Price Matching!

It’s been a while since I last wrote a guide, but after I recently got myself a fantastic deal on a dildo through price matching I thought that it might be a good topic to cover.

It may surprise you to know that world of sex toy retail is a highly competitive industry. With sex toys at a record level of social acceptance, and more men and women buying them than ever before, new stores are popping up every day all vying for your precious business.
Different stores will try to attract your custom in different ways. Lovehoney, for example, aren’t always the cheapest, but they more than make up for it by having the greatest returns policy in the world. You can buy something from them, use it for a whole year, and they’ll still allow you to return it for a full refund if you decide you don’t like it any more.
Other stores will try to entice you with a price guarantee; if you find an item they sell cheaper elsewhere then they promise to match this price. I used to use this service a lot when first started buying toys in 2011, and it’s especially good if you happen to have a discount code to use at the same time, thus knocking another percentage of the cost off the order.
I know a couple of stores which offer this service, and they handle it slightly differently, so I’ll talk you through both. Be sure to keep reading if you want to know how to get a great deal on some Fleshjack Boys dildos and more!

SexToys.co.uk

This is the first website I know of which offers a price matching service, and it’s one which I’ve used extensively in the past. They follow quite a simple procedure to obtain your price match: you go to the product page of the item you’re interested in, click on the small red price match button, then fill in a short form telling them where the item is available cheaper. Afterwards a customer service representative will get back to you, and provide a link to add the item straight to your basket at the new lower price. It’s as simple as completing the payment process after that, and you’re only ever charged the lowest amount.

SexToys.co.uk always have a lot of great offers going on, with discount codes available through their website, Facebook, and Twitter, offering up to 30% off sometimes. If you can shop around for a bit to find a lower price, then combine the price match with a discount code then you can make some fantastic savings, and it’s free shipping on even the smallest order.

SexShop365

This is the most recent website that I’ve carried out price matching on, and they handle things slightly differently to SexToys.co.uk. Once you’ve found a UK site which sells the item cheaper, you want to go to the product page on SexShop365 and add the item to your basket, then head straight to the checkout. At checkout, as you’re going through the payment process, you’ll see a box labelled “notes for customer services” and here you want to tell them that you are price matching, and provide the link to the website where the item is cheaper. When the order is processed they’ll beat the cheaper price by £1, and throw in a free bottle of lube as well, and of course it’s free shipping too!

What can be slightly confusing, if you’ve never used the service before, is how they process the payment. Initially they charge you the full amount of the item, as shown on their website, then they immediately refund to you the difference from the price match. It all happens very quickly, as you’ll see if you check the time codes on your bank statement, and when the order dispatches you’ll get a note on an e-mail receipt confirming the amount of the successful price match. 

If you’re a big fan of Fleshjack products, like I am, then you can get a great deal by price matching the following items at SexShop365:

One of the really important things to remember about price matching is that not only are you getting a fantastic price (and free lube) but you also have the confidence and peace of mind of knowing that you’re shopping with a trustworthy and reliable store. This is one of my top reasons for doing it, beyond the ordinary savings.

I hope this has proved useful, and feel free to tell me about any of your successful price matches in the comments below!

Asstronaut Dildo

Over the Easter weekend the kind people over at SexShop365 sent me the stunning looking Asstronaut dildo to review for them, from Topco Sales’ Rascal Toys line.

The Asstronaut is a good sized dildo, aimed at someone with moderate experience in anal play. It measures in at a total height of 7.75″, and with an insertable length of 7″. Down the shaft the thickness varies from 5″ in circumference near the tip, to 5.5″ at the widest point at the bottom. It isn’t huge, but I’d still suggest that it’s not a toy for a complete novice.

It comes in quite simplistic packaging, so there’s less to throw away. The toy is secured inside a plastic clamshell, which is wrapped in a thin cardboard sleeve. The only way to get into the toy is by tearing through the cardboard, which means the packaging on the whole isn’t that suitable for toy storage. The sleeve is printed with some useful instructions on how to care for the toy, and also a mention that the product is made in China, which counteracts any eco credentials it made have gained from the minimal packaging.

The dildo is made from 100% medical-grade silicone, and so it’s completely odourless and body-safe. The type of silicone used I found to be quite firm, similar to the silicone used by Rocks Off in their products. When squeezed there isn’t a lot of give in the material, and while it is flexible to an extent, it requires a bit more effort to bend it. My personal preference is towards a softer silicone, like that found in Tantus and Doc Johnson products, as I find it more comfortable inside the body, but this will suit those who like it on the firmer side. The build quality of the dildo is largely good; the surface is completely free from visible defects, but where it is let down is by the mould line running the length of it. The seam is quite pronounced and firm to the touch, and it would have been nicer if the dildo has been formed in a manner which avoided this.
Unusually the silicone employs a combination of finishes, which gives the dildo its distinctive look. The surface is largely matte, but this is interspersed with four slightly recessed areas, where the material is shiny in contrast. The combination of the different finishes, and the depressions, gives the dildo quite a richly textured surface, which is noticeable during use. An unfortunate consequence of this is that I didn’t find the dildo to be enjoyable for thrusting with, due to the friction. The material didn’t glide very smoothly in and out of the body, regardless of how much lubricant was applied, and there was a slight feeling of roughness present at times.

The shape of the dildo is gently curved, which gives you a choice of which way you insert it, but I didn’t find  it made much difference either way. The curve isn’t pronounced enough to offer any significant prostate stimulation, beyond that which you might experience with a completely straight dildo. The body is also divided into four subtle bulges, but these aren’t so distinct that you really notice the feeling of a bump during use, and they largely blend into the rest of the texture of the dildo. To finish the dildo off is a broad 3″ x 2.5″ base, which offers a nice amount of stability when standing it upright, and which is also harness compatible if desired.

Despite having a rather blunt tip, and being made from a firm material, the dildo is actually quite comfortable to insert, without the need for preparation beforehand. Unlike some silicones I’ve experienced, I found that the material didn’t readily absorb any heat from the body during prolonged use, and so didn’t exhibit a more natural feeling that I’ve come to appreciate.

The dildo is very easy to clean; as it’s silicone it’s non-porous and can be sterilised in boiling water or by wiping with a 10% bleach solution, as well as simply being washed in warm water with anti-bacterial soap. The material does tend to attract quite a lot of dust and fluff, so it’s best to leave it to air dry, rather than use a towel on it.

Over all my experience with the Asstronaut really wasn’t out of this world, but I still think it’s a great looking item. If you enjoy a firm, highly-textured toy, then this dildo could be the one for you, but if like me you prefer your dildos supple and smooth, you might want to consider something else.

You can buy the Asstronaut from SexShop365.co.uk, and it’s also available in black.