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Introducing the Seamless of Porn: Site Lets Users Customize Their Own Sexy Videos

Could this overtake cam girls?

Download your fantasy. (Screengrab: Customs4U)

Download your fantasy. (Screengrab: Customs4U)

Don’t you just hate it when you’ve been scrolling through porn sites for hours, and can’t find a damn thing that tickles your fancy? Now, there’s Customs4U, a site that lets users customize their own porn videos.

The site, which launched in September 2013, lets users commission scripted porn videos catered exactly to their tastes, and then electronically delivers those videos directly to the users’ private online dashboards. Users start by selecting their desired model, genre, duration, quality and delivery time, and are then invited to enter a “description” of up to 999 characters of what they’d like to go down in their super sexy vid.

“The motivation of the company was to offer a solution to the increasing demand for custom scripted videos, which up until that point, were being brokered privately, mainly through social media,” Customs4U CEO told Betabeat in an email. “… [T]here was no real guarantee offered to the customer that his video would be delivered at all, let alone on time. And then of course, the customer and model were still left with the problem of how best to deliver and receive the video.”

The site definitely sounds optimal for people with super specific sexual fantasies, and lots of cash to throw around. But still, it seemed questionable to us how the site would compete with cam girls, the popular form on online porn wherein performers act out their viewers’ wishes over a live webcam feed.

“The real beauty of a custom video, is it can be watched again and again,” Mr. Stokely wrote in an email. “It is a collector’s item, if you like. And in our view, a custom video offers a far more personal experience than interacting with a webcam girl, who is no doubt permanently checking the time, waiting for your credits to expire, or worse trying to entertain you, along with several other fans at the same time.”

Mr. Stokely also noted that with cam girls, viewers need to coordinate their online sexploits with the performers’ schedules. With a custom video“the model can film (and the customer can enjoy) their video at a time of their own convenience.”

Cool — if you like going back to the same porn video over and over again. It’s almost like having a real girlfriend! 

But we were also concerned that the site’s setup was potentially dangerous for the performers. The Internet, after all, is a weird, neckbeard-infested place, and it seemed likely that a model might be asked to perform something she wasn’t comfortable doing.
 
“On Customs4u.com the model selects the categories she is happy to film,” Mr. Stokely wrote. “So a model only willing to work [in] ‘Glamour / Implied Nudity’ would not select harder categories, such as ‘Full Frontal Nudity’ or ‘Masturbation’. In the unlikely event that the customer’s description contains requests that do not reasonably fall within his selected category, the performer is entitled to carry out the request minus the inappropriate elements, or to refund the order.”
 
Mr. Stokely also said the models are paid fairly:
 
“We keep it really simple. We pay the models 100% of the price they enter. So if a model wants to receive $100 for a 5 minute video, she will be paid $100.
 
We charge the customer our costs through a mark-up of .4. So if the models sells at $100, the customer will pay $140. This mark-up covers the cost of hosting and server fees, payment merchant costs and all associated admin and support costs.”
 
And if a customized video still isn’t personal enough — if you just really need that arts n’ crafts project made by your fave performer, or a photo autographed in a porn star’s own lipstick, there’s also another portion of the site called “Offers,” which just launched at the beginning of this month. Here’s how Mr. Stokely described it: 
 
This feature allows models to post any ‘Offer’ for any price (under $3,500). So for example, a model could offer a private Skype session, or a set of photos, or signed merchandise, all for a price of her own choosing. 
 
Similarly, a customer could make an ‘Offer’ to a model. He may request a phone call, an autographed 8×10 photo, or even a meeting in a coffee shop! The customer simply submits his offer and his offer price, and it is up for that model to accept or decline.
 
The beauty of this feature, is it creates a virtual market place, that is not restricted by the usual parameters of an online store. As long as the offer posted or submitted abides with the law, customers and models are allowed be be as creative as they like!
 

The site is available to customers all over the globe, so go ahead and make an account. Or, you know, just stick to scanning YouPorn on your iPhone.

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