Are online dating services a worthwhile investment or wasted expense?

An online dating service that gives you what you want — the love of your life, some fun dates or just new friends — may be worth the money. However, if you ended up with one lousy date, was that $30 or more per month really worth it? And if it wasn’t, whose to blame?

Some have been bitter enough about the experience to complain to the Better Business Bureau. They never got the love they were promised or, perhaps more frequently, were charged for a service that didn’t deliver. Automatic renewals are also the sources of major complaints.

Have you ever felt jilted by a dating or matchmaking service? How much would you spend for the service? Is it a wasteful expense or a worthwhile investment?

Here are some tips from MSNBC to avoid getting burned by online dating and matchmaking services.

16 comments Add your comment

Just an observer now

February 10th, 2010
7:59 am

I have used several online dating sites and NONE of them are worth the money they charge for a membership. On most of them, you have to pay just to look at complete profiles…and you must ‘upgrade’ (=pay more) to use the other features on the site. Besides, these sites are no better than going to a bar; the only difference is, you don’t have to buy anyone drinks. :-)

BongWater Slurpee

February 10th, 2010
8:49 am

Where is Ms Right NOW? Come hither ye ole winch so that I might…!!

Cayce Callaway

February 10th, 2010
8:56 am

As an Atlanta wedding photographer, I’d say they’re worth it for some. I shot 3 or 4 eharmony weddings just last year and they were all really compatible couples. Two are already expecting their first child!

Wise Diva

February 10th, 2010
11:26 am

two close friends of mine got engaged with their online matches! I’m jus sayin, it can be worthwhile if you select the right site for you

Thirdwheel

February 10th, 2010
1:10 pm

I tried everything from Eharmony to that expensive dating place in Atlanta… I forgot the name of it but I dropped 2K to date no one. I finally found my love on Facebook…. So no save your money and get out the house.

jgamble

February 10th, 2010
3:05 pm

I met my Fiancée’ online 4yrs ago. We will be married 07/17/2010. It works be careful everyone’s intentions are not genuine that’s even when you meet someone in a grocery store.

BongWater Slurpee

February 11th, 2010
9:43 am

Plenty of Cougars slinking around the ends of the bar.

Happily Married Man

February 13th, 2010
10:13 am

Met my sweetheart, my valentine, my wife 8 years ago via match.com……ironically during their 30 day free test drive period for both of us. We courted online for about 6 months before we ever met in person, so by the time we met for real, we knew one another quite well, with no pretense. And tomorrow I will shower her with my love and some jewelry.

alt4real

February 13th, 2010
11:04 am

check out plentyoffish.com. it’s free and provides the same level of service as match.com.

Cheryl

February 13th, 2010
11:48 am

My main concern about dating or marrying someone online is that, just because you marry or begin dating them, doesn’t stop them from continuing to go “online”…

For example, if you met your wife or husband online, chances are they also connected with other individuals besides you. I just don’t believe that the person will stop going online “cold-turkey” because they found the “one”…I know that there can be debates about this statement.

MY PERSONAL VIEW…

I personally believe in allowing the Lord to bring the right person in your life – at the RIGHT TIME — because most of the time we seek mates on superficial “wants”, whereas, the Lord knows who and what we “need”.

Most people get discouraged on waiting because they feel it takes too long — it ususally stems from the fact that most have a “list” of what they are looking for in a mate…however, these same people don’t realize that a work/change needs to be done in them in order to “receive” what they are seeking — in other words, you need to first become what you are asking for — many women want a “Boaz” but they are not willing to be “Ruth”…

P.S. Unlike eharmony or match.com, the Lord doesn’t require you to fill out a profile or questionnaire, because he already knows everything about you.

Leslie

February 13th, 2010
11:59 am

Cheryl, I 100% agree with you.

It’s a shame many turn to the Lord in their times of trouble, in other words he “qualified” to handle that. But when it comes to something as important as finding a mate, they don’t feel he’s “up to the task” – absolutely amazing.

BenWHardy

February 13th, 2010
12:01 pm

Cheryl
February 13th, 2010
11:48 am
“P.S. Unlike eharmony or match.com, the Lord doesn’t require you to fill out a profile or questionnaire, because he already knows everything about you”

love it!

squirrelly

February 13th, 2010
2:04 pm

I met my wife through eHarmony in 2004 after I had been a subscriber for many months and went through 200+ “matches”. I was at the end of my subscription and was not going to renew, and got one last match that was my wife to be. She had just subscribed to eHarmony the week before!! We have been in wedded bliss for 5 years. So it was definitely worth the price of admission for us.
At the other end of the spectrum, I had a friend from church who met a man on Match.com, married him, and ended up being murdered by him. So, be careful out there!! You can find some nuts online……

BUCKMASTER

February 14th, 2010
5:54 pm

Theres no need to pay for online dating, when you can just go down to the BAR and pick one out of the herd, buy a few drinks, and before you know it you are at the MOTEL, recieving free rides on my MEAT ROCKET.. Fly me to the moon baby, yeah GROOOOOVY….PEACE

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Cheap Investors

May 25th, 2010
5:47 am

Online dating is one of the greatest innovations that the Internet has made possible. Easy access and the means to store millions of profiles from people around the world make online dating services an exciting resource.
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