Yep, I’m caving and going to Eden
Not many people realise just how easy it is to be sent free sex toys in return for writing an honest review of the product and posting it online. The number of online sex toy stores that send free toys to bloggers is so long that I don’t think I could list them all. The number of sex toy stores that are happy to send free toys to people who live in Australia, those I can count on one hand – but none of them are Australian!
My first review I wrote was for a product I had purchased, followed by a box load of toys I was sent for free from a US based store – but I paid for the international shipping. Then I got lucky and won a few give aways right around the time that my life fell apart. Loosing my income ruled out paying for postage to get products sent down under. So I contacted a number of Australian sites regarding writing reviews for them, but the best offer I got was to buy products at a discounted rate in return for my reviews – close but no cigar!
By this time I had shared the fact that I was reviewing sex toys with a few close friends & my younger sister – of course she wanted in on it too! But she went the Eden Fantasys route.
For anyone who doesn’t know Eden Fantasys are a large online sex toy store based in America that run a huge online community and sex toy reviewing program. They are possibly the only site that is willing to send toys to reviewers who live in Australia.
So why didn’t I review for them?
Earlier this year there was a big whoo haa about them in regards to them banning one community member, which was quickly followed by a shit storm regarding the way their site handled outbound links. Although I wasn’t involved I was vocal in my own way about the debacle. So when my sister started writing reviews for them I was unhappy with her.
But the truth be told… If you live outside of the US and wish to review sex toys on your blog your options are limited depending on where you reside. So for months I’ve sat back and watched quite jealously, as my sisters toy box grew & grew & grew, despite the fact that the only company that she is reviewing for is Eden Fantasys.
My resolve for taking a stand on an issue that didn’t involve me began to weaken.
I had received an email from Eden Fantasys asking if I’d like to participate in one of their reviewing programs (they have more than one!) as I had signed up for an account before the whole whoo haa occurred. The program that they contacted me about was their ambassador program. Once a month they send a product out to bloggers in return for writing a post about their site. If you want to you can review the toy, but you don’t have to. It simply has to be a post written about Eden Fantasys that includes the required links to their website,
So whilst I am being incredibly hypocritical by accepting free products from a site that I spoke out against negatively and in doing so I may loose some respect. (to the banned reviewer – if you do happen to read my blog I’m sorry) But hey… at least I’ll be getting off!
For other sex bloggers who are looking for someone to review sex toys for Eden Fantasys.com does send toys all around the globe and to the best of my knowledge they run 3 different reviewing programs. On site reviews – where you write reviews and they are published on their website, off site reviews where you write reviews on your website or blog and their ambassador program where you get sent a free sex toy once a month (you can choose from a wide range of products) in return for a post about their site that includes a link to their site and one of their banner such as this one….
So from now on you’ll get to hear about Eden Fantasys once a month and I’ll have a new toy to play with and review. For my first toy I chose the Lucky13 from evolved and will hopefully get a chance to post a full review of it soon.