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Porn buyback service London firm pays cash for unwanted secret stashes

Once upon a time before the Internet, pornography fans collected magazines.

Now, a London firm is helping people whose dead relatives leave collections behind to get rid of them - discreetly, of course.

Say your father has died and you find his pornography collection hidden in a cupboard. Too embarrassed to tell your mother or put it out with the trash?

Try calling Webuyanyporn to deal with such awkward situations.

"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 business's owner Dave told AFP, requesting that his surname not be used.

"There's a lot of porn sitting around in people's attics and garden sheds and under the beds. There's porn everywhere."

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

Dave will even pay cash for stashes.

He 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".

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 died.

"My sister cleared the house. She discovered my dad's collection," he said. "There wasn't anything mean, just mainstream magazines, but she was embarrassed and thought that my mum would be upset if she knew about it."

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

"I got a call from a vicar... His church had some houses that let old people in. One of the old gentlemen died and left a lot of magazines," said Dave.

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

Dave is aware, though, that his business might be obsolete in 30 years, as people stop buying such magazines and go online instead.

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