Many a poet will tell you love cannot be bought.
But money talks on the Internet.
The website www.whatsyourprice.com, allows romance seekers to hop online, scan potential partners and bid on first dates.
If they like what they see, all they have to do is make an offer.
“I’ve had everything from $20 to $300,” said Megan Correale, a 23-year-old college student and single mother who accepted the $300 dollar date and a number of other offers.
“I just go into it for a first date,” Correale said. “The guys I’ve gone out with don’t expect anything.”
She said the first dates have all occurred in safe, busy places. If sparks fly, the second date is free.
Brandon Wade is the mastermind behind www.whatsyourprice.com. He also has two other sites that make it possible to cash in on companionship.
One site, www.misstravel.com, sells the idea of seeing the world with a generous doctor, lawyer or executive.
The other, www.seekingarrangement.com, is about pairing sugar daddies or sugar mommas with young, attractive sugar babies. In the words of the site, it is for those “who are looking for mutually beneficial relationships.”
“I think getting paid is a misleading term,” said Wade, the sites’ founder. “Some (get money). Some expect the sugar daddies to buy them gifts, help pay tuition.”
Wade said Ohio University and Kent State University are among the fastest growing sugar baby schools.
A student from an Illinois university, who asked to remain anonymous, said that she got cash and lavish gifts in an arrangement worth thousands of dollars.
“I saw the site, and I like nice things,” the student said.
The woman responded “yes” when asked if sex was involved in the deal.
Wade said there is a gray line when it comes to the thought of getting paid for sex and a relationship as part of dating through his sits.
“If there is physical intimacy and if someone is getting paid, could that not qualify as prostitution?” 10TV’s Kristyn Hartman asked Wade.
“That’s within the context of a relationship, and that is not considered prostitution,” Wade said. “I think there is a gray line, but also a clear line in the gray sand.”
Psychiatrist Alan Levy said he thinks there is a danger in putting a price on a date’s worth, or on a relationship’s worth.
“Getting a foot in the door by paying someone doesn’t get the foot in the door, it characterizes the relationship in a commodity fashion,” Levy said.
He said people who find companionship on www.misstravel.com and www.seekingarrangement.com could be in for trouble.
He said the relationships based on money can lead to disappointment, resentment and depression. His advice: Proceed with caution.
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