toy Market Big and Changing
I picked up a not-so-old copy of Inc. Magazine recently and read an article explaining why the adult sex toy market is growing by leaps and bounds. It claimed what surely those in the adult entertainment industry know - that sex toys are a $2 billion industry moving out of the shadows and right into... More »

Reducing Chargebacks

Reducing Chargebacks
Recently, XBIZ World Magazine asked several industry players "What are your favorite chargeback reduction techniques?" Here's what they had to say: When a customer contacts you, the most important thing to remember is that you have an opportunity — one that you may not have had if the custo... More »

Boning Up on the Hybrid Economy *Updated*

Boning Up on the Hybrid Economy *Updated*
Last week, the Free Speech Coalition organized a day-long summit that focused on the issue of digital piracy. It was a more significant occasion than it sounds. In convincing a day's worth of motion picture, music and television industry execs to participate in a public discussion with members of th... More »

Does Caveat Emptor Apply When it's for Free?

Does Caveat Emptor Apply When it's for Free?
The current hoo-ha over pre-checked cross sales is mostly much ado about nothing, except when it isn't. Simply put, a straightforward issue when pre-checked boxes are clearly visible to the consumer and bordered by as much signage as possible becomes quickly crooked when the boxes are under the fold... More »

Wrap It Up, I'll Take It

Wrap It Up, I'll Take It
Despite a steep decline in DVD sales and rentals, lingerie sales are up and showing no sign of decline. Retail chains and boutiques are looking to capitalize on this. Sure customers could head to their local Victoria’s Secret. But the type of customer that heads to Castle Megastores, Fairvilla or ... More »

The New Newbies

The New Newbies
With the online adult entertainment industry constantly in a state of quick and persistent evolution, it is vital for operators to engage in continuing education to stay on top of the latest trends and information. While the time, effort and dedication that this requires is a daunting task for ... More »

BUSINESS ANALYSIS

Retailers Talk BDSM Shopping Trends

These days, BDSM is so mainstream that it is being depicted in everything from beer commercials to telenovelas. Floggers, paddles, ball gags and handcuffs were once considered the bad boys of adult retail;... More »

Specialty Manufacturers Talk Popularity of Handcrafted BDSM Gear

The proverbial cat is out of the bag for fetishes — and the dog, and the dragon, and a whole other slew of kink accessories that put blindfolds and handcuffs to shame. “Fifty Shades”... More »

Mainstreaming of BDSM Broadens Category, Consumer Reach

It’s been just more than 30 years since Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke lit the silver screen on fire in “9 ½ Weeks” with the film’s underlying themes of BDSM. And more than... More »
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