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Zoosk - Not quite a scam

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I tried zoosk after I quit Sensual seekers. Not much better in many ways.

I dont feel i was scammed, but it it cost me $35 for an exploratory month sub. It took me a week to cancel that.

First, their matching system kept matching me with women that just didn't fit my interests, worse they were basically the same types....and none matched my saved search criteria.

Then i realised that i wasnt getting any responses to the messages i sent to those i sought out, maybe some were fakes or inactives, but i sent a lot of messages, all to different women, and nothing...now i dont expect to get a reply for every message, but you send enough messages and surely someone is going to say something eventually.

Then i realised that if they were not subscribed, they couldnt reply. i could find no way of determining if a member was subb'd or not, nor if they were active.

I need feedback, in fact...a dating site is about communication. Getting no response consistently feels, as i have said in another review, unnatural. I found it creepy, not to mention depressing.

So in less than a week, i have ditched zoosk and in their feedback form suggested they allow non-paying members one free response to each paid member, and some ways they could limit even that.

Pros:
Seem to be at least a few real people on Zoosk.

Cons:
their matching system is totally ineffective.

'free' members can't respond to messages.

Have to pay more on top of subscription to be able to find out if your messages are even being read.

no way i could find to determine if a member was free, or even active at all.

Inhibits communication, lowers expectations, raises frustration and feeling of isolation.


spectre202 does NOT recommend Zoosk to friends/family

SensualSeekers - Just read the review and pay attention ;)

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Well, at first SS seemed ok, got plenty of hits, spent a weekend first screening out those who obviously didn't read my profile page. then tried to message a few prospects, instant demand for money.

Ok, so I tried to buy three credits, each of which is one message. SS wouldn't accept my card, possibly a good thing.

Got hardcore (security context not sexually) on my profile and the messages sent to me, screened again for obvious scammers.

Read terms and conditions...where I found in section 8 their disclaimer on 'Fantasy Profiles' (to encourage socializing, and conduct social research?!)

Realized that anyone that I may spend cash to contact could be a fake bot.

Soooo, I have adjusted my profile to aggressively screen out bots where possible, provided a secure email address just for SS, so any real ladies can contact me for a face to face midday coffee in a public space.

I'll keep an eye on that and see how it goes, but to be honest, paying per message when a bunch of them will be 'fantasy profiles' really gets to me (i cant verify, but of over 500 messages, only about 100 felt remotely real, and of them only about 20 showed any signs of having read my profile).

Maybe if they refunded money spent on contacting their fakes it would feel less like a scam...

Pros:
none that are concrete

Ohh, actually, i have spent most of the weekend kacking myself laughing at the number of contacts that claimed they contacted me because of the effect my profile picture had on them...i don't post pictures of myself online ever...

Cons:
costs money per message.
Uses 'fantasy profiles' that will only frustrate and mislead you. check section 8 of terms and conditions ;D

spectre2020 does NOT recommend SensualSeekers to friends/family

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