3 Weeks, 30K Members and 5K Dates Later…

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I would like to personally thank all of our members for helping us make this website so successful.

Contrary to what the media and “relationship experts” have predicted, it has been 20 days since WhatsYourPrice.com went live on March 29, 2011.  Since then, our online dating site have signed up over 30,000 members, and confirmed over 5000+ first dates.

While many of you have reached out to me personally on my Facebook or email, telling me how the site has worked out for you, there have been some negative comments from so called relationship experts in the past week regarding WhatsYourPrice.com.

THE SO CALLED “RELATIONSHIP EXPERTS” ARE DEAD WRONG

WhatsYourPrice.com on the Dylan Ratigan Show

WhatsYourPrice.com on the Dylan Ratigan Show

One of the most notable is Dr. Michelle Callahan, a Psychologist and TV Relationship Expert, who said (1) “This looks a lot to me like an escort service”.  She later went on to talk about how dangerous online dating can be because (2) “There are still many individuals who use online profiles to pretend to be someone and something they aren’t and you don’t find out the truth until you’re already on your first date.”  What’s even more outrageous is her statement that (3) “You’re kidding yourself if you think that this type of first date arrangement leads to a relationship.”  Here are my quick rebuttals to her three comments:

1. If you can’t tell the difference between an online dating website and “an escort service”, then perhaps you should stop calling yourself a Relationship Expert.  Honestly, I expect every PhD or “Dr.” to be able to tell the difference between black or white.

2. There are always some people who lie and pretend to be someone they are not on ALL dating websites.  That’s why WhatsYourPrice.com works, because if someone chooses to lie, at least you find out about that quickly on the first date, and not after you have spent countless number of weeks or month chatting with that person online. Moreover, on WYP, as an Attractive member, you’ll get compensated for your time, so at least you haven’t wasted any.

3. All relationships start with that first meeting or first date.  Every capable Relationship Expert knows there are many types of relationship, be it short term, long term, marriages, flings, affairs, NSA, or simply friendship.  Different types of relationship require different ingredients to be successful.

While I am not a self proclaimed Relationship Expert, I have been searching for the perfect relationship my entire life.  This search has been the motivation that drove me to create the dating websites that I run now.  I have been married and divorced twice. I’ve dated many and even had a sugar baby once.  All I know is this:  All of us want and deserve to find our “soul-mate”.  But this search takes time.  And because life is short, we should have fun while we are on the journey to find that special one.

EXCLUSIVE: FREE UPGRADE FOR YOUR TESTIMONIAL

For those of you who have used the website and loved it, record yourself giving a Testimonial of WhatsYourPrice.com using your web-cam or your Flip.  Tell people what you like about it, why people should use it, and what your experiences have been.  Then upload it onto YouTube and email a copy of the video and a link of the video to my attention at brandon (at) whatsyourprice.com.  Be sure to include your username.  And of course, to keep it real, only members who have accepted dates and have been out on a real first date with another member via the website need apply.  For your efforts, we will credit your account with:

Attractive members: 30 day premium membership (a $30 value)

Generous members: 60 credits (a $30 value)

– Brandon Wade, Founder & CEO – WhatsYourPrice.com

QUESTIONS

Whats do you think of Dr. Callahan’s comments?

If you have been on a first date via the site, where did you go and what did you do?

38 Responses to “3 Weeks, 30K Members and 5K Dates Later…”

  1. Melvin says:

    Even IF WYP has collected 5000 date fees from us guys, actual dates is almost certainly less than 1000.

    1) Yes, WYP is very much structured like an escort service, but it is not intended to be. Unlike escort service, there is no screening or filtering of the women, and its a pure gamble whether any one of them will honor their commitment.

    1a) Many of the women are using it as an escort service, asking escort fees for “a first date.”

    2)True. WYP does nothing to solve this problem; it actually exacerbates many of the related problems.

    3)Some first dates will lead to relationships, if you can slog through 10-15 acceptances leading to 1-2 actual dates until you finally find someone worthwhile.

