What are cookies?
Cookies are small pieces of data, stored in text files, that are stored on your computer or other device when websites are loaded in a browser. They are widely used to “remember” you and your preferences, either for a single visit (through a “session cookie”) or for multiple repeat visits (using a “persistent cookie”). They ensure a consistent and efficient experience for visitors, and perform essential functions such as allowing users to register and remain logged in. Cookies may be set by the site that you are visiting (known as “first party cookies”), or by third parties, such as those who serve content or provide advertising or analytics services on the website (“third party cookies”).
Both websites and HTML emails may also contain other tracking technologies such as “web beacons” or “pixels.” These are typically small transparent images that provide us with statistics, for similar purposes as cookies. They are often used in conjunction with cookies, though they are not stored on your computer in the same way. As a result, if you disable cookies, web beacons may still load, but their functionality will be restricted.
Many of the cookies we use are only set if you are a registered WordPress.com user (so you don’t have to log in every time, for example), while others are set whenever you visit one of our websites, irrespective of whether you have an account.
For more information on the choices you have about the cookies we use, please see the Controlling Cookies section below.
Where we place cookies
We set cookies in a number of different locations across our services. These include:
- On our website.
- In the administrative dashboards of our websites.
Types of Cookie
The table below explains the types of cookies we use on our websites and why we use them.
|Category of cookies||Why we use these cookies|
|Strictly Necessary||These cookies are essential for our website to perform its functions. These include those required to allow registered users to authenticate and perform account related functions, as well as to save the contents of virtual “carts” for our ecommerce functionality.|
|Functionality||These cookies are used to temporarily identify a user set by users such as customer account, language, and location./td>|
|Security||We use these cookies to help identify and prevent potential security risks.|
|Analytics and Performance||Performance cookies collect information on how users interact with our websites, including what pages are visited most, as well as other analytical data. We use these details to improve how our websites function and to understand how users interact with them.|
|Advertising||These cookies are used to display relevant advertising to visitors who use our services or visit websites where our advertisements display, this serves to understand and report on the efficacy of our ads. They track details such as the number of unique visitors, the number of times particular ads have been displayed, and the number of clicks the ads have received. They are also used to build user profiles, including showing you ads based on products you’ve viewed or acts you have taken on our (and other) websites. These are set by trusted third party networks, and are generally persistent in nature.|
Below are examples of the cookies set by Sextoy Distributing, with explanations of their purpose. Some of these cookies are set across our whole network, whereas some are specific to individual services (e.g. WordPress.com, Our shopping cart system, etc). Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, but rather aims to be representative. Information about cookies that may be set by third parties, such as our ads partners, is below.
|_ga /_gat / _gid||Google analtyics , Tracks if a visitor has clicked an ad before, which page they landed on in our site, and if they purchased.|
Analytics and Performance
|__pdvt||Used in log of Polldaddy survey data to aid in debugging customer problems|
|__utma||Google Analytics uses the information from this cookie to calculate things like Days and Visits to purchase.|
|__utmb / __utmc||Google Analytics sets both these cookies. The B and C cookies are brothers, working together to calculate how long a visit takes. __utmb expires at the end of the session. __utmc is reset every time you visit a new page and waits 30 minutes to expires. Google assumes you are not reading the same webpage for more than 30 minutes.||__utmz||This Google Analytics cookie keeps track of where the visitor came from, what search engine you used, what link you clicked on, what keyword you used, and where they were in the world when you accessed a website.|
|utma / utmb / utmc / utmt / utmz||Google Analytics. Gathers information that helps us understand how visitors interact with our websites, which allow us to create a better experience for our visitors.|
|LaSID / LaVisitorId||Allows us to have a chat support tool from Live Agent. Allows us to see what page you are on when you initiate chat to enable us to help you more quickly.|
|4tell||Collect non personally identifying information about what was purchased in our store so we can show you what other people bought when you are on a product detail page and are considering whether to purchase.|
|csrftoken||Python/Ajax security cookie used in our customer account and checkout areas of our websites.|
|RESS_width||Stores your viewing browser width so can view the mobile version of a website.|
|htscallerid||Used to track your current session in our store.|
|mm5-wh-basket-id||identifies your shopping cart, so we can keep it tied to your sesssion.|
|wordpress_test_cookie||Checks if cookies are enabled to provide appropriate user experience.|
Advertisements from Third Parties
Below is a representative list of our advertising program partners, along with information on the cookies that that each partner sets. The partners we work with change from time to time, and this is not an exhaustive list. Your choices to control cookies related to our ads program are described below.
|Google (AdSense, DoubleClick Ad Exchange “AdX”)||https://policies.google.com/technologies/ads|
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Please note that this section is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather aims to be representative, and that our users may set additional cookies (such as Google Analytics), depending on the features they have chosen to enable or the plugins they have installed.
To find out more on how to manage and delete cookies, visit aboutcookies.org. For more details on your choices regarding use of your web browsing activity for interest-based advertising visit youronlinechoices.eu (EU based) or optout.aboutads.info (US based). On a mobile device, you may also be to adjust your settings to limit ad tracking.
You can opt out of Google Analytics by installing Google’s opt-out browser add-on.