Upon the first phone call from my newest client, during the course of discussing which other matchmaking services she has used, she shared the following information (I’m not going to tell you which service because if you call them you will recognize them immediately):
First they quoted six dates in six months for $3500. When she asked about the interviewing process they told her they interview her over the phone, set her up a couple of times and then meet with her. Can you believe that? Now they don’t even want to interview you BEFORE setting you up or charging you this huge amount of money for 6 “dates”.
What I have to say about that is any single consumer who decides to join a “dating” service who operates in this way deserves what they get. Back to you have to be a good consumer! Services like these do not lie to you when they quote their fees and tell you how they do business. So if knowing that information you decide to join you cannot blame anyone but yourself.
But why not be a better consumer since you are trying to find the best way to meet a mate/companion? Services who charge outrageous fees in Denver, interview you in public forums, do not show you profiles WITH pictures of potential matches, even if you are buying a “package of dates for a limited period of time”, are not real matchmakers looking to serve you.
However, because these other local services are charging such high fees, people sometimes wonder why my fees are so much lower and perhaps decide that Bon Jour Matchmaking in its 25th year of matchmaking may not be of value. Rather than evaluating services’ value by their fees, they should be measuring what the service provides for them. Read What Am I Paying For at Bon Jour Matchmaking Service? and Posts To Read Before Joining Any Denver Matchmaking Service.
To judge a service’s quality and value to you as a client by the fact they are charging exceedingly high fees is without merit. You must judge a “matchmaking” service by what it does for you. How in-depth their interviews are, the amount of information they share with you about potential matches, how long they’ve been in business and a variety of other factors.