I have been using dating websites for the past few years. Depending on how many you are on, can actually turn out to be pretty costly. To broaden your chances of meeting someone, belonging to more than one site is beneficial.
I am a member of one dating site which is free, but there are downsides to that. Anyone can create an account and lie about who they are. In some cases, men have set up a celebrity photo in their profile. In other cases, someone may just post a picture of a model and say that it is them. Or people lie about their age, location or marital status. This has happened a number of times to me. This has happened to me on a couple of paid websites also, but it is more likely to occur on a free site. I do not know who would want to waste their money like that on a paid site. You are more likely to get honest people on paid websites.
Currently I belong to about five dating sites, but am only paying for one of them. One is free, but I did not bother to renew my membership when it expired, on two other very reputable sites. The reason why I did not bother to renew was because I still receive matches and emails. I am somewhat limited in viewing profiles, but I feel that if I can still receive emails, why do I have to pay?
For one of the sites, I never really received any matches that lived close to me. They all seem to be out of state and miles away. I am one that does not like to have a long distance relationship, so for me to pay $50 a month and not receive what I really want, is a waste of money. If I should receive a match that is nearby in location, and I like that person’s profile, I can always renew again at that time and see what happens. The nice thing is that I can see the full profile of a person. For at least a couple of years, I have not received any matches that have interested me. I have saved a lot of money by not paying $50 a month, and I feel like I have not missed an opportunity either. To me, it is almost like a free website. I do not feel as if I am cheating the companies out of their money, because it is up to them to block off certain features to non-members. As long as some features are available to me as an unpaid member, I just use them.
With the other site, I had found out that they were bought out by an organization that I did not want to support. This was because of what they stood for. Since I am against what they stand for, I do not wish to give them another dime. I can still see profiles at times and I can receive unlimited emails to which I can also respond to.
For these reasons, I did not delete my accounts even though I have no intentions of being a paid member as of now. As long as I am able to still meet people, I am going to take advantage of it.
So many people spend a lot of unnecessary money on dating websites. If you see that you are not getting your desired matches, do not renew. You can always sign up again if you see something that you like. Take advantage of what these sites offer even as an unpaid or inactive member.