Nov 272016
 

Remember when I thought that “Womanizer” was the worst name for a sex toy? “Tracy’s Dog” is worse, and it’s the brand name. It might be the worst brand name I’ve ever heard. Stick with me here; I know you may be wondering if it’s April 1st already but you’ll soon see this isn’t your average sex toy review.

Tracy’s Dog – A Brand I Do Not Trust

You won’t find “Tracy’s Dog” at the retailer I trust most, SheVibe, or other retailers I trust like Come as You Are, Early to Bed, Smitten Kitten, Babeland, and more. Where will you find it? The retailer I trust least – Amazon. Tracy’s Dog has been trying to get me to review their sex toys for ages now. They’ve sent a bunch of emails. I’ve always refused because I won’t review sex toys that come from Amazon and only Amazon because reasons. Some reviewers have tried out the brand, and not everyone hated it. There was a really eyebrow-raising issue with Cara Sutra’s Pleasure Panel reviewers and their “Liquid Silicone” dildos – two people received a “Liquid Silicone” dildo with a “Materials Test” result paper which supposedly came from a testing lab and claims the material is SILICA GEL – links and photos further down. Not silicone, for they are not the same thing. And as I’ve reported before, silica gel is a desiccant – not a sex toy material!

The Tracy’s Dog Flirt Rabbit sells for $13.98 at Amazon, is not made from silicone, and is a nightmare. I bought this stupid thing from Amazon for that piece I wrote illustrating water-clear TPR and cloudy-clear silicone. I also bought this because on the Amazon listing, in amidst all the SEO words, Tracy’s Dog claims it is silicone in the title. The “highlights” bullet list calls it silicone. The fucking packaging calls it silicone. Multiple places throughout the page call it silicone. Finally way down under “Product Description”, it’s called TPR. Most people will not see this, though, and think they’re buying affordable silicone. This. Is. Not. Silicone. This is why I avoid “white label” sex toy brands, and brands that you only see on sites like Amazon, Ebay, AliExpress and Groupon. The “branding” on this piece of junk is literally a fucking sticker. So yeah, be prepared to see this godawful thing from other “brands”, too.

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“Tracy’s Dog® Flirt Rotating Bullet 36-frequency Thrusting Soft Silicone Powerful Rabbit Vibratoir G-spot Stimulation Vibe Clit Masturbation Dildo (Purple)”

*sigh*

  1. It’s not silicone.
  2. What is 36-frequency?
  3. Vibratoir?
  4. Not a Dildo
  5. SUITABLE FOR BAR FLIRTING

AND THEN. Oh because the listing gets better. We’re still up at the top here – just under the image where they bullet-list the highlights and say:

The rabbit vibrator is made of healthy senior silicone, crystal clear,vivid skin touch feeling

What, pray tell, is “healthy senior silicone”? Also, no, not “skin touch” feeling. It feels like goddamn softened plastic. I’ve felt TPR that does feel realistic-ish, but not this!

Realistic big glans,telescopic bead design, 36-frequency vibrating,adjustable power,can auto thrust to you body, direct sexual desire,like a fire burning all your passion

Oh, you’ll feel a fire, alright, after you’ve used it too many times and the itsy bitsies living in the pores give you a yeast infection.

“Rotating, Vibrating, Thrusting, knock the door of your heart.”

  • The design of this product bases on in-depth analysis of the Europe and the United States female’s sexual-mind. Its size and appearance according with human body engineering design can let a female fondle admiringly.
  • Thrusting soft silicone combined with strong power motor creates infinite fun. ..Powerful rotating bullets coupled with the unique flapping wings make you passionate.
  • Built-in the most advanced motor, provide a steady stream of power for the strong speed.

The two long cute antennas and wings vibrating with36 frequency tender massage your body, releasing all of your sexual desire and pleasure. The realistic soft big glans can thrust into your body slowly, conducting you into a wonderful happy world. Under the glans penis, the large raised silica gel points stimulate the right place, making you excited. The 101 pleasure floating-point around the stick, surrounding the passion of thread, give you a good friction.12 adjustable speed,36 frequency and 360 ° rotation can fully satisfy you.

1. For couples: This toy can satisfy curiosity and increase the newness.

2. For solo: No longer lonely with it in the night.

3. For the senior players: It helps you explore new things.

4. For beginner: It provides the instant resource for love.

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Note: Text appearing in dark red is directly from the Amazon listing, and written by the brand. There’s just so much to unpack here, and this is only the fucking Amazon listing. So, it’s right there on the Amazon page, why did I copy it, you’re wondering? In case they change it – plus it’s funny (and sad).”No longer lonely in the night” – now, if we were talking about an actual dog, providing actual companionship, sure. But a vibrator? A vibrator will not ease your lonliness, nor is it meant to. Vibrators are also not there for love. The orgasms you get from a really great sex toy that makes you come harder than you thought possible, the kind of sex toy that makes you want to give them as gifts to everyone you meet – sure, those may produce endorphins that mimic love and if you try to steal my Pure Wand or Kate’s Double Trouble you will be hurt. But love? Ehhh, you’re pushing it.

