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Aug 13, 2006 @ 9:27 PM Are paying dating sites better than free ones ?    
Noble_Saxon


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I have experience with both, but I never pay when I join sites that require you to pay in order to contact people. The paying sites normally have allot more people than free dating sites. Possibly because there aren't that many people that know about free dating websites. I joined www.true.com once and became a free member to try them out for 7 days, all I got were dozens of winks and no one responded to my emails at all. I was taking advantage of the free trial, that is why I never use the wink option on matchdoctor because its free to send messages why not take advantage of that oppertunity ?

Another thing about paying dating sites are the membership, they cost allot of money. First they have a free membership but you cant contact people, you can just send an ice breaker or somthing similar to the wink option. Then there is the silver membership, gold membership, and some go as high as the platinum member ship which means you get 2 full years to contact people, plus all the features the other memberships give you with the exception of paying an even higher price. I hate it when sites mislead themselves by saying it is free to contact others, but when you try it says "upgrade to gold membership." Especially when I type all the information in my profile, and select my interest, the type of person I would like to meet, etc. Its anoyying because you end up doing it for nothing and they never say that you have to pay a membership fee until after you join and try to contact someone. I normally see profiles I really like, but the membership fee blocks me from sending an email. Winks are not enough.

I prefer free dating sites over paying dating sites. Of course paying dating sites have allot of beautyful people too, and more younger people for me to check out instead of browsing through profiles on MD where everyone seeks someone their own age, etc. Either way both sites have their ups and downs. Too many selective types are using these websites making it hard to find people who just want a relationship with you and nothing more. Its really beyond me how they can make up a large list of things you must have in order to contact them, etc.

Which do you prefer ? Paying or 100% free ? If so explain why.
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Aug 13, 2006 @ 9:57 PM Are paying dating sites better than free ones ?    
Cidronlvnv


Posts: 285
are those sites better ? nope, just full of people that are using pay-pal or credit cards for the same stuff that we have here for free. are they better because they dont want a bargain?
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Aug 14, 2006 @ 12:31 AM Are paying dating sites better than free ones ?    
Ron9


Posts: 312
I paid on a local site for a year. There is nothing different (that I could tell). 90% of the females did not pay - so they could not contact anyone.

Most of these sites are 5 (or more) guys to each girl. I personally think the odds spoil the girls.
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Aug 14, 2006 @ 12:53 AM Are paying dating sites better than free ones ?    
redhairNfreckles


Posts: 8,686
I don't think so. I am a member of another "free" site.....free to post a profile and not much more. This guy has used his one time only,"free", generic, one sentence, email up and I've done the same. Now we are at a stand still waiting to see who's going to cough up the moola to continue...... (hint: not moi)
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Aug 14, 2006 @ 12:57 AM Are paying dating sites better than free ones ?    
dowens


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Well.....theres this local site I go to where I pay and I've had alot of success at......its the corner of Cherry st. and 2nd ave. for twenty I get a date every time...........
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Aug 14, 2006 @ 1:00 AM Are paying dating sites better than free ones ?    
redhairNfreckles


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Aug 14, 2006 @ 1:17 AM Are paying dating sites better than free ones ?    
dowens


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thank you......thank you very much.......
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Aug 14, 2006 @ 7:44 AM Are paying dating sites better than free ones ?    
acadiagirl_05


Posts: 161
I'm currently paying for a one year membership at another site, and to be honest, I like this one more...mostly because of the forums, the other site doesn't have forums! But I've had more success with guys who live in my area on the other site, its more specific to finding someone from your area than MD. But I like MD and all the stuff we can do on this site...there are lots of opportunities to meet people, which is nice! And its FREE!!
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Aug 14, 2006 @ 8:25 AM Are paying dating sites better than free ones ?    
UnconventionalCreativity


Posts: 664
I don't think it's worth the $24.99/month you have to pay to use their "special features".

