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Speak Out: Would You Pay for a First Date?

WhatsYourPrice.com, an online dating website where members bid for first dates, reports more than 3,600 Atlanta-area men were a portion of 369,000 across the country who offered an average of $131.70 during the four weeks preceding Valentine's Day.

Would you pay for a first date?

Men bidding on first dates and paying women more for them as Valentine's Day approaches, according to the online dating website, WhatsYourPrice.com. It gives 'generous' members the opportunity to date 'attractive' members who may not even give them a chance on traditional dating websites, according to a press release.

A singles study by the world's only dating-auction website found that 3,619 Atlanta men made offers for first dates on Valentine's Day, along with a total of 369,282 men across the country during the last 4 weeks.

The average price to get a valentine this year: $131.70, which is 62 percent higher than the site’s annual average of $80 for a first date.

"Our study revealed that as Valentine’s Day neared, both the number of offers and the average first date price steadily increased," CEO and founder Brandon Wade said in a press release. "Offering money for a first date is rather unconventional in the dating world, but it proves that Valentine’s Day is as important a holiday for singles as it is for couples."

With WhatsYourPrice.com, members are divided into two groups—mostly men (the generous) who pay mostly women (the attractive) for first dates, according to Switched.

Sounds a lot like prostitution, you say?

A big dose of capitalism for the dating game, Wade says.

"This is all about paying for the FIRST DATE!" a spokesman told Gawker. "There is absolutely no sex involved, and except perhaps the chance of sex at some point in the future if you are able to successfully charm and seduce. But isn't that what every first date is about?"

What do you think? Would you bid on and pay for a first date? Is it prostitution? Tell us in the comments.

Morris Devereaux February 28, 2013 at 02:53 PM
I'm trying to figure out who I feel the most sorry for...the women who prostitute themselves or the men who feel they have to. Oh, I see where there really isn't any sex involved. That almost makes it worse. At least in a sex-for-hire situation, you have a physical need, a buyer and a seller with a product. In this situation, what you have is a very lonely person and a person willing to exploit them. It's very sad.
Brandon Wade June 24, 2013 at 02:00 PM
Obviously the person writing the last comment does not understand how the website works. No one is prostituting themselves since sex is not allowed or to be expected on the first date. The purpose of the website is simple. It costs a woman on average $80 or more to get ready and go on a first date (not considering whether she has to go dutch during the date). So a woman who is attractive is less likely to give a man a chance given it costs her money to get to know him. Whats Your Price offers a way so the man can make it zero cost for the woman to take that risk and get to know him beyond his picture or online profile. This is a website that empowers everyone ... the woman, as well as the man who would otherwise not have a chance.

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