If you want to meet someone for an alternative arrangement, partnership or sexual encounter, ALT.com definitely offers a larger number of members than any other BSDM dating site currently available. Their prices are quite hefty however, and few members actually respond to messages sent – even as a female member contacting males. My best tip gleaned from this ALT review? Sign up and try out the free forums first, unless you want to jump in with a Premium membership to contact as many people as possible.
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.
Sign Up Process
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.
Look and Feel
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’s 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.
Connecting with Other 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%.
Accessibility and Mobile
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:
- 3 months of Silver service, charged at $14.09/month. Total cost is $42.27, billed all in one lump sum;
- 12 months of Silver service, charged at $9.79/month. Total cost is $117.47;
- 3 months of Gold service, charged at $17.62/month, with one month free. Total cost is $70.47;
- 12 months of Gold service, charged at $9.79/month, with two months free. Total cost is $176.23.
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.
- ALT uses automatic billing practices, which means your method of payment will be billed automatically two days before the end of your service term unless you cancel with their service;
- Your contact information may get shared with ‘partners’ of the site, unless you opt out of partner emails when you sign up for ALT.com, or from your dashboard at any time. Alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with your personal information getting removed from any mailing lists;
- You can cancel automatic billing at any time after logging into the site and accessing the Billing History page;
- If you don’t access the site for 180 days, ALT has the right to charge you a $5/month ‘maintenance fee'; and
- You can cancel your contract (read: payment) by midnight within three business days of having signed up, without penalty or obligation.
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