AnastasiaDateReviewed by Ed Orton on 07/19/2012
Anastasia Date is the Ferrari of international dating agencies: Well-designed, expensive, and loaded with options. The site has tens of thousands of beautiful Eastern European women, many hot enough to make a dog chase his tail.
The women have all been professionally photographed and they look gorgeous, so when you sign up you will end up getting lots of emails from real knockouts in your inbox.
Anastasia also has one of the best search engines of any service and the site is well laid out and easy to use. Most of the profiles on the site have been verified and that’s valuable.
Anastasia offers as many services as any of the other top shelf International dating agencies, but what really sets them apart is the luxury spin they put on their services.
All of the full-service sites offer phone translations, but Anastasia assures clients that... "The interpreter will not only provide high quality translation but will also do her best to represent you in the most favorable light".
Important Note About Anastasia
Remember, that on all the sites in the Anastasia family communication flows exclusively through their site and all personal data and contact information is deleted from your emails.
That little extra is what has made Anastasia such a tough competitor.
Anastasia’s is the only large international dating site that has video fully integrated into almost every new profile and no one has the innovative live chat program that Anastasia has. These services can give you a lot of valuable information about the women.
Anastasia Date's Romance Tours
Romance tours are a big part of Anastasia’s business and the tours consistently receive great reviews. It’s certainly worth thinking about signing up for a tour, because not only do their tours have a great reputation with the men, apparently they have a good reputation with the women in the cities where they are held.
That's important, because it means that tons of beautiful women show up for the socials that Anastasia Date holds.
You can get more information about Anastasia's Romance Tours HERE.
Criticism of Anastasia Date
However, it is worth noting that there are critics on the Net who HATE, and we really mean HATE, Anastasia. These people claim that Anastasia Date is a scam.
However, when you read these reviews remember that many of the most angry comments about Anastasia seem to come from former competitors that they forced out of business. Essentially, Anastasia is the Microsoft of international dating; they probably have never had the very best product, but they have had a competitive product and a great business strategy.
So, much of the anger that they have generated apparently comes from disgruntled competitors and most of those comments are more or less ancient history, often ten or fifteen years old, but there are two issues worth considering:
First, Anastasia pretty much invented the “letter of introduction” practice that many critics condemn as a scam.
What happens is that each woman writes a letter of introduction that sounds sort of like it was written with a specific guy in mind and then Anastasia sends it to every guy that matches her VERY BROAD criteria in what she’s looking for in a man.
That’s why when you sign up for Anastasia Date you will get hundreds, yes hundreds, of emails from stunning young ladies.
If you respond to every e-mail you will soon spend a small fortune. What you might do instead is to search through the site yourself and FAVORITE the women that you find most attractive.
Those women can see that you have made them favorites. Then they can look at your profile and decide if they want to send you a message.
So, if you get a response from a woman that you have already identified as a favorite then you can go ahead and begin corresponding with her with much better odds than otherwise, because you will know that the girl is still active on the site and that she is specifically interested in your profile.
Second, Anastasia Date does not do a good job of explaining their fees and policies. For instance, only guys that carefully read the sign-up material will realize that all communication with Anastasia’s ladies has to occur ONLY through the companies e-mail system. Some guys are annoyed when they discover this, but it is a common practice in the industry.
In fact, unless an agency specifically states that you are buying an email address outright, you should assume that all communications will occur through the company’s email system, because that is largely the industry standard.
Because of these unclear policies Anastasia earned a low grade from the New England Better Business Bureau, however it looks like they are being compared to hardware stores in Portland.
Anastasia had a grand total of eight complaints to the BBB last time we checked. Remember, this is a business that has literally thousands of clients around the world and they are in a business where emotional attachment are integral to the dating process. It’s just not the same as selling nails and lumber.
Anastasia Date is more expensive than sites that sell addresses or a monthly membership program, because you are charged a certain number of credits for each action.
However, there is an economy of scale to the process that can work to your advantage. If there is a lady who you find intriguing two credits cost just $15.99 for you to send her a note and read her response. If you like her reply then you can jump in and buy more credits at a better per letter rate. You can see that the cost falls significantly:
- 1000 $399.00 or .40 each
- 500 $249.00 or .50 each
- 320 $185.00 or .58 each
- 160 $96.00 or .60 each
- 80 $56.00 or .70 each
- 40 $30.00 or .75 each
- 20 $15.99 or .80 each
It costs you 10 credits to send an email and 10 more credits to open her response, but they also charge 10 credits for each video you watch. That means a video can cost as much as $8.00, so if you are worried about your budget keep that well in mind.
Even if you buy 80 credits that makes the videos about the same price as a movie ticket. However, you probably can’t date Jessic Alba or Scarlett Johansson. If you can, then what in the world are you doing on this site?
If you are worried about your costs keep a notebook beside your computer and make a note of each time you spend any credits, but note the cost in dollars. This is a great way to keep yourself from blowing your budget.
This credit system is the main reason that Anastasia gets so much criticism, because it is easy for a guy to spend more than he intended.
However, at $15.99, it's also one of the cheapest ways to investigate international dating. Just drink one six pack instead of two every time you watch Family Guy and you could probably afford it.
We've had alot of guys ask us about how they can contact a woman on Anastasia since all of the communication flows exclusively through the agency. Here's what their sister site, Amolatina, says about that subject - we assume it's the same for Anastasia:
One popular way to do this is to use our Phone Introduction service. We have more than 30 operators waiting right now to connect you to your lady.
Plus do not forget that, by clicking on the Date Me service on your Favorite Lady’s profile, we can organize an actual date just for you and her.
The International Marriage Broker Regulation Act forbids agencies from transferring anything but postal addresses through the correspondence system so please use one of the above services to make it to the next step with your lady."
They are based out of Bangor, Maine and they use a secure server.
If you are a moderately successful guy living in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, or the EU, and you always dreamed of dating an actress or model, a natural, stone cold sober 10, Anastasia gives you a real chance. The women are simply stunning.
There are other sites with plenty of beautiful Russian women, but Anastasia has more young Russian models and stunning Ukrainian bikini brides than any other site. These are special delivery mail order brides.
Sure it’s expensive, but if you met a natural 10 in your local coffeehouse you would spend a fortune wooing her too. In fact, if you are really serious about marrying a total knockout it is probably cheaper to meet and woo her on Anastasia than it would be if the entire process occurred in person, because if she lived across town from you all of those $8.00 letters would be at least $80.00 dinners.
Overall Grade for Anastasia