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Most of the World Wide Web sites listed below offer the postal addresses of women and/or men for $10 (U.S.) each. If that cost varies we try to give it to you. The sites are rated as follows:
***** - The Best
**** - Very Good
*** - Good
** - Fair
* - Just OK
- Bad, You've Been Warned
The sites listed as FREE do not charge for any postal and/or e-mail addresses. Some organizations offer a free membership but you must pay to contact their members. Some sites charge for some addresses while giving others away for free.
Recently there have been a number of reports on television and in the press about fraudulent activities of some or the "Russian" singles sites. "Marketplace," a Canadian TV program, did an investigative report on a number of suspect operations. The Russian sites go to great length to recruit new women. Some women have even been listed as "marriage minded" when they applied for possible positions as photo models. Marriage was not on their list of "things to do." Even among the women who were interested in marriage, many could speak no English whatsoever (even though they were listed as English speaking) and a lot of letters were thrown away unopened. Let the buyer beware.
Beauties Portfolio - PHOTOS
When we first tried to visit this site (July 1997) we found it nowhere near ready for the Web. It's improved. The photos and profiles are good but there are only 23 women listed and the addresses start at a whopping $25 each! Most sites sell addresses for $10. Try Cupidon -- a free service (below) and save yourself some money. One reader has indicated to us that this site is run by the same person who operates the sleazy TSM below. (Oct 97)
- PHOTOS - FREE
This site was incredibly slow when we last visited but is now much improved. There are only 29 women listed. The photos are of fair quality but the profiles are good. You can't beat the prices though, you can e-mail these women for FREE. (Oct 97)
Marriage Club - PHOTOS - FREE
No, not the "Joy Luck Club" -- the Joy Marriage Club. This site offers listings of women mainly from St. Petersburg, Russia. The site is quicker than when we last visited and the web site has an amateurish look, but you can e-mail these women FREE and some addresses and phone numbers are displayed online as well. (Oct 97)
We gave this site (which called itself www.LOVE.com) one star when we visited in March of '97. This is probably one of the most aggravating sites you could imagine. You have to view sponsors ad pages before searching profiles what a concept! The members aren't even separated as to gender here. The site is free though, if you can stand the commercials, so we still give it one star. (Aug 97)
When we tried to look at the catalog we got the following message. "You pointed your browser to URL which doesn't exist any more or You are trying to access the restricted area of our database." We wonder what the webmaster is up to. (Oct 97)
In Touch II "The best
singles club on the Internet."
You must become a member here before using the service. We signed up in March and again in August and we're still waiting for our membership to be activated. Stay tuned, but don't hold your breath. (Aug 97)
** P.S. I Love You International - PHOTOS
This service offers well arranged pages and a good search feature. There are more than 1000 single women listed here, mostly from Russia. The thumbnails here were fair and were lacking in important information (see below), such as whether or not the women have children. Personal videos are available for all the women listed at $9.95 each.
Reader Feedback on P.S. I Love You International
I agree with you that this site technically is first-class. The search feature works great, the photos are good, etc. But the profiles are misleading / incomplete. I sent for some videos (they don't sell addresses) and here's what I found:
- All of the women I selected had children which was a fact not indicated on the profile.
- None of the women worked at their listed occupation, if they did work at all.
I know this because, interestingly enough, the videos are very revealing and honest and much better than a copy of a letter. I just wish that the site was also as honest.
I hope this info is useful."
- G. G. from Georgia
**** Anastasia - PHOTOS
Hundreds of single women from Anastasia Magazine are featured here. The biographical information is adequate and some of the women have more than one photograph. Prices start at $20 per address. Anastasia recently sent us review copies of their magazine and video tapes. The magazine was first rate, while the video was recorded at SLP which decreased the video quality somewhat. The videos are worthwhile however. If a picture is worth a thousand words a video must be ten thousand. It's charming to hear some of the women making a valiant effort to speak English. Their video bios aren't well rehearsed but we think that's a good thing, it gives a very informal feeling to them. (May 97)
Webmatch - "WebMatch is one of the only free dating
services on the net..."
Webmatch is not a free dating service. It's only free unless you want to respond to an ad then it costs you money. Are we missing something here? Webmatch seems to be offline a lot lately, maybe for good yours and ours. There is a way you can use Webmatch which will allow others to contact you without buying their "love notes." Just put your e-mail address in your ad. Readers will be able to contact you directly.
Webmatch also doesn't answer their e-mail, which we find really strange for a company doing business on the Internet. We've e-mailed them and have gotten no replies. We are not the only ones, apparently read below.
Reader Feedback on Webmatch
"I have sent several questions in the past to the staff at WebMatch, but never have gotten a reply. They just don't give a darn. I have seen references to this from other people too."
Steve from Seattle
"In hindsight, I wished that I had come across your site several months ago and found the information about Webmatch.com. Even though they say that they are FREE and give 1 love note credit, to get any more love notes one has to pay and arm and a leg. It is not worth it. Even their message board called Backseat allows users to post trash and plus they do not listen to or bother with complaints."
Arthur from Arkansas
We revisited Webmatch and found a new
promotion. If you join Webmatch's Premiere Club you get Unlimited
FREE LoveNotes. Expect to pay at least $15 a month to qualify for
these "free" love notes. (Oct 97)
Me Online - PHOTOS - FREE
Meet Me Online provides a top notch service to single men and women from around the world (although most entries are from the United States). The search function works better than it did in March and their data base is getting a lot larger. The bios in the personal ads are fair to good and there are a good number with photographs. And you certainly can't beat the price. In March we thought the header at the top of every page should be made smaller, so you wouldn't have to scroll down to see the personal ads. Maybe somebody is listening because the headers have been fixed. This is one of the best sites made better. (Oct 97)
CyberTimes - "Access
11 TOP Dating Sites 6 Months FREE!!!"
Another "free" offer. CyberTimes says on its site, "Pay attention. All you need to do is copy down the reference code "i4get" and you'll get 6 months added on to your membership after you join." Apparently you have to shell out some money to get the free six months membership. We think that's pretty tacky. (Nov 97)
- PHOTOS - FREE
The Berezka site needs some work. To go to the "Next" profile you click on "Previous." The price is right though.(Oct 97)
USA - "America's Premiere
On-Line Dating Singles Network (FREE!)"
Sorry, we don't think Connections USA is a premier anything. And they advertise themselves as being free on Cupid.net. They aren't free, they charge $2.99 a minute to contact members through their 900 phone number. Don't waste your time! (Aug 97)
Personals - "FREE! Meet
local area singles! All 50 states"
The above quote is from Intronet's ad on cupid.net. Free! Well, it ain't free and it ain't very good either. You have to subscribe before you can contact members. You pay for a whole year, and there are no refunds. (Aug 97)
The - PHOTOS
There are a lot of thumbnail photos here but many of them are much too dark. Somebody has a big task ahead of them to repair all the bad photos. The bios are hard to read too because of the patterned background. We vote for a plain background to improve legibility. Much of the bio information is displayed in all capital letters another no-no. The search feature located members close by and also a couple of thousand miles away from the area code chosen. The Singles Library hasn't answered our e-mail either. (Aug 97)
Contacts - PHOTOS
If you are looking for organization, this site is not for you. This site is a hodge podge and has very few members. It's slow too. (Aug 97)
- PHOTOS - FREE
There are no thumbnails to surf here, you have to go to each person's individual profile to see the photos, but some do have more than one. You can e-mail members without charge. All of the members appear to have their own e-mail addresses through USA.net. (Aug 97)
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