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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    Frank, 7 Jan 2012 @ 4:06am

    GE in Irvine, CA was a BIG RIPOFF 25 years ago!!

    GE in Irvine, CA was a BIG RIP-OFF 25 years ago!!

    I say 25 years ago, as that is about the approx year that I tried them out myself. I could be wrong here, but I'm saying that the GE in Irvine, CA was one of the very first - if not THEE first - GE startup in CA or anywhere else for that matter. It was somewhere in the late 80's that I tried them out - I remember that much. How long they were there in Irvine, CA I have no clue, as I actually thought they went belly up bankrupt many years ago much to my surprise after just reading a few complaint articles doing a Google search.

    I believe I got one of their postal mailers is how I was first contacted. After checking them out in person one day all sorts of RED FLAGS went up at first - as they were very high pressure right from the start! I opt'd for the intro TRIAL version right from the very start - esp after hearing what they wanted for a FULL ON membership fee, as I wasn't buying into any of their HYPE sale pitches that's for sure!! It was like buying a new car where they jerk you around for hours on end until you make a bad decision and sign your life away on the bottom line. Not so with me - as I wasn't raised a fool like some people I know! I also worked for the BBB at that same time, so I knew what was and wasn't "on the level" as it were.

    Long and short of it was that I only stayed there a month at the very least, as some of the gals they had in their database I actually already knew - as some even worked for the same hospital that I once worked at, and knowing them like I did from work I could see why they were at GE looking for another guy (another sucker as it were), as that was the type gals that they were. Nothing but Players and *ock Teasers is all they were - "wine me and dine me" types for a better lack of words!! Nothing of g/f - wife - soulmate - LTR value as far as I was concerned. Those other gals that GE had in their database were a lot of bogus FAKES - as you could tell they were just "plants" by GE to start with just to get people (men in my case) to sign up so they could just pad their profile numbers is all. It was so obvious to me after just a few weeks. After all - my Dad didn't raise no fool to start with!

    If memory has me right GE tried to overbill my Visa card when I severed my Trial acct with them, and by working for the BBB like I did all I had to do was bring that to their attention and it was a DONE DEAL - as in goodbye GE for good.

    I actually auditioned for that TV dating show The Love Connection around the same time I dropped GE, and after seeing how phony baloney that show was set up and run I all but went back to finding dates at the local grocery stores where I had much better luck finding the type gal(s) that I wanted to bring home for dinner! In fact those bastards never called me back for a 2nd audition until some 10 years later when I was in a solid committed LTR and their TV show ratings were all but down the drain anyway at that point. I didn't even return their calls, as they were a complete joke at that point! Much like GE was after only a month there! Hope you guys read or listened to that part about "grocery stores", as it still works great for me to this very day. I've met and LTR dated some terrific gals that I met while food shopping over the years, and as the old saying goes - "what you see is what you get" - no bullshit or FAKE anything going on there!

    Btw - best nights to late evening shop are Wednesday's and Friday's just so you know.

    Good luck out there, and be Internet savvy and don't get burnt by rip-off scams - GE or otherwise!

    JSYN - the best online dating site I found to date is Connecting Singles dot com, and NO I don't work for them either. I just found them doing a good Google search one day! Happy hunting!

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