GYMPIE has been outed as one of the most sex-loving cities in Queensland after a website selling adult products released data showing where its merchandise was being purchased.
Gympie was third on the list of most sales in Queensland, beaten only by Gladstone and Townsville when it came to the purchase of adult items from adult products' website Lovehoney.
About $750,000 was spent on products from the website across Queensland in the past year.
"In the last 12 months Lovehoney's Australian site sold more sex products than the company's US site has sold in the last five years," a spokesman from Lovehoney's Brisbane office said.
Gympie beat out the Sunshine Coast, Cairns, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Toowoomba on the raunchy list.
Speaking to the Courier Mail, Rob Goodwin from Lovehoney said the raunchy novel Fifty Shades of Grey and its sequels were responsible for a shift in attitude when it came to the purchase of adult products and toys.
"Whips, bondage gear and handcuffs suddenly were brought into the open," he said.
The owner of Gympie's "adult lifestyle store" The G Spot does not necessarily agree there is a boom in sex toy sales as a result of 50 Shades, but says his business is doing well because of good customer services, quality products and competitive prices.
Wayne Andrews, whose business suffered during extensive works on the Bruce Hwy out front of his store and the construction of two service stations beside it in 2012, does not have an online branch to his enterprise.
"I don't buy online," he said.
"I don't believe in buying online because if we all bought online nobody would be earning a wage. I believe in buying locally. I will match any prices on the internet."
Mr Andrews says customers from throughout the Sunshine Coast and Fraser Coast travel to Gympie to shop at his store.
Women remain his biggest customers.
In response to being asked what his best selling product was, Mr Andrews said: "How long is a piece of string?"
"We are trading well because we are giving good service," he says.
He said people were more accepting these days of "lifestyle stores" like his, and that Gympie was a different place today than when The G Spot first opened its doors in Mary St about 20 years ago.
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