DaddyFish wrote: ...Large sites, match.com, eharmony and others do the same thing...you can join and poke around but in order to contact other members and such...well, if you want to play, you gotta pay. ...
My objectives are a bit narrow. I’ve yet to find a website that caters to widows and widowers that is trustworthy. (I have a topic on the Lounge regarding this.)
So far it seems no website will cater to widows and widowers. Either I’ve not looked thoroughly enough or it’s too narrow a category. Match.com, in particular, provides no way to exclude all but widows, in my case. Nor does 50plus-Club. You would think some law was passed to make it illegal because it is discriminatory. From the plastic bag ban, to the continuing rip-off of public sector employees of the taxpaying public, to molesting of passengers at airports of 80-90 yo women, obviously not a threat. to the smoking laws and to the recent attempted ban of sugared soft drinks in NYC, we are being taken over by the control freaks to expand their powers over us. And that’s just for starters.
As per your statement, “...Large sites, match.com, eharmony and others do the same thing...you can join and poke around but in order to contact other members and such...”
match.com is quite expensive. for just a 3 month subscription. It’s $28 PER MONTH. I did see a “special” rate for 1 month that is $45. I regard these charges as far too high for a “test ride”. Further, I’m not sure what the fine print says when it comes to ending a 3 month, or any other subscription time span. They have your credit card number and I don’t like to have to hassle a vendor about ending my subscription at the end of 3 months if they re-subscribe me automatically and I missed a notice that I want my subscription to end. Notice under match.com’s list of subscription periods it states the following, in fine print and off to the side:
All subscriptions automatically renew until cancelled.
Imagine how that would take you down a piece for the 1 month offer for succeeding months.
I consider all of this to be a creature of the Internet, where everything, including money itself, creates an illusion to take “money” out of your pocket and put it in somebody else’s.
It used to be that in order to get customers, for any type of Internet service or software, a free totally functional service was provided. The service would expire and there was nothing the customer needed to do to make sure they were not billed for continuing service. It was all built into the account. In my view they are becoming greedy, because the numbers tell them it pays to do so and they can get away with it. This practice is as old as any new program or policy and needs to be watched closely for rule changes, which often are not fully disclosed in a blaring headline.
So the old saying applies here, “Caveat emptor” (Let the buyer beware). This has been a more important consideration as time goes on and these Internet companies attempt what I consider deceit to expand their profit margins. (“What? You didn’t read the fine print? It’s all there! We told you when you signed up. It’s right down there at the bottom of the page (in 6 pt type hidden amongst some other provisos in regular 10 pt type.) How this passes muster with the legal authorities only demonstrates the descent into corruption at most any level of modern society you can think of.