What time of year is better for OLD?

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Registered: 12-02-2009
What time of year is better for OLD?
Mon, 12-21-2009 - 10:24am

I've tried OLD at different times of the year, mostly when I feel I have the time to actually date, and when the main services offer specials.

End of summer and early fall seems to be a time in my experience when there are a lot of newcomers to the field. Then things get quieter around the holidays and in the winter.

eH sends me a ton of new matches when I first subscribe, and those quickly wither to a trickle until I might get one or two per month. And it never fails...the day my subscription is set to expire, they send me a new one that looks promising. Coincidence? Is it possible they hold a few matches in 'reserve' for each of us, to keep us coming back?

This time I

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Registered: 04-12-2004
Mon, 12-21-2009 - 2:38pm

I do not currently do OLD, but find your question interesting.

If you think about OLD from a business perspective you get a different point of view.

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Registered: 07-12-2004
Mon, 12-21-2009 - 9:02pm

i definitely do not think it's a coincidence that you get more emails when your subscription is about to run out. it's planned that way. some sites even put up fake profiles to make it seem like there are more members out there.

i haven't done OLD long enough to notice any seasonality. i was wondering if the new year would bring an uptick to new members joining dating sites. seems like it would be on many people's new year resolution. maybe that's wishful thinking!

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Registered: 12-02-2009
Tue, 12-22-2009 - 10:00am

They are not in the business of finding you a BF, they are in the business of collecting monthly fees from subscribers.

Your final reward will be heartaches and tears if you’ve cheated the man in the glass.          &nb

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Tue, 12-22-2009 - 11:46am
I agree w/ that one--years ago, I did match.com & by myself I was certainly finding more than 2 people a month that I at least wanted to start an email correspondence with. And when I consider the number of guys that I got to the 1st date or meeting with and then we never had a 2nd date, compared to the ratio of guys that I actually went on more than one date with, it was probably like 3:1, so just sending you an profile guarantees nothing. That's why I'd rather use a site where I can pick people myself--I think that eH probably "matches" people based on whatever criteria they have, but in real life, sometimes people who seem to not be a match at all end up together. But my cousin did marry a guy who she met on eH, so I guess sometimes it works. I just prefer more control of my own destiny and I wouldn't like the feeling that they are holding back the good prospects so they keep you on the hook longer.
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Registered: 01-21-2005
Wed, 12-23-2009 - 2:45pm

Hi. I haven't posted on this board in forever, but I was a regular back in my OLD days...

Anyway, I had the best luck with OLD in late spring/early summer. I don't know if that is because I live in Chicago and the weather in the winter is just too nasty or what. It seemed to me that spring was great because everyone's really itching to get out of the house as much as they can, but they haven't gotten totally booked up with obligations the way I always seemed to by mid summer.

I've had 3 long term (more than 1 year) relationships that I met online... first was in March, but we talked for a long time before, second I met in May, and the third was mid June (would have met sooner but I had been out of town for most of June that year).

So, that's my experience, for what it's worth!



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