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      19.01.2014 04:39

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      If you want a bad service visit ann summers

      I bought what I thought would be some good quality toys after I spent a small fortune, But what I got was total rubbish and very tacky. I emailed them but they never got back to me.And still after 7 emails and 3 telephone calls they still won't give me my money back, I would never shop at their shops ever again the way they treat their customers is shocking . I now shop with Passion Secrets who I found online good value discreet and fast delivery. And every order I have received from them they always give some free gifts which is a nice touch. If you want a bargain go to Passion Secrets. If you want a load of cheap nasty rubbish then shop with Ann Summers but be warned if you are not happy with your order they will just fob you off.


      I highly recommend Passion Secrets at http://www.passionsecrets.co.uk/



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      22.10.2013 12:43
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      a good place to go

      Leamington as "conservative" as it is recently gained an Ann Summers shop which I thought would be great. Ive been in several times and overall I must say I wasn't impressed. Let me explain -

      History

      Ann Summers is a naughty lingerie and sex toy shop, it is currently ran by the Gold family who have grew it up from a small company to over 140 stores UK wide. AS is quite "mainstream" as sex shops go and quite open about what it does. AS also has thousands of women operating the Ann Summers parties designed, similar to Tupperware parties it allows women to have parties in their own home with friends and buy/view the latest AS range.

      What they sell

      AS overall does a good mix of items for couples, singles and so forth to use in the bedroom. AS does a big range of sex toys, this includes vibrators, dildos, strap ons, butt plugs, cock rings and so forth, the range is quite extensive although not all shops will stock every item my local Leamington has less for sale than in Birmingham . They also do a decent range of clothing/lingerie, items like bra sets, basques, leather wear, uniform type outfits etc, again not all stores will have every item and I myself have struggled on getting the right size. Bondage gear, this is quite a mild range they do, handcuffs, rope, whips etc but its a decent enough range for beginners. Sex accessories, games, gifts etc they do lubrication, condoms, hygiene wipes this range is very good and well stocked, the games are little sex games, books etc to play and the gifts can include this.

      Price

      For me AS is quite expensive for what it sells. Shopping online and in other stores you can get similar products for a great deal less than AS price. Sex toy prices begin from around £5 up to as much as £100+ so there is something for every budget but you would get better value for money online. Lingerie again it is over priced for what it is but I do like that it can be tried on so if it doesn't fit you can get a different size or try something else. Sex accessories such as lubrication here they are the same prices as online, I do like their range very much and do buy from here often

      Store layout

      Upon walking in the first thing you will see is the lingerie range, this is located at the front would look like any normal lingerie shop. At the back is where the naughtier stuff is kept and is often more enclosed. The stores are well lit and clean. I like how the basic layout is the same in any AS shop so I know where I need to look if I go into another branch. I also like how they have the sex toy range out on display so you can turn them on and test the buttons, speeds etc you cant do this online so I do think they have a good advantage here

      Good

      What AS has done as a whole is a good thing, its brought sex out in the open which I think is a good thing and it gets people talking about it more. I've shopped in AS as well as other places, I'm not ashamed to say that and I think AS has been instrumental in this change in attitude. The range they do is for me quite basic but it is a good range for beginners, they are more "specialist" shops out there but for the mass market I think AS does very well. As a buyer in here for many years I've brought several items across everything they sell and never had anything I didn't like or thought was of poor quality.

      Bad

      In my local branch (Leamington) it is fairly quite so when I've walked in I've been pounced on by the staff who are very friendly but I much prefer to ask for help if needed rather than be jumped upon the minute I walk in. One time I went in solely to look at the sex toys so I headed towards the back, a SA followed me up and asked if I needed any help "no thank you" was my reply and rather walking off she took 1 step back and just stood there watching me, I felt really uncomfortable and it put me off actually buying anything! Don't get me wrong the staff are very helpful and kind but I wish they would just leave me alone sometimes!

      Overall

      AS is a whole is a good thing. Price wise maybe not so but its a good place to look at whats on sale and et ideas from. Quality wise its very good, Ive never had anything substandard from there. As mass market sex shops go it is a great place to go.

      I am giving it 4/5 it loses 1 star purely on price I think it is expensive but overall good

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        17.06.2012 20:19

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        If a manager cant help customers with genuine issues at least the customer care line should! BUT NO!

