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What am I paying for? A fellow female member I met at a planned dinner event expressed her disappointment to me about not finding quality men and paying way too much money for nothing.
I confided in her I felt the same way. I'm not the only one. Come to find out, there are plenty of complaints. Looking for love can be tricky business that can take people for granted; individuals leading with their emotions and hoping for some sort of redemption.
I signed a contract and probably won't get my money back. I am paying monthly for this expensive, useless site. Do not join or sign up for this site or any of its branches - Chicagoland Singles, Michigan Ave. Singles or Great Expectations. I'm sure there are a few success stories they can proudly claim as their own, but what is terrifying are the amount of stories that are not being heard or told.
The fellow member I mentioned previously says she just figures it's "money lost" and that's it. She's blaming herself for not looking more closely at the complaints posted with BBB and other review sites before signing up. I too feel I made a horrible decision and have paid way too much money for nothing.
I now only pay for anything when receive - and that includes dating! I am writing this so others can be informed. Don't sign up or pay a penny for this dating site no matter what they tell you. Signing a contract is a no no! I usually do not fall for sales pitches but this time I was duped.
To further get my interest, I was showed pictures of men that fit my Criteria and those were practically the only men I found in their entire database and even they were non-responsive. So who knows if they are current or even exist. I was told that people are to respond within 30 days of your inquiry.
I believe they have people who are just used to make it seem like there are eligible singles. One of the reasons I say this is because I met a man that I know who has been in their database for about 10 years.
In two months I was contacted by one person of a different race. The fact that they were racially different than myself was not a problem. Instead of giving me my money back, they applied it to a future event, a beer tasting event. Also what they did was change the dates of my inquiries to perspective singles. Again, people are to response within 30 days so after 30 days had expired and hardly anyone responded positively, they changed my dates on my Cleveland singles dashboard to make it look like the 30 days had just begun.
After you give them your money do not expect any assistance. If anyone can tell me how I can get at least some of my money back, let me know. I joined this dating site on: I must say these people are very skilled at what they do. They take advantage of line it people who wants to meet a good quality mate.
It's sad that they have been in business so long they do not provide what they say. Videos of potential dates a lot of times do not work. I talked to a man who had been off the system for six years. A lot of the men are currently inactive. Big ripoff this company. I worked hard for this money. This is the Cleveland site on Rockside Road. I found this to be a big rip-off. Telling me they offer so much more than other online dating sites. Saying there were lots of paid clients when in reality, there are photos of clients that either live out of state and "visit your area" or are listed as inactive.
I got hooked into this scam too. Did not have one single person in a year that I met. I met more men on another dating site that was much less to pay. The photos from Cleveland singles are so small and the quality of service for the amount of money they ask is ridiculous. They also charge This company is a big rip-off! When I called them 5 years later to use the site again they told me that I did not have a lifetime membership, and that the type of membership I bought was only 5 years.
I asked to speak to the sales person that sold me the membership, she was not in. I asked for her to call me back, she never did!!! I have called several time in the past 2 months but my calls have been ignored. She outright lied to me to sell the membership.
Boca Raton Florida location. Initially began signing up for website but never finished because it seemed odd that they wanted my telephone number. Great Expectations also goes under the name Cleveland Singles and a few other names. I never finished signing up and I never gave my credit card thank God. They began leaving voicemail messages every day. I blocked their number and they left messages from different numbers.
I blocked those too then they started leaving messages from "Private Number" unlisted numbers which you cannot block. I called them three times and asked them to stop calling me. They said, "Why did you fill out the form?
She made no indication that she would pass the word not to call my number. I don't see any way that this could possibly do more than irritate people who inquired of their company. Beware of this company. They are misleading and dishonest. I have filed a complaint with the Attorney General's Office and waiting on results. If you are unhappy because you have been mislead please do the same. If more of us file a complaint the Attorney General's Office will investigate.
I was lied about what they provide. They had told me they would send me two guys per week and would check on me weekly. They had a binder with lots of guys and claimed they had more.
When I joined I did not find the profiles of the guys they showed me at the meeting. I emailed them about that and they never responded. Most members are inactive.
There is no selection. They will also lied to you about being inactive for six months free of charge. The list goes on. The woman from Ohio that called me "Debbie" is a complete moron. If anyone here is interested in filing a class action lawsuit please let me know. I will be canceling all cards that are connected with this company first thing in the morning.
I did not give them permission to call me so if they decide to call me I will hire an attorney first thing tom! I thought it was really weird for someone to call me for permission to call me about payments before any payments were even made. It makes sense that they do not let you get on the website until weeks after you have already signed up. I'm so disappointed in myself for letting someone convince me this was a good idea!
You live and you learn that's for sure! Really hating on myself right now! They hard sold me, and lied. I should have sued because I had proof, but I was too busy. The paperwork and recordings said they would pay for some activities. They also said they would set up some meetings with other clients. This was nothing but fraud to steal my money. The personnel were rarely helpful and very condescending most of the time.
