Few people were willing to discuss their dating website experiences — and how they might have been duped — with the Free Press. I fired off (an e-mail) and said, 'Please get me off this bloody site' and no response. He even views the increase in complaints "as a good sign for the industry," because it means more people are using online dating sites."As the business matures, companies doing well in particular have more of an incentive not to skirt ethical lines.
Sandi Campbell of Sterling Heights said she got caught in the Plenty Of net. Their reputation being bigger, they have more at stake," said Oyer, who's had success using online dating.
"The online dating industry is so young, there's no trusted sites.
There's no FDIC."The Better Business Bureau collected 3,294 complaints nationally about online dating sites in the past year, ending Sept. Of those, 70 were from eastern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.
To be sure, more people are on dating websites, so it's no surprise that complaints are increasing.
Last year, the Pew Research Center found that one out of every 10 Americans reported using an online dating site or mobile dating app.
Even so, shopping for love requires some due diligence on the financial front."There are a lot of people for whom online dating continues to be a very valuable thing," explained Paul Oyer, a Stanford University economics professor and author of the book "Everything I Ever Needed to Know about Economics I Learned from Online Dating." "I think you need to do your research. Buyer beware — in online dating and other businesses.
If the alternative is to go to a singles bar, I don't see that as a really big step in the right direction."Complaints about high-pressure sales tactics, illegal auto-renewals, bogus profiles of attractive singles to reel you in, nearly impossible cancellation procedures, leaked personal information are among complaints often lodged. On Thursday, the Federal Trade Commission reached an agreement with JDI Dating that the Britain-based network of online dating sites, such as cupidswand.com, and findmelove.com, would stop using fake, computer-generated profiles to lure users into upgrading their memberships from free to paid.The company, which also hit them with monthly fees without consent, is paying more than 6,000 in damages to thousands of customers.JDI Dating could not be reached immediately for comment. I'd never go on a dating site in my life again, I'd rather be on Facebook and get dates. People go in with certain expectations, like any other business, and sometimes, those expectations aren't met. Ryan Garza / Detroit Free Press Your eyes bulge with hearts like a cartoon. Sure, some things seem too good to be true, but it's part of the fairytale beginning. It's over,' Sandi Campbell 51 of Sterling Heights said while talking about her bad experiences with several online dating services at her home in Sterling heights on Wednesday September 24, 2014. The dating sites to me are passé, old news, dead vegetables, Barbara Streisand put a fork in it done.