        Firstly let me say, I am a buyer for one of the most reputable clothing retailers in Ireland. I know the exchange policy at the back of my head. I know exactly what we retailers look for when we have customers coming in for an exchange.

        My boyfriend bought a birthday gift for me here and made sure they confirmed this could be exchanged if it didnt fit me or I didnt like it for some reason.I was happy with my present but the bra fit was funny so I went in for a size exchange. They refused to let me exchange because the price tag was missing from the set. I tried to explain it was a present and perhaps the price was taken off by the staff who made the purchase. My BF moreover handed me the present exactly as it was wrapped in store ( so he didnt open this & take out the price tags himself)The Ann summers tag was left on however.....and the underwear had plastic on it. Im hardly going to wear it around with the tag and plastic!! The Manager Catherine at this store lied to us that my BF was caught on camera leaving with the tags left on. I requested to have a look at thier video & you can only see someone at the counter.....def not the items purchsed, defenitely not the tags!!! She then said all retailers ask for the tags left on & I told here where I work..... Our exchange policy says receipt only & this is exactly the only thing we ask for. She was so flustered...ready to cry when we pulled out our receipt and read the exchange policy. Ann summers say they will exchange anything you are not happy with, as long as its in resalable condition & with a receipt.....AND even without a receipt. But when you go in with the receipt.....they refuse to give you any service!!!! You really need to include on your resale policy that customers should leave all tags on.

        We have made a complaint with consumer services who have confirmed.... if for some reason a size doesnt fit ( bad make or wrong fit) ...we have the right to get an exchange. We contacted the Ann summers customer service in the UK and they have asked us to post the set from Ireland to the Uk. Is this a joke?

        I will def not be shopping here again. I will be writing more reviews about this brand that I have lost all respect for. Such bad customer service. Really uneducated managers. No wonder you hear bad reviews about Ann summers all the time.Im going to do everything in my power to spread the truth about this brand.

        RECEIPT NO: 372425 ( TOTAL PURCHASE E96.25)

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        11.06.2012 11:40

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        If you want good after sales and customer service, then I would shop elsewhere!!

        The items I ordered came to £170 in total so I spent quite a lot of money with Ann summers thinking I could trust them. I received an email of my order but no email saying they had been dispatched or anything.
        I received the items in good discreet packaging and tried things on. All very well but I returned a number of items just due to not liking them or not fitting correctly etc etc. nothing wrong there. I emailed them to say I was returning and that was fine.
        However, I waited a while wondering whether they had received my order yet to process a returns when I came across a credit on my account from them. Firstly I had received no email to say they had received the items, no email to say they were crediting my account and the amount of money they credited was wrong. Really really wrong! It was missing £80!!
        I emailed them immediately and from then on I have received two emails saying they have investigated it but this is correct, sorry for the inconvenience. They are now ignoring my emails.
        They said I returned 7items, I didn't. I returned 13 (I bought a lot of stuff). They are just so unwilling to help with the matter so I am absolutely furious.
        What makes it worse is that their telephone number is premium rate. That's probably why they have such a shocking ema service so that it encourages people to ring them instead.

        Never shopping there ever again!!

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        17.02.2012 23:31

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        Bought an item from Ann Summers, it arrived broken and was returned immediately. A week later the same item was returned to me with a handwritten note saying that a plastic packing piece was missing from the box so the item would not be replaced!!! I sent an email asking why they didn't just send me a new device and retain the 'missing' packing piece, no response or even acknowledgment after a week. There are many other suppliers out there, I will never buy from Ann Summers again.

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        25.07.2011 16:14
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        it would e alot better if they have a bigger selection of everything

        i find that ann summers isnt as naughty as it used to be. they used to have alot more range in the more sexier items. now they sell alot of underwear which you can find in any high street shop but for alot cheaper prices too. they do have some uniform outfits but not as many as you may think.they have the obvious ones like the maids outfit. which i found that you can buy from a market stall where i live and it is much cheaper and is still the same quality.they have outfits that look more like something you would sleep in rather than have fun in.they still have alot of handcuffs and whips which are fairly expensive.they do alot of lotions and massage oils.
        the games they have are all the same thing which minly in clue cards or the dice.
        i dont think they have a big range of books either they only have a few shelves and sometimes you cant really find what your looking for. and they dvd selection is some what poor.
        their selection of sex toys is like a small corner of the shop and now adays you can buy most things off the interent.

