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It's not just a plot line on Orange Is the New Black, the Netflix series that features prison inmates making money off their underwear. The market for women selling their used panties online is blowing up. The website Pantydeal.com has seen its sales skyrocket from 150 to 1,000 purchases a day, according to Dazed, which spoke to an enterprising woman involved in the exchange of cash for her worn underwear.
The woman, a 23-year-old graduate student, admits she was slightly curious to get into the business, but the main reason she got involved was because the "money was just very, very easy," she tells Dazed. She mostly sells her used undergarments to extremely wealthy men and can make up to £40, roughly $62, in a single transaction. "It’s nuts to me that they want to spend so much money but the market is definitely there and I don't think there's anything wrong with it either side of the transaction," she says.
Despite the fact that she has to hide her business dealings from her parents and her partner has asked her to stop, the 23-year-old says she's gone as far as meeting customers in person and would be open to doing more. "One of them wanted to take things further and be my house slave which is something I would have done had my partner been okay with it," she says. "Another asked to buy my pee."
At the least, this woman shows that there's a large market for men looking for used underwear beyond the unusual oddball who steals and sleeps with panties. Maybe these guys would have served as a better way for Victoria's Secret, Wal-Mart, and Marshall's to unload some of the used underwear it sold to customers.
Read the full interview with the panty seller here.