    **** experience of an active paying member ****

    • PD says:

      I joined only very recently. However, this concept actually seems an honest approach to me. Women have always been attracted to men who are confident, have achieved success and relative affluence because of their achievements. Initial conventional dating of virtually all types for women, quite quickly, seems devoted to learning whether the man possesses the qualities above. The physical attributes of women tend to be more important to men – and men successful in life and affluent are often with very attractive women. How many believe Donald Trump would have been with a series of very beautiful women – if he were not rich? I am not denigrating women. I am talking about natural gender attractions which have never changed in the history of humanity.

      • samantha says:

        i find this site a waste of time…….. i find tat it works as a kick for men they send you ridiculous offers like £22 i cant take this site seriously half the men on here can’t afford a date anyway so i really do feel they use it for sordid kick s waste of time

  2. Intelligentsia says:

    I disagree with her assessment of calling it an escort service. There is a negative connotation associated with that term. This website is about dating, and cutting through the waste of time it takes to date on other sites.

    I am a member of seekingarrangement.com and when I heard about this site, I was ELATED! I’ve gone on soooo many seekingarrangement dates that have turned out to be a complete waste of my time and efforts because the gentleman was lying about what his financial capabilities were or what he was seeking, etc.

    I understand it’s the same for the guys… girls lie about their age, weight etc.. but we all take the risk and keep plodding along until we meet *the ONE*.

    I am tickled pink to be a member of this site and can’t wait to see how my first date turns out!! :P

  3. Eric says:

    You should go on Howard Stern! This is the ONLY dating site that really works. It took me months to years to get a date on other sites, and it took me a day on here.

  4. Lewis says:

    I think it’s a great concept.
    So many guys pretend to be who they are not
    and the girls are sick of it.

    At least now they get something out of it.
    From the girl that wants a succssful guy, to the Sugar babe that likes a monthly allowance.

    Great concept to weed out at least some of the losers.

  5. BS Detector says:

    How is getting paid for a date different from being an escort? Isn’t that the EXACT definition of an escort? That’s like saying there’s a fundamental difference between a chauffeur and a cab driver. Even if there was, you’re the cab driver

    • Lewis says:

      The definition of an escort is a girl you pay for sex..

      There are all types of girls out there and the hot ones mostly they want to meet a man with money to make their life comfortable (wouldn’t you want the same?)

      We live in a free society ( Thank God )
      and nobody is forcing anyone to be on this site.

      I have met many beuatiful girls on seekingarrangement.com which I would never have had the oportunity to without it.

      Been dating girls from there for 2 years and
      it’s been the most fun I have had in my life.

      Yea, you gotta have money to play…
      So the guys that don’t are jealous because
      they only wish they could live this lifestyle.

      If the girls want to meet losers, they can go to match.com…

      Let the rest of have some fun.. if a middle aged guy can have a smoking hot girl because he has some bucks… rock on!

      • Blue says:

        Yay! I think it’s great that you stand up for us. I am okay with dating men for money so why should it matter what anyone else thinks? Not only the guys are jealous but the women as well.

        I just want to add that escorting has very little to do with sex work actually. Sex workers can be escorts, but escorts and strippers are not necessarily sex workers. Just like strippers are not burlesque dancers. Not to say anyone is better than the others at all, they all play a significant role and provide a completely different experience and the three groups don’t necessarily get along well either. Many escorts, strippers and burlesque dancers would be mortified if you propositioned them for sex especially if they are already in a committed relationship.