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          16.07.2011 11:06
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          Plenty of other online stores to use...AVOID if you need goods quickly

          We ordered goods from the ann summers website that needed to be with us by saturday to be given as a tounge in cheek present, although an expensive one at £150. We ordered early in the week, Tuesday for a next day delivery. It didn't arrive Tuesday or wednesday and eventually on thursday we got an e mail to say it had been sent. I emailed the customer service department looking for answers and i am still waiting for a reply. Friday came and by 5 o'clock it had still not arrived so i rang the customer service line and spoke to a girl who confirmed we should have received the goods the next day, i.e tuesday. She kept me on the line for 10 minutes while she spoke to the courier. When she eventually got back on the phone she took my phone number and told me she would personally ring back before 7 pm. You guessed it the phone call never happened. It is now saturday morning and still no parcel, still no contact from Ann Summers and when i now ring the office is closed. Ruined what was going to be a fab surprise

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            25.04.2011 12:24
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            A one stop naughty needs shops aiming to exploit your wallet!

            I still remember the days when Ann Summer was still your average sex shop, covered up windows and a big NO UNDER 18'S on the door.
            This was quite a bit before the infamous parties and the glossy catalogues, now Ann Summers has gone all legit and High Street!

            Its bright pink and burgundy frontage, the sheer glamour of the outfits in the window make it stand out like a jewel amongst the dull facades of its neighbours.
            But you still see couples nervously wandering slowly past, peering through the open door, deciding whether to ask the other is they want to go in 'just for a giggle and a look of course'. Of course you also see the independent women just striding in with the 'yes I buy vibrators, what of it?' attitude.

            If you do venture in then you'll be greeted by the same 'romantic' décor as they display in the window. And absolutely loads of underwear! Rows and rows of bras, matching pants and suspender belts, baby doll nighties, camisoles and the like.
            There is a wide selection of different styles of underwear, what I'd call everyday underwear, polka dots, etc, pretty underwear made of florals and lace, and then the downright sexy 'pulling' underwear.
            Gone are the days of scratchy nylon crotchless pants and peek-a-boo bras, they still have them but now they're made of lace and ribbons. They have a wide range of sizes but the prices might make you do a double take!
            I cant justify paying £35 for a bra , or £12 for a pair of knickers identical to the ones in Asda for a lot less. Oh and they do charge extra for bigger sizes!

            They still do those naughty outfits, like the schoolgirl, policewoman, secretary, etc, but I still they are overpriced at anything up to £40. Along with their £50 corsets which can all be bought online for a lot cheaper.

            And they still have all those awful mens novelty pants as well!

            Its also the place to go for those special hen nights. Willie shaped straws, necklaces, ice cube make, in fact anything you can make in the shape of a willy, they have it.
            Along with the willy and breast shaped chocolate, games and various things you'll find a lot for that girls night out.

            We'll take a gander towards the back of the shop and its get naughtier the further back you go. Now we're getting to what Ann Summers is really famous for, the vibrators! This is where we'll find the aforementioned nervous couple looking sheepish and definitely giggling. Now this is an over 18's area only, which to be honest isn't that regulated. Quite often you get groups of teenage girls giggling away, off putting enough but when a toddler knocks past your legs with a harassed mother chasing it, its enough to make a nervous person dash out the place.

            Ann Summers new rule seems to be to make their vibrators as bright and shiny and obtrusive as possible. You're surrounded by white boxes with bright pinks, greens and even diamante shining out. To be honest all the white detracts from the contents and is quite difficult on the eye. In a nice touch many of the vibratos are on display to be touched and inspected. Its worth it just to see the look on peoples faces when they try to work out what exactly you do with the dolphin shaped one!
            The prices are quite scandalous, many people may buy their first vibrator here, but once they go to other places or have a look online they realise how much they've been overcharged. You'd get a plain ordinary one for approx £30-£40, go online and you'll get an all singing, dancing and might even make you a cup of tea afterwards one! Back here there's also overpriced videos and bondage gear.

            Throughout the store you'll also find lots of sexy sundries, condoms, lubes, stockings, books and in their ever growing empire, body lotions and perfumes.

            The staff in Ann Summers used to be excellent, they were discreet and unobtrusive but always quietly available when you needed them and would deal with your question quietly and efficiently. Now they go out of their way to ask you those inane comments. 'Are you looking for anything in particular', 'can I help you with anything?' 'Err, no I'm in a sex shop looking for some crotchless knickers, I don't want you to look at me, let alone speak to me!'