However, they were filled a list of nice looking successful available men in my area, when I originally meant with them. I purchased a lifetime plan and the quality of gentlemen was a outrageous lie. All of the men they presented were either off the site or never enrolled. A Fool, I was!!! I am not a pertinacious person, but I am an educated, intelligent and successful 50 year old nice looking, fit, Lady. I was not looking for perfection, but a gentleman close to my age, somewhat fit, again not Mr.
Fitness, that can communicate and knows how to treat a Lady. Please don't get me wrong, I backpack, whitewater kayak, and am a water rat. Being polite and not acting like an animal. Their screening process was non-existing. They took anybody with money. There were never any matches in my area or within 45 miles. They attempted to fix me up with a man that was 13 years my senior and acted older with major health issues. Age was not the issue, but in this case it was a problem.
To top all of these, the offices are closed and I have never received anything from these Scam Artists. They knew what they were doing and really did not care. I interviewed with GE hoping to meet professional men that had been pre-qualified and background checked by GE. The sales representative showed me pictures of decent and good looking men. He promised to personally oversee and set me up for dinner dates.
He said several would be interested to date an Asian woman like me. I waited for 3 months while they were drawing money from my credit card.
No calls from the company, no dinner dates, not even access to their dating site. I called them several times but I got no reply so I cancelled the automatic withdrawal from my credit card. And so now after 7 years, I have Credit Collection Agency threatening to sue me and put lien on my property! I am not supposed to give star because this is a SCAM but the website will not submit!
I went in, signed up and felt it was wrong immediately. What's up with that? Not one contact since initial sign up when the girl told me she had 2 guys for me. Except to ask for payment. What have people done to get out of this? In after being a widow for over 3 years, I fell victim to this predatory business. I had a terrible encounter with them and would like other consumers to be aware of the following: Great Expectations GE is a nationwide scam dating service that goes under a variety of aliases including Chicagoland Singles.
Once they obtain your contact information, they will harass you through email, phone calls, etc. If you are vulnerable like I was and agree to an interview, they use high power sales tactics to bully clients into signing a contract. At the interview, the following duplicitous tactics are used by their corrupt sales persons: High powered aggressive sales tactics and distractions to lure you into a contract.
Misrepresent the services they offer and the hidden fees. They basically utilize any strategy to fraudulently persuade you to sign. They purposely and defiantly briefly go over the contract. Federal and State Dating Service laws indicate 3 business days to cancel a dating service contract. If you contact them immediately after signing the contract even the next day , they will not give you accurate information on how to cancel.
She was cruel and verbally abusive. She outright refuses to work with you to resolve the issues. If you take them to small claims court, they will only agree to refund you of your money. In addition, they will threaten you with lawsuits. Great Expectations again a nationwide fraud dating service has had over 5 class action lawsuits filed in various states and over small claims lawsuits. My issues with Chicagoland Singles were resolved.
Their attorney handled everything in a very professional manner. I am satisfied with the results. I have never encountered such deceptive business practices! They obtained my contact information and made repeated unsolicited contact with me.
Unfortunately, I set up and interview at the Schaumburg location. Biggest mistake of my life! During the interview, the saleswoman used very manipulative techniques to coheres me into a contract over 6, dollars! I mentioned to her that I have a serious medical disability and I truly felt she used that to manipulate me.
She spoke quickly and focused on Irrelevant information as a distraction. She gave inaccurate data regarding their success rate, failed to go into details regarding the contract. Once she got my credit card, there was no return! I immediately attempted to cancel the next day and was misled by the staff regarding their cancellation policy. I have NOT utilized any of their services.
I am in the process of contacting the Illinois Attorney General to file a class action lawsuit. CF uses manipulative deceptive practices to exhort significant money from individuals. They prey on your weakness, disabilities to "steal" money and refuse refunds.
I plan to pursue as much negative publicity and legal action necessary to expose this deceptive business! This is the ultimate bait-and-switch. You tell them the type of woman you want, they say no problem, take your money and then don't offer you a single date in your request range. Unreal, look at these reviews. How do they not get thrown in jail for being such a scam? Somebody needs to do something. It's like the Madoff of dating. They Madoff with all my money.
All you other people who feel you have been scammed, pony up and get an attorney. I signed up years ago and was beyond pissed when I logged in for the first time to learn that all these women they showed me to be active members and single were actually just show ponies, not real members, or "inactive". Tried multiple times to cancel and get a refund the very next day with no success. I filed complaints with BBB, the TX attorney general and I finally paid an attorney to handle this due to misrepresentation and fraudulent advertising.
I did wind up settling with them. I won't disclose the terms but I was able to recoup a significant amount of my payment. Trust me, don't be scared of their contract. Hire an attorney and they will fight it.
With all the negative reviews, do you honestly think they want to go to court and face a jury trial? You be the bully for once and turn the tables on them and minimize your losses! Similar story to others, paid huge fee upfront, costly photo shoot, very few men in my age bracket that were with the service.