      • Lauran says:

        I joined today.
        So yes I have little experience of this site.
        BUT I am a girl. I am NOT an escort. The points Lewis made are valid from my point of view too.
        Im not here to sell myself, Im here to meet someone genuine who meets what I consider to be financially stable and out to enjoy life.
        I have been on other sites like this and I found that 95% of the time people lied about their lifestyle or were nothing like they claimed to be.
        Yes it may be a stretch to ask to be paid to go on a date but at least I know that they are far more likely to be in the position they claim if they are having to fork out a lot of money to meet me.
        I certainly dont blame people for doing things this way. After all the falsehoods and promises and deceit you find on dating sites in general, this isnt about making money from dates its about safeguarding from the many people who lie and make something like this necessary.
        At the end of the day, how many people pay to go out and enjoy themselves? What difference does it make if you’re paying for a great date or if you are paying the ticket price to watch a football game as long as you have a good time, and better still, in good company.
        This site is probably the best idea in dating since I became aware of online dating.
        And I dont feel bad about being paid for a date either. Im looking for someone who can provide a decent life. Is there something wrong with that?

    • Blue says:

      Not sure where you are trying to go with this one, but that was a poor analogy because there any driver is a chauffeur but if you drive a limo you are not a taxi driver. See my comment below to Lewis.

    • Melvin says:

      Asked Google to define ‘escort’ and you can read quite a bit of different descriptions…

      Urban Dictionary had a favorte, #5,

      “An Escort is hired as a temporary companion who may or may not be used for sex. Escorts have expenses that enable them to charge higher fees.

      An Escort may run ads; need makeup, phones, boots, clothes and other accessories. An Escort generally has dental bills.”

      So, get more information on the teeth before and during the date to get a good indication of what you are getting into.

      • admin says:

        Melvin,

        We all know what the correct definition of an “escort” is. Unfortunately, we also know in the adult world (i.e. the craigslist world and the erotica world) … the use of the term “escort” is simply a cover for prostitution. Such “escorts” use terms like GFE, incall, outcall, BB and the many other abbreviations to convey the types of sexual services they offer their clients.

        For this very reason, WhatsYourPrice.com does not allow escorts on our website. I think if you are an “escort”, there are many other classifieds and online venue (e.g., redbook, eros guide, etc.) where you can legally advertise your services. Just don’t do it here.

        My goal is to keep WhatsYourPrice.com clear of escorts. It is afterall a dating website, and I intend to keep it that way.

        – Brandon Wade

        • Blue says:

          Brandon

          “We all know what the correct definition of an “escort” is. Unfortunately, we also know in the adult world (i.e. the craigslist world and the erotica world) … the use of the term “escort” is simply a cover for prostitution. ”

          You are basically saying that women on your site who escort for money offer sex. NO, they are escorting which has little if nothing to do with sex. That’s why escorting is a legal activity it’s prostitution that is not always legal. I started in burlesque in Vegas and am retired now. Escorting is still alive and well just as much as stripping and burlesque without sex work regardless of what you might think. Sure, some of the sex workers use the term escort to protect themselves from the law but what about the rest of us who have to endure this stereotyping?

          I hope you change your position on this.

      • Lewis says:

        Melvin, I don’t see women here offering to have sex with men for a price of a date?

        The girls are offering the opportunity to meet them for lunch/dinner… That’s it.

        They want to meet successful men for a variety of reasons and different type of relationships.

        They are not offering meeting at a hotel
        or at their place.

        You are off base if you are using a broad brush painting all the women here as escorts..

        • Melvin says:

          You are confused. I didn’t say that.

          You are off base painting all the women here as straight up.

          I do have a question for Brandon: What is the intended meaning of the category “Adult Dating – Casual / Intimate Encounter”

        • Lewis says:

          Melvin, are you using this site to meet women?.. just curious.

  6. Lewis says:

    Thanks Brandon, I already have 8 offers after being on the site 1 day.

    One is incredible looking, all the others attractive women.

    I already have dinner plans with the hottie
    tomorrow night.. for $150.00 I at least have a chance… without a site like this, good luck getting this girl to go out with anyone..

    Gotta Love it :)

    • Me says:

      no doubt..I would rather stay home than go out with a potential loser…chronic liar, critical “daddy” or poser…I’ve seen it all…and yes I’ve seen the up side, buuuut, don’t have the energy to find it in this jungle sometimes ;)

  7. Melvin says:

    Yes, women.

