Aussie Match Maker

Price:
Free Trial
Silver from $12.91 p/m
Gold from $18.33 p/m
Platinum from $26.16 p/m

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Rating:
4
On August 6, 2013
Last modified:August 6, 2013

Summary:

Catering to Singles after Friendship, a Casual thing or a Relationship, Aussie Match Maker ticks all of the boxes. Try the free trial to gauge the number of members in your areas of interest.

Casual Affair LipsAnother site in the Match Maker network, Aussie Match Maker takes their tried and true design principles, easy to use features and great service that it applies to it’s other sites to bring us an Australian based Singles Dating Site that has a lot to offer.

Sign Up Process

It is completely free to sign up to this site so visit AussieMatchMaker.com.au to get started. You’ll need to fill in your basic details like sex and location along with a username. You’ll also need to state if you’re after a relationship, casual dating or a friendship.

Next you’ll be asked to fill out your profile with your interests, appearance and general details. Fill these in as completely and truthfully as you can as these will be the criteria against which people will decide whether or not to contact you. That complete, you can jump into finding potential matches.

 

Membership Base

At their core, dating sites are only going to be as good as the quality of its members. The main user base stats for Aussie Match Maker (correct as of Aug 2013) are:

  • Aussie Match Maker currently has in excess of 985,000 registered users.
  • The Male : Female Ratio is 1.6 : 1, a very good ratio considering the normal huge bias towards male members.
  • The median age of its users is 38 years old and over 50% of members are under the age of 30.
  • Only 10% of users identify themselves as Bi, Bi-curious or gay / Lesbian.

The majority of their members are located in capital cities and major regional centres throughout Australia and New Zealand with smatterings of members in other smaller towns. A real bonus of the free signup is that you can check for the number of users in your geographic region prior to taking up a paid membership. Simply use the search function and change the ‘Living Within’  drop down list to whatever distance you like from your postcode and it will return all members within that area.

 

 

Cost

The costs for Aussie Match Maker are the same as the other sites in their network. The four packages they offer are the free Trial membership and then the Silver, Gold and Platinum paid memberships.

The Trial Membership allows you to:

  • Post your profile on the site.
  • Reply to messages you receive.
  • Send 3 / 5 Winks a day to users you like. (unverified vs verified profile)
  • Reply to any winks you receive.
  • Access chat rooms 4 – 8:30 pm daily

The Silver Membership allows you to:

  • Send 4 new messages per day
  • Send 8 new winks per day
  • 24/7 Chat room access
  • No private chat requests

The Gold Membership allows you to:

  • Send 12 new messages per day
  • Send 12 new winks per day
  • 24/7 Chat room access
  • Unlimited private chat requests
  • Post community notices

The Platinum Membership allows you to:

  • Send 25 new messages per day
  • Send 25 new winks per day
  • 24/7 Chat room access
  • Unlimited private chat requests
  • Post community notices

Here is a table to help illustrate the different package allowances a little more easily.

 

Trial

Silver

Gold

Platinum

Max new messages sent per day *1

0

4

12

25

Max new winks sent per day *1

3/5*2

8

12

25

Max replies to winks / messages per day

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Access chatrooms 24/7

4-8:30pm

* * *

Request private chats

* * * *

Post community notices

* * * *

Search listing priority

Lowest

Third

Second

First

Note:

*1 Unused message or wink credit does not roll over to the following day.

*2 Trial members whose profile has been verified can send up to 5 winks a day, otherwise 3 winks a day.

The costs for each of these packages are:

SILVER

  • Cost Per Month
  • Discount
  • 1 month

  • $53.95

  • $53.95
  • 3 months

  • $76.95

  • $25.65
  • Save 52%
  • 6 months

  • $107.95

  • $17.99
  • Save 67%
  • 12 months

  • $154.95

  • $12.91
  • Save 76%

GOLD

  • Cost Per Month
  • Discount
  • 1 month

  • $74.95

  • $74.95
  • 3 months

  • $109.95

  • $36.65
  • Save 51%
  • 6 months

  • $152.95

  • $25.49
  • Save 66%
  • 12 months

  • $219.95

  • $18.33
  • Save 76%

PLATINUM

  • Cost Per Month
  • Discount
  • 1 month

  • $107.95

  • $107.95
  • 3 months

  • $156.95

  • $52.32
  • Save 52%
  • 6 months

  • $221.95

  • $36.99
  • Save 66%
  • 12 months

  • $313.95

  • $26.16
  • Save 76%


Paid memberships can be covered with credit cards, BPAY or by cheque / money order. Your card will be billed to Giga Pty Ltd vs Aussie Match Maker. Cancellation is extremely straightforward and done via your main user interface under the Accounts – Payments – Automatic Renewals tab.