After 3 years, very few contacts, no support from service except to repeat they were not responsible, etc. I asked to join lawsuit in Wa state and would like to pursue this as a class action. How would this get started? The fraud is so similar in the cases I have read here. I deleted the account number as I felt sick whenever I saw the name of this place.
This company also goes by Got Dates? They're super suave at selling you on their program s , even travel to meet you, and are very accommodating. Unfortunately I signed a contract with them -- Agreed to a large upfront payment, with 2 additional installments 30 and 60 days later. I had a surgery near the end of my first 30 days, and was a couple days late sending the first installment.
I did receive nice reminders from them that I was late on my part of the contract. Feeling guilty, I went ahead and made both payments within 35 days since I was late.
Amazingly, haven't had a date since they received the full amount! I did have some correspondence with a Jamie McDaniel, "owner," about how her father passed away and she needed to take some time off to deal with that. Take all the time you need," I told her. Finally I threatened legal action, and she emailed to say the paper I needed to sign breaking the contract was "in the mail.
I'm trying to make everyone aware of this fraudulent behavior in the hopes you don't make the same mistake and fall for their very polished approach. I'm in process of suing for judgment, if for no other reason, than to have it documented to protect others from them.
I would not even give them one star but still shows one. Thought they would have been put out of business by now and I see they are still going strong. People, stay away from this crooked organization as they will take your money and if you are lucky one date is all you get. Seems like the consumer attorney general can't or won't touch them.
Do your homework and read all customer complaints and reviews. Learn from us that have been burnt. This company is a ripoff and will take your money.
I'm an black american and this site is not for us. They lied and promised marriage, saying they were Christian etc. Then they closed shop and there went my money with them.
I hope karma pays all of those liars and scammers a visit. The consumer office of CA did nothing to help me because they are "franchises". Yonatron , 8 Nov 9: Yes but shouldn't a scam like that be covered by existing laws in the vein of "don't scam people"? Seriously, why is there any member of a legislature who thinks it's his or her business to decide what the maximum possible value of a dating service is? That's hurty on the brain.
Anonymous Coward , 8 Nov Robert Martin , 9 Nov 5: Testosterone poisining, that's what it is. Women, unlike men, are raised in a culture that STILL often teaches they will find their "completion" in a relationship with a man.
And for some people, male and female, their "other half" never shows up. These poor women will pay any price if it holds the prospect of "true love," because they are so indoctrinated.
That's why the law is needed, to prevent exploitation of the cinderella myth. If Great Expectations had paid me a couple of hundred, I'd have serviced these ladies, and GE would've kept a tidy, secure profit. They were hoping to avoid meeting slobs like you. I was ata party a couple years back and talked with a girl who worked at one of those places. It might have even been GE.
Anyway, she said the clientele tended toward a couple of architypes. The guys were nerdy engineers and lawyers who had busted ass for years to have a decent salary and were now looking for a young hottie to validate their professional success, but were too socially awkward to approach women on their own. The problem with that was, hot young chicks don't need to pay a dating service, they already have more attention than they can handle.
The female profile tended toward professional women who had achieved managerial success to the point where they had priced themselves out of the mkt. They all wanted to marry guys who were more successful than they were, but the guys who were that driven and successful were picking up their potential trophy wives without 3rd party help.
She said very few clients ever got what they joined for because objectively, nobody had very realistic expectations of their actual mkt value. A lot of the times nobody even got past the video viewing stage.
Craig , 9 Jun Unhappy TN customer , 8 Jan 9: You people don't understand the kinds of scam tactics GE uses. I am currently fighting legally for a refund for services not yet rendered which they owe me under state law and refuse to honor.
Their sales pitch is riddled with lies and inaccuracies, they take your financial and govt. It is business fraud plain and simple, and I am prepared to argue in court that they are in violation of a number of clauses in the deceptive and unfair business practices of the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act. Why don't you have a look at www. I only wish I'd found out sooner. Mike Murphy , 14 Jan 9: They have signed off on this point, and additinally, have agreed to allow my counsel to review the contract prior to signing up.
The answer then becomes yes, to get out a couple times a month, with singles, it would be worth it. So, as long as they stipulate in the contract what I want to see, then I think it is good to go. I'll let you know how it turns out.. Les Lyons , 27 Apr 7: I just signed up and have until Friday night at midnight to ask for my money back, under the hr rule. I haven't found good feedback so far! I'm an attractive yr old male with a great personality according to male and female friends, who are encouraging me NOT to do this!
GE keeps calling me, but I am going to pass. I am an attractive 36 yr old blonde professional, but I ended up linking to GE when I went on a site 'claiming' to be a singles mingle coordinating club.
Kathy , 15 Aug 6: Wow, I can't even believe this site. I found the staff to be extremely helpful and kind. I am a 45 year old, attractive brunette and am so grateful to GE. I had almost given up on finding an intelligent, articulate, funny, kind man. I would recommend it to anyone. It did take some time and all of my dates were not wonderful, but at least I had a pretty good idea of what to expect by seeing the photos and videos first before meeting them.
