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Angela is a 34-year-old single woman from Alabama. She’s a Leo. According to hier online dating profile, she is 5’8” with blue eyes and dark brown hair. “I am a creative, witty, slim damsel looking for someone to shower with all my love and affection!” she announces, appending a smiley face.
Angela wasgoed included te a 1,000-pack of allegedly single, supposedly American women, which Betabeat purchased for $35. Hier profile is one of a purported 14.9 million for sale on SaleDatingProfiles.com, where the inventory also includes Ten,000 U.K. profiles for $200, 15,000 Russians for $240, and 70,000 Australians for $95. A pack of Two,500 lezzie profiles goes for $120, or Four.8 cents apiece, gay dudes are .003 cents each and are sold te a pack of 410,000. “High quality Gays adult dating profiles for sale with multiplay photos located te USA, United Kingdom, Canada and other countries,” the suggest states. At the time of writing, SaleDatingProfiles wasgoed having a 75-percent-off spring sale.
Angela, who asked that hier last name be withheld, has bot dating online for years. But she never imagined hier profile wasgoed for sale on the open market, or that it now emerges on MeetGirlsGuys.com, which she never signed up for. “I have never even heard of that webpagina!” she said, adding that she lives te Texas, not Alabama, and the photo is at least seven years old.
Online dating is a fast-growing industry, with current revenues estimated to run inbetween $1.Five and $Three billion a year. But every fresh dating webpagina faces the same problem: finding souls to mate. Recruiting fresh customers is expensive, industry experts waterput the customer acquisition price at $1 to $Five vanaf person.
SaleDatingProfiles and its competitors BuyProfiles.com and DatingProfilesSale.com suggest a shortcut. They sell bulk packages of profiles that seem to include a fair number of coetáneo singles alongside somewhat more questionable Russian beauties, Nigerian bankers and half-empty profiles, which sometimes sell for less than a dime a dozen.
Betabeat emailed 208 studs and women whose profiles are being sold on SaleDatingProfiles. Most didn’t reply, 35 emails bounced. Only five people responded, none of whom knew their profiles were for sale. Harry Lin, a 61-year-old te Switzerland, noticed that a profile he embarked at Jumpdates.com had somehow made its way to Mega Dating and the now-defunct Sensual-Attraction.com. “They have my email, user name, bday and *former* Jumpdates password!” he wrote te an email.
Buying and selling profiles is just one of many unsavory tactics ter the online dating industry. One webpagina proprietor referred to thesis practices spil “black hat dating.”
“There is a lotsbestemming of tricky stuff that people do out there that most people don’t know about,” said David Evans, who embarked the profile editing service Profile Doctor ter 2002 and now writes the blog Online Dating Insider and consults for dating startups.
The industry has bot predominated by a few giants for about a decade: eHarmony and Match.com, which each voorwaarde 20 million members. But recently, niche sites like JDate, ChristianMingle, AsianBeauties.com, Vereiste Love Pets and FarmersOnly have become fancy.
Each fresh dating webpagina needs faces for its catalog, and much of the dubious behavior is driven by the need for more profiles. “I talk to dating startups a duo times a week,” Mr. Evans said. “Everyone wants to talk about the cold database problem.”
A close cousin to the profile seller is the “white label” dating service. Want to begin a fresh dating webpagina? White label databases are often used to pre-populate niche sites. With services like Dating Factory, WhiteLabelDating or World Dating Vrouwen, you can tapkast into a large database, smack your logo on top, and advertise that you have hundreds of thousands of members. Spil fresh people sign up for your webpagina, their profiles get copied into the main database to be reused by other sites.
Sometimes the white label-powered sites ask fresh customers where they want their profiles to show up, but usually it’s a clause buried deep ter the terms of service that permits “affiliate sites” to share profiles. Did you sign up for HotEquestrianDates? Your profile might demonstrate up on BikerRomance—which could make for an awkward very first date. But since daters tend to find out about this practice when they get a message from someone who’s interested, the transgression is often forgiven.