The influence of regio-isomerism of even-electron sulfonium ions on tandem electrospray and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectra recorded by using collision-induced dissociation was investigated. The initial organic sulfides belonged to isomeric thiabicyclane series (substituted 7- and 8-thiabicyclo[4.3.0]nonanes, 2- and 3-thiabicyclo[4.4.0]decanes) and phenylthiolanes. To investigate by the abovementioned mass spectrometry methods, the sulfides were preliminary S-alkylated by methyl, ethyl iodides, their deuterated analogs and trialkoxonium tetrafluoroborates to form corresponding sulfonium salts. The latter salts readily gave off corresponding sulfonium cations under abovementioned desorption/ionization conditions and these cations were precursor ions in collision-induced dissociation experiments. The main quantitative and frequently qualitative differences between collision-induced dissociation spectra of isomers were manifested in mass numbers and relative intensities of the ions Alk-S+= CHR (formal structure) that originated from the destruction of sulfur-containing ring. Corresponding peaks are particularly abundant for cations Alk-S+= CH2 and their intensities are usually greater than for other C-substituted homologues. Qualitative difference between fragmentation features of 2- and 3-phenylthiolanium cations is that only the latter can eliminate neutral C2H4S molecule. © 2017, © The Author(s) 2017.