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Is eHarmony’s “Free Communication Weekend” a SCAM?

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Is the eHarmony Free Weekend a Scam?

We’re breaking it down for you so you don’t have to find out the hard way.

What You’re Told

You get a weekend to try eHarmony for free!

Test out the service!

What do you have to lose?

What You Actually Get

After filling out the extremely long questionnaire that’s required to be an eHarmony user, you soon find out that an eHarmony free weekend isn’t so much a trial as it is a tease.

Can you see and evaluate matches on an eHarmony free weekend?

No.

The big catch here is that you can’t see anyone’s photos, and they can’t see yours either.

Can you message matches on an eHarmony free weekend?

No, not really.

You can use their “guided communication questions” (with multiple choice answers), but you can’t actually send or receive messages.

An eHarmony free weekend user, Yvette, describes her experience

I sent Dave a free, “Looks like we have a lot in common. Let’s Chat” message along with stupid 5 canned questions with their multiple choice answers.

He responded by sending me two things. First, he sent a canned flirt reply that suggested I post my photo. Second he “skipped to email.” Well, I had posted a photo, but, apparently, he’s unable to see it, since I’m not a paying member. I had no way of telling him that, so I’m sure he’s figuring I’m ugly, insecure, or ignoring him. And since I’m not a paying member, I wasn’t even able to read his email.

In fact, the ONLY thing I could do was Decline his email (unless, of course, I wanted to pay $50 and join eHarmony.) And there was no way to even let him know that I was declining his email because I wasn’t a paying member! Instead, I felt like I was just being rude. Someone took the trouble to write me an email after I suggest “let’s chat” and I have no option but to Decline and I can’t even let him know why!

So, what do you think? Is eHarmony’s free weekend misleading advertising or a full-blown scam?

No matter, eHarmony is certainly wasting a lot of people’s time and effort. Hopefully eHarmony will come around to offering more transparent promotions in the future.

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