Consumer Affairs' founder and former editor, Jim Hood formerly headed Associated Press Broadcast News, directing coverage of major news events worldwide.
No matter how much or little you spend, being too rigid in your expectations or specifications can lead to frustration.
One negative review we read said the client wanted to meet no one older than 32 and became angry when one date turned out to be 34.
But my favorite was the Halloween haunted house party bus."Like other higher-end services, E&A doesn't list its prices on its website so be sure you understand the pricing and have read the contract carefully before signing anything. The dating services we've looked at so far have all been, to one degree or another, what the MBA types call niche plays -- designed to appeal to a certain slice of society, and generally a higher socio-economic slice at that.
They all have a personal "facetime" element as well -- you have to meet, or at least talk to, a human being to be accepted. It's what we might all a "pure Internet play" -- everything's done online, nearly anyone can register and what happens after that is up to you.
It's perhaps the difference between using a personal shopper at Nordstrom and just going online and buying something that looks about right on e Bay.
As you would expect, this creates a lot more room for error.Joined Successful Singles and met women that were interested in having a long-term committed relationship.I don't have lots of time to spend on the computer, so having my own personal matchmaker was an ideal situation for me," said John of Norwood, Mass.If the prospect of spending a New England winter by yourself is a chilling prospect, Successful Singles may be the answer. It's Just Lunch uses an approach similar to Successful Singles, offering to pair up compatible couples for lunch or a drink after work.Describing itself as a "dating service for professionals," It's Just Lunch also uses a personal counselor approach, hoping to find just the right chemistry in each situation."We are an invitation-only club of people like you spending social time having fun with like-minded people."It gets high marks from Consumer Affairs reviewers like Bob of Phoenix, who wrote: "Since I joined Events and Adventures I’ve attended probably close to a hundred events like pottery painting... I had a great time at the Extreme Adventure Course up in Flagstaff.... I’ve made a lot of friends and found a significant other through Events and Adventures."The monthly events range from a simple wine-tasting to outdoor sports and expeditions to foreign lands.