Spark.com is a popular dating site, but it is also a network. You might be familiar with the Spark network containing sites like JDate.com and also ChristianMingle.com. Well, I have tried both sites before, so I was not confident about the validity of Spark.com. What I found when I joined the site was a lot of fun features that would be really useful if they offered genuine matches and authentic profiles. Unfortunately, I found all the same dishonest tactics as I did on the other sites on the network. I found out that many of the profiles that fill the site are fake and so are the messages that are sent to you to get you to pay more for a membership. That’s really the only reason they have so many features. To pull you in and make you think it’s legit. Read my detailed review below and you will see it’s not legit.
Spark.com Review – What Bothers Me And What’s Good
There is a lot to like about Spark.com. You have the option of clicking Yes, No, or Maybe in your search results so you can gauge your interest in other members. If you and another member both click Yes, the site will send an introduction e-mail to help break the ice. Features like this have helped the site grow in popularity, but they don’t use their popularity to help their members connect.
The thing that bothers me most about Spark.com is that they are popular enough that they could still have a successful dating site if they would just discontinue much of their tactics that they use to fool you into paying more and more money and just make it a legit site. They would rather milk their members for every penny they have than give them a genuine online dating experience. They do the same as most other fraudulent dating sites I have encountered. Check out my experience below and you will see why I cancelled my membership and never went back.
One of the things I actually liked about Spark.com is that they make members post a photo within 72 hours of signing up. This means that the site isn’t full of a bunch of profiles that are incomplete. This would be a much better feature if there weren’t so many profiles that were fake. I started with a free membership and found that I kept hitting dead ends. You are prompted to upgrade every step of the way. I finally upgraded to a Standard membership to see what kind of luck I had.
Well, I had a whole lot of luck if you call talking to bots luck. I admit, there were some clever messages sent to me that seemed real, but when I tried to interact with them, you could tell that there was not a human on the other end. I ran into mostly dead ends for the entire first month. Too much fakeness for me, just like at freelifetimeaffairs.com, so I didn’t stick around for another month and another expensive charge.
Probably the feature that stands out most on Spark.com is the color code personality test. This involves taking a lengthy personality test, after which you are given a 15 page personality profile. The color given to each member is marked clearly on their profile so you can gauge how compatible you are. Other notable features are Flirts and E-cards with more than 500 cards in 50 categories, and Message boards with thousands of topics.
Also, the chat feature has a little extra flare with smileys and different options to change the look and color of your text. I like the control you have as well. You can also control what messages you receive, block other members from contacting you and hide your profile from other members. It’s a shame that all these great features are wasted on mostly a bogus site.
Spark.com claims that it is free to browse and communicate with other members, but you won’t get very far without a paid membership. They do offer a standard membership with only the most basic features which is cheaper than the average dating site and their premium membership unlocks all features for about the average price. Standard membership cost is $24.99 and is cheaper when you purchase 3 months at $44.97 or 6 months at $71.94. The premium membership cost is $29.99 a month, $51.99 for 3 months or $77.94 for 6 months.
The Bottom Line
I had such high hopes for Spark.com because of their popularity, but I have every reason to believe that every site on their network has the sole purpose of taking money from lonely singles. They do all the typical dishonest things like take your profile data and use it make fake profiles on the other sites on the network, tons of fabricated profiles and computer automated messages. Stay away from this one.