Sure, we can absolutely chalk a lot of this up to “lost in translation”. After all, the vibrator is made for Asian women. Not kidding.  In amongst all of the typos and bad translation it says on the back of the packaging: “the product Dimensions boby [sic] feature based on Asian design, tailored specifically for Asian women”.  Also on the back of the package is where they say that it is “crystal clear silicone”. Um, no, no it’s not. You want proof beyond this post? It failed the flame test spectacularly.

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Anyway. Since this post is about this particular vibrator, I want to tell you a few things about it.

  1. Yes, it thrusts. Poorly.
  2. Yes, it rotates. However the rotating section of “beads” has sharp points on it and can be felt through the thin material.
  3. The only part that vibrates is the clitoral arm, which is, of course, buzzy and mediocre at best. Not powerful.
  4. It’s shit. Even if it were silicone, it’d be shit. Don’t fucking buy it!

I Won’t Trust a Brand Who Lies

Here’s the thing. Yes, there are products from this brand that are indeed silicone. There are positive reviews for these products from sex toy reviewers. But I will never endorse ANY Tracy’s Dog product, ever, despite it being affordable silicone because they lie. They’ve lied in 16 ways about this rabbit vibe; they’ve lied about those “Liquid Silicone” dildos – even though that 2016-dated product material test affidavit went out with multiple dildos they claim it was a TYPO and sent out another test report from a different lab DATED 2010. SIX FUCKING YEARS AGO.  Below you can see the two test papers that were sent to the reviewer and originally appeared at carasutra.com in this review, used with permission from Cara. At the left is the 2016 report, which doesn’t name any specific sex toy, listing the material as “silica gel”. At the right is the 2010 report, again not naming any specific sex toy. You can see what an actual materials test report looks like from a reliable lab by visiting BadVibes.org. I’ve also sent out an item for testing to a lab and received the same test report styling as BadVibes did. No decent lab would put forth such strange, vague test result papers.

Tracy's Dog material test paper from a lab reads: Sample Name - Sex toy. Sample Material: Silica Gel. Tracy's Dog Materials Test Report from a different lab, offered up as the "real" lab test. No sex toy name is defined, material is "liquid silicone rubber" and the report is dated 2010

Update: A review of the “Tracy’s Dog Double Silicone Thick Dildo” brought yet another atrocity to my attention. As the reviewer states, the company lists it as having a soft TPE exterior and a silicone interior. This just isn’t done. There’s no reason for it, and the silicone (if there is any) is hidden under a layer of porous material. Again, I don’t trust this at all. More lies!

I can’t recommend this company, at all, for any product, full stop. Even the items rated well by other bloggers can be found in similar form from more reputable companies. The brand Tracy’s Dog now live on my Blacklist. If you need an affordable sex toy, check out my list of sex toys under $35.

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ETA: At the suggestion of others I decided to contact Amazon. Their A-to-Z thing wasn’t activated (when looking at orders history, you should see a “help with this order” button or something, and I didn’t) so I ventured into Live Chat. I’m sharing the chat, but I want to point out: the way to get dodgy sellers/brands like Tracy’s Dog off Amazon is for CONSUMERS to file reports the way I’ve done. If enough people who’ve purchased the item report it as misleading ad copy, etc to an Amazon associate, then an investigation may be opened.  There is also a “report incorrect product information” link to click on the page, which can be done by anybody. It took me a little looking to find it, but it’s up at the top, after the item photos, on the right side. 

In my chat with an Amazon associate, once I explained what the situation is and showed them the link to Cara’s review with the shady lab test reports, etc, I was told that the person was filing a claim so that the item page can be taken down for review. I confirmed that I personally didn’t want a replacement, that I wanted to report the brand & seller. The helpful associate let me know she was asking her supervisor for any other steps that can be taken to report the problem. I was told: “I have submitted your claim. You may also leave feedback on the products review page for others to see. Hopefully we will get more claims and that will speed up the priority of the investigation.” and when I asked about others reporting: “Those that have bought it from Amazon should definitely contact us as well because it brings the problem to our attention sooner than the reviews. The reviews are more for customers to have an idea as to what others think.”

 

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  • Jillian Boyd

    Whoa.

