OurTime.com is a 50+ dating site that caters to the older more experienced crowd. You wouldn’t expect an online dating to cater to this crowd, but the internet is no longer restricted to the young and the geeky. I’ve been hearing lots of advertisements on the radio about OurTime.com lately and wanted to see what the OurTime.com free trial is all about.
Update and Scam Allegations:
Updated on February 6th 2013:
Avoid OurTime.com at all costs!.
They are quickly earning a reputation as an unreliable, scam website that tricks people with free trials that are difficult to cancel. I recommend you take a look at eHarmony.com instead.
There are two things that lead me to this conclusion. First, I’ve been doing a little research on the web and was able to find dozens of complaints from other users. For example you can see complaints here here and here.
People are complaining about getting sucked into free trials that are impossible to cancel, being poked by fake profiles in order to lure them into signing up for a paid account and being unable to deal with customer service at all.
I even had my own problems trying to get in contact with them. I had a question about OurTime.com for this review and sent them an e-mail. I got a canned response that didn’t help anything. A few e-mails back and forth later, they finally give me their customer service number (1-866-727-8920). I’ve tried calling them multiple times for a very simple question and nobody has been able to help.
Their support people are rude, incompetent and quite frankly, not that smart. They are the perfect example of bureaucratic flotsam. Completely useless, doing just the minimum not to get fired and armed with a bad attitude to top it off.
I’m going to be redirecting all outgoing links on this page to my eHarmony review instead. Check them out and you’ll be much better off. OurTime.com is no good.
Getting started with the free trial was easy. All I had to do was visit OurTime.com and sign up for a new account. There were three quick pages that I had to fill out to create my account:
2. Quick personality questions
3. Quick forms – tell us about yourself, what you’re looking for, additional details
There was also an option to upload a picture. I skipped this step because I’m not 50 years old and didn’t feel like searching for pictures of 50 year old men to upload. Overall though, the signup process was quick and easy. I found that there’s not really a “free trial” so much as there is a free account that comes with a few basic features.
Here’s a quick look at one of the OurTime.com signup pages:
The first thing I checked after signing in for the first time was the pricing plans page. OurTime.com has a pretty effective marketing gimmick in which they offer “special” prices for a limited time, complete with a countdown clock right in the middle of the member’s area. I clicked the upgrade button and saw the following pricing options:
What You Get with the Free Trial
The free trial lets you create an account, browse singles and upload photos. You’ll have to upgrade before you can send any messages and initiate contact. I was able to compose a message, but when I hit the “send” button, my message was saved as a draft and I was taken to an upgrade page with pricing information.
You can also receive messages with your OurTime.com free trial, but you will have to pay before you can reply and communicate with people like normal. Upgrading will also let you see who has viewed your profile and added you as a favorite, it will let you chat with people in real time and it will let you view videos uploaded by members.
OurTime.com added a new feature recently that I also found pretty nice. It’s called “I’m interested” and you can access it by clicking on the link at the top of the member’s area. Click on that link and you’ll be shown pictures of women in your area. You can click “yes” or “no” on each picture if you like what you see. If you click yes, that person will be notified of your interest.
Update: There is actually NOTHING good about OurTime.com. When I first reviewed them, I was happy to notice that most profiles appeared genuine. I dug a little deeper, checked in with other members of OurTime.com and have changed my thoughts. See the scam warning at the top of this review for more information. Ignore anything positive you read about OurTime.com.
OurTime.com is also good at scamming seniors. The ads on the radio tell you that OurTime.com is a great place to meet local seniors and it almost sounds like a legitimate dating site. Look, no matter how old you are, you’ll have better luck at a big, reputable dating site such as eHarmony.
When you run searches for local singles, the results indicate how long it has been since each person has signed on. This is a great feature for finding active members who are likely to respond. Update: I’ve read multiple, credible reports that OurTime.com is full of FAKE and INACTIVE members who are used by the system to “contact” you in order to convince you to sign up.
What’s Not Good
Everything. Do not join this dating site under any circumstances. They are pure garbage. See the warning at the top of this page.
The only thing I’d like to see different is an actual OurTime.com free trial that unlocks all the features. Right now, there is no true free trial. What you get is a free account that comes with limited features. You are under no pressure to upgrade, but you’ll need to pay if you ever want to communicate with other singles.
My opinion is to stay the hell away from this scam dating site. If you see lots of active singles in your area, go ahead and sign up for an account, if you hate money. The only benefit you might get out of it is laughing at the idiotic customer support reps at OurTime.com.