First of all I know Lovehoney have an excellent, no quibble, returns policy . A returns policy IMO that beats all the competition . However if I have bought something because I didn't do enough research on the item, then unless its faulty , I don't return it as I don't feel its LHs fault that I messed up. That is just my feeling here .
Anyway we did our first questionairre on each other some years ago which revealed my Mrs wanted to be spanked with an implement .
So we ordered ( she chose it !) what was described as a paddle for experienced and beginners alike. It wasn't expensive and looked quite innocent being blue and pink.
We got it delivered with some othe bits ( condoms and lube) and there was the paddle. It did look quite inoocent but then I noticed inbetwewen the vinyl stitched layers it looks like it was reinforced with a stiff sheet of plastic or metal making it quite a heavy sturdy thumper. OMG I thougth there is no way on earth I am hitting my wifes backside with that ! One for the future I thought and a more friendlier paddle with fur on one side and leather on the other was purchased next .This is the one we currently use by me mainly on her.Its really her thing not mine if being honest .
The original paddle we sill have and is kept in the toy box. We nicknamed the the "naughty" stick and is used against the instigater of arguments between me and my Mrs,over clothes though ! At least we don't have many arguments !