Take Note: Auto-renewal is enabled by default so if you sign up for a paid subscription, you will be automatically charged at the end of that subscription period unless you cancel prior to it. There are no guarantees and no refunds

As with their other sites, we have found their pricing to be very competitive with similar sites and especially considering the number and quality of the user base. We have noted in our review of Adult Match Maker, that we particularly like the minimal financial difference between the Silver and Platinum packages which only amounts to about 50 cents a day when comparing the 12 month packages.

The unfortunate thing, from our perspective, that carries over from their other sites is the amount of contacts that the Silver and Gold packages offer in comparison to the Platinum. We find that, especially when establishing ourselves on a new site, we tend to send quite a few more messages than these packages allow. This will come down to a personal preference though and for others, the allowance may be more than enough.

Aussie Match Maker only has one other optional cost, the rather unique PostagePaid Service. The idea behind this service is that those members who sign up for a trial membership and could therefore not normally contact you, now can. This significantly expands your potential to meet someone as there are a large number of people who sign up for the trial and rely on paid members contacting them. These people can now initiate that contact with you; it is a great advantage over other paid members.

Postage Paid will set you back $71.96 each quarter but in our eyes is a service that’s well worth a try. Be warned though, it is also set to auto-renew so if you want to cancel it, do so before it expires.

 

 

Site Features

In addition to the previously listed features, Aussie Match Maker offers the following additional features at no further cost.

  • Mobile Responsive – Offers all features of the regular site on your mobile
  • Public and Private Galleries – Show off your normal photos to everyone but share your private ones with only those you choose to
  • Create and Manage Your Own Lists – Keeping track of your actions, your favourites and what not can be difficult. Aussie Match Maker makes it easy with Hot List, Block List, Ignore List and Viewing History.
  • Advanced Search – Search by relationship status, Interests, Lifestyle, Physical Attributes or even piercings.
  • Community Notices and Events – Member initiated and organised groups and events.

 

Ease Of Use

If you can use a computer, you can use Aussie Match Maker. The site layout will be very recognisable to anyone who has any experience with computers with all features being accessible via drop down menus from the main page.

Your message inbox’s, lists, etc. are organised like nearly every email program currently on the market, making it very easy to setup and then keep track of of all your correspondence.


Site Experience

Like all of the sites in the Match Maker network, this one delivers on what it sets out to achieve. The success you will have using the site is entirely dependent on the way you promote yourself and respond to others.

If you treat others the same way you would as if meeting them in real life, you will have significantly more success than if you are crass and to upfront. Whilst talking about this type of person, we must mention that you will come across some trolls, namely in the chat rooms, where they will attempt to gain some level of response from you. Report them and let the admin deal with them.

There are also some spammers on the site, an unfortunate issue affecting most dating sites, but the admin are very proactive in weeding out but it does require members to report these profiles in order for admin to remove them. We found the support team to be excellent when dealing with any reports.

 

 

Customer Support

Customer Support is offered via the Contact Us page accessible from the main user interface and any dealings we had with them were resolved within 24 hours. There is also an in-depth FAQ which covers most questions you could conceivably come up with.

 

 

Conclusion

Aussie Match Maker carries on the fine traditions of the other dating sites in the Match Maker network. The site offers access to chat rooms daily for non-paying members, a rarity for dating sites, and an illustration of the commitment the sites owners have to the user satisfaction. It is a fully featured, well run and easy to use site that allows you to get on with the task at hand which is meeting people.

Whilst the male to female ratio is a slight detraction, we found that the community vibe, the proven ability to meet someone (as evidence by the testimonials on the site) and excellent features more than made up for this issue. We recommend giving it a try.

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