“Is AnastasiaDate real?” is what my reader asked me, hesitant to put any more money into online dating sites with foreign singles that didn’t deliver. “I’ve yet to check it out,” was my answer – until now. I’ll start by saying that it is a verifiable, secure online dating site, with thousands of women in Russia or the Ukraine, mostly looking to marry a man elsewhere in the world. Single women can’t even sign up for the site; they’ve got to go through a completely different application process to confirm they do live in Russia, and also have their profiles and emails monitored to make sure the ladies aren’t trying to circumvent the system or scam the paying male members. So while this AnastasiaDate review gets a general thumbs-up, there are a few things to take note of before jumping in.
From AnastasiaDate: “Founded in 1993 by a Russian-American couple, AnastasiaDate was among the first enterprises of its kind and now has a membership of over 1,000,000, with more than 80 million online visitors annually and 1.5 million+ letters exchanged onsite daily.”
Demographics: Female members range from the age of majority to generally the 45-year old mark, although there are older women on the site, I only encountered gals under 30. The gents I spoke were mostly well-educated and financially stable guys in their late 20s and up.
Signing up is quick and easy, taking only a few seconds to plug in your name, email address and password, or through Facebook. You’re immediately welcomed with an Inbox message, along with a bevy of lovely ladies’ profiles.
Look and Feel
The site has few ads, other than for you to purchase credits, which are plentiful and in your face at every click. Still, the site is inviting, and really easy to maneuver around. Everything you could possibly want (and more) is listed along the left side of each page, including information about Romance Tours (traveling to foreign countries to potentially meet a mate), Virtual Gifts, ‘Video Dates’, and more.
The search features surprised me at AnastasiaDate. Not only could I search by my age (meaning, does the lady in question want to date someone my age?) but also her age, country of residence, smoking habits, height range, weight range, whether or not she has kids, her English proficiency, hair color, whether or not she’s got a birthday coming up, her Video Date status, and more. I put in some really specific searches, and each time came up with (at least) one profile. There were definitely more women in certain areas, and those with less English fluency as well.
Connecting with Other Members
I was presented with members constantly along the right side of the screen, each time I clicked, showing me who was available right now for chat or a video call. I had no problem finding members to speak with in live-time, although for the most part the communication was slow, likely because of the translation required. All of my emails received a response within a week, most within 48 hours. I asked why everyone’s photo seemed so attractive and professional, and was told the women need to have a certain quality of shots taken in order to get on the site, as well as a rigorous process to ensure the same photos aren’t posted elsewhere.
The costs of contacting members on AnastasiaDate is a bit different than most dating sites, for a couple of reasons. For starters, all of the ladies’ emails are monitored by staff, to “maintain the legitimacy and reputation” of the site. As well, most written correspondence requires some translation, and AnastasiaDate includes this in their fee breakdown.
As well, they operate on a credit system: 10 credits equals either sending OR reading a letter, and it’ll cost you one credit per minute of chat, or video chat for two credits per minute. You can earn free credits by referring friends (the exact amount was hard to find), as well as by performing certain account functions, such as booking a free tour deposit (1000 credits), completing your profile (5 credits) or viewing the video of one of the ladies (1 credit). The cost of credits are as follows:
- 1000 credits = $399.00
- 500 credits = $249.00
- 320 credits = $185.00
- 160 credits = $96.00
- 80 credits = $56.00
- 40 credits = $30
- 20 credits = $15.99
There’s also a button right below the payment system to designate automatic billing (a common practice amongst online dating sites). Basically, remove the check if you DON’T want your credit card automatically charged again for the same number of credits when you’re “running low”.
AnastasiaDate accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, PayPal and Skrill.
Note that as soon as you click “Sign Up” or “Find My Matches”, you’re legally bound to the fine print listed on AnastasiaDate, even if you decide you’d rather sign up elsewhere instead – a feature I’ve yet to find on any other dating site. Some other items to note:
- If or when you want to terminate service, you have to give notice in writing;
- Credits that go unused for 365 days, expire;
- Female members aren’t allowed to have their photo, email or profile listed in any other, competing services’ database or website;
- Any content that you post to AnastasiaDate becomes the property of AnastasiaDate, so they can use it in marketing materials, promotional content, and whatever else they’d like, forever (unfortunately a normal clause at most dating sites);
- Sharing URLs, email addresses, physical addresses or phone numbers with another member is strictly forbidden;
- If the female member you’re speaking with is found on an anti-scam site (basically, she’s not a real person), you may get a refund of the credits you used to interact with her; and
- AnastasiaDate doesn’t sell, lend or rent out your email address, however, they will send you daily emails about the service. You can easily opt out by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org or follow the unsubscribe link at the bottom of each email received.
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