Your favorite sex toy has served you well – bringing you hours of endless pleasure and more orgasms than you can count. But now it’s time to move on to something bigger, better, or just different. So, what do you do with your old, used toys? Throw them out, right? Not so fast!
Believe it or not, there’s actually a market for selling your used sex toys online. This may not come as a big surprise considering the used panty industry has some sellers raking in thousands of dollars a month. While others might hear “used sex toys” and think, “Eww”. But before you completely dismiss the concept, keep reading. We’re here to break down the ins and outs (pun intended) of selling used sex toys online including how it works, how much you can make, and health and safety tips. So sit back, relax, grab your favorite dildo or vibrator and let's get down to business.
Sex toys range in price from as little as $20 or less up to well over $100 per toy. The price depends on several factors including the brand, material, and functions. While some people have no problem shelling over a good chunk of change for a high-quality toy that hits all the right spots, others prefer to work within a budget. Because of this wide range of buyers, there’s a huge market for resale sex toys.
On the seller’s side of things you have those people who invest their hard-earned money in a luxury sex toy that, when it’s served its purpose, they can’t bring themselves to just throw away. And why should they? As far as buyers go, these range from people shopping for sex toys on a budget and who don’t mind a gently used product to those who actually want a used sex toy. Along the same lines as buying used panties online or other personal items, there’s something arousing about using or owning a sex toy that was previously “broken in”. Some people get off on the idea, especially if they’re sexually attracted to the previous owner.
All of these factors combined lend themselves to the growing market of buying and selling used sex toys. So, if you have a collection of toys that are just collecting dust, it may be time to consider sanitizing and selling them for a profit.
When most people hear the phrase “used sex toy” they picture a dirty vibrator or dildo covered in bodily fluids. While there is a market for these types of used gadgets, most resale sex toys sold online are cleaned, sanitized, and almost as good as new. The process of cleaning your sex toys before selling them is especially important when you’re talking about any toy that enters the body (i.e. dildos, Rabbit vibrators, anal toys, etc.). Not everyone is comfortable buying a toy that was previously inside someone’s most intimate areas. That’s why some of the most popular resale sex toys are accessories like bondage equipment, external vibrators, and restraints.
In some cases, the ‘“used” sex toys may not have been physically used at all and are more accurately described as “unwanted”. Here are a few examples.
These are just a few of the many scenarios where a used or unwanted sex toy could be disinfected, sanitized, and sold. Always be honest about the history of the toy, why you’re selling it, and the cleaning process you used. Buyers already know that they’re getting a used product so be upfront about where the toy’s been and what prompted you to sell it. This includes mentioning any defects or issues you had with it.
The most obvious reason for selling your used sex toys online is to make money. Whether you don’t use the toys anymore, have too many, need an upgrade, or simply need a little extra income, there are countless reasons people decide to refurbish and resell their used sex gadgets, toys, and accessories.
In a world where you can buy and sell just about anything and people are always looking for a good deal, it was only a matter of time before used sex toys hit the market. There are plenty of people out there who want the intense orgasms and exciting sex life that come with owning high-quality sex toys (pun intended) but don’t want the huge price tag. That’s where you come in! With a little time, effort, and clean-up, you can make your old, used sex toys look and feel as good as new and share the gift of pleasure with an eager buyer.
Another common answer to the question, “Why sell your used sex toys online?” is, “Why not?”. If you’ve invested hundreds of dollars in sex toys that you no longer need or use, why not turn a profit on your investment? Just like reselling designer handbags or shoes, electronics, and other expensive items, there’s a market for recouping the money you spent on sex toys over the years. Now more than ever, people aren’t fixated on buying items brand new. In fact, most people are looking for a bargain or a way to save a few bucks while still getting the products and items they need – including sex toys.
You may also consider selling your used sex toys if you simply don’t need them anymore. Maybe in your single days, you stocked up on every vibrating gadget you could find to satisfy that itch that needed scratching. But now, you’re in a relationship where you either don’t need to use a sex toy anymore or have a partner who’s intimidated by them. (This is more common than you think.) Whatever the situation might be, you no longer need the extensive collection of toys you once used on a regular basis. So, instead of letting them sit in your drawer or closet, clean them up and let another single guy or gal put them to good use!