            It's strange how we're still so hung-up about sex and like to keep it fairly discreet. Ann Summers are obviously trying to address that by making it respectable which to some extent it has managed. But its also exploiting the people who'd like to explore their sex life a bit more by supplying over-priced and often very inferior products. Now how many of you would take a broken vibrator back to a shop? My partner did and I was mortified and refused to come in with him!

            I don't think its going to change though, they've found their nice and they're going to exploit it for all its worth. It's not a shop I frequent anymore except as part of a bigger shopping trip.

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              14.11.2010 23:53
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              Will not feel uncomfortable on my next visit

              Ann Summers, when I first heard about the stores the idea made me blush and although over the years I have noticed many pop up in shopping centres that I often frequent until a few months ago I had never visited a store.

              I was very nervous upon entering the store although I knew which products I wanted to buy after looking online, but not quite knowing how discreet the discreet delivery service is as well as the added cost of postage I decided to brave a visit to the shop.

              Pretty much straight away I was greeted by the two members of staff in the store, just a friendly hello. I then proceeded to look around the store for a few minutes before one of the sales girls came over to me and offered assistance, to be honest this usually puts me off and makes me want to leave the shop. However, the sales girl was friendly and welcoming and I explained it was my first visit and what I wanted and she was very helpful in finding the products I wanted and offering other things I may want to purchase. She also assured me many people feel nervous shopping there and she herself felt her hands shaking the first day on the shop floor after doing all her training. She was knowledgeable about the products and offers across the store and made me at ease during my visit. Something I consider vital for shoppers who, like me, may feel unsure when entering the store.

              As for Ann Summers they are an adult store who sell lingerie, sexy costumes and sex toys as well as books and other adult products. They have a good range of sizes available in store with many products going up to around a size 24. The store visited had lingerie at the front of the store and a slightly hidden away by curtains section at the back was where the sex toys were placed. There were numerous offers around the store on multi buy bras to pocket vibrators.

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              15.10.2010 12:21

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              DO NOT use their Discreet Delivery service!!!!! A box of personal items was damaged to the point of being completely open and yet still the delivered to my office where everyone, including my boss, saw the contents. To say this is embarrassing is an understatement. Not to mention the professional repercussions. All Ann Summers offered was a £5 voucher and said, and I quote, "well that's just they way it is". I don't think I need to say anything else in this review.

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              06.10.2010 17:17
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              Unprofessional, lack of manners & discourteous

              I never thought I'd see myself writing a bad review about Ann Summers but find myself doing exactly that! After working for them for 7 years, a very successful 7 years I may add, I finished in July of this year to join a far better company called BlueBella. The concept is the same but far more sophisticated, prettier and a lot cheaper (toys lots cheaper!!) For the last 4 months I have been trying to get my personal mobile number off their main domain on google but to no avail. I have written letters & e mails and lost count of the number of phone calls made to them but so far not even an apology. I get about 10 phone calls a day asking for someone or other at their head office and am now at the end of my tether! They do not care about anybody but themselves, have no manners and are nothing but unprofessional. Legal matters to follow I think!

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                23.09.2010 09:46
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                not somewhere I would shop on a regular basis but every now and then will visit!

                When I have visited an Ann Summers shop Ive been to my local one in Coventry and the first few times you tend to be a bit nervous and can feel yourself going red! But as soon as your in there for a few minutes you begin to realise that everyelse is in there for the same reason so there is no need to be embarrassed!!!

                They sell such a huge selection of sex toys, they sell things you couldn't even have imagined! The most popular tends to be the rampant rabbit which I'm sure you have all heard of! But be prepared to spend a lot of money as I'm afraid you can't get the pleasure without paying the price!!

                They sell a selection of underwear and costumes, some of the underwear sets they sell are actually quite tame and could be worn on a normal day! I do think that some of the costumes are not very good material and even though you are spending a lot of money on them the quality isn't as good as it should be! But I think a lot of these kind of items are bought on impulse so thats how they sell!

                It's a good shop to go and have a nose around for a laugh even if you are not planning on buying anything! But if you do want to purchase something then be prepared for the prices!

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                19.07.2010 22:01
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                Ann Summers is a chain of adult shops with branches across the UK. I'll be reviewing my local Nottingham branch, which is situated just off the Market Square right in the city centre, easy to find, and a few minutes walk from the bus stops .

