“I am a creative, witty, intelligent girl looking for someone to shower with all my love and affection! Angela was included in a 1,000-pack of allegedly single, supposedly American women, which Betabeat purchased for . According to her online dating profile, she is 5’8” with blue eyes and dark brown hair.
“High quality Gays adult dating profiles for sale with multiplay photos located in USA, United Kingdom, Canada and other countries,” the offer states.At the time of writing, Sale Dating Profiles was having a 75-percent-off spring sale.Angela, who asked that her last name be withheld, has been dating online for years.But she never imagined her profile was for sale on the open market, or that it now appears on Meet Girls Guys.com, which she never signed up for. ” she said, adding that she lives in Texas, not Alabama, and the photo is at least seven years old.Online dating is a fast-growing industry, with current revenues estimated to run between .5 and billion a year.
But every new dating site faces the same problem: finding souls to mate.Recruiting new customers is expensive; industry experts put the customer acquisition price at to per person.Sale Dating Profiles and its competitors Buy and Dating Profiles offer a shortcut.They sell bulk packages of profiles that seem to include a fair number of actual singles alongside somewhat more questionable Russian beauties, Nigerian bankers and half-empty profiles, which sometimes sell for less than a dime a dozen.Betabeat emailed 208 men and women whose profiles are being sold on Sale Dating Profiles. Only five people responded, none of whom knew their profiles were for sale.Harry Lin, a 61-year-old in Switzerland, noticed that a profile he started at had somehow made its way to Mega Dating and the now-defunct