Panting for More

Do you know about selling used thongs online? Someone told me I could make lots of cash doing it but I was too shocked and embarrassed at the time to ask how… Do a lot of people do this?
—Panty-Buy Curious

You may have heard the story that broke earlier this year about an American college student who was supporting herself selling her worn socks online.

She’d take pictures of herself wearing the socks and promise that they’d be extra smelly for the buyer. At one point, she was selling her socks at $100 a pair, and ran her own online store. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal, right?

You can find pretty much anything up for sale online these days, making it a perfect world for fetishists to find exactly what they’re looking for. Selling used clothing items like underwear and socks on Craigslist or adult auction sites is now one of the many things people do to make some extra cash online.

If this is something you’re thinking of doing, then you should know that it might not be as easy as it sounds. It’s not as simple as getting a pair of underwear, wearing them and boom! You just made $100.

To make a significant amount of money, you need to be willing to put quite a bit of time into marketing yourself, connecting with potential customers and dealing with exchanges and money.

The more clients know about you, the bigger the fantasy gets and the more they want what you’re selling. Sellers who are making $50 or more per item typically include photos of them wearing the goods and what they’re willing to do in the underwear.

There’s a range of things, including masturbating in them, peeing, shitting, having sex and even menstruating in them. Some include bonus photos and videos of themselves with the purchased items. The more they do, the more they charge—and needless to say, there’s competition.

Potential customers can also be a drain on your time, if you’re not careful. A writer posted an article on called “I Did It For Science” where she describes her experience as a first-time seller on Craigslist.

She spent most of her time corresponding with creeps who never became clients, but kept emailing her to request extra free pictures, though they were ultimately unwilling to pay. She did, however, find two clients, one of whom wanted to be a repeat customer.

I think the tipping point should be whether or not this is something you plan to do once a month, or if you plan on actually creating a system for yourself to do this regularly.

It only seems worth the time you’ll put in if it’s going to be bigger than a one-time sale, since you’d make more money as a regular or on an auction site and you could set up things like pre-written responses to send out to the creeps.

Now, important stuff—it’s hard to get a straight answer on the legalities of all this in Canada without consulting a lawyer, so do some research. Canada Post’s policy on the mailing of “obscene materials” is a little unclear and Paypal doesn’t allow you to use their service for adult purchases.

One of my sources stressed the importance of reading the fine print on sites before posting items with them, and anonymity in anything that could be traced back to you for legal reasons.

I’m not going to say you should or shouldn’t do this, but I hope this information was helpful and that you have a good starting point for more research on this! Good luck! I leave you with a source to find more about the pros, cons, and logistics—

—Melissa Fuller

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