                When people mention adult shops, I suspect most of us think of those grubby little buildings you often find in the run down end of town, with blocked out or mirrored windows, and the words Private Shop. Ann Summers isn't like this though - it's very girl friendly, with the window displays usually showcasing some sort of slinky fancy dress outfit . There is nothing scary about the window displays, and although the store does sell some products of a more graphic adult nature, these are usually found towards the back of the store .

                Most of the store displays lingerie - from the more sedate and simple bra and knicker sets, to lacy basques and gleaming latex outfits. There is a little bit of everything, and actually quite a nice range of sizes, starting at around a 6 and with many lines going up to 20-24, although sometimes the larger sizes are hard to find . The range is usually quite up to date and fashionable, and the store does offer a bra measuring service should you want to make sure you get the right bust size.

                They also sell a range of fancy dress outfits - from the traditional catgirls and nurses to football kits, gangster outfits, and bunny outfits. They also sell individual acessories - for example, a feather duster to complement a french maid outfit, or glittery nipple tassels . Most outfits can be tried on in store, with the changing rooms being spacious, although there are only two . One interesting feature of the changing rooms is a peephole, through which you can show your other half your outfit without displaying it to the whole store .

                Towards the back of the store, there is an area selling adult sex toys, erotica books, condoms, lubricants, and novelty gifts such a penis shaped pasta, or booby mints . I'm not going to go into too muchd detail about the toys on offer in store, suffice it to say that they have a fairly good range, with a variety of different designs, although I would say that many of these particular items could be found a little cheaper online .
                I find the store very friendly, and the assistants are helpful without being pushy. They are knowledgable about the products, and happy to offer their own recommendations and advice on purchases. There are rarely any queues to pay, and they offer a fair returns policy, although it should be noted that some items, such as underpants and sex toys are non returnable for obvious hygeine reasons , unless they are actually faulty. Also, if you are young looking, it is worth being aware that you may need to take ID with you if buying sex toys - the legal age for purchasing such products is 18, and the shop is from my experience quite good at sticking to the law.

                Overall, I find shopping at Ann Summers a positive experience - they sell some lovely lingerie in a variety of sizes, and I've purchased fancy dress outfits a couple of times from them too - never with any problems in quality. The one downside is I think they can on occasion be a little pricy, so it can be worth looking online and shopping around .

                Still, four stars!

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                  Sex shop for people who are too middle class/embarrassed to go to an *actual* sex shop.

                  *Once more, I'm tallulahbang off of the dark side and you may have read this before. It'll be just as funny here, though. Probably.*

                  Few experiences in life are quite as uncomfortable as watching a pensioner (89) test a vibrator on her nose. Trust me on this, because you really don't want to witness it firsthand in glorious technicolour. However, this is merely a teaser (a perhaps unfortunate choice of noun); we shall return to octogenarians and sex aids later.

                  NB. This is a review of an adult shop. If you're offended by words such as knob, penis etc., then it's too late. You've already read them. Ha!


                  ~~History~~

                  Ann Summers in its first incarnation was the brainchild of brothers David and Ralph Gold. Despite having names that would have pretty much guaranteed them a stellar career in made-for-Channel-5-porn-films, the pair decided instead to venture into the branch of the sex industry that doesn't require any learning of lines or the ability to moan whilst looking bored. Just as you were thinking it a bit weird that two brothers set up shop together selling sex aids, the pair invited Jacqueline, daughter of David and niece of Ralph, on board at the age of 19.

                  Jacqueline Gold (who looks, as my granny would have described it, like a cut-price trollop), felt that the chain's target market of seedy older men gave it a distinctly cheap and tawdry air and sought to improve it by a devilishly cunning two pronged attack. Firstly, she made it even tackier and more depressing, but with lots of pink marabou festooning everything from crotchless panties to vibrators. Secondly, in what is undoubtedly her masterstroke, she combined the hitherto disparate worlds of sex toys and Tupperware parties. Now, call me uninspired, but no matter how long I ruminated on lunchboxes and vibrators (and some days, by Christ, that's pretty much all I *do* think about) I don't think it'd ever occur to me to pair the two to create an intensely awkward, boozy, lairy party experience. That's just what Jacqueline Gold did, though, and it explains why she's got her own private jet and I don't. However, I don't have mega-big hair and poorly applied lip liner either, which is some consolation.

