NEW YORK — The world of porn has seen a drastic drop in its popularity in recent years, with the industry falling off a cliff after a rise in the popularity of hardcore pornography.
But that has not stopped a few fetish fans from finding new ways to pay for what they love.
One such customer is Matt Loves the Butt, a fan who has built a collection of underwear out of latex, dildos, and other materials to sell for as little as $15.
Loves is an avid porn fan who also has an adult dating site.
Loved bought his first fetish set on eBay in 2013, and in 2017, he started collecting lingerie items to sell.
“It’s become a very lucrative business, especially in New York City,” said Matt, who did not want to be identified for fear of losing his fetish business.
Matt, who is in his 20s, said that he has been collecting items like bondage gear, thongs, and even a strap-on dildo for the past five years.
He said he has found a lot of things to sell and has amassed a collection worth more than $1,000,000.
Matt said he is selling the items online to raise money to pay rent and buy his own underwear.
“People have been buying the items on eBay and selling them to other people,” Matt said.
“There’s so much interest that people are just selling it, it’s amazing.”
Loves is not alone in his pursuit of fetish products.
Many fans are using eBay to purchase fetish items online.
A new category of fetish items, fetish lingerie, has grown in popularity recently.
“I’m trying to figure out where the money’s going,” said Loves.
“I’m looking for something to wear.”
Matt is not the only fetish fan to have found success with selling fetish items.
“We’re seeing a lot more of the same things, and they’re selling really cheap,” said Ashley Graziano, a professional dominatrix from Los Angeles.
Ashley, who has been a dominatress for more than 20 years, said her fetish fetish items have grown in price, as well as in popularity.
Ashley said she has started selling fetish gear and even had some buyers offer to pay her $500 for a pair of latex gloves.
Ashleys fetish items include bondage equipment, latex gloves, bondage and fetish bondage gear.
Ashley said she will keep selling items online for as long as she can.
“The more people buy the items, the more people I can turn around and sell to, and the more interest I can get,” said Graziani.
“If we can continue to grow this business, it’ll make our life easier.”
Matt Loves and Ashley Grosiani.