Then there’s the occasional situation where you purchased a sex toy for your partner and it just didn’t work out. Whether it was too big or intense, not the right fit, or they simply didn’t like it, you can’t exactly regift a sex toy. But you can sell it online at a discount! That’s the one thing about sex toys – you never know if it’s going to deliver the heart-pumping orgasm you hoped for. And if it doesn’t (and the company you purchased it from doesn’t offer refunds or exchanges) you’re only left with one option – resell it.
Now that we’ve covered the many reasons why you should consider selling your sex toys, let’s talk about which types sell best. Some sex toys are easier to clean, disinfect, and resell than others. Here’s the lowdown on which toys sell best and for the most profit.
For starters, any sex toys or accessories that are used outside of the body are the easiest to sell. Not only do they require minimal “clean up” but you’ll find a lot more people interested and willing to buy them. For example, bondage accessories are a big seller. Everything from restraints and handcuffs to blindfolds and whips are fun and playful additions to your sex toy collection and don’t carry the same risk or worry of cross contamination. Most people are comfortable with using the same set of handcuffs you and your lover once used. The only caveat here is that these items don’t normally sell for a lot of money. Brand new bondage accessories range in price from as little as $5 up to a few hundred for big ticket items like swings, bed restraints, and hogties. Be sure to do a little research so you can appropriately price your sex toy accessories.
External vibrators and stimulators are some of the best and easiest used sex toys to sell for several reasons. First of all, they deliver A LOT of pleasure. Clitoral stimulators and suckers, bullet and egg vibrators, and mini wands are all small, compact, and powerful. More importantly, they’re intended for use on the outside of the body (as the name suggests – they’re for external use only). Because of this, people are much more willing to buy these types of used sex toys. Although all sex toys should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before resale (more on this later), external toys are less likely to have been previously covered in bodily fluids (although that’s not always the case). Whatever the reason is, people are less freaked out by buying used sex toys that weren’t used inside someone else’s intimate areas.
Now let’s move on to the big ticket (and sometimes taboo) used sex toys you can sell online. There’s definitely a market for resale vibrators and dildos, you just need to know where to look and how to find the right buyers. Other important factors include the product’s brand and the material it’s made out of. For example, medical-grade silicone is less porous than other materials and easy to clean. This means buyers aren’t as worried about where it’s been or if it still contains your bacteria and bodily fluids.
While the same can be said for dildos, these are a little more difficult to market than vibrators. Even if the dildo is made of silicone, most replica penises have details that vibrators don’t like artificial veins, crevices, and curves that are sometimes hard to reach and clean. There’s more risk of cross-contamination and requires extensive cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing. Even if the dildo you’re selling has never been used but is simply out of its original box or packaging, you may encounter some hesitant or skeptical buyers.
The brand of your used sex toys also plays a big role in how much you can charge. High-end brands like LELO, Adam & Eve, Aneros, and Le Wand will give you the best return on your investment. These brand names are synonymous with quality, luxury, and efficiency. Buyers know they’re getting a well-made product designed to deliver results. Most of these products are also beautifully designed, adding to their appeal. Most buyers also know the value of these products when they’re brand new and will be more willing to negotiate a good price that works for you both.
Used anal sex toys are the most difficult to resell for one big reason – buyers know where they’ve been. Not everyone is into anal play and even those who are, know that it takes care and preparation to engage in fun, clean backdoor play. You have to be extremely careful about sanitizing and disinfecting your anal toys before and after every use including butt plugs, anal beads, and prostate massagers. And that’s when the toys are used exclusively by you and your partner. Reselling used anal sex toys can be even more difficult. In most cases, buyers are only interested in anal toys that were never actually used but fall into the “unwanted” category. This means they’ve been opened but never entered someone’s body. Be mindful of which anal toys you try to resell, how you advertise them, and the slew of questions and uncertainty that comes along with it.
