http://www.edarling.net/If any of you can investigate further please!
2011/02/edarling-recently- expanded-into-russia-and- turkey/
Perhaps it happened something like in the UK:
The man, 54, from the North East, came across Elite Singles and thought it looked like a better bet for meeting someone more serious about finding a long-term partner. He was also impressed with the advertised fact that 18,000 new members were registering with the site every week – giving the impression that he’d be spoilt for choice of potential dates.
After filling in the questionnaire, the man registered for the site and was delighted with the follow-up email he received. It contained several profiles of highly promising matches all “waiting to contact him”.
They were good-looking women in his local area with similar interests – world travel, theatre and cooking. He didn’t hesitate to pay the £180 for 12 months’ membership as pretty much everyone he’d seen so far he would have gone on a date with, so there seemed to be a lot of potential for meeting someone special.
But when he paid the money and logged back on, he was crushed to discover that not a single one of the profiles he’d been shown could be contacted. This was because they were “registered” and not “paying” members. In total, the site offered the man four suitable profiles “in his area” – none of which met his criteria. One of them lived hundreds of miles away in Ireland and would be unreachable without an expensive ferry or plane journey.
When the man complained to Elite Singles, it refunded him without a fuss, as it has a 14-day refund policy. When contacted by Telegraph Money, Elite Singles admitted that disappointment over the number of paying members was a “very common” complaint.
Tim Sonmez, a senior brand manager, said: “We have both premium and basic members in our pool and there are more basic members than paying members. We are testing changing the way we do this, but we are finding that fewer people will sign up if we only include paying members. If they have no initial contact [from potential dates] then there is no incentive for new members to pay to sign up.”