In effort to find suitable mates, even the most well-to-do women are turning to online dating and matchmaking services, and these women aren’t afraid to pay high prices for what they want. High end dating and matchmaking services charge anywhere from $1000-$5000 to make their matches, and the cost would be well worth it to these women if they actually got what they paid for. However, many unsatisfied customers are describing these services as shots in the dark. Others contend these companies make outright deceptions and false promises.
A group of furious New York women have filed suit against It’s Just Lunch, an online dating service charging up to $1500 to make its matches, claiming the company is making its millions by duping daters. Although the company claims to have arranged millions of meetings which have resulted in millions of marriages, it may be just luck or simply just lies.
In court papers filed in this Manhattan’s District Court case, complaints filed with ConsumerAffairs.com are cited, including one woman’s claim that she specifically requested no Republicans or ‘religious types’ but was set up with a Catholic Republican and a Seventh-day Adventist. Another said the man It’s Just Lunch set her up with was still legally married and had told the company this, but this information was conveniently left out of the otherwise detailed introduction It’s Just Lunch gave her.
It’s Just Lunch isn’t the only online dating service women are angry about.
Great Expectations, whose members typically paid between $1,000 and $3,500 for their matchmaking service, has been sued on more than one occasion for deceiving its customers and for other fraudulent business practices. Match.com has been sued for deceptive practices, including sending an employee on a date as bait to gain a subscriber. Yahoo has been sued for creating fake profiles to lure in memberships. eHarmony, which faces legal action for excluding those seeking same-sex relationships, has received multiple complaints at ConsumerAffairs.com for turning people away (after filling out the lengthy ‘personality profile’ questionnaire) saying they’re “unmatchable.” Still, being turned away may be preferable to being charged thousands of dollars for an elite dating service claiming to have ‘thousands of suitable matches’ only to get set up with losers.
ConsumerAffairs.com has also received complaints about All About Singles, Confere Dating Service, Elite Personal Search, Executive Dating, InstantBlindDate.com, Lifemates, Matchmaker, NewYorkGaySingles.com, singleslibrary.com, Social Spark, Successful Singles, The Right One, Together, Trusted Singles, udate.com and UltimateSingles.com. All of these complaints were on grounds that the dating and matchmaking services didn’t deliver as promised.