Business Insider June 2012

Hardware Stores Are Experiencing A Boom In Rope Sales Thanks To A Certain Erotic Novel

The New York Post is reporting that hardware stores in NYC have seen an increase in rope sales over the past several months — and it's not because men are suddenly conquering their to-do lists. The novel has encouraged women to explore their kinky sides with materials used in the novel like rope, riding crops and handcuffs. NYC's Babeland has seen its sales of kinky toys increase 30 percent and an 81 percent increase in traffic to its website, the Post reports.

http://www.businessinsider.com/fifty-shades-of-grey-has-increased-rope-sales-at-hardware-stores-2012-6