Stockroom isn't your average sex toy store; well, it is if your playtime includes BDSM. This online store is one of the better-known stores in the fetish play arena, and there's a lot of kinky gear, toys, and equipment to see here, so let's get busy.
When you first arrive at the site you can choose between a Men Only or Men & Women entrance, and I always appreciate that. Once inside, I see large graphics with sexy men wearing or using the gear and announcing Stockroom's various sections: New, Latex, Dildo Plugs, BDSM, CBT, and Wear.
I have to say that Stockroom does an excellent job of helping you find exactly what you're looking for. When I selected Wear, I was expecting to see pictures of a selection of jockstraps and underwear, instead I got more categories offering me: Jocks, Thongs & Briefs, Tops, Body Suits & Aprons, Harness, Gauntlets, Armbands & Hats, and Men's Masks. Choosing any one of these subcategories gives you a list of available products. I choose their Leather Knee Pads because I like spending time on my knees. I get a big, close-up picture of a pair of men's legs wearing the knee pads and another picture of a man wearing a leather jockstrap, gloves, a dog mask, and he's down on all fours assuming the position and wearing the knee pads. I really like that I can see the gear in use.
The product page gives a full description with details about what the knee pads are made of, their dimensions, even how much foam is used, and the fact that the elastic straps are 1.5 inches wide and use Velcro. And in this case, there's a graphic "Handmade in the USA" that lets me know this product is made by Stockroom itself. I can choose to add the knee pads to my shopping cart or wish list. And there's a "People Who Bought ..." section at the bottom of the page with further suggestions, including those gloves I saw in the picture, which are actually Puppy Fist Mitts. Clicking on those mitts gives me even more gear for men into puppy play like a bone gag and face hood, and my goodness, I could very easily get lost in Stockroom - not because it's confusing, but there's so much to see and it's so well organized.
Running along the left side of every page is a navigation area. The first thing I didn't like about it was that it didn't repeat those graphic categories I saw on the entry page. Instead of the Dildo Plugs category, they have Sex Toys, with a bunch of subcategories like dildos, vibrators, and cock rings... okay, that one is easy to figure out, but I was interested in the CBT category, and after hunting through the long list, I eventually find CBT is a subcategory of BDSM Gear. There's a new category called Get Off, which I see includes penis pumps, but the graphic for the CBT category on the homepage had a guy using a penis pump, so you can see my confusion.
Once I accustom myself to the sidebar navigation I do like it because the categories and subcategories do help me get to my desired gear a lot quicker. And there's a lot of it. Stockroom has everything from your standard bondage restraints to whips and paddles, but a lot other stuff like dungeon furniture, fucking machines (God, I've wanted one of those for a long time), electro sex gear, and medical equipment. And I was actually quite surprised that their Universal Water Works System (a douche hose with 6 attachments) is about $40 cheaper than I've seen in my local brick and mortar fetish store.
Stockroom also has a section of new items and best sellers. There's a daily special, and on the day I visited they were offering a PES Testicle Tubular Electrode at $12 off the regular price. There's also a clearance section where you can pick up a few things cheap. If you live in Los Angeles or can travel, Stockroom also offers a number of BDSM classes, which you can sign up for on the site. The site also has a selection of books and magazines.
If you live in the U.S. shipping is free on orders of $149 or more, and your order is shipped within 5 to 10 days. I live in Canada, so I loaded up my cart with $325 worth of gear to check out the shipping charges and they came to $42 shipped by the regular postal service. I also see that paid shipping orders are usually shipped within 1 to 2 days instead of the 5 to 10 on free shipping orders. And actually, on orders over $250, as a non-U.S. resident, I'm forced to go with a more expensive shipping option of $60. All customers have the option of using the U.S. Postal Service or a courier like UPS.
Upon further completing my order, I can ask for a free catalog or I can let them know that I don't want anything ever mailed to me unless I specifically order it. I can also opt in or out of any emails. Stockroom accepts all major credit cards.
If you're ordering from outside the U.S., it's important to understand that Stockroom doesn't collect HST in Canada or VAT in Europe, so your order will be subject to those taxes when your package arrives. Stockroom also warns that they aren't responsible for any items confiscated by your local customs authorities.
I really can't do Stockroom justice in a review. There's so much to see on their site, and while I was acquainted with a lot of the gear, there was tons of stuff that opened my eyes to the big wide world of kinky toys, gear, and equipment. A lot of the products provide pictures on how a particular item is used or worn, but a lot don't - like the Deep Driller with Cock Ring - but upon reading the written description I got a pretty good education on its purpose, use and how to take care of it. And if you still need help with products, there is an info desk, but this is mostly for ordering and shipping issues. However there is a forum offering lots of different sections where you could ask specific questions. I cruised through the board and found the participants were pretty helpful and respectful.