1. Published prices. Prices that are given willingly over the phone. If you are unable to get prices by phone, prepare yourself for some extreme sales pressure and high prices. It is likely to happen.
2. The same person interviews and matches the entire membership. In a matchmaking service, this is of prime importance. How can someone who does not know you even begin to match you with another person? They can’t. No one can match you successfully who has not interviewed you. No one can match your potential partner without knowing him/her. An upscale matchmaker must know all members to do a good job.
Consequently, a good matchmaking service will probably be a small company rather than a large company or a franchise operation.
3. A company without large numbers of employees. Commissions or salaries paid to employees are passed along to you. A small matchmaking firm can be handled by one or two employees other than the matchmaker. When you walk into a firm and see multiple employees, be sure you will be paying their salary in your membership fee.
4. A company without telemarketers. Think about it: if you are contacted by a telemarketer, who will pay that fee or commission? The person who joins that service, of course. Who will pay the telemarketer to call thousands of people who do not join the service? Again, the person who joins the service will pay a fee that includes a built-in payment for the telemarketer.
5. A company without an extensive campaign to recruit members by postal mailings. Many large and expensive firms use a mailing campaign to recruits members. It is usually sent to everyone in a particular zip code. Bulk rate mail costs money. You will pay for that campaign in your membership fee.
6. A service that does NOT sell (or even offer) long-term memberships. Think about it… do you want to date someone who has been in the service for two years or longer?
7. A membership with a majority of members who are people like you. Birds of your feather so to speak.
8. A membership kept balanced for age and gender. The membership of most singles services mirrors the population. Keeping that membership balanced may require offering special prices or incentives to a certain age group or gender. This is a good thing.
9. A matchmaker with good training and/or experience.
10. A company that allows your membership to be put inactive. When you meet a potentially special person, you will want to go inactive while exploring the relationship. Ask if the company has an inactive feature. You don’t want to be forced to take your membership in consecutive months or periods of time.
11. A service which does not require you to keep coming back in the office–unless you have lots of time to spare!
12. Last, but certainly not least, a matchmaker who makes you feel comfortable!!!