As I promised, I am doing little by little my benchmarking on dating websites and today I want to share with you my experience with the website of Marmeladies (link). The review I will do is a little extensive, but if you just want to cut the gibberish and get to the point I will say it plain and simple: Stay away from this website!
What is Marmeladies?
Marmeladies.com or lady-marmelady.com is a dating website which is been running since 2007 and is associated with toplop.com. It runs by the slogan “Marmeladies, the sweetest Russian girls”. Their market actually has changed through the years but it targets mainly Russian or Ukrainian women.
What they offer?
Marmeladies is a website oriented to persons who are looking for serious relationships with Ukrainian or Russian women. You can browse through several profiles and then send “kisses” which is a fast note for letting a lady know that you are interested. After this you can either send or receive messages. A little disappointing point is that they charge everything: receiving and opening messages cost.
The good thing they do offer is possibility to change personal information at any time. This means that you can ask for phone number or emails almost immediately, though the same webpage suggests sending a couple of messages before asking this information, as it is highly likely that the ladies won’t be willing to give this information so fast.
The website allows you to browse for free in the profiles and therefore I started picking random profiles and making a back-search on the photos immediately. Well, I found for example the profile of Anastasia, a really attractive girl, which turns out to be a model and their profile photos were taken from Barney and Garden.
Or the profile of Luci, a really beautiful woman from Sevastopol… her photos belong to the photographer Viacheslav Baranov and were taken almost 3 years ago.batareykin.blogspot.com … So she’s been in the site for at least 3 years! And single, woah.
After this I decided it was pointless to even register (which is free, but why would I?). And of course, I won’t even go and talk about the prices.
Forums, Attorneys, etc…
The first thing that I found is that Marmeladies and TopLop have been involved in spamming campaigns to attract clients. These date back from 2008, but seem to have been really aggressive during 2010.
The second thing I found were several reviews at JustAnswer in which attorneys tell that he they’ve received several cases of people going serious with ladies from the site and once they arrive to their cities the ladies will not show up. Their theory is that is more like an artistic scam: good photographers creating profiles for girls in order to get money.
Finally I went into the classic forums in which you can find comments about this kind of sites, they were full of comments of how fake is this website. Maybe the best review I found was the one provided by Tag-n Bag at RussianWomen Discussion. He tried this website back in 2010 and in his experience the women will always avoid giving their personal information with excuses like “I have been cheated online before” “We should get to know each other more before…” and stuff like that.
And just to end, a visit to ScamAdviser only shows that is a BIG Scam. Scamadviser provides an automatic “score” trustoworthiness system based on what is been said about the website. An maybe is not 100% accurate but such a low score is no good at all.
There are lots of things that have been said about Marmeladies and Toplop: overall it seems to be one of the biggest scams running around. With an alexa rank around 300,000 the amount of visits it receives is quite large.
A quick look in its traffic estimate shows that in 2013 was receiving around 300.000 visits a day. Good to see that their traffic has quickly dropped to 90.000 per month.
My conclusion is this: Marmeladies is an artistic agency which is selling a product of illusion, and is careless about hurting and stealing in the process.