It seems that every time I check my Western Women Suck email box, the #1 question that men are asking me is, “Is there a reputable Eastern European dating agency out there?” The only legitimate site that I knew of closed a few years ago and there seemed to be few other options. I recently spent a few Saturdays searching the net looking at (literally) hundreds of sites. I finally came across one that seemed to have hope.
I decided to give it a thorough appraisal and report back on my findings.
Before I even get started on Elena’s Models Dating Agency, lets recap what I’ve found so far regarding other agencies. I can say with great conviction that Anastasia Dating is the biggest scam on the planet. The owners of this agency should be locked up for defrauding tens of thousands of men millions of dollars. What is worse is the damage that they cause by giving so many men false hopes that lead to more disappointment down the road. I wrote a little about some experiences with scam sites.
Let’s talk about Elena’s Agency – perhaps the most exciting development I’f found in my quest to find a foreign bride.
What stands out most about Eastern European dating agencies is their HIGH PRICES. It seems that you can only make contact with women through the service and pay $7 to $10 per page for translation services. Since the letters go through the agency, it is impossible to know if they were even written by the woman you are corresponding with. At Elena’s, you pay a flat fee, much like at Match.com or eHarmony & you can email as many women as you want. You send an email, they receive it and you talk back and forth without interference from Elena’s agency. If you and the woman feel comfortable, you can exchange personal emails and talk on your yahoo or gmail account.
I paid $99 for a 3 month subscription – certainly no more expensive than emailing neurotic fat women on eHarmony. I logged in and began browsing through the women listed on the site.
I found that I could search by country – Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, or I could search by age, 25-29 or 30-34, I could search the “latest women” and I could even put in a parameter search by hair color, weight, whether or not she smokes or has children.
And so, I began looking:
The first thing that I noticed about the site is that the descriptions of what the women are looking for sound realistic – like they were actually written by women clients. This is unlike on Anastasia dating where the comments are completely unrealistic. Example, a 22 year old bombshell is looking for a 64 year old man and wants to have children tomorrow. As I look through Elena’s I see that most of the early 20 somethings are looking for a 25-35 year old long-term boyfriend leading to marriage, the late 20’s to 30’s women are looking for marriage (and often desire family). The whole website just seemed to be “normal” – what you would expect to find.
I compare my experiences to Anastasia, “I am blind, have no legs, no arms, my face was burned off in a nuclear accident and I have aids.” I received 22 offers of marriage the next day from women who easily could have walked out of a Sports Illustrated Swimwear Magazine shoot. And I wondered, what kind of success will I have?
I’m in my early 40’s, stand over 6′ tall (180cm), weigh in at about 195 (88kg), have average looks, a good job, own my own home, and am in relatively good physical shape (I’m not fat, go to the gym, have a few muscles, etc). I consider myself an “average” looking guy. How would I fare? Would women want to marry me out of my wheelchair with arms, legs and a face? I decided to give it a go and find out.
Rather than email, you can send an EOI (Expression of Interest), when the woman gets it, she gives you a thumbs up or down – saving you the work of sending her an email. I sent off 20 expressions of interest and about 1/2 of them said, “Not interested.”
Not that my slightly bruised ego took a hit, but instead – I believe that I’ve actually found a legit agency.
Also, while there are many many beautiful women on the site. Most of the women are “normal” looking: their photos are taken by a friend, they are wearing normal clothing, etc. Some have clearly gone to a photographer but the photos look nice and tactful, not like these near-porn agency photos you see at other sites. Most of the agencies use photos that are very sexually provocative – this is done with the intent of getting you to think with your little head instead of your big head.
Elena’s Models does not allow any kind of spamming, scamming or asking for money. If any woman on the site asks you for money, you are to report her and her profile will be pulled. Compare this to Anastasia and other agency sites that not only allow the solicitation of money, they actually sponsor it, “Send box of chocolates,” “send flowers to your lady,” etc. When you add up the cost of the membership, $10 a letter, sending chocolates and then dealing with a $20 per hour interpreter, you can drop thousands of dollars, all on a woman who has no interest in you whatsoever.
Speaking of interpreters, Elena advertises that most of her women speak English. No need to interpret letters if the woman can speak English. But, for the few who do not speak English, Elena encourages you to use a free translation service (like Google Translate) or you can pay a fee to have her agency translate.
The whole “vibe” of this agency is that it is legitimate and isn’t trying to fleece you for your whole retirement fund.
Of the ladies that replied affirmatively to my expression of interest, I began writing some letters. Probably about a third of those letters went unanswered. Perhaps the lady had a change of heart. Again, how refreshing. This probably means that the remaining ladies that did answer my letter are legitimate. Some of the letters that were replied had great English, in some it was basic and in others, the lady clearly said, “I know only basic English, I sent this letter using a translator.” I was impressed that the women who used a translator were upfront and honest about it. They didn’t want me to come over thinking that they were fluent. I appreciated the honesty. Actually, I almost couldn’t believe it. After all of the lies that I have seen in this industry, I had become quite jaded.
In the two or three weeks since I signed up, I have begun a daily correspondence with about a half dozen women who I feel are genuinely interested in me. We exchanged personal emails and I sent them loads of photos of myself (both good and bad, better they don’t like my picture than not like me after I drop $1500 on plane tickets and a hotel to visit). All of the women who speak English have offered their phone number and Skype names that we might phone and/or video chat. All of this dialogue – without interference from the agency. And all of this without recurring costs. Just the way it should be.
I am already making plans to visit one woman. I have already been to the city where she lives. I can get a cab from the airport and rent my own apartment. Aside from the cost of the airline ticket, the taxi or subway fare and the cost of the hotel/apartment, my only other cost will end up being a $99 fee to Elena’s? Wow, just to meet a half dozen women I had to pay on the scam site was $500.
Probably the only down side to talking to women from Elena’s is that I find the women I am talking to – to be wonderful. I want to answer every email, every question, ask my own questions. I find that I’m spending 3 or 4 hours a day just to keep up with the email. When my vacation comes in a few months, I am going to have to pick which few women I am going to come and visit. I have decided now to see 3 or 4. My reasoning is: no matter how much we like each others letters, voice & video – you will never know if you have chemistry until you meet in person. I will probably meet 3 or 4 women and then decide who I want to pursue a relationship with – if any of them at all.
Another factor that gives me a warm fuzzy feeling about this agency is the large number of success stories – it seems that each week a couple is getting married and attributing their success to meeting at Elena’s. And another factor is that Elena’s doesn’t deal with that silly IMBRA law that so many websites use as a way to keep you from getting the email address of the woman you are writing. In reality, the reason that so many agencies use the “IMBRA excuse” is so that you must go through them to talk to a woman. In reality, you are really talking to a secretary or letter writer.
Never say never:
In the past, I’ve advised you to stay away from letter writing through agencies. In my experience the process was rife with fraud. I stand corrected, I believe that the process at Elena’s is legitimate. The bottom line is this – I am thoroughly convinced that Elena’s Model’s is a legitimate agency, has a good price and a good product, and as far as I can tell, trustworthy management. For this reason, I am endorsing this agency and even contacted them about advertising on the site.
If you are considering making the effort to find an Eastern European wife – my recommendation is to be very careful when you select an agency. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. If anyone else knows of another legitimate agency, please email me and I’ll give it a look (you can find my email address in the right bar of this page).
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