One of the most confusing things for a guy trying to decide if he wants to get involved in International Dating is untangling the differences between the various agencies, because there are VAST differences between the services that these agencies provide.
To keep things simple just remember that there are basically two different types of agencies: Full-Service Agencies and Introduction Agencies.
Here's a List of Full Service Agencies that we currently like:
Full service agencies offer an array of services to a man interested in starting a relationship with a woman from a foreign country including; Dating Profiles, Gift delivery services, translations, and Romance Tours.
But keep in mind that these agencies DO NOT all offer exactly the same services. For instance, A Foreign Affair, Anastasia and Amolatina are the only companies that currently offer the Epic group tours.
Be Happy Today and Elena's Models specializes in individual tours, where they set a guy up on a date, or multiple dates in Russian and the Ukraine.
At International Love Scout we believe that the full service agencies are the best choice for the vast majority of men. These agencies have a very strong economic incentive to deal aggressively with scammers, offer high quality profiles, and have great customer service, because they have a lot of ways to make money on happy customers beyond simply selling addresses.
One of the best things about the full service agencies is that all of them, except A Pretty Woman, have some individual contact with the ladies that are profiled on their web sites.
Usually, this contact is through independent local dating agencies in the countries the ladies are from and some, including RussiAmore, actually confirm the contact information of each of its ladies before posting their profiles. This is an extremely strong deterrent to false profile scammers and can also be helpful for guys planning a tour.
Generally the full service agencies are a little more expensive, but you are paying for better security, better customer service, and an array of additional services.
Introduction Agencies ONLY provide profiles and they make no claim at all about the validity of the information the women have provided. THESE ARE UNSCREENED PROFILES!
The sites we recommend all have a good reputation for removing the profiles of reported scammers, but there is NO GUARANTEE that the photos actually depict the person that posted the profile. Therefore you must be much more aware of the threat from Scammers with Introduction Agencies.
Most of the profiles are legit, and many guys have found love through introduction agencies, but use a little more sense about scammers on these sites - be especially wary of quick expressions of undying love and requests for money. In fact, NEVER-EVER-EVER send money.
There are several advantages to using an introduction agency:
- They offer TONS of profiles – sometimes into the TENS of thousands.
- They tend to be much cheaper than full service agencies, because you are only paying a set monthly charge for access to all their profiles. After the first email you are communicating DIRECTLY with the woman who posted the profile. This can save you a lot of money versus the "Pay Per Letter" model that most of the Full Service Agencies use.
- You get more Privacy because you are communicating directly with the woman.
Of course there are also some pretty big disadvantages with Introduction Agencies - You're gonna have to do a lot more work yourself – fore instance, if you don't speak her language, you'll have to hire a 3rd party Interpretation service like www.interpreter.com. And if you decide you want to fly to Russia or Colombia to meet a girl you've been communication with, you'll have to make all the arrangements yourself.
The fact is that there are pros and cons to both types of agencies and that thousands of men have found the right woman at both types of agencies. They key thing is to understand the services you are actually buying.
Which Agency is Right For Me?
Determining which agency is right for you might seem to be like trying to do your taxes blind folded, but it really doesn’t have to be hard or confusing. In fact, all of the companies offer some sort of a free sign up and several offer cheap introductory offers to get your feet wet.
So, it’s not taxes, rocket science, or health insurance, and the following eight questions should help you bring some focus to your decision.
1. Do you have some rock hard demands about your potential mate’s ethnic background or country of origin?
If you are looking for blonds Anastasia and our other Russian and Ukrainian agencies have Eastern European blonds who could make you whimper like a small child.
A Foreign Affair also has a lot of gorgeous Asian ladies from the Philippines and China, but for sheer volume nobody can hold a candle to the tens of thousands of Asian beauties on Cherry Blossoms.
If you are looking for pretty African girls African Princess is the leader in that market.
2. How important is your potential mate’s education?
Of course, there are highly educated women from all parts of the world, but if you want to marry a lady with a truly world class education as a doctor, lawyer, engineer, or professor you probably want to consider a lady from the former Soviet Bloc nations in Eastern Europe. Despite the fall of the Soviet Union the education system and respect for education has remained strong in most of Eastern Europe so you might consider Russiamore or A Pretty Woman.
3. How important is your potential mate’s ability to speak English?
If this is really critical you might want to consider a lady from the Philippines and no one has more pretty Filipinas than Cherry Blossom.
If English ability is important, but not a total deal breaker you might want to consider an Eastern European lady. The schools in the Former Soviet Union do a pretty good job of English instruction and most of the younger women speak at least a little English.
And if you speak a language other than English the same logic holds true, because it is not unusual for Eastern European women to speak French, German, Spanish, or Italian, so check out one of the Eastern European ladies.
4. Is it absolutely critical for you to marry a Playboy Playmate?
All of the agencies have some stunningly beautiful women, but Anastasia makes it their business to have the most super hot girls of any international dating agency. That is literally their business model and it has worked very for them, so give them a look if looks are your first concern.
5. Are you worried about getting scammed?
Of course, you are. Well, all of our full-service agencies make real efforts to control scammers, but Elena’s Models takes it to extremes.
6. Do you want to take a tour?
7. How important is price for you?
Price is tricky, but Russiamore has tons of beautiful girls and some of the best prices in the industry. You can get your feet wet for as low as $9.90 and both Amolatina and Anastasia have introductory plans for $15.99.
8. Are you unsure about your answers to all of the other questions?
Well, A Foreign Affair easily has the most services of any company in the industry. They have girls from a probably thirty countries, do tours in Europe, Asia, and South America, and offer a dizzying array of services including tours, visa help, and almost anything else that you might need to find the love of your life. They are a great default choice, because they are sort of the Wal-Mart of the mail order bride industry, they do everything pretty well and offer a dizzying selection of services.