Do Guys Need Condom Subscription Services?

Condom subscription services promise to conveniently eliminate “awkward” visits to the drug store. But is that something we even care about?

By Doug Barry

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You know how buying condoms is a constant hardship that twists you into shame knots whenever you have to slide the box across the drugstore counter only to be judged harshly by the person checking you out?

Of course you don’t. Which is why we’re a little surprised that there are now several condom subscription service banking on the fact that dudes feel that way — or simply can’t be bothered to head to the drugstore. We’re all for convenience, and condoms are pretty expensive in stores. But subscribing to a service that delivers a fixed number of condoms doesn’t make a whole lot of sense when it’s pretty much impossible to be sure how often you’re going to get laid in a given month … unless that number is reliably always zero … in which case having condoms at the ready is the least of your concerns. And yet subscription services such as, Rubber of the Month, and Lucky Bloke are banking on the fact that guys are so socially awkward that they can’t bear to buy condoms, yet are able to regularly convince sleep with them.

Rubber of the Month even presents a list of reasons why you’d want to use their service, like:

Reason #14: Nobody likes failing a [pregnancy] test.

Reason #19: Changing diapers is gross.

Reason #25: Nobody wants to drive a minivan.

Reason #72: Awkward checkout experiences.

Of course, the first three are merely reasons to use condoms. And like we said, the last one is kind of made up.

So would you use a condom subscription service?

TAGS: commerce, condoms, Internet, sex

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Melissa White (Sun, 08 Jul 2012 20:53:29 +0000): As CEO of Lucky Bloke, I'd like to personally thank ModernMan for the mention. However, I would like to make several critical clarifications that distinguish from the other condom subscription services that "are banking on the fact that guys are so socially awkward that they can’t bear to buy condoms, yet are able to regularly convince [partners to] sleep with them.": 1. Lucky Bloke's customers are not awkward, are not exclusively male, and can opt to purchase condoms for one-time OR recurring monthly delivery. (For those that opt for the convenience of the subscription, they can also easily modify their order monthly, or place it on hold and suspend delivery);. 2. Lucky Bloke's customers are clearly getting laid, or they wouldn't use our service;. 3. Lucky Bloke offers a premium selection of the best international condoms and lubricants (the majority of which you simply cannot purchase from a local drugstore), and our customers are able to mix-and-match to create their own customized condom order;. 4. Lucky Bloke offers condoms in all three sizes (slimfit, medium/standard, larger) dramatically increasing our customer's pleasure and safety;. 5. Lucky Bloke offers international shipping for a flat-rate fee of $2.50; and, 6. Lucky Bloke donates 10% of all sales to urgent humanitarian causes. Our customers can choose where there 10% is donated. Current causes include: UNICEF, charity: water, and It Gets Better Foundation.
Modern Man (Mon, 09 Jul 2012 19:57:45 +0000): Thanks for weighing in, Melissa. We didn't know about your donation program — it sounds great.


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