Sex doll sales explode as number of ‘lonely’ customers surges during pandemic

Sex dolls are flying off the shelves in the run-up to Christmas as the coronavirus pandemic is creating a "perfect storm" of "lonely" customers.

And whether you want to be naughty or nice with your love doll, the truth is that love doesn’t come for free as the life-size devices cost a pretty penny of $2,000-$3,000 (£1,512-£2,268).

The statistics have emerged from the USA and suggest lockdown has also fuelled sales for love dolls in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas.

Research has shown an increase in sales of 25% in 2020 compared with 2019 – while the stats in NYC show sales have blown up by 65%, according to sex doll company Silicon Wives.

While Miami-based SexDollGenie claims to have seen sales explode by 218% from 2019 to 2020.

Silicon Wives owner Bryan Gill told the New York Post that he thinks more men are turning to sex dolls for less “complicated” sexual satisfaction.

And he predicts many would prefer to spend Christmas Day with a life-like lover rather than a real, live model.

He said: "For most, it could be the difference between spending the holiday season quarantined alone, or with your dream sexual partner to keep you and your bed warm during the cold nights (our dolls do come with built-in heating systems to simulate body heat)."

He added that the lack of "emotional complications could be a blessing" for some.

Bryan also hinted he thinks New York has become a sales hot spot due to many people living with flatmates – making a sex aid less intrusive than a lover who might pop round.

He claimed customers "probably have a good mixture of people with the budget for a doll and the space to have one in an apartment".

Bryan added: "Privacy is a concern as well as storage space. More people probably are living with roommates."

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