Oh brother. I have to say I’ve never been one to pass up a good bargain. I’ve always said that it’s a good thing I don’t have an inexhaustible supply of money, because I’d end up with a warehouse full of BDSM toys.
I bought another toy that was on my bucket list last night. Ever since I started using the computer to connect, I’ve also used it to watch porn. And in my kink formative years, there always needed to be something with restraints in them. Now rope restraints are all well and good, leather restraints do the job, but there’s nothing quite like seeing someone struggling in cold, hard steel restraints. Just gets the juices flowing. At least it does me.
When I was watching Insex during the late 90’s and early 2000’s, I was always floored at the cornucopia of metal toys that the owner of the site had. I learned later that almost all of them were hand-made, forged from raw steel by a fellow who went by the alias ‘KGB’. I’ve said many a time if Intersec/Insex ever had a garage (or estate) sale of the items that were made for the various websites, I’d be nearly the first in line. You just can’t pass up good workmanship! So, in the same vein over the years, I’ve been haunting sites that sell old gear, from people who have either gotten out of the scene, or want to make some quick cash selling things they don’t have a use for anymore.
I’ve been a member of Fetlife nearly from the beginning of that site. I’ve also been a member of their ‘Kinky Items For Sale’ board for many years as well. Certainly I’ve gotten more than a few good bargains from that board in that time, with people who have taken good care of their toys, but for one reason or another they either don’t wish to be active and want to re-home their past purchases, or they just don’t want them anymore. For every person that wishes to sell their used panties (ew), there are people that want to part with quality floggers, restraints, bondage furniture and other goodies at fairly good prices. Even better than eBay I’ve discovered, and way better than Craigslist (I’m continually reminded of the woman who posted for sale her late husband’s St. Andrew’s Cross, stating that it was a very fancy clothes hanger).
Certainly there are many places one can get forged steel toys, and even at better than average prices. But when someone offers them at a discount, it’s sometimes a race to get it before someone else can contact them. Which just happened to be the case last night. Within about an hour and a half of the person posting them, I was able to broker a deal and purchased them. Of course, with such a quick sealed deal, I have to be certain that they’re going to fit my pet. But, that’s something that we can discover when she visits. And if not, I can always resell them. Because there’s always someone willing to buy.