When it comes to selling used sex toys, it’s always about safety first. After all, you’re selling products that have potentially been buried deep inside the orifices of your body. You’re gonna need to get those clean, sanitized, and disinfected before passing them onto the new owner.
When it comes to selling your used sex toys safely, material means everything. Some of the most sterile and safe used toys to buy are made of silicone, glass, stainless steel, and hard plastic. Even varnished wooden toys are a popular choice. On the other hand, sex toys made to resemble artificial flesh (like dildos) and are soft or made out of TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) are very porous. This material has tiny holes that can collect and trap bacteria and older germs. (Gross, we know.)
Before you sell any type of used sex toy, perform extensive research on the best way to clean a particular material. You should also include this information when advertising the toy so that buyers know the product they’re getting is clean, safe, and sanitized. Used toys made of TPE or anal toys should be sterilized. If you plan to make a business selling your used sex toys, it may be worth investing in a specialized cleaning and sterilizing system. A UVC sterilizer is especially efficient and while it requires an upfront investment, it’ll more than pay for itself when word gets out about the high-quality, clean, and beautiful products you sell.
Don’t forget that it’s not just penetrating toys or vibrators that need to be cleaned and sanitized before selling. You also need to clean all of the sex toys and accessories you advertise from handcuffs and restraints to blindfolds, whips, and even costumes or lingerie. Unless, of course, you’re selling to someone with a very specific fetish that requests your used items be recently used and unwashed. In fact, some buyers are playing for exactly that – heavily used toys that were clearly used and never cleaned. Just make sure you have a solid understanding and agreement with these buyers so that you’re not held liable for what happens after they use your dirty toy.
One of the golden rules of sales is you need to know your audience. That means if you want to sell used sex toys online, you need a better understanding of who you’re selling to and why. As previously mentioned, there are usually two types of people buying used sex toys – those who want high-quality toys at a discount and those who are sexually aroused by the idea of hand-me-down sex toys. The good news is that you can find both in many of the same places on the Internet.
Because these two groups of buyers are looking for very different experiences, you’ll need to approach each sale individually. If the buyer is looking for a kinky experience and gets off on the idea of using the same toy on their body that you once used on yours, chances are, the sale is going to come with some strings attached. These “strings” include sharing pictures of yourself and engaging in some flirtatious conversation. Similar to other adult content sales and platforms like OnlyFans, paying customers are looking for an entire experience and personalized encounter, not just a standard transaction. If you’re not comfortable engaging in sexually explicit conversations or promoting your used sex toys as products that got you off, you may want to stick to more generic sales and websites that are more professional and less racy.
Keep in mind, though, that these aren’t the only potential customers out there. Some people have in-depth knowledge of the sex toy industry and actually collect them. Plenty of buyers take the time to search online for reputable used sex toy sellers and deals. Sometimes, a seller doesn’t know what they have and could be advertising a luxury item for a ridiculously low price. Sex toy collectors know this and know where to look. This is why, as a seller, you need to do your own research too before pricing your items. Consider the brand, how old the toy is, if it has any defects, the condition of the box, and how used it is. The more transparent you are about your products and responsive to customer questions, the more money you’ll make.
Now that you know what types of buyers are out there, let’s talk about where to find them. There aren’t as many websites for buying and selling used sex toys as you might think. Platforms like Amazon and eBay only sell brand-new, packaged sex toys. As do most adult websites. There is one website, however, that specializes in used sex toys – Squeaky Clean Toys. A marketplace where interested buyers can connect with sellers like yourself. Squeaky Clean Toys is the number one site for buying and selling sterilized, second-hand sex toys. Just be sure to read the website’s terms and conditions, fees, and other rules before creating an account.
Another option is to start your own Shopify website or blog where you make private sales. Keep in mind that this requires a lot more legwork and effort on your part to find and attract interested buyers. Even if you’re promoting yourself heavily on social media (which you should be doing anyway), you need to weed through the serious buyers and those just looking for some naughty conversation. You’ll also need to perform your own background checks and secure payments.