I also attended several events and met some of my now dear friends. It was really a win for me across the board. Tom , 14 Sep My interview with GE was not the best. In my mind I was thinking, I can buy a car for this amount. Of course, I said no. I said, "okay, let me think about it. Kristine , 31 Oct 3: Wow 6 months for I left my job of two years as a store manager and was told that they were downsizing I have a special needs child and Christmas is around the corner.
I think death sounds quite attractive right now I am an X sales person. If I can help you with inside knowledge I will. I left a store manager job that I held for two years so I am out more that 5K!!! I hope you got out I paid the same amount. Never had a video made, never had access to the site and have been barred from their site. The state they do business in has no 3 day right of recision. But there is hope there are cases on the web where they have been sued successfully and a full refund was given.
I hope you got out while you could. I am going to go down fighting but I am prepared to lose. Laurie , 18 Jun 8: I'm looking at going to the office in Scottsdale next Wednesday to possibly sign up. So, your experiance was good or bad? Rachel Brooks , 21 Mar I'm thinking about writing to the AG to get the terms of my contract renegotiated-while I realise it's a contract I do think that I should be able to re-negotiate it but not cancel it.
What kind of legal rep did you get? I'd like to find an attorney to represent me. Any information you can provide is greatly appreciated. Nunya , 3 Apr 3: What did you ever end up doing?? I found some info. Arizona Revised Statutes covers dating services contracts. From the information I have read via online complaints and what I experienced when I had my appointment, the contract you signed may be voidable under Arizona law.
If you don't know how to view the text of these statutes, let me know. I went on "Freeze" to stop the charges to my credit card for monthly services in addition to the 4K. Their creepy pushy photographer was a con-artist as well. To be fair they contract work out to their photographers who are trying to make a living as well. Often the case, this is the first time clients have had their pictures taken in a studio since they were in high school.
So if the photographer tried to sell you photos, dont be upset. Also, people with little, or no self esteem never seem to like pictures of themselves.
Mike Lloyd , 29 Apr 1: I just had teh intial interview today and a price wasnt mentioned. Im intriqued but cautious at the same time. Any words of widom? I will tell you why. Kristine I worked there.
What is the normal charge for this 'diamond' package.. Prices are all over the map for GE. The main thing you ought to know is that this allegedly highly selective group of people is not nearly, and that you can get the same thing on Match. Ask if you can get a trial period and see what happens. They're all about the hard sell and their game is "Gotcha!
Ed , 10 May 3: On top of that the online option is additional! They provide no service, no help no nothing. I'll have my attorney look into it and tell me what to do.
Don't even consider subscribing to this service. Paul , 17 May 8: Lifetime membership with no monthly dues. Lots of promises but not all of it was put into writing.
I was told that the employees work on salary and do not work for commission. Finding out this may also be false. I wish I would have done my homework first. This is far more expensive than the rest of what you are paying Looks like it is time for me to cancel I am glad I found this web page I had no idea about any of this that I am reading They claim to have thousands of members I have no idea Thanks for the info I am still within my 72 hours to cancel The only way we were paid was commision.
I gave up a job as a store manager of two years because they promised me a job. Worked there for 30 days and they had to let me go due to company cut backs. If I can help you let me know. Monica , 19 May 2: I worked for Great Expectations for more than a year, and I also believe it is a complete rip off.
First of all, the employees DO make commission, and a lot of it. It is quite understandable considering employees are stripped of all morals There is not just one flat fee. The background check is really a credit check to see how much they can get you for. Most don't use the service and even more don't find love. But for those of you looking to get a refund, I do know it is very difficult to do so.
There are so many legal loopholes that GE has discovered over the last 30 years, it makes it virtually impossible to break your contract and get any type of a refund. To those of you who have had bad experiences, I truly am sorry. I know I had a very bad experience with them, and they were paying me! I can only imagine how hard it must be! Keep your head up, and move on with your life. You cannot be happy dwelling on the past. And if you signed up for a dating service, obviously you are single and available, so it will take some time, but love and happiness will find you!
Hey former employee from former employee. I left a job to work for these people. I was a store manager for two years. I was working for GE for 30 days and was let go. I was making my sales and getting along with everybody but just brought into the office and told that there was company cuts. Isnt there usually a hiring freeze????
I have a special needs child, Christmas is coming and now have no insurance. I feel so stranded. They made me alot of promises. They gave me no notice to find a job or even a heads up and I turned down at least five jobs I too am a former employee of GE. DO NOT let yourself be suckered into this service! This is a big CON game! You will be charged anywhere from 3 to 6 thousand bucks for merely nothing. The 3 to 6 grand is only the price of signing up. Don't forget to fork over another 20 dollars a month for online service unless you want to haul your tukas to their library during business hours only for computer use.
