With online dating, it is usually free to send and receive messages to other members on the website – however, you need to pay for a subscription to send on your contact details to someone or arrange to meet.
You'll pay €144 upfront for an annual subscription to – and even then, you can only arrange to meet members who also have a subscription.
They may be among the best paid in Ireland – but even TDs can't buy love.
Furthermore, as dating agencies are not regulated, you could be throwing your money down the drain if you choose the wrong agency.Dating agencies admit there are cowboys in the industry.To be able to meet members who don't have a subscription, you'll pay another €99.95 a year – which bumps up the cost of your annual subscription to €243.95.Be careful about signing up for free trials to test out online dating – if you don't cancel the trial membership on time, you could have to cough up for a month's subscription.
For example, with anotherfriend.com, if you sign up for a three-day trial of the site's premium membership, €24.95 will be automatically charged to your credit or debit card at the end of the third day of your trial and at the end of every month after that – until you cancel.So if you are so carried away by the prospect of finding true love that you don't bother to read the small print of the trial – and you don't notice your card is being hit with a €24.95 charge every month – you could inadvertently end up paying almost €300 a year.