Currently R18 DVDs and videos can only be sold via council licenced sex shops in the UK - they cannot legally be sold via mail order or the internet even if the seller has a licenced sex shop.
However, despite this it is legal for overseas companies to sell exactly the same DVDs and videos from outside the UK and they will pass through customs with no problems and no laws are broken.
In many cases this law means that the buying public are paying sometimes way over the odds as the sex shops can charge what they like for the titles plus some punters are not buying them at all solely as they feel too embarassed to go into a sex shop. Put into context the UK government is encouraging consumers to spend their money overseas rather than locally by restricting choice and removing competition.
If the UK government and the BBFC are saying that the content is legal and can be legally bought by adults then why should there be limits placed on where it can be bought from
In my opinion this is an unfair and more importantly anti competitive law for retailers and producers as well as one which creates an unfair market for consumers.
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