That so called 'background check' consent form they have you sign when you walk in the door to make you feel 'safe', is nothing more than a credit check to see if you even have the funds to be there in the first place. The final straw at this company, was when they encouraged me to sell a premier membership to an elderly gentleman with terminal cancer. I can't believe this place is even still in business.
Try one of the less expensive on line services. I hope they shut this place down soon. It is a company that preys on the lonliness of people and most often at the location I was at, elderly people at that.
Rotten to the core! Kristine , 4 Apr As a former employee I just want to back Cassie percent Angela , 7 Jun 2: You have that right. I left a job of two years as a store manager. Just today they had to let me go after 30 days. I have a special needs child and now have NO benefits Christmas around the corner. I just want to die. Now that is a bad business decision. I feel so stupid.
Anne , 7 Jun Honestly people in my opinion. Let me lay down the situation. I have never tried GE but I do know people that both work there and are members and I have witnessed more than 3 engagements in the last year through GE. Also if you are going into the service thinking that you a 55 year old men deserve a 27 year old female.
Seriously, think long and hard about it. If you are dumb enough to get ripped off then that is your fault. Besides why does everyone always look at the glass half empty and not ever half full. Pissed off , 26 Aug You are a dumb fucking cunt for thinking this is legit. GE workers and believers should all end up in purgatory. Fuck you cunt for your fucking beliefs. Now I hear all of the complaints but Im gonna have to agree with Anne.
If you are actually on a dating site looking for love through a computer screen Get off your home office chair and take a walk. Try hmmm the park? GE is exactly what it is. A service that puts you in contact with other people who have paid to be in contact with you. If you cant find a date maybe you should re evaluate yourself and your approach. Are your pics bad are you too picky referring back to self worth does your shirt in your profile make you look like a hobo?????
Consider lonely for life an option not Great expectations!!! Maybe you should try a lifestyle counselor ala starting over or and image consultant at your local Macy's. Don't put out trash and expect to receive gold in return , trash attracts flies kids. If you do decide to try a service start with a success rate did u know marriages result every single day through GE???? Pricey as they can be the do produce results, just keep in mind what you are bringing to the table.
If you know youre socially inept, not pleasing to the eye, with bad breath and no sense of fashion what so ever maybe you should scratch that mom says I can do anything mentality and hop on the closest transit or in your shiny new benz whatever and visit the land of reality check. Go fucking Shhhhhh yourself cunt. You should know better than to give whipped advice.
You are too stupid to understand people are humans. Like you posting your stupid shit right above this comment. I understand, it was Human Error and you didn't mean it. Well, GE doesn't understand humans make errors. They understand that when you sign your name, that money is already spent via commission and salary. Shyyyyyyy call equifax and ask. Dee Dee , 25 Jul 6: Some people just join any kind of dating service and think that everyone is going to pick them and that they are going to me the person for them in 3 months and will be married within a year.
It doesn't work that way. Many people who aren't any serious relationships have eithered spent the last years working on a career or trying make a series of bad relationships better. In either case they definitely have not learned the proper skills to make great relationships. Then no matter what dating service they join they think they can continue to either be anti-social and work on their career OR continue to pick people that are wrong for them by looks or habits but since they are in a service then everything will change.
Then they blame whatever the service it is from match. They never once consider the advice given them by the dating service. Phil and Great Expectations has staff but they won't listen.
So when they continue having bad results it's always someone else's fault. My friend gives her first date a list of all the things they must do on the first date. But the service she meets these guys from just has a bunch of lame men and she is going to cancel at the first chance she can get. I've told her that she can't do this but she told me that they have to know up front that she won't take any mess. She scares them off and then wonders why all men are all the same and never call her for a second date.
You guys no I'm telling the truth because you all have that friend just like I am describing. You can clearly see what they are doing wrong and they won't even listen to you. Hey, you too, mother-fucker. They are stupid fucks and so are you.
This company sucks and the employees should just kill themselves for working for "trail of dating tears" money. Ever heard of blood money, bitch? This is Tear money. So, if you don't understand this Scott , 9 Aug 1: I'm still in my 72 hour grace period though. During the "interview" I felt as though I were being pitched.
Having previously been in sales, I was familiar with all the mind games salesmen play, yet in my trusting nature i bit anyway. My "interviewer" said he was on salary and his background was in marketing and psychology. I know he was lying upon telling me this. I have to say, they have very good training for their sales staff.
I'm now stuck in a delima. I would like to use their service because I do believe quality individuals can be found there but I don't enjoy feeling like I was sold something, no one does. Buyers remorse I suppose. It doesn't seem like a scam, just a little shady. I've yet to find any positive blogs or reviews praising GE other than those "canned" reviews that I'm sure GE has pushed out. So, do I spend the and see if they offer what they say or save my money for a much needed vacation?
Miss Daisy , 15 Aug 6: I say save your money. There a a lot!! As for GE how can anyone be sure how many members there are? I worked for them until yesterday. They sold me a job. I left my store manager position of two years. I wanted to help people find happiness I am the most unhappy because I lost everything in a soft economy. Smart Person , 20 Sep Do you think a company could be successful for over 30 years if it didn't work?
