For those who have no clue what I’m talking about, these two sites supposedly bring together those who are looking for long lost members of usually their high school graduating class or the college graduating class. Often you get emails telling you that someone from your class is looking for you. They send out thousands of emails with that same line. In this case, both sites are wanting to match you up with your class. Both make sure you give your information before they give you theirs. What is wrong with this picture?
What they are looking for is for you to pay them to see who is looking for you. Now, if you are desperate to find someone from that class, by all means, go ahead and get the upgrade they offer….with a little caution here. Remember why they actually sent you the email in the first place.
More often than not, there will not be anyone that has tried to contact you. I am not saying that no one is looking for you but both those sites send out emails stating that someone is trying to contact YOU. That is the incentive to buy their membership. Oh, they tell you that you can be a member for free. However, any relevant information that you want on those people from your class will not be there until you pay out money to be a gold member or whatever they call it. At some point, you realize that they are not all that but you already paid your money. They will not refund it.
Warning here. When you have paid out to be a gold member, check the options on your profile page or your account page. There will be an option to do an auto pay or manual pay. Do yourself a huge favor and select manual pay. Trust me, they will bug you about your account. You do not have to fear that they will cut you off from their site. But please put in the manual option. Why? I did not do that until the last month of my membership with Classmates. I had bought a year which was okay. I did get together with a couple of old classmates but I also ran into some guy who was a total stranger to me. It’s a trolling place for people too. But since I did not take the option until the last month, apparently their software did not notice that option and charged me the whole year’s membership at a time that I really did need the money. I argued with them about it. They did see the light for me. I received my refund in about four days. That is not the case with most of the people or so I assume since I saw several forum comments concerning them.
On Reunion, I simply kept getting the messages about people looking for me. When I clicked on the message to go to the site, I found myself at a place where they expect you to sign up for the paid membership. If you do not, you cannot see who is looking for you. The fact is, it is more likely that there is no one looking at that particular time. They simply want your money.
I am not against these sites. But I am warning people against their tactics concerning money and memberships. If you like the membership, that’s great. I did see some people on the site that I used to know but it was not the big deal I thought it would be. For one thing, most people do not visit there every day. In fact, sometimes they took a week or more to answer me when I wrote them. These folks are otherwise busy. Classmates is not a high priority in their lives. Neither is Reunion which is not as popular as Classmates. In both cases, they expect you to be curious enough to sign up for the upgraded membership to find out. Now you are warned.
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They are using the same tactics that some dating sites use. “One of our members wants you to join XYZ Singles.” It is amazing how many people fall for this.
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This is so true. People get an email stating that someone is looking for them. The question they should ask themselves is how they know this. Not that many do that.
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I keep getting the Reunion.com emails too. It appears they are sending emails that are crafted like social media sites like LinkedIn or Plaxo use when people want to get in touch with you - except these are from fake people. So unfortunate…
I agree. Too many people fall for it though. I admit that I did. According to what I originally got, there were people, several, who were looking for me. Now I would ask how they would know this. Then it didn’t occur to me to ask that. I paid for a year’s membership and enjoyed a few things that you don’t get otherwise but it was not worth the money. I got a few emails.
Frankly, I was ready to stop the membership when they took the money for the next year, at least a few weeks ahead of the due date, I think. And the payment was removed automatically which is not the way I set it up. They have a manual or automatic buttons. The default is set to automatic, of course. You have to actually go in and change that. I did eventually get my money back but it took fighting for it.
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