French Demand for Sex Toys Fizzles

Worried consumers cutting kinky goods from their budgets at exotic fair
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2009 8:25 AM CDT
Organizers of France's Big Eropolis erotic fair say that while attendance figures are largely unchanged, sales of everything from lingerie to vibrators are down a third.   (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
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(Newser) – The economic downturn has thrown cold water on France's usually robust demand for sex toys, lingerie, and other naughty goods, Reuters reports. Organizers of the world's largest erotic fair, which opened near Paris last week, say that while attendance is still healthy, sales of kinky products are down around a third from last year.  

"We are hit by the financial crisis," said the organizer of Big Eropolis. "We are not in the car industry, so we haven't seen a drop of 50%, but the financial crisis has hit us." The slack sales figures surprised some visitors to the fair, who observed that tougher times usually means people are focused more on having fun at home than going out.