A dildo, for example, is going for 19 francs ($21), a butt plug for just 10 francs ($11) and a kilo of women’s second-hand underwear for 30 francs ($33), as recycling reaches a whole new level, online news site 20 Minuten reported.
The goods are available through the website, Fundsachenverkauf.ch, having been obtained from the lost property departments of the SBB rail operator and from Zurich and Geneva airports.
“People probably do not dare to go to the lost and found when they lose certain movies or dildos," Roland Widmer, CEO of Fundsachenverkauf.ch, told the news site.
Widmer said he receives approximately 20,000 items per week, some 95 percent of which come from SBB.
Many of the products found are for adult use only. These are washed and disinfected by the company before being put out for sale.
“Sometimes there are whole suitcases full of toys and latex clothes," Widmer says.
When questioned about the re-sale of used underwear, Widmer replied that business was quite good, although the garments remain unwashed for cost reasons. His main customers for underwear are usually families with little money, he said.
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A Swissport spokesman however commented to the news site that, while he agreed with the principle of recycling goods, he found the offering of used underwear less pleasant.
For one reason or another, the used underwear is no longer available at Fundsachenverkauf.ch – whether it has been removed or simply all sold was not clear, 20 Minuten reported.