If you want to meet someone for an alternative arrangement, partnership or sexual encounter, you’ll probably get all excited reading this Alt.com review. It”s got more members than any other kinky dating site on the planet, for starters.
Their prices are quite hefty however, and few members actually respond to messages sent – even as a solo female member contacting solo males. My best tip gleaned from this ALT review? Sign up and try out the free forums first, then pay to gain access to folks’ contact information.
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From ALT: “ALT is everything you ever wished for in an active online fetish, BDSM, and bondage lifestyle community.”
Demographic: Singles and couples above the age of consent looking for alternative, kinky or BDSM-based relationships.
To sign up, first you’ll have to perform a quick search of ALT.com, which takes mere seconds – if it weren’t for the dizzying array of choices available. Men, women, couples and groups are all welcome, as are all manner of fetishes, so just scrolling through the lists can make for some fun introspection. Once you’ve chosen your options, you’ll receive a limited list of profiles that meet your criteria. Note however that each time I’ve searched ALT, the profiles I see when I sign up seem to disappear as soon as I pay for access. Sure, there are lots of folks in my geographic area, just folks other than the ones I saw online when I first perused. Take from that what you will.
ALT is a heady site, without question, and so just looking around at what’s available can make any kinkster swoon. Everything is easy to find and access, and there’s no shortage of options to choose. The only ads on the site relate to ALT.com review offerings, such as profile enhancements or adult videos.
For ‘standard’ members (read: non-paying) the search options look great, however they’re severely limited. Once you pay for a membership though, wowza. You can search by almost any imaginable fetish, demographic, location, physical feature and BDSM-based interest. Few dating sites offer a search function this robust to their members.
I automatically assumed I’d get a deluge of emails once I signed up, just for the sheer fact I’d listed myself as a single female. And, I did. More than 100 couples, single men and even single women sent me notes within the first week, however few replied to the messages I sent out, with a response rate of less than 35%. Yea, this didn’t bode well for my Alt.com review.
As ALT belongs to the FriendFinder network, you’ll want to grab their iPhone app via iTunes, or the Android version right as you log into the ALT site. You can also pay for your membership directly through the app.
ALT offers two different kinds of memberships: Standard and Premium. Standard memberships are their version of ‘free’ memberships, and they include only a tidbit of access to the site. You can create a profile and (minimally) search profiles, but almost anything else will require a paying membership. One trick to see if the site is worth your time is to find the forums; they’re a haven of members (usually nearby) looking to arrange, host and meet up with others on the site – all without paying a cent to access. If you’d like to contact folks one-on-one however, here’s how much it’ll cost you:
ALT.com accepts Ukash, checks, money orders, Visa, Mastercard, Discover and Diners Club (all credit cards via online, mail or fax payments), and SMS payments.
Do I recommend Alt? Only if you’re really, really struggling to meet someone and can’t in the local kink scene otherwise. Do sign up though, flesh out your profile (excuse the pun) and then head to the forums. Wait to pay for the service until you get a discount code, and then use it to exchange information. Never, ever click on links folks share with you (unless you can type them in yourself), and don’t be starting any sort of kinky relationship without first making sure they’re real – but that’s another article altogether.
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