“This industry is growing so fast, it’s just phenomenal — and so is the number of complaints,” BBB spokesman Steve Cox said.
“Whether you pay thousands of dollars for a matchmaking service or a month for an online membership, you need to know just what you’re getting into.” Especially in these recessionary times, the following tips can help you avoid spending too much or hiring a dating service that isn't right for you: 1.
Officials with the Better Business Bureau say they're regularly bombarded by complaints from hundreds of dissatisfied dating-service customers.
Last year the BBB reported a 73 percent jump in complaints.
An online search of the agency turned up multiple negative reviews and the fact that the business shut down, but more digging reveals that the same matchmakers opened a new agency with a different name. Carsner suggests asking a newer matchmaker for references from previous business relationships.
Again, because of the largely unregulated nature of matchmaking it can be tough to tell a reputable matchmaker from one who's less so. Then, ask those references about whether the person delivered on her promises and met or exceeded expectations.4. Speaking of references, beware of the matchmaker who won't provide any. Paul, MN, says a service declined to provide her with references, citing privacy reasons. "I've always had clients who've said they'd be happy to serve as references." Besides asking to speak to a satisfied (former) customer, Carsner suggests requesting a reference who's still using the service to get perspective on the process.5. Barbara interacted with many agents and was never sure who was choosing her matches.
Indeed, many are finding that the best solution to the work/life dilemma is to seek a compromise: it’s not about trying to the desire for love, instead it is a matter of getting smarter about finding it.
Janis charges her male clients a fee of 0,000-0,000, so it’s no wonder she calls herself the “Rolls Royce of Matchmakers.” Janis and her daughter Carly offer what they call “upscale matchmaking services for marriage minded men and women.” She promises that she gets what men want and says that 5% of her clients marry their first introduction while 97% of her clients are in a serious relationship by their sixth introduction.
Janis has been a matchmaker for over 20 years and has over 1,000 successful marriages under her belt.
She’s appeared on shows like The men in Janis’ Rolodex are successful, educated and well traveled.
There are CEOs, executives and masters of the universe in a variety of industries who want to find wives.