Expensive dating agency
When the man complained to Elite Singles, it refunded him without a fuss, as it has a 14-day refund policy.
When contacted by Telegraph Money, Elite Singles admitted that disappointment over the number of paying members was a “very common” complaint.
So in May last year Aileen stumped up £1,295 for membership.
It offered her “unlimited personal introductions” to men serious about finding a relationship.
Searchmate has now offered Aileen a full refund of £1,295.Last year, 7.1 million single Britons looked for a partner online, 800,000 more than in 2011, when, according to uk, there were 6.3 million.But despite the significant increase in the number of daters, total revenue for the UK dating industry is falling, meaning firms are making less money per head.It promises “affluent, educated men and women between the ages of 30 and 55, who are all looking for a long-term commitment.” It charges £180 a year for membership.
Another Telegraph Money reader, who does not wish to be named, turned to online dating after his relationship came to an end in February.He said: “I wanted to get back on the dating scene but I felt fragile from the split.Most people on these dating websites are just looking for a bit of fun, but I find that all a bit seedy.In total, the site offered the man four suitable profiles “in his area” – none of which met his criteria.