Popular porn stars have long known there’s a market for their underwear — and not a fresh pair lightly donned either, but preferably a thong that been intimately involved in some moments of high arousal. Or at least some very personal sweat. The shroud of Turin it’s not, but a well-worn pair of panties from an object of one’s desire can fetch a pretty penny on the open market. And the Internet sure does enable open markets.
All of which means there is a trickle down effect, so to speak. These days women who aren’t famous porn stars can also find willing buyers for their sweated-in lingerie. Consider this: pantydeal.com is an online market for just this kind of transaction — and it claims to have 25,000 active members. (It’s hardly the only one either.) Want to sell some old lace, pantydeal offers what it calls a “discreet and easy way to make money.” The market, it reports, is “filled with potential pantysniffers.” It’s free, of course, to register — and “100% safe and anonymous.”