RSVP Personals Review
Billing itself as Australia’s largest singles & personals service, RSVP’s website is a well-designed, easily navigated site that’s a pleasure to use. The focus is indeed primarily Australia and New Zealand, but there are plenty of members from around the world. You can choose the level of interest you’re looking for, from pen pal to long-term relationship, and browse members at no charge.
Browsing at RSVP is free, and you can check out as many profiles as you want. The majority of RSVP members are educated, attractive (or at least not frightening) and successful, so you have a good pond to fish from. Profiles give you all the important vital stats plus an essay section that allows for a more thorough introduction. While some don’t take full advantage of this feature, the majority do put a fair amount of thought into it. If you want to “fast forward” to the really great members (not by objective standards, but by popularity), go to the Top 100 list, and check out the Top 100 for male or female in each of four age groups – eye candy with brains and personality!
The site also has interesting surveys and contests that keep members actively coming back. The recent digital camera give-away was marketing brilliance – how many winners do you think posted new photos to the site after they received their new cameras? RSVP even hosts events like “match up parties” that are members mixers in cities across Australia. The “kiss” function is a way to show interest in someone for free, who can then choose to respond with an email.
The most unique feature at RSVP is their payment set-up. Rather than monthly fees, you buy “stamps” that are used to send emails to individual members. You can only initiate email by purchasing stamps, which are sold in sets of six or more, up to packs of 24. It’s really a better way than a monthly membership, because you pay only when you have time to start up a dialogue. It sure beats paying month-to-month when you’re too busy some months to bother!