  • Kalliopeia

    This looks totally awful and I don’t want it within a mile of my body, ever.

    On the other hand, I AM terrible at bar flirting, and I don’t see any other sex toys offering to assist…

  • I would totally welcome a guest post on my blog if someone who is terrible at bar flirting were to take this with them to a bar and report back on how it helps them :D

  • AceDenise

    Ew, ew, ew! I know some of that is poorly translated from some other language, but the crap about a vibrator keeping me from being “lonely in the night” and providing me with “love” always makes me angry. It just feeds into that whole toxic “sex toys as replacements for people” thing and I hate it. Maybe that’s how they market sex toys to women in Asian countries? If so, how awful. And they lie about the sketchy materials in their toys too, even when called on it? Hell, no. Sex toys are NOT PEOPLE!

  • AceDenise

    I don’t know, maybe if you bring one of your good sex toys to a bar and show it off, it might be a good conversation starter :)

  • Mimi

    On Cara Sutra’s site they’re promoting Tracy’s Dog and doing a giveaway even and on the post those material test pages are from it seems like they believe that the item in question is silicone? Was it tested as well?

  • First, I must say this: My views aren’t everybody’s views. When *I* look at those test results and compare the dates, and see how vague they are, I personally do not believe them. Yes, in the post I linked to it seems that the Pleasure Panel reviewer did believe the new test results and was satisfied by it, which isn’t my place to judge or comment on. Others can look at the test pages included in the review and decide for themselves.

    We have no proof that ANY of the items were actually tested. For an example of what it looks like when a trustworthy lab tests an actual product, go here: https://badvibes.org/whats-in-your-sex-toy/
    The lab tests are so very vague that I personally don’t believe them.

  • The Tracy’s Dog giveaway was arranged well in advance. Since it was arranged I have a professional obligation to run this giveaway. However, I have stated in the giveaway post that I don’t have one and I haven’t tried the wands myself, and welcome feedback afterwards.
    If any of the winners wish to fully test and review their wand vibe, I would absolutely welcome that honest feedback and read it with much interest. The more open communication about these products (and all products) the better, imo.
    It should also be noted that I have ended the sidebar advertisements that Tracy’s Dog had been running on my site, despite them wishing to continue this arrangement.
    My decision to end the advertisement for Tracy’s Dog comes after simply too much mystery over the materials they use in their products, as Lilly has outlined in her post here and various other debates amongst the reviewing community. I am also not satisfied that the company prioritises transparency in their communications to customers & bloggers.
    – Cara

  • Mimi

    Thanks Cara! That’s good to hear.

  • Lilly, posts like these keep me coming back for more. I appreciate you advocating for safer sex toys. Without your work bringing awareness to these toxic products, alot of people would remain uninformed of the dangers they present to our health. Glad I discovered your blog. Thanks for shining a light on these issues.

  • Lucy Black

    That sounds fun. I would have to find a bar that had decent access for my disability and a person who’d come with me though.

    If I can do both of those, I’d be up for this. It seems like it would be pretty wild.

  • Zeke Graysex

    I wanted to thank you for being able to provide sources like this to help people learn about these things, because it’s not only sex toys – mislabeling is a rampant issue in many facets of the health and body industry, including makeup. What i researched about silicone and plastic materials when i started working at a sex shop a handful of months ago could not have been as thorough without your excellent work in investigating materials, holding companies accountable, and educating folks like myself and the people i help at my job. In fact, because of this specific post (and the internally linked post about water clarity), you totally helped me back up my #rage about the latest beauty trend, the Silisponge. I linked to a couple of your posts and gave credit to you in my rant, so i wanted to share that, too. I refer people to your blog all the time TBH!
    Thanks for all of your hard work. I don’t mean to cause any awkwardness but seriously you’re a fucking HUGE inspiration and definitely someone to look up to, and i do!! I used #basedgod in jest but honestly it’s not inaccurate, sorrynotsorry.
    https://graysexpositive.wordpress.com/2017/01/03/silisponge/

  • Eeee thank you, I am old though and do not know what #basedgod means, haha.

    That Silisponge thing looks RIDIC. It’s so definitely the crystal-clear water-clear ideal for “not silicone”. I’d be curious to see how it reacts to silicone makeup base vs say, coconut oil.

  • Zeke Graysex

    You’re welcome! and haha, it’s a Lil B term, lol. Their website says “PU” under materials wayy at the bottom! I can’t believe it. That thing scares the bejeesus out of me. I’m thinking about purchasing one solely for experimentation, i’ve got a big ol’ jar of coconut oil and i use silicone-based foundation as well as oil based makeups… if i test it out i’ll let you know!