Atlantans paying $128 for ‘first dates’

My friend used to have this sign on his Ponce Circle porch. It didn't work. (WhatsYourPrice.com)

My friend used to have this sign on his Ponce Circle porch. It didn't work. (WhatsYourPrice.com)

There’s many traditional ways to find love — churches, bars, work, cute bail bondwomen — but online dating has really taken off and has pretty much gained acceptance as being non-embarrassing.

But at least one company is bringing back the shame.

WhatsYourPrice.com sent a press release saying ATLiens spend an average $128 for a first date on the site, which “incentivizes … attractive members” to auction first dates to “generous members” who may otherwise be overlooked on traditional dating websites.

Atlanta is full of high rollers. A first date here is worth almost 50 percent more than the national average of $80.

“Women are willing to invest into a first date if the opportunity gives a worthwhile incentive,” says Brandon Wade, the CEO and Founder of WhatsYourPrice.com.

The website has a convenient video showing how attractive users can date generous people, but “escorts are not welcome.”

Other Georgia cities listed include Marietta ($127), Lawrenceville ($104), Decatur ($95), Columbus ($90). Almost 7,000 Atlanta women created “first date” auction listings in the last year, according to the press release.

Another way to get paid online: Google unleashed a flurry of news on updates to its myriad services — but what caught my eye is that Google Wallet now “makes sending cash to a friend as easy as sending an email.” That’s pretty huge, and will surely get the attention of eBay/PayPal. GMail users will soon be able to send money just like an email attachment, the search giant says. The service is being rolled out soon and will be free if the funds are from a bank account.

Caprica founding delayed: Small, broken wheels on NASA’s $600 million Kepler telescope have created a big problem. The planet-hunting machine orbiting the Earth can no longer accurately aim as it scans the cosmos for our next home planet. Kepler, named after the dude that figured out planets orbit stars, has located 132 confirmed planets orbiting other stars since 2009. It has also detected another 2,700 or so likely planets. It has found so many that scientists now surmise most stars have multiple planets. Kepler orbits the sun at 40 million miles, too far away for a quick visit by an astronaut repairman.

Poor excuse: A California man upset that Abercrombie & Fitch markets its clothing to “cool kids,” while actively excluding the “unattractive and overweight,” is fired up and out for revenge. In 2006, A&F CEO Mike Jeffries, who may use Joan Rivers’ plastic surgeon, said, “We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.” Greg Karber, who must consider himself unattractive, is leading a campaign that hands out used duds to the homeless in an attempt to make A&F “the world’s number one brand of homeless apparel.” Supporters are using the hashtag #FitchTheHomeless on Twitter, but I have to wonder about a crusade of the alienated trying to make a point by alienating yet another group.

5 comments Add your comment

MANGLER

May 16th, 2013
11:06 am

Was the website renamed from “I’m a shallow twit and I’m whoring myself out for money”?
No seriously, if I ever found out someone I was dating or in a serious relationship with was on this site, or anything like it, it would cause serious issues. What is the legal difference between paying (bidding) for a date and paying for a prostitute? No really, what’s the difference?

joe

May 16th, 2013
2:38 pm

Ha, I have a first date tonight…albeit not through this site. I won’t spend $128, but I’m sure I’ll end up between $75-100 when all is said and done…Too much? Nah, she’s hot!

JC

May 16th, 2013
2:44 pm

I usually buy dinner and flowers and spend around $120 so the website is correct,

mrs. tibetha

May 16th, 2013
3:18 pm

How bout me? 20 dollars, folks!

Old Friend

May 16th, 2013
5:00 pm

At least the feud has a positive purpose. The homeless are getting clothes!