The popularity of e-commerce makes it easier for users to purchase sex toys and protect their privacy, while merchants can also use e-commerce data to better improve their products and enhance the user experience, and then from the supply and demand to promote the development of industry. According to the data, more than half of the respondents have bought sex toys, with most of them buying once every three months, followed by at least once a month, a relatively low frequency. It's worth noting that singles make the most frequent purchases, with more than half of users making at least one purchase a month; married people make at least one purchase every three months to once a year.
The Chinese adult product e-commerce market is still in a stage of rapid development and there is huge room for its development. As the data of iiMedia Research showed, the size of China's adult product e-commerce market reached 30.66 billion yuan in 2018. It is estimated that by 2020, the size of China's adult product e-commerce market will exceed 60 billion yuan. With the liberation of sexual attitudes and the booming development of adult product e-commerce, the sex toys industry has also ushered in a new ““transition““, and the Chinese sex toys industry has made great strides at an extremely fast pace. At present, the types and brands of sex toys are constantly enriched, developing from contraceptive-based family planning products to lubricants, time-lapse sprays and other health care products, to aircraft cups, massage sticks and other intelligent hardware. Adult product e-commerce companies actively expanded their business models, and their profitability turned well. Some listed companies turned losses into profits in 2018. At present, the popularity acceptance of adult product e-commerce brand is still to be improved, and the overall network reputation of the platform is low. As the data of iiMedia Research showed, the overall online word-of-mouth index of adult product e-commerce is only 28.3. 520 network heat index ranking shows that among all kinds of sex toys, the network heat index of contraceptives, condoms and inflatable dolls ranks in the top three.
Under the background of consumption upgrading, with the development of online retail and mobile e-commerce, China's gift economy industry continues to develop. In 2018, the demand for China's gift economy industry market has reached 800 billion yuan. In 2019, the New Year and Valentine's Day became the hotspots of the gift economy industry. New year gifts, flowers between couples, and the purchase of sex toys became the new trend of gift economy consumption, which driving the market of gift economy industry to expand continuously. According to iiMedia Research, Chinese residents mainly pay for visiting relatives and friends, among which 59.5% give gift to family members,; over 60% of users have heard of flower e-commerce, and 36.1% of them purchased flowers on the flower e-commerce platform; the proportion of male and female users who support sex toys was 51.7% and 37.3%, respectively, and male and female users who regularly purchased sex toys accounted for 17.7% respectively. And 12.6%, male users are more likely to accept sexy users than female users and buy more.