The first time a friend told me about Condom King, India’s first online condom store, my reaction ranged from amusement to intrigue. Why a website to buy condoms? But then buying condoms has never been comfortable. Strange looks from fellow shoppers or sales personnel, particularly if one is looking for a specific kind, often discourage buyers.
Condomking.in clearly indicates the three brands it offers—Kamasutra, Love Light and Moods—with categories, ranging from delay to flavoured to glow ones. To place an order, one needs to register on the website.
The good stuff
The anonymity of ordering through a website and the liberty of taking my own time looking for the one I want is the biggest draw. Overall, it’s got more variety in male condoms than supermarkets or chemists. Condom King has categories of condoms from three brands, compared with five categories of Kamasutra condoms available at one of the biggest hypermarkets in east Bangalore. It also offers a discount of 10% on most condoms. The KS Premium Contoured Condom 3S Pack(6 units), which costs Rs120 in the market, is available for Rs108. Besides condoms, other accessories and contraceptive products are available, and registering and placing orders is fairly easy.
The delivery takes two-three business days—too long a wait. It has only one kind of female condom, while there are at least six other varieties available in the market. Durex is not available and the only foreign brand available is Love Light, and that too only in the category of glow condoms. Free shipping is available only for orders more than Rs195 per brand.
Condom packs are available from Rs20-449.