I've worked for GE and know that the only people who don't have success, have that problem because they are not realistic. If you are a 55 year old man, don't pick only 25 year olds and expect to have 10 dates lined up. With thousands of members, if you can't meet someone through GE, ever think maybe YOU are the problem? I met my husband through GE. My aunt met her husband through GE, and I know hundreds of others with the same story.
People who come to GE, complain, and want a refund just realize that they are still in the real world, and no matter who you are, it's not easy to meet someone great. At least with joining GE, you have a better chance. It's a numbers game. After working here, I realize why most people are single. So change your attitude and be positive and you might just meet someone. No doubt GE works for some, but their sales tactics are high-pressure to the hilt.
At the end of two hours you're forced to make a decision amounting to several thousand dollars with no trial period or chance of a refund. You're offered substantial discounts off of a highly inflated price, being told "it's only good for tonight. They play to your weaknesses, and flatter you as well. But you must join now, so you do. Finally, after the photo and video session, you get onto the site and soon realize that this "selective" group is very small and consists of few you're even interested in.
Then the sinking feeling comes in, that you have blown a major wad, and all you can ask is "how did I do this? I am going to try to negotiate a settlement with GE, as I haven't been in for very long, but I'm expecting it to be difficult. They appear to be sharks. It's been my most expensive lesson yet in the school of hard knocks, though hardly something you'd think an organization would be proud of. Please let me help you. I worked for the company until yesterday. My husband is angry with me, I have a special needs child and Christmas is around the corner.
Death looks really attractive right now I was making my sales and still they did this to me 30 days later. So I am basically out 32K a year until I can find a job in a soft economy. Kristine, it sounds as though GE's specialty is making people feel stupid about themselves.
I guess the consolation is that we receive an invaluable lesson in the school of hard knocks. In the short time you were at GE did you hear of any customers attempting to get their money back?
Kristine , 4 Apr 9: Everyday that I was there and practically every person who bought a package We would sit and flirt with the guys and tell them how great they were I hope to find a job in my field soon.
Cindy , 12 Oct I tend to agree with most of the compliants, signed a contract 2 years ago for They showed men that would be interested in me. After I signed the contract they were all inactive, imagine that.
I realize now it was all a scam, won't fall or be that stupid again.. Don't recommend to anyone.. Steven Carrington , 30 Oct 8: The company was a very good idea for professionals who just did not have time to look for a partner when it started 30 years ago with Personal computers and an Internet.
However, the original company was sold and new owners after new owners finally settled on individual franchises. All franchises have a link to a database that is so out of date that some who appear on it joined 30 years ago. The number of complaints is in the thousands and more states will follow. For those who could qualify there are legitimate services of this type out there run by very reputable people and have top clients including celebrities, royalty, captains of industry and the idle rich and they pay outrageous sums to be properly united with persons of the type and character they look for.
It is a scam. I quit a job of two years as a store manager. They offfered me a job and I decided to go for it. I have to hit the pavement to find a new job in a rather soft6 economy. Katie , 23 Dec 5: As another victim I'm interested in hearing from others in the Dallas Metro office who joined and have received none of the promised support or benefits. I asked for a full refund the following day-less than 24 hours later.
I filled a dispute with my credit card company the following day, filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau 2 days later and had an appointment with an attorney within a week. My attorney sent a Demand For Refund letter to the main office in Houston with a response from them that the contract is non-refundable under any circumstance and stated if I pursue with small claims they would not only win but would counter sue for their attorney costs.
My credit card would not dispute the charge because of the non-refundable contract. Please email me back as to your story and if you are getting any resolve! Linda, I'm not a lawyer, but my sense is that GE is bluffing. Stick with your lawyer. I hope you'll call their bluff. Ola , 21 Apr RR , 10 Sep 1: Has anyone in the Fort Worth tx area ever stopped payment on their auto draft. I noticed these posts are a few years old but I to was scammed.
I would love any info on others situations. Michael , 1 Jul I saw a street sign for dallassingles. When I got home I went to the website.
There was no informaion about dallassingles. A girl started calling and leaving voice mails from dallas singles. After two weeks and six unanswered calls I picked up. The girl told me about dallas singles, and then asked me to come in for an interview and a background check. There was never any mention of it being Great Expectations. When I went to the street address she emailed me, it was Great Expectations. Then they hit me with the high sales pressure of sign up now or you'll never be anybody.
I've seen the same signs in a lot of cities, but never thought this was GE. I'll have to begin checking these out further. As for a refund, you've got the next-day cancellation in your favor, but you may need to speak to a lawyer. A beautiful young girl with a boob job conned me into GE and I don't even like boob jobs! This is not to say I wasn't responsible, because I knew all along what I was doing. Rather, it's just an indication of how far you'll go when you're lonely and somewhat desperate.