    Brandon: I sent you a note about a woman on WYP and SA who has an eros escort ad. Hope it helps.

    • Blue says:

      I have a dear friend on Eros who could hardly have sex much less for money, I guess she can’t stand to be touched and I know this for a fact, but she advertises her dancing, massage and shows.

      Anyways, I don’t think it’s right to judge others….hope that’s not what you are doing.

  8. queen says:

    Melvin,
    Would that make you just as bad for being on the same eros site as a customer though? Just sayin !

    • Melvin says:

      It couldn’t make me bad since I was not there as a customer. You’ll have to ask Brandon what he thinks about the fellows that are.

  9. queen says:

    I see no reason to be on eros if you are not looking for that activity yourself. Just does not add up, that is all. Birds of feather flock together I would imagine.

    • Melvin says:

      Are you the “queen” whose profile is denied on WYP?

      If I were looking for a GFE hooker I wouldn’t be reporting to Brandon; I’d be jumping at the chance for a deep discount through WYP.

  10. queen says:

    melvin, it is very obvious you are just being a tool and mad you have to pay for anyone to look your way !

  11. Pureuphoria says:

    Melvin- I have a question. Although this is fairly a new up running dating site. Have you fathomed the idea of securing members, especially women with screening all members?

    I ask this bc of the what happened on match.com recently. I believe it would be a best case scenario to improve and gain more recognition for your dating site activity. Id feel much more comfortable & secure knowing members are being pre-screened and not potential sex offenders.

    Thank you.

  12. Rick says:

    Escort may have sex involved so the fee is higher. WYP is only for dating so the fee is lower. Great idea as long as there are enough losers out there who are willing to pay $100+ just to see hot girls for one night.

    Here’s the flaw: if I’m a hot girl and I could make hundreds or thousands of dollars just by going out with strangers everyday, why would I settle down with one guy? Hence, even if a hot girl is truly interested in a guy she’s dating, it’s not in her best interest to settle down.

  13. queen says:

    Rick, the dowside is not enough guys making offers to make it a living. Most guys never follow through on the offers. I had only three dates so far this month !

  14. Katie says:

    Well, this website allows men to go out on dates with beautiful girls whom they wouldn’t ever have a chance to meet otherwise. The “paying for a date thing”, in my opinion, shows the guy is really serious about this and also shows he is not some loser who is going to ask to split the dinner bill later.

    I think guys (and girls) who are using this site are fully aware this is not an escort service. Men who want escorts know where to find them. Girls who are here, are not escorts, but serious about going on a date knowing the money spent on make up and on new dress won’t be wasted.

  15. momochii says:

    Couldnt agree more with that, very attractive article

  16. Lewis says:

    Great post Katie..
    Couldn’t have said it any better.

    I’ve met 3 outstanding women from here.
    Things are better than ever :)

  17. lifebohemia says:

    I think this website is great for people who are quiet, but are incredibly funny and outgoing when they finally feel comfortable. A difficult part of dating for quiet people is that you don’t want the other party feeling like they’re wasting their time, which causes a lot of pressure, and causes you to shut up. On typical first dates, you only have a set amount of time to show what you’ve got, which is quite unfair, especially for those who have not had ample opportunities to acquire the skills.

    Therefore, I don’t think this compares to an escort service because there can be an element of honesty in this paradigm, depending on the users. In an escort service, the whole experience is fake.

  18. Mrs. Madam says:

    I disagree with the Doctor’s statement. Come on PEOPLE let’s keep it real. Men front about their income and try to get as much as they can for as cheaply as possible. Women front about their age, height, and weight. So let’s keep it real WYP cuts through all the middle BS, that waste our (ladies) time. If I’m willing to give you an oz of my time then I deserve someone who can afford me. I don’t do name brands or all that, but can you hold down a household. Life is what it is, so enjoy.

  19. John says:

    Someone who can afford you? Seriously, you come across as a hooker love

  20. chris says:

    Why make fun of hookers when its the johns who should be laughed at!

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