The Match.com cost of subscriptions is not too expensive compared to many online dating services. The subscription prices are all based on different time ranges you sign up for. The longer you sign up for, the lower the price you pay per month of using the service. So how much does match.com cost? See below for all the details.
When reviewing these costs, it is worth noting that first time subscribers can save 20% off the Match.com subscription price using this promotion. The savings using this promotion are listed in the second row below.
Also note that these prices are broken down by month so if you subscribed with the 20% promotion for 3-months your total cost would be $47.97. Obviously using the promotion is something you will want to take advantage of when subscribing if you can.
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Comments on Match.com Cost
First off, there is a one-month plan at Match.com but I had to look for it (when I was using Match.com it was more visible in the options). When I most recently looked at the pricing, the one-month plan was at the bottom and was only a text link.
Second, Match.com is now offering value plans which include three of their optional services:
- Match Guarantee – If you don’t find someone special in your first six months, they will award you six months free (although there are several requirements you have to meet for this). This is only with the 6 month value plan.
- Email Read Notification – Let’s you know when someone you contacted reads your email.
- First Impressions – Your profile gets priority in how soon new members will see it through the emails Match.com sends out.
- Highlighted Profile – Your profile is highlighted in search results to draw more attention.
The price increase is fairly small moving from the Standard pricing to the Value pricing. For example, the difference is $2 per month for the six month plan. You could choose to buy only a few of the services above with a basic account but this will end up costing you MORE money. For example, to purchase the Email Read Notification service with a basic account is $5 more a month versus the $2 more a month of just going with the Value plan.
The 6 Month Guarantee
Match.com also offers two versions of its 6 month subscription plan: one with the 6 month guarantee and one without. Getting the guarantee costs a few dollars per month.
My opinion on these two plans is that if you are going to sign up for 6 months, I would pay the few dollars per month for the guarantee (although the guarantee does take work to qualify for). The extra few dollars will also get you several additional features including notices when your emails are read and better visibility for your profile to other singles.
What Comes for Free at Match.com?
When you create an account at Match.com you need not subscribe – you can use the free version. However, at Match.com the free version is limited to a few simple things like creating your profile, viewing other profiles and some simple communication like winking at other singles. Here’s a breakdown of the free account at Match.com versus the subscription:
Viewing other profiles should allow you to see if there are other singles you are interested in before signing up. Winking while using the free version of the service doesn’t bring much value since even if they respond, you’ll not be able to communicate until subscribing. Also, winking generally doesn’t work well for guys so if there are any men out there who are trying to gauge women’s interest by winking that may not be the best way to measure it.
Is Match.com Worth the Price?
Even knowing how much match.com costs, you may struggle to decide that it’s worth your time and money. In my opinion, the best way to determine if the Match.com cost is worth the price is by asking yourself a few questions.
First, how important is finding a relationship to you?
If it is extremely important then it is something at least worth considering. The second question is:
How are you finding your dates today?
If you aren’t finding any dates, then the prices should appear very fair. On the other hand, if you are finding dates through other means such as going to the bar you will want to consider how much this activity is costing you.
For example, if you subscribe to Match.com for 3 months using the 20% promotion, you’re only spending $5 per week ($49.97 divided by 12 weeks). It is my opinion that finding dates with other activities for less than this cost would be a tall order.
For example, there is a hidden cost to going to bars or clubs (or whatever) because we rarely track our spending. If you were to go out once a week to a bar with the intent of meeting other singles, how often would you spend less than $5? In this light, I think the price of Match.com is great when you consider how little you actually pay over time.
Be Aware of Auto-Renewals
As far as I am aware, all online dating services implement auto-renewals. You should be warned of this when signing up but most of us quickly by-pass those screens. Auto-renewals are important to keep in mind because whatever time period you sign up for the first time will be the time period they sign you up for when the auto-renewal occurs. This means if you sign up for 6 months and then find that special someone, you need to remember to cancel your account. Don’t just forget about it or you will end up having to call Match.com to get the auto-renewal reversed. Basically, be sure to update your account status when you’re done using the service.
Match.com Free 3 Day Trial
If all of this sounds interesting to you, you can try Match.com free for 3 days. This will provide you full use of the site to determine if it is something you would find benefit in using. I wrote about this in detail in my post here.