Glad I'm only here for the forums.
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Aug 14, 2006 @ 9:20 AM Are paying dating sites better than free ones ?    
chinabull2000


Posts: 7,009
I paid to join a site once, I didn't like it and I didn't use it. MD seems like a pretty good site, although not if I actualy want to meet women because there are so few UK women here. POF is a good free site for me if I want to meet women, plenty of UK women there!
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Aug 14, 2006 @ 9:29 AM Are paying dating sites better than free ones ?    
SunBabe


Posts: 10,871
Creativity, MD's not $24.99/month

1 year @ $5.99/month (one-time charge of $71.88)
6 months @ $6.99/month (one-time charge of $41.94)
3 months @ $8.99/month (one-time charge of $26.97)

Heck, for a pay membership, it's pretty reasonable, I'd think...
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Aug 14, 2006 @ 9:33 AM Are paying dating sites better than free ones ?    
chinabull2000


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Yep, MDs charges are very reasonable comparably to other sites, plus you have the forums here on MD which are some of the best around.
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Aug 14, 2006 @ 9:51 AM Are paying dating sites better than free ones ?    
razzired


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I think the sites you have to pay for tend to attract clients who are more serious about finding a relationship. Free sites may get a larger number of people who are just looking around, or who never really fill out the profile information or who drop off the face of the earth in a short period of time.

I had great experiences on the "big" Match site. My only complaint, and it's more a comment, I suppose, is that the men I met from there were looking for happily ever after and marriage and kids, etc. That's not what I'm looking for, so those relationships ended. Bummer.

I also learned about the PoF site here (never heard of it before I saw a thread about it) and so far, that's been a very productive experience.

I have noticed that I tend to see the same people everywhere. I've also noticed that on one site, a profile will say one thing, or present a person in one way but on another site, they may present or describe themselves very differently. I find that interesting.



MJ







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Aug 14, 2006 @ 10:05 AM Are paying dating sites better than free ones ?    
Pete73052


Posts: 12,699
People on pay sites seem so much more desperate...
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Aug 14, 2006 @ 10:49 AM Are paying dating sites better than free ones ?    
madamegeek


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I don't know if I consider people on pay sites as more "desperate", but after two experiences (eHarmony and Perfect Match), I do think they are more "SERIOUS" about getting exactly what is on their shopping list.

I found that people felt more entitled to finding a "dream" person - right down to hair colour and length, physical height and size, and of course, distance.

I found them less open to discussion with people they considered less than qualified and more inclined to say "We are not a match".

THis site and Plenty Offish, to a lesser extent due to the masses of people there, are superior simply because people, even those who are seriously seeking partners, seem to realize that real efforts at communication, interaction, and friendship are examples of time well spent and may pay off in the long run.



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Aug 14, 2006 @ 12:07 PM Are paying dating sites better than free ones ?    
UnconventionalCreativity


Posts: 664
Oh, I know that SunBabe, but some sites are.

I would never pay for a site simply because I've heard bad things, and I have other ways to waste my money.

What money, you may ask? I have no idea.
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Aug 14, 2006 @ 6:12 PM Are paying dating sites better than free ones ?    
LSU79


Posts: 319
I've never seen any reason to pay on MD, it doesn't seem to get you much, not anything you can't live without anyway.
But the whole idea of paying seems to take the fun out of it. I still haven't forgiven Yahoo for starting to charge for theirs.
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Aug 14, 2006 @ 6:34 PM Are paying dating sites better than free ones ?    
sissycat411


Posts: 1,023
I think they are all about the same....attract the same mix of people....good, bad and ugly.....unless of course you qualify for WEALTYMEN.COM....there you can get qualified....hahahahaha
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Aug 14, 2006 @ 6:59 PM Are paying dating sites better than free ones ?    
spongebob777


Posts: 6,918
I can't see why a pay site would be any better. We really have everything the pay sites have right here at Matchdoc.
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Aug 14, 2006 @ 7:22 PM Are paying dating sites better than free ones ?    
sissycat411


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But sponge maybe less bs'ers and gamers......or people who just spend their time....and treat it as entertainment....
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