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How Dirty Panty Fetishes Are Paying Women’s Utility Bills

Did you know that there is a lucrative market out there for dirty panties? No, really. Go read some more and I’ll tell you all about these panty fetishes.

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I almost fell off my chair when I read an article from a stray link that popped out of my Google search for “panties for sale” *because, you know, periods*. The article was about a girl who decided to sell used panties to cover her expenses. The whole concept blew my mind because I had absolutely no idea that a pair of used panties could go for as much as $35!
The easiest money I ever made in my life was the Christmas gift my grandmother gave me in 2003. Let’s not beat around the bush and skirt the fact that I stopped for a second and considered it. Whatever, it’s $35! For a freakin’ pair of used underwear. I would probably do it, if it weren’t for the fact that it might be illegal here in my country, but damn, girls. Damn.
How does panty-selling work?
The concept of selling used panties is not new at all. The writer of the article actually stumbled upon a panty-selling subreddit on Reddit.com and it was already filled with sellers and clients who were methodically transacting in private under strict rules of anonymity.
According to the anonymous redditor, the system of selling used panties is pretty simple. It only gets complicated when a client requests a certain type of underwear or a pair that has been through a specific set of parameters – like it has to be worn for a day, the seller has to wear it to the gym, and many other specifications. Some of them border on slightly unhygienic to downright biohazardous, but who are we to judge? If the person pays, then the seller obliges.
Regular used panties can go from $10 to $40. Almost every client requires a photo of the seller wearing the pair that they want to buy. With the complicated orders, the sellers need to document their use of the underwear. Some don’t need photos as long as the seller sends it to them in the condition that they like, i.e. with body fluids and not-really-fluids.
Clients can also request for worn bras, which are a bit more expensive. The cost of the customized “products” can range from $40 to more than $100. The only downside is the length of time it takes to prepare them and whether or not the client is satisfied with what they bought.
All in all, it seems like a great way to earn money on the side. If the person selling their wares knows how to keep themselves safe, they’re good to go. The only thing to remember is to never write down a return address, always use an anonymous third-party payment system, and keep the client’s identity and details safe. [Read: 7 really weird and yet extremely popular sexual fetishes]
Why do people buy used panties online?
In order to understand their motivation, you would have to look into why people have panty-fetishes in the first place. Fetishism is described as an “intense and persistent sexual arousal to non-living objects, including some body products.” And fetishists are usually unable to orgasm without the object present.
According to various research studies, fetishism results from early imprinting or conditioning experiences during childhood or adolescence. Examples of these are when the first orgasm is paired with a non-sexual object or body part, or as a result of a traumatic emotional/physical event. Sometimes, it can even be caused by rejection and the subsequent focus of the person on a different outlet like fetishism.
Buying panties online prevents the need to look towards people who don’t understand their fetish. It also prevents people who can afford to buy used panties from stealing it from people that they encounter. Unfortunately, the studies for fetishism have also been linked with subjects who have kleptomania, among others.
For years, there have been a string of panty-fetish-related crimes like the man who stole panties using geotags on Instagram and this fetishist who has been stealing for years and ended up being studied by scientists. *Note: The study was inconclusive*

There are also others that are extremely dangerous, which gives the concept of buying and selling panties more weight. Because of accessibility through used-panty-selling sites, people are less likely to commit crimes to fulfill their fetish. Buying and selling used underwear is not illegal in most western countries because their laws don’t have any vague provisions against it.
Providing a trade source for panties is not only efficient, but it keeps people in line and allows them to enjoy their fetishes privately and anonymously. The only issue would be when a client or seller decides to use the information they acquire against anyone in the forums or websites. [Read: 11 most common fetishes + 5 super weird ones!]
Are the clients dangerous?
Panty-selling is within the realms of sex-work, which means that there is a cause for concern when it comes to boundaries and limitations. Sellers have to keep their identities safe in order to prevent clients from stalking them or vice-versa. Buyers also see this as a necessary precaution because most of them do not broadcast their fetishes towards their families, friends, and co-workers.
According to the sellers, there are only a few clients who are less than agreeable. Some of them don’t intend to buy used panties, but are only lurking in the shadows to cause trouble or bother the sellers. When that happens, the moderators will swoop in and ban the users who don’t follow the rules.
Before a person can join the subreddits, they need to be vetted by the moderators. This ensures that most, if not all of the members, will adhere to the professional standards of the world of used panty trade.
The system works because most of the members are moderated closely and are subjected to permanent bans. You would think that it wouldn’t stop anyone from just having fun, but the people on these sites are serious about their underwear transactions. Serious buyers do not want to get banned… ever!
There are also other websites that cater to used-panty connoisseurs, but a lot of them are members-only and have more safety features than the publicly-moderated subreddits. The article mentioned at the beginning of this feature describes /r/pantyselling, a popular reddit that is no longer active on the site. But panty-buyers need not fret because a whole other bunch of panty-selling subreddits have taken their place. For those of you who’d like to learn more, just hop on Reddit and search for the keyword. [Read: The kink list – 20 freaky fetishes that aren’t weird at all]
Is it okay to have a panty fetish?
First of all, panty fetishes are not harmful, in general. Most fetishists in different communities maintain that their interests are purely for the sake of achieving sexual arousal. Unfortunately, it can also affect other people negatively, specifically the ones that become victims of unwanted fetishism – like victims of stalking, or people who are suddenly exposed to a fetish without preamble. [Read: Peeping toms, sexual voyeurism and the horny rush it gives most people]
If you think that you have a panty fetish, the first thing you should do is read up on the subject. If you feel negatively towards this experience, it is best to consult a therapist. Most therapists are equipped to deal with people who have qualms about their fetishes. They can explain why you feel this way and what you can do after you thoroughly understand the situation.
Don’t be ashamed of your fetish if it’s legal and not harmful to anybody. Everyone has a fetish, even if it’s not obvious. I’m into beer-bellies and I don’t freakin’ care whatever anyone says about it! Except my parents. Just remember, sexual exploration is healthy and part of being a grown-up. Used panty fetishists are a different sort of sexual people, but they’re just enjoying what they like and are usually paying handsomely for the panty owner’s troubles.
[Read: 10 fiery hot reasons why you should date someone with a fetish at least once]
Do you think it’s okay to sell used panties online? Would you go for it if you had the chance? Tell us in the comments below!

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