                  Bizarrely, the spectacle of a bored and world-weary woman selling fetish underwear out of a suitcase seemed to be just what the British public had been waiting for, and most towns in the UK now have an Ann Summers shop and any number of reps catering for parties.


                  ~~The Shops~~

                  Oh dear. They're just horrid, really. Believe it or not, even the most adventurous, sexually liberated soul will sicken of the sight of plastic and rubber penises eventually. And so it was for me. The damn things are everywhere. On straws, lollipops, necklaces, keyrings, ice cube moulds. You name it; it had a knob on it. There's even a 'pop-up willy' for those times when you want to liven up the boardroom in a manner that will ensure your P45 is winging its way towards you at warp speed. All this phallic fun is amusing up to a point, but tiresome when the shop is filled with teenagers who squeal at the same pitch every time they see a different brand of cock (sorry. Really I am. I ran out of euphemisms). In honesty, it looks like the stock control and ordering process is overseen by a phalanx of hormone-ridden teenage boys. Proof of that, were it needed, is that Ann Summers is proud to supply something called 'Clone A Pussy'. Honestly, I have not the words.

                  The other problem with Ann Summers is that the shop assistants seem utterly determined to ensure you don't leave without some kind of vibrator. And they do it with this oddly solicitous, co-conspiratorial air that makes for an experience that's simultaneously creepy and deeply aggravating. As a result, the shop assistant in the Belfast ended up with me roaring 'would you feck off trying to sell me a big plastic willy!' at her.

                  On the plus side, though, if you're after the accoutrements that no self respecting hen or stag party would be without, then Ann Summers is the place for you. There is enough cheap and cheerful knob and muff based paraphernalia to keep even the average Essex bride-to-be happy.
                  There is also, to be fair, a fair degree of grim fascination. I thought myself fairly knowledgeable about sex, but it turns out that I am but a mere innocent wee slip of a thing. For example, in my ignorance, I was not aware that there exists a device called a 'honeypot'. Ann Summers marketing-speak describes it as a toy for men. I, however, describe it as girly genitalia in a jar. And I'm right. Handily, they also do it in a 'travel' size. So, the next time you're stuck for what to get the socially inept, self-loathing filled, jet setting man in your life, all your present-buying problems could be solved with a quick foray into Ann Summers. Venture into the farther reaches of the shop and you'll find the porn magazines, the men who look like they're on their lunch break from being full-time flashers, and the slightly more alarming 'toys'; oh yes, should your heart wish it, Ann Summers can provide you with a full size, anatomically correct female torso which is guaranteed to 'feel flesh-like every time'. It is truly repellent but had it been around a hundred or so years ago, Ed Gein needn't have gone to quite so much bother.

                  This is all getting a bit lasciviously corporeal, so probably best to move on at a brisk canter to the other element of the Ann Summers behemoth...


                  ~~The Parties~~

                  Strictly women-only, in theory the parties are an opportunity for women to get a bit tipsy and check out Ann Summers's wares in the comfort and security of their own homes. In reality, though, the parties go one of two ways:

                  1. Awkward and uncomfortable

                  If there's not enough booze, if all of the party aren't really up for it, or if the party organiser isn't experienced and gregarious the party can be a couple of hours of the kind of palpable tension and awkward chit-chat not witnessed since my aunt last told my mother she thought her new haircut made her look manly.

                  2. Awkward and pissed-up

                  This tends to be the result of too much booze, too little food and one of those annoying friends who seem to have no 'off' or 'volume' setting. If my experience is anything to go by this will result in a semi-alcoholic friend (Sharon) thinking it'd be hilarious to cover a Christian-and-short-enough-to-be-a-midget -without-actually-technically-being-a-midget friend (Caitriona) in sex lube gel. Right enough, it was remarkably funny, but slaps, tears and year-long huffs ensued.

                  The parties generally start with a series of games; think office team-building exercises, but with considerably more plastic genitalia. Once the assembled masses are either a) giggling or b) fervently wishing they were anywhere but here, the organiser will whip out a range of vibrators and dildos with exhortations to try them on your nose (it is apparently as sensitive as the nether regions. I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that that's a big fat lie, or Pinocchio would have been telling lies all the damn time). It was at this juncture at my friend Jo's hen party that her 89 year old granny grabbed a Rampant Rabbit, pressed it firmly to her conk and bleated plaintively, 'Joanne? Is this an egg whisk I have on my nose? I'd never get up enough speed to do the eggs for my omelette with this.'

