Surge in Condoms and Rolling Paper Sales in India During Lockdown

Surge in Condoms and Rolling Paper Sales in India During Lockdown

Posted by Lexi Abner on Jan 14, 2021

COVID-19’s been a right pain in every area of life, and sport’s no different. Going ahead with Australia's test series against India has produced challenges for both teams; with the tourists facing strict quarantine measures because of interstate travel.

"No different from anyone else,” Queensland’s chief health officer, Doctor Jeannette Young, said. “If they are coming from a declared hotspot they will have to quarantine."

OK, Quarantine Controversy, But Sport Brings People Together

To Cricket Australia and both teams' credit, they persevere, bringing a sense of normality back to cricket—and fans—who can really do with a (good) distraction from the pandemic and lockdowns of 2020.

Sport’s always been a great motivator to players and public, and the splattering of professional sports events taking place in Australia and around the world, offers a light at the end of the tunnel.

Surge in Condoms and Rolling Paper Sales in India During Lockdown

Cigarettes after Sex?

As people around the world try to keep their lives on track, sales and marketing reports filter out and show exactly what people are buying in order to keep it real. Initially, toilet paper sales skyrocketed. Then, hand sanitizer. In India, there’s been an exponential rise in demand for condoms and rolling papers during COVID-19.

3x More Condoms Sold During The Day

Delivery services company Dunzo, provided insight on Indian consumer behaviour—based on a 2020 report which tracked delivery trends on its app. The demand for condoms exploded during the day as the government imposed lockdowns, with customers ordering an average of three times more condoms during the day than at night. Available in various sizes, rolling papers are used for hand-rolled cigarettes and joints.

So did Indians spend their days in lockdown making love or smoking, or both? Although the old ciggie after sex may be a movie cliché, like most generalisations, there’s some truth hiding amid the celluloid fiction. And let’s be honest, there are worse ways to spend your time.

What Else Sold Well During Lockdown?

Also topping sales charts in metropolitan Indian cities were other sexual health products like Glyde Sheer Oral Dams, emergency contraceptives, personal lubricants and pregnancy-test kits.

COVID-19 may also have led to increased awareness of health and made urban dwellers seek healthier dietary alternatives. Sugar sales came second to jaggery in cities like Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru. Consumers in the capital switched to quinoa and kale.

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The lesson is—eat healthier, and use protection. (And movies are more real than you think). If you’d like to get started on the condom part of that, check out Australia’s best range of condoms right here.