Not So Great Expectations: Dating Site Returns Thousands For Lack Of Dates

from the false-advertising? dept

Online dating has obviously been quite popular for some time now, but it appears that one company may have overstepped its legal bounds -- though, it's unclear why those legal bounds are there in the first place. The company, Great Expectations, apparently set expectations a little too high. The service, which started out nearly thirty years ago as one of those video dating services, has moved into the online world in a big way, and apparently thought that let it off the hook of the NY State "Dating Services Law." A judge thought otherwise and is forcing the company to refund the fees of two women, which could open up many, many more lawsuits. The company plans to appeal, but the really odd part of the story is just how much the service cost. Apparently, one woman paid $1,000 for a six month membership and met no one, while the other woman paid $3,790 for the (no, seriously) "Marriage Program." Ah, no wonder the expectations were set a bit high. State law apparently says dating services can't charge more than $25/month. Whether or not you agree with the law (and it's not at all clear why such a law is needed), it still seems like these women entered into an arrangement where they knew what they were getting into. In what world can their be a guarantee that you'll meet someone if there simply are no matches and no one wants to meet you back? If the company promised meetings, that's one thing (and one the woman in the four year program says she was promised dates, so perhaps there's a claim there), but it seems unrealistic to simply expect dates when there's the entire other half o the equation to consider. While the fees being paid (and the idea of signing up for a four year membership that promises marriage) seems somewhat staggering, especially considering the competition, it just seems like these women made a bad decision in signing up for this service.

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    anonymus, 8 Aug 2007 @ 4:12pm

    ex-telemarketer

    I used to work for a company called Together Dating Service. another rip off dating service, but only difference is is that they don't have a law suit pending, not yet any way. i wouldn't doubt it if they do one day. they advertised the same way as GE but the only difference was is that people were set up on blind dates. package prices ranged from $2000-$5000. i really thought i was helping singles out. i really did. i figured if someone is paying that kind of cash they most certainly would find the right match. my boss said that not everyone in the world is meant to be with someone, which might be true. but then why do dating service companies lie to these people when they come in and pressure them and promise them false hopes? why not just tell them the truth and say hey we don't have any matches sorry. instead they're greedy for your money. my job was to tell singles to come in and tell them that they would just see what we were all about. i really believed that i was doing these people a favor. i made crappy commision plus a sad hourly rate. put it this way i made less than 15,000 a year. any way that wasn't why i did it anyway. but to think that they use their employees as well dupe singles into paying outrageous money is just sick and wrong on so many levels. after a couple of months i didn't feel good about working there because i read about our service and GE's lawsuit and it just makes me feel sick. these companies are preying on lonely hearts and that makes these singles so willing to try it out, not because they're stupid but because they want to find love. and it's really shitty to think that some people just want money and commision (the matchmaking consutants, they make awesome commision so no shit they're gonna sucka you, they want that $).
    so to any one who ever reads any type of singles signs out on a road, its going to be either together dating or GE advertising in a very misleading way, making you think that it is another company when it's not, and both of which are complete rip offs and shouldn't even be allowed to be in business. examples of these signs are: yourcityhere.org yourcityhere.com. and beware of profiles you fill out online. alotta of those are leads.
    good luck to all of you out there and probably the best way still to find love would be sites like eharmony, match.com so just be careful and don't give your number out da, that's why your going to get telemarketers calling you! and if you already have telemarketers calling, just say do not call and they will stop. those are the magic words, otherwise they will call you off the hook like 20 times a day, yea no bullshit, i know i use to do it.

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