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UK firm offers discreet disposal of porn magazine collections

A London firm is now helping people whose dead relatives have left porn magazines collections behind to get rid of them - discreetly, of course.

world Updated: Aug 13, 2015 16:04 IST
Vintage pornographic magazines on show at Ram Books in north London. (AFP Photo)
Vintage pornographic magazines on show at Ram Books in north London. (AFP Photo)

Once upon a time before the Internet, pornography fans used to collect magazines. A London firm is now helping people whose dead relatives have left collections behind to get rid of them - discreetly, of course.

"Because certain generations of men are coming to the end of their lives now, we tend to find magazines from the 1970s and 1980s, normal top shelf magazines -- Playboys, Penthouses," the Webuyanyporn's owner Dave told AFP, requesting that his surname not be used.

"There's lots of porn sitting around in people's attics, garden sheds, under the beds. There's porn everywhere."

Customers who discover unwanted pornography can call the 55-year-old who will come to the house in an unmarked van and take away magazines, VHS tapes and posters.



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Vintage pornographic magazines on show at Ram Books in north London. (AFP photo)

Dave either shreds the material or sells it at Ram Books, at his shop in Islington, north London, which bills itself as being "for the collector of bizarre and erotic mags".

Keeping the customer satisfied

Despite being in business for less than a year, Webuyanyporn has plenty of satisfied customers.

Freddy, who also did not want to give his last name, turned to the service when his father passed away.

"My sister cleared the house. She discovered my dad's collection," he said.

"There wasn't anything mean, just some mainstream magazines, but she was embarrassed and thought that my mum would be upset if she knew about it."



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Vintage pornographic magazines on show at Ram Books in north London. (AFP photo)



At least one member of the clergy has also asked the business to help him out.

"I got a call from a vicar, down in the south coast, I can't say where. His church had some houses that let old people in. One of the old gentlemen died and left a lot of magazines," said Dave, who has been in the trade for some 40 years.

"I paid him good money for them and the money went towards the gentleman's estate, the funeral."

As well as providing a handy service and a lucrative business, Dave said that Webuyanyporn also harks back to pre-Internet era when most pornography was less graphic.

"When I grew up, you were quite lucky if you could see a Mayfair or a Playboy," he explained.

"Now, with a click of a phone, you can see the most outrageous pornography. That has ruined it, it has taken away the mystique, the surprise and the glamour."

He is also conscious that his business might be obsolete in 30 years as people stop buying such magazines and go online instead.