I guess there is a market for everything. Now, we have WhatsYourPrice.com:
WhatsYourPrice.com is an online dating website and marketplace where users can buy or sell the opportunity of going out on a first date.
While this may be an entirely new concept in dating, most of us are already pretty familiar with the idea of buying a first date. It’s been done many times at charity events, where guys and girls volunteer themselves to be bid out as dates! However, besides these charity events, an economic model of pricing and paying for a first date did not exist in the real world … until now.
Based on a patent pending dating system (US Patent Pending: Application No. 61407831), WhatsYourPrice.com provides a platform where generous and attractive singles can negotiate and agree on a price for a first date. By providing this additional monetary incentive, WhatsYourPrice.com is able to help people meet those they really want to meet – Guaranteed!
In a sense, guys (almost) always pay for dates. They pay for drinks, dinner, dessert, movie, etc. In a manner, this website shifts the costs up front to before the date actually happens.
And what are the rules for payment:
* DO NOT pay or ask anyone for payment prior to meeting for a date
* If someone asks you to send money by Western Union, report them immediately
* Generous members are expected to pay for the date (there’s no going dutch here)
* Our advice: Pay 50% of the date at the start of the date, and 50% at the end
* DO NOT accept personal checks or cashier’s checks – there’s just too much fraud
* CASH is king, and pay only when you meet your date in person
A few observations. First, the girl is guaranteed to show up (she won’t get paid unless she shows). Second, you show a girl how serious you are about her by bidding (presumably the more you bid, the more interested you are). Third, and perhaps most importantly, you are setting yourself up for near-certain disappointment, as you are seeking the girl who values money above all as a proxy to date. You may as well just bid on a prostitute. No need to buy dinner. Good luck with that.
H/T Andrew Grossman