Natalie Star is one of the highest-profile cam stars on the net. The Fleshlight CamStar model has appeared in Playboy, and her insights and business savvy have been featured prominently across adult industry media. Star has been recruiting and mentoring models since 2010 — and models who work with her are becoming some of today’s top earners.
Amazon wish lists are super-cool. They provide a way for people from all walks of life to make their desires known, get gifts ranging from fancy to practical, and even get paid by way of Amazon gift cards.
Amazon lists are used by charitable organizations and during disaster drives. For example, after the recent disastrous flooding in and around Baton Rouge, the Denham Springs Animal Shelter started an Amazon wish list for pet beds, crates, and other supplies. And the Schools on Wheels organization of Massachusetts (SOWMA) provides school supplies and backpacks to children in need — all via Amazon wish list.
In both these cases, items purchased from the lists are sent directly to the respective organization, without any real interaction from the gift-giver. This is important. Though it’s probably not a big deal for people to know where the Denham Springs Animal Shelter is located, when it comes to sex work, your fans and followers don’t need to know your address or your real name. This is where wish lists work miracles.
But the magic of miracles is not entirely seamless.
In theory, your Amazon wish list should allow people to buy you gifts without revealing anything else about your private life. Unfortunately though, this is not always the case.
“Earlier this year, one of my top girls had a customer take her into a private show, and once they were private he proceeded to tell her exactly what her address was,” Natalie Star revealed. “While sitting there trying not to freak out, she asked the customer, ‘What makes you think that’s my address?’”
“‘I requested delivery confirmation on the items I bought you,’” he told her with a grin, thinking he was very clever,” Star said with a touch of sarcasm.
In addition to being a model herself, Star regularly mentors models on best workplace practices and strategies.
“I remember [the model] calling me immediately [while] freaking out,” Star recalled. “Thankfully, she was smart enough to have set up a mailbox a few miles away before she set up her Amazon wish list.”
What Star is referring to is absolutely key. Part of being a public person involves taking steps to protect your privacy, and one major step to protecting your privacy is not receiving mail where you live. This can be done very simply by setting up a mailbox at your local postal/printing/packing store, like a UPS Store. These types of places are located just about everywhere; one is bound to be near you. They provide a street address (verses a PO box number, which some services will not ship to) where you can easily and safely receive your mail and packages.
What the customer was referring to when he took the model private and boasted about knowing her address, was her address at a postal place. Still a little unnerving, yes, but not as unnerving as him knowing where her front door was located.
For Amazon, providing delivery confirmation and related services is advantageous. It makes paying customers feel secure to know exactly when their goods arrive, especially if they are giving gifts. But nothing is perfect, and occasionally the “good service” options can be iffy.
“Don’t get me wrong,” Star said. “I’m not saying Amazon was at fault. They weren’t providing bad service, and wish lists are definitely great.”
“What I am saying, though, is that any time you are dealing with a company that deals with multiple vendors and shippers, you have to be smart enough to understand that nothing is 100-percent guaranteed,” she continued. “Although these companies give it their all and try their best to protect your privacy, unfortunately [their effort] is not always enough.”
So, be smart and remember: safety first. If you haven’t already done so, make sure to arrange to receive mail off-site. Not only will this make things easier if you ever move, but it also will make things far less terrifying when a customer requests delivery confirmation on the panties and iPad he sent you.
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