Mail Order Brides Agencies: Stay Away From Gift Programs

At the very moment you are reading this article, there are thousands of men falling in love with women they have seen on a mail order bride site. They’ll spend month after month paying to send and receive email messages from their virtual girlfriend. In addition, these men will purchase expensive overpriced gifts in an effort to win the affections of the women from the mail order bride agencies, but is this the right thing to do?

Unfortunately, many men throw common sense out the window when it comes to women. In an effort to win the heart of the women they desire, single men will often purchase things they can’t afford. Mail order bride agencies know this, and this is why they make such an effort to stock their sites with pictures of beautiful women. It gives the perception that the overweight middle aged man can date and marry the sexy trophy wife they have always desired.

Since many of the men who register with mail order bride agencies will never grace the cover of some fashion magazine, the general consensus among these men is that these women are looking for a provider. As a result, mail order bride clients make an effort to portray themselves as successful men through the purchase of high priced gifts available through the agency. What is most surprising about the purchase of these gifts is that the men have never met the women they are sending the gifts to from the agency. In many cases, the women don’t even exist and in other situations, the agency simply has a stock of certain gifts that they’ll have women pose next to in a picture. So rather than actually purchasing a gift, the agency pockets the money while giving the lady a percentage or commission on the “sale”.

In doing research for this article, I visited and registered with a couple of romance tour company websites. One of them kept encouraging me to send a $15 “virtual gift” to the women who had emailed me. It was really interesting, I had to pay $10 to read the email, $10 to reply, plus $15 to send the “virtual gift”. What is a “virtual gift” you ask? Well, it is nothing more than a cartoon image of a certain object like an umbrella, rose, sun, cat, etc. Wow, $15 for a worthless gift that I could have downloaded for free from Google images. Another site was charging the following prices for gifts in Cebu, Philippines; $60 for a small teddy bear, $50 for a cake, $240 for a day at the spa, $95 for 11 roses. Keep in mind the Philippines is a second world country where much of the country lives in poverty, so the idea that these prices reflect a slight markup is an understatement. As a reference, I did a Google search for flower prices in Cebu and found out that I could buy 70 roses for $50.

In conclusion, you should never send money or gifts to someone you have never met. This sounds simple, yet when you put a pretty picture behind the request people lose their common sense. For a podcast on mail order bride gift programs, visit Mail Order Brides.

By Suzana