I'm still going to try to do something, but this has been such a bad investment that it's laughable. It's only money, I keep on telling myself. Michael , 4 Jul 9: I wasn't looking for a dating service. What I was looking for was organized parties where everyone was single.
They got me for a lot more than you so it hurts more. I would think that checking on someones available credit without permission would fall under some sort of invasion of privacy law. I have a friend who was a former civil judge in my city. He's now an attorney again. That could surpass what I was conned on just gathering the facts, digging up the dirt and building the case.
I apologize if the implication came across that I thought YOU were desperate. I meant it to apply both generically and, most of all, to myself. It didn't occur to me that you could pay out even more than I did, but I guess with this organization the sky's the limit. I will predict one thing: They are making too many people too angry, and in time I suspect something like a "60 Minutes" expose will bring the curtain down on them.
It is just such a blatant case of exploitation that I cannot see this going on more than a few years longer, especially with the power of the internet spreading word of peoples' experiences. Michael , 5 Jul 2: The sad thing is often they are members of the BBB in there area.
Oprah, dateline, Forbes and others have promoted them. I'm sure none of these supporters knows the truth of their business practices though. What GE is doing in "background check" is actually doing a credit check on the CC you volunteered to see what the max amount of money they can con out of each person is. That explains the different dollar amounts everyone was coned for. Ola , 20 Apr I am so dissapointed with GE. I just joined and I don't even want to participate.
IT sounds like a big rip off. Has anyone thought of doing a class action lawsuit in TX against them? Kristine , 21 Apr 8: I know somebody who is trying to sue already in Texas. Write me an email and I will send him your email so that you can talk. My email is klshirk msn. I hope that this really helps you. DD , 17 Jan 3: When I spoke with the "interviewer" on the phone I explained that it's a rare day off and I don't feel like getting dressed up today, can I go as I am?
There were at least 5 comments made about how I look when I come in, as the GE staffer said, "You never know who you'll run into in here. I'm not ugly, I look okay without makeup. I asked the question, then I was made to feel less than whole because of the way I came in. I gave up dating people that would make me feel less of myself 20 years ago, why would I fork over 5K to have someone tell me the same crap?
What a set up and what a bunch of lies. There was a man there, very tall, nice looking. I decided on the way home that he is likely a GE "plant", to entice me in.
Probably on the inactive list. I will not keep my saturday appointment for 11 am. I will post my impressions wherever I can, and I am glad it cost me only my a ding on my credit report which was incidentally hit while I was in the office or shortly thereafter. I did not sign up as I would not give them a full credit card payment up front. What a crock of crap. Thanks for adding to the feeling I had that this is just may be a complete sham. Zero in common and IJL can pound sand too.
I am looking into the class action suit info online about them. I used this dating service and I met my wife. Four thousand dollars is a small price to pay for meeting someone that you will be with for the rest of your life I subscribed to it a few years ago, and after 7 months I saw her profile and we went on a date Bradley , 23 Feb Wrote a check - signed the contract and went home.
Interested to see the reaction from the company when they get the "stopped payment" check in a few days I'm sure that they'll try to enforce the contract, send it to a collection agency, etc Any Thoughts Anyone on how they'll react to the "stop Payment"? I don't think they'll go to court. GE is nothing if not practical, and will not throw dollars away in a quest they know is futile.
My guess is they'll call and try to coax you back, possibly even try to intimidate you with the charge that you signed a contract, but as you intimate, their bark will be worse than their bite. I've been a GE member for too long to have any hope of getting my money back, so I'll just offer my perspective on the experience. I've gone out on several dates and the women have been pleasant, but as yet, no sparks have flown. I've had a fair number of women contact me, but thus far only one who has aroused my interest.
In its favor I would say that after paying all this money, GE members generally try harder. Some would say if you ultimately connect with that one person it's all worth the money, and yes, it would be, but the issue is that GE is an incredibly overpriced service.
If all ends well, the money becomes an afterthought, but in what percentage of cases does that actually happen? So, my money is gone, but might as well make the best of it. From my experience thus far I don't see any special advantage to GE over a Match.
GE offers a selectivity, but it pretty much amounts to selectivity based on income. I'll admit, I got sucked in, but as someone once said, "if you have a lemon, make lemonade. Mary , 25 Feb 5: The only thing certain about Great Expectations is once they bill your credit card you will never get a refund. The Dallas TX franchise is a total fraud. They advertise "lots of available professional men" in the Dallas area.
You won't see or find them. The closest search their web service has to Dallas is a miles. The large majority of these men aren't availabe and probably don't exist at all. Their contract is evidently written to prevent any refund pro-rated or not. You can't view any candidates until you have your photo session.
Don't make the same mistake I did. If you do, don't expect any help from these scam artist via the BBB in trying to get a refund. Isaac , 6 Mar 4: I had no idea what kind of service this was. I was already a bit on edge from having them call me fairly often. I skipped our first meeting. I just got called again today and they pushed me to get an interview in tommorrow. They kept saying they had "lovely ladies" etc etc and man - i felt like I was talking to a pimp.
