BS: Find Love! FREE trial! Cancel.! The Best Dating Site?

(Warning: zombie writing ahead. Poker. A search engine optimizing test. Just testing techniques in a story I read. Viagra. One-time only. Cheap mortgage. Promise. Gambling.) For research purposes i made an internet dating profile a few months ago, but never paid or used the service. I mean, when i made a Profile a few months ago, I didn’t pay to Join though i heard about the Best Dating Site And, I assume that’s why i got the email from this afternoon with the discount, Subject: Someone Wants to See Your Profile!

While there was no potential date in the message, there was a promo discount with legs: “Just For You…Find love this Memorial Day with a 72-hour FREE trial!”

Cancel I’d remember to cancel I’m not doing much this weekend, and like many others, i would like to find love. (Again.) And of course, there’s always more research. I clicked through the forms as I ran a few calls. I put “cancel” on my calendar, and was about to hit “send,” with my credit card number as required, when something in the back of my head said to be sure i knew how to cancel The notice was on the last sign-up page, in the middle of 4 paragraphs of small type.

“…mail or deliver a signed and dated notice, or send a telegram” to an address in Plano Texas.

No email. No phone calls, toll free or other. No forms on the site, or the internet for that matter. And, not a single acceptable reason for this. (The phone rep acknowledged it and then went into lilting infinite scripted loop of, “The terms are there and you can decide not to take this promotion, but you sound like you are interested…”)

As with rebates, wants unearned, undeserved revenue. wants handouts for being sneaky. It’s arguably something akin to a corporate welfare cheat.

And like other corporate cheats, they’ll keep cheating. (Many learned from their parents. And as a percent of GNP, this welfare cheating dwarfs the one you hear more bitching about.)

But back to cynicism.’s lame business model is based on entrapping people, technicalities rather than value, and forcing us to pay when they are basically letting on that they know they’re over charging for what they’ve got.

(I don’t know if info on how to cancel appears on the site. I might sign up just for the novelty of sending a a telegram. Actually, could this be a fiendishly brilliant service of the telegram industry?)

I think things are changing

I think i’ll see if Consumerist is interested. The site mixes shopping with the reality that shopping sucks, and it works. Business people of the future will have no part of this kind of thing. And, again

the San Francisco crowd is again crying “All the rules are off. The world is changing.” (See: Summer of Love; Gold Rush; Internet.)

But, even if Pinko Marketing ends up not quite a fist-raising revolution and what we get is a little more courtesy as consumers, well uh, the others didn’t exactly ignite glabal overthrow, though each had impact on the evolution of gender relations, western migration, and the modern economy. is the best dating site?, the safest dating site?, the not free hottest babes dating sex site? (More of the zombie talk. I’ll be sure to report on the results.)

Playing these games puts in the gutter with sleazier sites. It makes me mistrust and suspect’s treatment of my personal information. (While I could still be fired in much of the country simply for being gay, their “privacy” policy reads like just about anyone can have access to my non-anonymous information.) There’s a lot of damage to be done by a company bent on exploiting technicalities for profits when users trust them with their private hopes, dreams and pecadillos.

“Bless her heart” paragraph: this is a bit unfair, this picking on A lot of companies do a lot of these things. They’ve been around a while and i worked with and have respect for a bunch of folks who work there. But this is messed up, and they hit me on a rare blog day.

Bottom line, I’d never date someone who treated me or anyone else like this. It’s manipulative, passive aggressive, and speaks to a deep inner trauma. I suggest therapy.

One Comment

  1. You can check out anyone you like…

    But you can never leave: I got the email from this afternoon with the discount, Subject: Someone Wants to See Your Profile! While there was no potential date……

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