by Lauren Clair November 03, 2021

When Nikki Darling started trading back in 2015, Afterpay wasn't a thing here. And it's been wild seeing how people have taken to the Buy Now, Pay Later services in the past few years. When Afterpay and other BNPL services started being available down under, they weren't interested in doing business with smutsters like Nikki Darling, so the decision was made for me.

I'd be lying if I said I hadn't had many sleepless nights chewing on the ethics of these services either - are they predatory? Are they best avoided altogether? Eventually, I settled on a couple of truths. Firstly, credit is a predatory industry, and I have always accepted credit card payments, and PayPal ain't exactly a sex-friendly service provider either, but I accepted that if Nikki Darling was going to be a sustainable business, I had to offer PayPal too. Afterpay is the present-day version of this, and I don't love any of 'em, but they are necessary to doing business, especially online business!

The second truth I settled on was that my customers are not children. My customers are adults who can be trusted to make their own financial decisions. It isn't my job to gatekeep, coddle or patronise you - it is my job to make sure you have access to quality, bodysafe toys vetted by an industry professional, and to provide outstanding customer service and help you make the best choices for your needs.

And a lot of y'all have been asking for Afterpay, and Afterpay have finally gotten with the program and are happy to do business with my smutty little boutique, and I can finally let you know that Afterpay is now available when you shop with Nikki Darling!

I'm stoked to offer you a greater range of payment options to suit how you do your finances and your life, but if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. And if this news pleases you, I'd love it if you could tell your Afterpay-lovin' friends about this exciting change!

Thank you as always for coming along on this ride with me!

xo Lauren

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