Sex Toy Testing: Can You Actually Turn It Into A Career?

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Around once a week, AOL Jobs receives the same email in its inbox. Someone stumbled on an AOL Jobs story about a woman who claims to earn $39,000-a-year as a sex toy tester, and she (or he, but usually she) would like to know how to go about scoring such a gig. AOL Jobs didn't know exactly how people became sex toy testers, how many sex toy testers were even out there, or how its article became the No. 1 search result when you Google "sex toy tester."

But an editor thought we should try to solve at least two of these mysteries.

First the bad news: It's not a full-time job.

Being a professional sex toy tester who sits at home all day with soft music, scented candles and 50 varieties of vibrating egg is not really a job that exists. Most sex toy companies simply rely on staff to sample new devices -- for fun, in their spare time.

Michael Kain, the executive vice president of sex toy brand Liberator, says they use a handful of female workers in the customer service department. XR Brands and California Exotic Novelties, the largest global sex toy manufacturer, also use in-house employees.

Those who work on the retail side of the sex toy trade also frequently test out toys, to sift out the crappy from the transcendent. "Requiring your employees to test sex toys isn't probably legal," says Pamela Doan, the spokeswoman of sex toy boutique Babeland. "But it's considered one of the perks of the job."

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But you can earn some dinner money as a 'sex toy blogger.'

The internet has given rise to a whole army of sex toy bloggers, who manufacturers give new products to try. Your salary will likely come in the form of silicone, however, batteries not included.

California Exotic Novelties of Chino, Calif., sends out its toys once a month to a community of 60 "sexperts," who have pre-applied for such a distinction. The company chooses people who already have an online following, and then ensures that each sexpert gets the appropriate gadget.

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How much can you actually earn? Lucy Vonne got into the reviewing business by starting her own personal blog, SexyBlogTime. Every month, Vonne and her boyfriend now each receive a box of four new toys, which they review for XBIZ at $25 per toy. They get so many Fleshlights in the mail, Vonne says, that they're constantly giving the artificial vaginas out to friends as gifts.

Testing sex toys can pose health risks. Seriously.

Although vibrators have been on sale for over a century, making them the fifth electric appliance to ever to find its way into the American home, they still aren't governed by any federal standards.

Potentially toxic plastic-softeners called phthalates are banned in children's toys in amounts greater than 0.1 percent, but make up over 50 percent of many popular sex toys. There are also mechanical issues: 18 percent of women who have used a vibrator have experienced pain, numbness or other side effects, according to a 2009 University of Indiana study. And thousands of Americans have ended up in the hospital with "penile strangulation," "vibratory strain injury" or a roaming anal bead. One Northern California woman sued a sex toy company last year, after fainting from blood loss caused by a too-violent vibrator.

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"There's still a lot of product out there that isn't really well made," says Anne Semans, who in her 10-year career at Babeland, a boutique sex toy seller, has tested around 100 products.

But job satisfaction is high among testers.

After all, they have pioneered a revolution in the sex toy industry over the last 10 years, with manufacturers shedding rubber for silicone, bulky batteries for microchips, boxes with porn stars on them to velvet-lined cases and Apple-inspired sculpted designs.

And as sex toys become sleeker and less stigmatized, more Americans are using them -- over half according to one Indiana University study. "It's helping people to have a happy sex life," says Kim Airs, another sex toy blogger. "And a happy sex life is the most amazing, biggest, hugest, thing on the planet."

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Yeah I know that sex toys are totally fun and I love Realistic Vibrator I had so much fun with them every time I uses it. And everytime I visit for buying some interesting and different kind of ******.

July 18 2014 at 8:53 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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January 06 2014 at 7:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Vern Duba

I have already tested some sex toys.But i pleasure with Mini One Touch Cockring Blue.It seems better for me

March 30 2013 at 5:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

More proof TSA are the scum of the earth! Why is TSA not being sued?

March 09 2013 at 8:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i would love to do an older woman 59, without a partener i could give the older generation a unique review. yes, after 55 i enjoy sex more than ever before in my life. i pruchased one toy, the squeeler and it was incredible but dies quickly also.i tried to purchase another but cannot find one. does anyone know about this incredibly enjoyable toy?

March 09 2013 at 11:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Just submitted my form to Calexotics,suggested by Sunny Megatron! Currently write for a number of sites. Will keep my fingers crossed. Edensfantasy I have not heard back from yet. Emailed them a few times.

February 04 2013 at 5:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dick Ross

As a SEXPERT for Calexotics, I can say that the reviews that I posted on Men's devices has yielded in a nice income. In addition, I have been able to get speaking engagements due to my knowledge of product and write a few E-Books.

Nichole from Calexotics is awesome and the program is great because you can CHOOSE what toy you want to review based on the market you cater do. And the Sexpert program has a number of top bloggers in the toy world including Sunny Megatron and Domina Doll.

February 01 2013 at 1:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jennifer Nvy Tyree

The site EdenFantasys has a program where you can review them for free, with limits. check it out on their site:

January 30 2013 at 6:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I wish I knew the ladies that tested these toys. I want to be the lucky bastard to help them.

January 14 2013 at 4:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alphonso Carioti

These are the only employers in America who allow you to come and go as you please.

January 10 2013 at 7:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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