Cost of Match.com
Match.com allows users to create a free online dating profile and search other users' profiles free of charge. However, only paying members can email other users—which is essential to making a connection. The Match.com cost structure allows users to pay per month or for several months at a time. Options include:
- Paying monthly: $34.99 per month
- Paying for three months at a time: $59.85 (which equals $19.99 per month)
- Paying for six months at a time: $101.94 (which equals $16.99 per month)
Match.com Pros & Cons
- Match.com allows users to create a profile and search other member's profiles for free.
- Allows tagging with keywords, called MatchWordsTM, which enables users to find your profile quickly and easily.
- For an additional $40, Match.com offers a service called "ProfilePro," which is designed to assist members in drafting and editing their personalized dating profiles and online photos.
- Match.com also offers a 6-month guarantee. If you don't find a compatible match in 6 months, they'll give you a six-month subscription for free.
- Only paying members can email one another.
We asked About.com readers to share their Match.com experiences, and here's what some of them had to say:
My Match.com Experience
I am an attorney, and I make plenty of money. However, I have had little-to-no luck on Match.com. My emails were short-to-medium length and somewhat personal (I didn't throw a ton of humor/jokes in there), and I got few replies.
Not Worth the Money
I would say that Match.com and all online dating sites turn people into commodities. It's like a shopping catalog for people. I met one man who I liked a lot. We went on three dates. He kept telling me how great I was, how much he liked me, and, finally, that he had taken down his profile on Match because he wanted to see only me. And then I never heard from him again! Sketchy... I've decided that Match cannot make money if you actually find someone. They operate like a casino. They use "success stories" to convince you that you'll win, but if everyone "won" (and found a match), they would be out of business. It has to be part of their algorithm to make it take a good, long while until you actually find a match. I'd rather meet someone in a bar.
—Guest Hates Cereal Daters
Great for Dates, but Nothing More
I just canceled my subscription after my third date. With all three guys, I emailed them extensively before we met in person, to try and get a feel for them - but I still had problems. Namely, with the first two, we had a great intellectual connection and the conversation was amazing, but there wasn't any chemistry (even though I found their pictures to be attractive). The third guy seemed to have written the perfect profile for me and what I'm looking for. However, in person the conversation was lacking - but the physical chemistry was off the charts. All in all, for me, Match.com wasn't any better than meeting someone at a cafe or the grocery store. Having the pictures and profiles didn't seem to increase my chances of finding someone worth pursuing. And in all honesty, I was a little disappointed - definitely more so with this last date. I'm sure he'd be great in bed, but I really wish he were more like his profile: charming, witty, and a classy gentleman.
Match.com Works, but it Takes Time
I have been off and on with Match.com. Sometimes you get lucky and a lot of times you don't. I have met some nice ladies and have had a few dates, but it's hard to get to second or third base, so to speak. Let's face it - when it comes to choosing a mate, we are all very picky, rightly so. I want to hold out for the real thing, and that can take a long time. But the payoff is worth it. I just met my match after 6 months on Match.com Just because you wink or email someone doesn't mean you have to answer. They are not interested or they would respond. Maybe they are just window shopping, which a lot of women are doing on Match.com. Be patient and in time you can find what you are looking for.
Match.com Replies to "Winks" and Emails
I try Match.com from time to time. It's mostly the same people (a.k.a. serial daters who say they are looking for a mate) who are on there in my age group. It's obvious that most of the men didn't read my profile. Also, when you do meet someone and exchange emails, he usually is headed out of town and will get back to you when he gets back. Drop him! If you do take the time to reply to someone, and you feel there's not chemistry, they will usually counter with a less than flattering reply. So that's why I, along with other women, have decided not to reply. Also...what the heck is a "wink?" If you like someone, then just write to them.
—Guest Feathers in the Wind
Match.com Cost Gives You What You Ask For
I think it depends a lot on how you write your profile and what type of photos you put up. If you write with very simple vocabulary and talk about kissing, cuddling, long drives, or use words like "classy", you will attract a lower level candidate. If you don't list many interests do not expect to get many reponses from interesting people. If you don't want to meet a "biker-type" do not post your picture on a Harley. If you want someone who can dress nicely to go to the theatre, do not put up the photo of you holding your big fish.
Match.com Window Shoppers
I'm convinced that the overwhelming majority of women on Match.com and other dating websites are window shopping.
—Guest Live and Learn