She said to bring 2 forms of ID and my credit card and said the word "selective" many times. Hey, im pretty easily flattered, but i didnt say anything relatively amusing so i was a bit taken back by that strange response. Also, FYI, they called themselves "Minneapolis Singles" very ungoogable so i did a google search on their address to discover they were really great expectations.
Kelly , 6 Mar I'm really surprised to see all of these negative comments. I met my husband through GE last year. I was meeting a lot of men that seemed to be playing around before this service. I had a lot of wonderful dates with men that actually wanted a relationship, which was pretty foreign to me. My last first date was with the man I just married last week. To me the 5k I spent has been completely worth it. Kelly, it's wonderful when it works, but I wonder what the percentages are on that?
If GE is as "great"as it claims to be, why not some leeway for those people for whom it has not lived up to "expectations? GE are still rip-offs. We want to know how long your marriage will last when it is based on nothing but exclusive bucks.
I was lied to and scammed. Sorry, chick, but no marriage is worth the suffering of others. See ya on the singles side when you are divorced, chickita. Kacey , 10 Mar 2: This people are professional scam artists who will try to take you for thousands. They prey on the lonely, vulnerable people who have had bad dating experiences and are searching for a mate. This prevents you from conducting research on their company to see what they are made of.
After long enough everyone can find someone. I asked how they know they about this value and the representative said that the ones that they are divorced come back to be members. There is 95 complaints on this website for Great Expectations. They will give you time to think about their service and tell you to call them and let them know whether or not you decide to go with their service. They will not disclose that you have to send them a certified letter canceling the service or appear in person with a letter to cancel the service.
After putting down a deposit on their service, Great Expectations with then attempt to get you to sign a credit card receipt for the remaining money. They appeal to you by saying that if you sign the receipt now, that they will save you a trip to their office if you decide to go with the service.
DO NOT sign the receipt. Signing the receipt means you agree to pay them the money regardless of whether or not you decide to become a member of their service. Think before you sign up or even meet with this service, or you could soon find yourself parting with thousands of dollars.
I am out thousands but I am trying to get it back. I have been banned from the site I never had access to in the first place. There have been many successful lawsuits against this company and their sales tatics go to www. Anne , 11 Mar Ok so the service didn't work for you. Here's another one of them that thinks they know it all. Goddamn it, cunt, why don't you come down from your fat fluffy cloud and get a real life.
Not everyone in the whole fucking world are optimists, okay. Some people find optimism annoying and intrusive and it just annoys people to the point of being pissed off.
Besides optimism, when you pay for something you don't get, you want something, no matter what it is, in return, duh! I hope it does make you laugh I have a fucking Goddamned given right to be pissed off with these mother fuckers.
I hope when you go home at night and feed your kids you think about what you are laughing at You've probably been wronged so many times you just got bitter and find it funny when others are doing the suffering and not you. This service works for some people and not for others. That's the way everything in the world goes. Do you get mad and bitch like this at your gym because in the three years that you have a Membership there you didn't get any less fat. I don't see you crying that you have to pay a gym money and still work at your goal.
The same applies at GE. You have to still work at getting a date. The difference there is that there is a staff to help you, the pictures are taken by an in house photographer and there are monthly member events so that you can meet many other members at one time. From what I have researched on the Web Great Expectations does have some people complaining about Membership costs and some people have met the love of their lives through the service. But when I have reserched online dating sites such as match.
So maybe you all should realize that you are paying that extra money for things such as the staff meeting and getting to know all the members, knowing that the photos are accurate and knowing that the members are not married.
I think all that is worth the money. You people frustrate the hell out of me and I hope that all of you stay single or hook up with one another because I would hate for a decent person to have the unfortonate experience of being in a relationship with people who bitches and complains about anything as much as you all do. Anne, I think you miss the point. GE makes extravagant claims and, accordingly, charges a rather extravagant price.
Their sales techniques, as many have noted here, are hard-sell to the hilt. And just what do you suppose ARE the success percentages? That is mostly my fault, but let's not give GE a pass on it either, as they were the ones consciously throwing around the bull. Finally, what do you call a business that won't give a refund on cancellations within three days or in some cases even less! It basically amounts to an exploitative way of doing business. You are right, however, that once a member one might as well try to make the best of it, and that does require some work.
Anne , 12 Mar I still think you are missing the point honestly. I understand that you feel as though you lost a lot of money. You say that the sales person handed you a lot of bull but you took it. Besides what makes it all bull?
It's you building it up in your head because you fill disappointed, but why? Because you haven't found someone to love quite yet?
Ok and this whole I was lonely and weak when I was sold my membership, ok so you were going through a low point but let me remind you. You entered a profile on the internet, you took the call from their representative, talked with their representative, set an appointment, drove yourself to the center, got out of your own car and walked yourself into the center, had an interview with whomever and then decided it was for you. That is a lot of stuff YOU had to do. It's not like the GE representative forced you into anything.
It was your decision to make and you made it.