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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    Pam, 12 Mar 2008 @ 4:18pm

    Great Expectations

    Yes here is another victim in the SCAM that is called Great Expectations. It will be a Great LOSS OF YOUR MONEY!!! I have had one date for coffee guess I should consider myself lucky. But the date wasn't worth the PRICE I paid for it which was $1,200 the agent said that it was the students price and that if I told anyone that they would take my membership away . And another thing was that I was never given a contract. I've asked for one , but I haven't received one. And that was without the photo package which was almost $300.00 I have choose over 20 men in the past 5 months only to be refused by some, but then not even getting a refusal from the other Gents. I really felt pressurred into signing up. Now I learned the the Center in Chicago, ILL. has moved to Schaumburg, ILL. and I wasn't even told about that. I also ask the young lady that if I didn't want the internet access how do I look at the profiles. She told me that I would have to go out to Schaumburg Ill. That's just way to far for me to travel, and internet accesss is 19.95 per month taken out of my credit card. Well as the old saying goes, Live and Learn. Gee was this an Expensive lesson.

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