Online dating in Germany just got a makeover
The online dating scene in Germany is sorely lacking in two main areas: price and flexibility. German professionals, as well as the large number of foreign professionals who move to Germany, find that they are stung by the country’s inadequate consumer protection laws, when linked to online dating portals. Many find themselves locked into contracts they didn’t know had to be canceled during a tight window of opportunity – a very ruthless strategy employed by many companies here. This particularly hits foreigners where it hurts, as this arguably devious “customer loyalty” system is often new to foreigners when they first arrive here. Others think they can have a free trial, only to have the dating site turn off almost all features during the trial, thus defeating the purpose of having a trial period to experiment with and evaluate firsthand. hand the dating site. Additionally, most larger websites refuse to allow users to subscribe for just one month, preferring instead to force their potential customers to sign contracts for a minimum period of 3-6 months. So jumping on a dating site, messaging a potential love interest, and setting up a date, all of which can only take a few days, requires you to pay the site for several months. Does that feel fair to you, or does it feel like throwing money down the drain?
Given the enormous interest in online dating, it is surprising that there is so little competition in the German market, and what does exist is considered by many to be too restrictive and expensive. Not to mention the rather lengthy and personally intrusive profile questioning system that takes a while to complete and is forced on new users. Either way, allowing members to determine what they want to share with the dating society, without dubiously extracting it from them in the form of personality profiling for match-making – which, if it is not completed, prevents you from using the site.
So many serious flaws in the current online dating offers in Germany, hence the creation of a new alternative
The Eye Newspapers aims to change the options available for German online dating. They’ve created a new site called DeutscheDate (deutschedate.de), which addresses what they perceive to be the many flaws of the country’s biggest brands. For example, no contract is needed or even offered for any of their services. Therefore, there is no convoluted and deliberately painful contract cancellation process. No contract commitment period, be it 3, 6 or 9 months. No missed “window of opportunity” to cancel service. In short, no headaches, no risk, and not too high a cost for a service that may not even have people in your area, or that you can even use for the full term you pay. Many sites, because of their contractual minimum duration of use, ask users to pay hundreds of euros over this period.
DeutscheDate uses a credit system based on cheap virtual coins, where you buy virtual coins to use the site as you see fit. How many pieces you buy is entirely up to you. There are no minimum or maximum limits. Also, you don’t need to sign a contract. The cost of credit is very cheap (a fraction of the cost of other dating sites), and exists primarily to deter non-serious users from using the site. It should be noted that DeutscheDate was created primarily as a fair and cheap alternative to what exists in today’s online dating market, i.e. to allow professionals to easily and quickly establish a connection with a potential romantic partner online – this is not a site designed for profit. Therefore, being user-focused, you won’t find any of the usual jumping hoops, wasting time, cost and risk-taking associated with other big brands. It is nothing more and nothing less than a simple online portal to connect with other people with whom you may wish to establish a romantic relationship.
We hope this new site will raise the bar for online dating portals in Germany and mark the move away from extracting as much money as possible from customers, towards a fairer and more financially attractive model. Feedback and new feature requests are always welcome from our members and can easily be submitted by registering on the site (which only requires name, location and email – no long registration process or membership fees).
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