                  There's just no way to follow that kind of revelation, so to cover the embarrassed silence the organiser will put out a few lingerie and outfit samples to be tried on. The same granny, overwhelmed by a combination of sherry trifle and Blue Nun, had to be physically restrained from having a go on the nipple tassels. The quality of the lingerie and outfits is appalling: the kind of nylon overload that means you're praying no-one strikes a match within a 500 yard radius. However, back in the day, they did have a range of 'Fiona' lingerie. The fact that it was crotchless ensured I didn't buy any, mind. Sadly, should any of you wish to wear underwear in memory of me, you'll have to make do with the 'Fifi Love' range, which encompasses peephole bras and babydolls. Classy.

                  To round off the evening the organiser will dole out order forms and start the hard sell. Despite being the kind of garments that the average hooker would turn her nose up at, the lingerie is fiercely expensive and unless you're the kind of girl who gets a kick out of purchasing sex aids in front of an audience of your peers you're unlikely to want to buy anything. This means the organiser will probably become a bit disgruntled and stroppy, as they've worked for a couple of hours for a relatively low return. In one instance, the organiser started telling us about her handicapped son, and uttered the immortal line 'every dildo I sell brings him a little bit closer to a motorised wheelchair'. God, it was awful. On that, relatively cringeworthy, note the organiser will disappear into the night and deliver your purchases a couple of weeks later. The person hosting the party gets a discount on their order and an enduring sense of discomfiture.


                  Don't get me wrong; it's a good thing that Ann Summers exists. They offer a refreshingly open and relaxed attitude and they should be applauded for consistently promoting safe sex. It's just that they always seem to misjudge the discrepancy between how they perceive themselves and how the public perceive them. In this respect they are (stick with me, I can back this next point up) a lot like the Catholic Church in more ways than either of them would care to acknowledge. Both have a fondness for dressing up in complicated outfits, both actively encourage a fair bit of kneeling and a visit to either engenders a deep and abiding sense of shame. I would round off the proceedings with a joke about how you're more likely to bump into a member of the clergy in Ann Summers than you are in a Catholic Church, but I sense that would be tasteless and gratuitously offensive. No one wants that.

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                    dont be shy, just shop and enjoy

                    Ann summers is a very erotic shop and isn't for people under 18. They do a stunning range of womens dress up clothes from pilots to sailors. They even do a mens dress up range so guys get your girls in the mood by a fireman or even a stripping police man. Dress up clothes for women range from £12-£45 and for men the same price.

                    Im sure we all know ann summers do a range of adult accessories such as lubes, vibrators and games.
                    The lubes come in a variety of flavours such as cherry, chocolate and even bubblegum. You can even get lubes that heat up on contact, heighten sensitivity and tingle. I myself would recommend the tingle. These range from about £4 for a 50ml bottle.
                    They have a great section of toy boxes that come with everything you need for a dirty weekend. Boxes start from £40 and reach as much as £100. They have a great couples box that comes with a couples toy, a womens sex toy, a dirty book, lube and handcuffs so if your planning a weekend with your partner this is the box for you. Alternatively if you dont have a partner they do a great boy and girl box. This both include very much the same as the couples box.

                    They also have a great range of rampant rabbits, couples sex toys and mens sex toys. If your new to sex toys and want to try it with a partner for the first time they have some very calm but excellent couples sex toys, however if youve been there done that they have more intimate items such as bondage, poles and 3 way rampant rabbits. If you spend over £40 in store you can get the bullet vibrator for just £5. It comes in a range of colours and is very small so easily hidden. They have a wide range of books from sex tips, karma sutra and even erotic fantasies. They also have a kalmer sutra for less experienced couples. As well as books they do dvds for couples, or for when your alone. All items ordered online and delivered come in a descrete box and no-one will ever know what it is.

                    They also do very regular items such as bras, thongs and swimwear. However they dont come cheap so if this is what your after its probably better buying from some where else. You can also have an ann summers party. I havnt had or been to one so dont know much on this but apparently you can borrow vibrators and clothing and just have a good night with your girlies. You will have an organizer there to discuss toys and clothing If you see anything you like you can make an order then and there.

                    Overall i would recommend this to both male and females, you havnt lived until youve visited an ann summers!

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