Maybe money can't buy you love but, if you Online dating buy & sell first dates the right price, it can get you a first date. At least that's how it works on WhatsYourPrice. On the site, which went live a week ago, members who label themselves "generous" flash dollar signs to bid for the chance to "attractive" members out on a date.
The buying and selling of beautiful singles may sound an awful lot like prostitution, but the site's founder, Brandon Wade, insists that WhatsYourPrice is about paying for first dates, not paying for sex. Wade also runs the "sugar daddies" dating site SeekingArrangement. But this site isn't just for people seeking so-called "mutually beneficial relationships" although that is an option members can check on their profiles.
Wade said it's for anyone looking for relationships. For "attractive" singles both men and women, although the "attractive members" section of the site is chock full of scantily-clad femaleshe said the site provides a more efficient way of reaching only the most serious, most desirable candidates.
For "generous" singles also both men and women, though the site's homepage features male millionairesWhatsYourPrice. As the members go through the negotiation process, all they can see are each others' pictures and profiles which include their net worth and income. When two members agree on the price of a date, the site takes a small percentage of the cost and then "unlocks" the conversation between the two parties. To make sure members stick to first-date innocence, the site suggests date ideas, like sky-diving, building sand castles at the beach and visiting the local animal shelter.
On their dating profilesmembers are also explicitly asked to leave out R-rated content and references to sex. Although Wade said the site deletes profiles that violate the terms of service, a quick tour of the site shows that there are plenty of barely-dressed female members and bawdy men looking for "erotic meetings" and "intimate fun.
Wade said "there's no sex involved" in the framing of the site, but said that as with any dating the potential and hope for love and sex is obviously still there.
But what about the notion of true love? Doesn't paying for a date get a couple off to a superficial start? Not so, according to Wade.
Paying for dating is simply more efficient, not more materialistic, he said. Citing statistics showing that many couples break up because of finances, he said that getting the touchy -- yet practical -- topic of money out of the way early actually gets people off on a better foot. Free market principles infuse all other facets of society, he said.
It's about time for capitalism to couple up with finding love. The homepage of WhatsYourPrice. Is Paying for Dates Prostitution?
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