According to LELO, maker of design-conscious sex toys, in the weeks before a major sporting event, four out of five purchases on their site are made by men. This is a big contrast to other times during the year, when purchases for the Swedish luxury pleasure brand are pretty even between men and women.
LELO believes that this change is a way to keep things civil at home for men whose partners don't enjoy sports as much as they do. In a sense, the sex toy becomes a peace offering in preparation for their absence or inattention. While the top-selling toys during these pre-game periods (the Gigi 2, Soraya, and Hula Beads) could theoretically be repurposed for use by men, that doesn't really make sense given the amount of exciting luxury male toys on the market.
And so it is that when the Super Bowl creeps close on U.S. calendars -- or the Champions League final on those of Europeans -- the trend shifts dramatically from an even split of sales between men and women. Before the Super Bowl, the usual 50 percent of buys made by men at LELO.com jumped to 74 percent. In the week before the Champions League final -- between two Spanish teams -- men's purchases jumped to 88 percent.
In preparation for the World Cup, the number of men shopping has peaked, though it's important to note that's not the only sporting event going on right now. The NBA finals were June 5, too -- just as the Olympics came less than a week after the Superbowl. A chart defining the exact dates of peaks, or the raw data itself, would go a long way to better analysis. Nevertheless, this is a fascinating trend. Other toy sellers and distributors should consider looking at their own sales data (of LELO and other pleasure products) to determine whether this is an industry-wide trend.
Image Credits: jogobonito.jpg by Paul Domenick, lelo1.jpg courtesy of LELO