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MILLIONS of people aren’t supporting their local businesses anymore. They are disappearing quickly because frankly, the employees are in very short demand. Times have changed now. The age of the computer has led to many smart women, men, and transgender strippers who stay at home to now to make a living instead of going to work at a traditional club. They have found an ingenious way to make even more money doing their work online. Ex-patrons of strip clubs, who usually didn’t get touched in the first place, have all but stopped wasting their precious time traveling to-and-from the bar. Both sides of this particular sex trade have ceased spending billions of dollars a year on locals babes. Out of technological advancement — performer and the paying customer have evolved to do their business conveniently at home. Most of the local clubs in my country, Canada, have already totally vanished.
Logged in to their favorite webcam site, like a chat with a random stranger on Chatroulette.com or a show-based performer on Cam4.com, anyone can easily find what they like. After watching, most people move on to their daily lives but some people spend their cash on these online performers. A lot of these customers use their real money to buy online “tokens” that are then used to “tip” the performer. Sounds harmless right? Well, that’s because it is. That’s not the issue though. These strippers, in conventional terms, will then cash in their “tips” for real money, and all that is done automatically with just a few clicks. Web sites then bank a lot of money from the interest they’re getting off of transactions. In the good old days, the cash went straight into the pockets of the performer.
Online strippers are better in some ways but they will never replace the real thing. But please tell me, why the hell would anyone waste their time these days going all the way to a strip club? They’re already taking a really big chance by traveling all the way out there and then essentially being disappointed because what they’re looking for isn’t at the club — it’s something totally kinky and weird not conventionally available in the West. When I physically get into the strip club, what if I can’t see any sexy strippers.
No-one wants to waste their time. Especially these days when everyone’s time is precious. These webcam sites will never replace the real thing but the internet and modern technological advancements have re-invented the sex-workers industry. Somewhat like how the Amateur Miami Online Porn industry has re-invented the High-Quality Hollywood Porn Industry. This shift began roughly a decade ago with globalization and the invention of the Internet. Large corporations like WAL-MART killed off the local mom-and-pop shops. In this case, the internet and its “Virtual strip club” websites have killed off the conventional local strip club. These sites are really starting to pick up business these days. They’ve been around for a while now. What I’ve noticed has changed most drastically is that now instead of there being free shows, they’re now generally for-profit shows.
Younger generations have taken lead here and have noticed the advantage of this quick and relevantly easy way to make money online. A lot of amateur adult men and women are on these kinds of websites every night. They perform either solo, couple or group acts. They’re right there, in front of their computers and they are usually in the safety of their own home but sometimes they could be in weird places as well. You could even find a “retired” stripper on webcam too if you’re lucky.
Strippers can make more money online with way less hassle. They beg you the viewer to give them some money. Some of them will do pretty much anything to get it from you. The prices are quite steep! But, look at all the benefits to jacking off to virtual strippers! No traveling, no getting dressed up, no chance of potentially taking the stripper home… aka no risk of infection, no potential children, no jail time, no angry girlfriends, and most importantly no cash is involved.
Using real money
These are some screenshots showing the prices for tokens on a popular site, Cam4.com:
Look closely at the screenshot below you’ll see… SHOT MACHINE AT GOAL and the GOAL is 500 Tokens, (which is $100.) See, I don’t even know what a Shot Machine is, and I really don’t want to know but what fascinates me is that $100 is a lot of money! That’s just one girl… How much money that must be being spent is just insane.
And below we see the “menu” from her profile. She is charging 1000 Tokens, (that’s $200,) “TO BE MY HERO AND YOUR NAME IN MY WALL.” What the ??? is going on!? What are you kids up to?
If you have a menu on your online profile, I feel like a line has been crossed. I feel worse for the one who is actually paying for this and not the one that’s doing the actual stripping. Our society always tries to segregate sex workers from the “rest of us civilized workers.” The sex/stripper industry has obviously had to evolve into a way less personable but a way more accessible experience in order to keep paying the workers at the bottom of the pyramid.
It is now way more risky and expensive to see someone naked online because it has become a commodity, it costs way more than strip clubs ever charged before. And spending that money is way easier, too. Even with the free online porn industry going rampant, the consequences of strippers going online in our mainstream society is big, and some people will not or just cannot help but to waste all their hard-earned money on such frivolous ridiculousness, as is something like a six dollar flash on webcam.