Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business sports weddings
CostHelper > Consumer Electronics  > Phones & Communication > Online Dating

Online Dating Cost


How Much Does Online Dating Cost?

 
low costPosting Photos and Basic Information: Free average costAdvanced Search: $19.99-$59.95 per month
post Post    

Whether looking for friendship, a weekend date or a marriage partner, millions turn to online dating companies. Some specialty sites cater to niche groups, pairing people interested in others from their religion, age group, hobbies, sexual orientation or physical disability.

Typical costs:

  • Initial sign-up is usually free with most online dating firms; free member status often allows singles to post photos and basic information about themselves and receive details about others. However, users typically must purchase subscriptions in order to access a broader range of services, including the ability to contact other members.
  • At $59.95 a month (or $19.95 a month with a one-year contract), eHarmony[1] is one of the largest, most established and most expensive online dating services. The company promotes what it says is a scientific approach to matching singles, based on compatible values and personality traits gleaned from a lengthy questionnaire that new members must complete during registration. eHarmony does not allow members to search for individuals on their own, but sends descriptions of potential matches daily.
  • Another major cyberdating company, Match.com[2] , charges $34.99 per month and allows members to contact other singles they have viewed on the site, via anonymous email.
  • One month of service with Spark.com[3] costs $24.99. Paid subscribers can search for partners based on keyword descriptions, receive pre-selected matches based on their preferences, or both.
  • Zoosk.com[4] charges $29.95 per month for full access that includes being able to contact other subscribers.
  • Many companies cater to niche groups. Niche sites exist for singles aged 55 and older[5] , deaf singles[6] , dog lovers[7] and plus-size singles[8] . Online Dating Magazine[9] spotlights some of these sites.
Related articles: Online Chat

What should be included:
  • On some dating sites, both free members and paid subscribers can search for compatible people based on various personality traits, age and other indicators.
  • However, some sites permit non-subscribers to only view a person's basic information. For example, on SeniorMatch.com[10] , free members can conduct only a basic search including age range, gender and region of residence. Paid subscribers can search by more specific criteria.
  • Most company's websites include safety tips for cyberdating, as does Online Dating Magazine[11] , an independent consumer watchdog publication.
  • Online Dating Magazine also lists prices charged[12] by some major dating sites and also carries site reviews[13] .
Discounts:
  • Many companies do not give subscription prices before people have completed the free initial sign-up process.
  • Nearly all online dating services extend discounts to people who sign up longer term and pay the full amount up front. For example, while a one year plan costs $139.92 at Date.com[14] ($11.66 per month), it's $34.95 for a one-month contract.
Shopping for online dating:
  • eHarmony offers its dating services only to heterosexuals. However, eHarmony also operates a separate dating site for lesbians and gays, CompatiblePartners.net[15] .
  • Subscription charges automatically renew after the initial period ends unless the company is notified to cancel a membership and stop the charge. Be sure to check the terms of service to understand when cancellation notifications must occur. Many have this information on their Help or Frequently Asked Questions page.
post Post    
CostHelper News


7 Must-Have Tailgating Toys
Tailgating is an art form these days -- and a crazy one at that. There is an entire industry that caters to die-hard sports fans, providing all the comforts of home in a parking lot setting. || Posted September 12 2013


Boo! Don't Get Scared by Halloween Store Prices
Some people call me morbid. I call it a playful realism about human life expectancy. Either way, as soon as the local Halloween stores open, I'm in there checking out the inventory. || Posted September 4 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With Online Dating
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Services Offered: Niche Group: 
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.eharmony.com/gift-subscription/
  2.  www.match.com/login/login.aspx?ER=sessiontimeout
  3.  www.spark.com/
  4.  /www.zoosk.com/about.php?from=footer
  5.  www.seniorpeoplemeet.com/
  6.  www.deafsinglesconnection.com/
  7.  www.perfectmatch.com/onlinedating/dog-lovers-dating.asp
  8.  www.largefriends.com
  9.  www.onlinedatingmagazine.com/nicheonlinedatingservices.html
  10.  www.seniormatch.com/faq
  11.  www.onlinedatingmagazine.com/features/onlinedatingsafetytips.html
  12.  www.onlinedatingmagazine.com/onlinedatingservices.html
  13.  www.onlinedatingmagazine.com/onlinedatingreviews.html
  14.  www.date.com/
  15.  www.compatiblepartners.net/
More Consumer Electronics Topics

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Teacher was recommended from the schools and D teacher was recommended from the school’s conductor
Paid: 40.00
My son is in middle school and has been participating in his elementary school orchestra for two years. A lot of the kids were getting extra private lessons, and we can tell our son was a little bit behind the other students... [more]
-Ed L.
Violin Lessons Cost
Headstone foundation only
Paid: 995.00
Is this reasonable for just the foundation alone to be installed for a small market? I still have to pay for the market itself and it's installation!... [more]
-D. Jackson
Headstones Cost
TMJ Orthotic
Paid: 5500.00
Dentist made a custom made mouth guard or Orthotic on my lower teeth. It is only supposed to provide temporary relieve about 3-6 months. I have been using it for 8 months with no pain relief... [more]
-Mr
TMJ Treatment Cost
Head Gasket Replacement
Paid: 675.00
Realistically, $600-$700 is a reasonable amount depending on whether you are paying for parts and labor or just labor; and especially dependent on what other parts you are electing to replace when having the head gasket replaced... [more]
-S. William
Head Gasket Replacement Cost
Before and after School Care
Paid: 668.00
We live in the Bay area in California where everything is expensive. I am gratefull to have this so I can work... [more]
-T Lawrence
Before and After School Programs Cost
Shingles vaccination
Paid: 385.00
2019 Scripps charged over 600.00 for this. After Medicare and my part D insurance with blue Shield I paid $385.00 to Scripps. This is for the first vaccination... [more]
-Edie1949
Shingles Vaccine Cost