Match.com is one of the most widely known dating sites on the internet, along with eHarmony.com, so it looks like it would be an excellent site to join. I found it not to be excellent at all. There is nothing worse than a dating site that grows in popularity and still tries to trick new members into paying a lot of money just to be fooled by fake profiles and computer generated messages.
They could go legit any time they wanted and still make money, but they refuse to let go of their fraudulent practices. I did not have a good experience at Match.com and, after reading many customer testimonials, many others are displeased with it as well. Don’t think that, just because a site is famous, it will deliver on its promises. You should still do research and read their terms to find out if it’s legitimate. Match.com didn’t deliver for me at all. Read my full review below and I will let you know what I found out when I used the site for a month.
This Match Review Will Tell You Why I Was Letdown!
There are a lot of features on Match.com that they use to lure new customers. So much, in fact, that the site can get a little confusing. They also use many obvious scamming tactics. The good thing is that you can find these tactics outlined in their Terms. First, they reserve the right to use your profile to create fake profiles, like at LoveAndSeek.com, on the other dating sites in their network. They also talk about Test Profiles created by the site and tell you that they create these profiles to test the site. This is just an excuse for them to fill their site with bogus members to make you think it’s bigger than it is and also send you computer automated messages from these profiles to prompt you to pay for another month.
Match.com’s fraud was so easy for me to spot because I have been to many fake dating sites before. The shady practices started happening right away. I received many message requests, likes and winks before I paid. When I paid, all the women that were interested disappeared. Their profiles were gone. Also, once I paid for a membership, I stopped receiving any likes or winks. I got very few in the entire month and when I wrote the women who liked my profile, none of them responded to me. The most telling thing happened at the end of my first month. After I cancelled, I started receiving a lot of likes and winks again. They made it so obvious that the site is not genuine.
Match.com is packed with features, but you have to pay a membership fee to take advantage of most of them and many of them cost extra on top of your membership fees. You can remove any of the matches from your search results that you want. The e-mail read notification feature lets you know when a message you sent has been read.
There are extensive About You and About Your Date sections that allow you to select multiple details about yourself and the person you would like to date to find just the right match, like with FlirtLocal.com. The In Your Own Words section gives you additional ways to describe yourself like personal essays and you can apply to be a highlight member on the site. You can also send winks, rate daily matches, receive text alerts when you get winks and e-mails. There is also a mobile app for both the iPhone and Android. Features like Private Mode, Highlighted Profile and be the first to be seen by new members but all of these features cost extra.
There are a few features that you can use on Match.com with a free membership, but only a few. You can create a profile, browse, and even send winks to other members, but you cannot message them unless you pay for a membership. A standard membership comes with a few features but many features are considered premium.
The available features for standard and premium are so convoluted that it’s too much to go over in this review, so I’ll just give you the prices of a basic membership. The monthly charge is a whopping $41.99. The only way to save money is to purchase 3 months at a time and pay $26.99 a month, purchase 6 months at a time and pay $23.99 a month or purchase a full year and pay $20.99 a month. Premium features range from around $5 to $15 extra per month.
The Bottom Line
I made a concentrated effort to thoroughly fill out my profile and sent about 100 messages over the course of a month. All I got was a bunch of hassle and obviously fabricated messages that had nothing to do with the messages I sent to them.