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In absence of NHL, Canada sees spike in sex toy purchases

Nov 19, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT

Oilers' Eberle skates past a fan during their NHL hockey game in Edmonton Reuters

In Canada, sex toys are flying off the shelves — look out, sir! — due to the NHL lockout. At least that’s what a couple of retailers are claiming, noting a 15 percent increase in sales of Jing Tinglers, Who Wompers and Flu Floopers in October (sex toy name euphemisms courtesy of Dr. Seuss). Toronto Sun:

“We’d be gearing up for (NHL hockey) now but there’s nothing so I guess we need to find some better ways to spend our time!” said Vinay Morker, owner of the Hush Lingerie and More boutique, while at Edmonton’s Taboo Naughty But Nice Sex Show Saturday.

“When Oilers fans, mostly guys, have to break their routine of seeing every game, they have more time,” Morker said. “And there’s nothing better than spending it with your spouse or girlfriend.”

Could a correlation be drawn here between this story and the recent run on Hostess snack foods? Not really: one story involves Ding Dongs and Ho Hos, and the other involves snack food.

Hal Roseberg, owner of Tease Adult Boutique in Edmonton, said he saw a similar leap in business this year, which he usually attributes to an influx of cold weather.

It’s not clear if the lockout is impacting U.S. sex toy sales: but it couldn’t be hurting it. And what of battery sales? Those companies should be doing booming business as well (Energizer Bunny claps symbols fifty times in five seconds, keels over).

  1. cur68 - Nov 19, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    There has been an influx of American labour to work the Oil Sands in northern Alberta. Edmonton, Alberta’s capital city, is the last big city before Fort McMurray (Fort McFrozen). Those guys are spending a long winter away from their families. Man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.

  2. jennifermdarling - Nov 19, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    this is hilarious.
    so is the video.
    check it out.