Some of the best outlets for selling used sexy toys online are Craigslist, Facebook, and Reddit. Craigslist is a popular platform for selling everything from car parts and clothes to unconventional artwork and food items. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there’s also a market here for second-hand sex toys. Facebook also has a group page for buying and selling used sex toys. Here, you can find interested buyers but you’ll need to work out the details of the sale privately. List your items and a sale price and wait for a buyer to make an offer. From here, you can negotiate a price and agree on payment and delivery methods. Reddit is another resource for selling your used sex toys and has several forums dedicated to this practice. Similar to Facebook, you can use these forums to market your products and generate interest but all the details of the sale will need to be finalized elsewhere.
Are you convinced that it’s time to clean out your secret goodie drawer (or closet) and earn some money off your extensive sex toy collection? Congratulations! Now you know a little bit more about how the market of selling and buying used sex toys works but before you break out your cleaning supplies and start snapping pictures, read these helpful tips and tricks for beginners.
There’s a lot of variation when it comes to pricing used sex toys. You may see the same product on two different websites priced very differently. There are several reasons for this including how used the toy is, if it has the original box and packaging if any parts or accessories are missing, and what the new version currently retails for. There’s no standard method for pricing used sex toys. Your best bet is to head online and see what other toys similar to yours are selling for. Be honest about the toy’s condition and worth. Scamming someone out of a few dollars for a toy that isn’t as you described is not only immoral but will result in bad reviews and a tarnished reputation. High-quality and popular sex toys that are gently used can sell for close to the retail price. Similarly, people looking for used sex toys to fulfill a sexual fantasy are usually willing to pay more for extra dirty toys that come with photos and plenty of naughty details.
With thousands of scammers online, you have to be careful and smart about selling your used sex toys. The best way to protect yourself is to only sell on trusted marketplaces and platforms with their own secure payment methods. While most websites will charge you a fee or commission for using their website, it may be worth it for your own peace of mind. If, instead, you decide to work independently, be sure to use a protected and trusted payment method like PayPal, Venmo, or CashApp. Never accept cash, check, or wire transfers for your items. Not only are these unsecured but it often involves sharing your personal information with buyers, which is a dangerous and risky thing to do.
When it comes to the product listing, you want to include as much information and details as possible. Take high-quality pictures of your used sex toys from various angles. Include the box, packaging, accessories, and charger (if applicable). Avoid clutter in the background of your photos or any other distractions that take away from the product itself. If you’re trying to attract kinky buyers, include yourself in the photo. This doesn’t have to mean your face. You can snap a sexy picture of the toy resting on your thigh or stomach or you holding it up.
When selling used sex toys online, it’s all in the details. The toy’s description is as important as the photos. Include plenty of information about its condition, when you bought it and from where, the brand, size, how many times it was used, and any other pertinent information. Be willing and available to answer questions about the product as well. If you’re selling to collectors or the average buyer, stick with the basics. On the other hand, if you’re trying to attract kinky buyers that want proof of use, you may want to include details about how you used the toy, what you did with it, how many times, where, and with whom. The more intimate the details, the better and the more you can charge.
Another way to show interested buyers that you’re a trusted source for buying used sex toys is to create an attractive and professional sales page. Whether you’re selling on a marketplace, on your own website, or through social media, your page and profile need to be creative and eye-catching. You can use your real name or choose an alias. When using social media to advertise your used goods, just remember that your friends and family will see it too so you may want to consider a separate business page used just for sex toy sales. Your profile picture can include your face, a toy, your body, or another attractive image that draws attention and buzz (pun intended).
Over 55 million adults own more than 5 sex toys at any given time. The sex toy industry is constantly expanding and evolving with the creation of more innovative, thrilling, and satisfying creations. When it’s time to upgrade your collection, it’s out with the old and in with the new. But what do you do with the old? Sell them, of course! If you didn’t know it, you know now – there’s a huge market for buying and selling used sex toys online. From kinksters who get off on using second-hand items to people simply looking for a good deal, selling your clean, safe, and sanitized used sex toys can help put money in your pocket and a smile on someone else’s face!