San Francisco, CA I have no idea why there are such hostile reviews of this business. I heard about it from a friend of mine, and went to the website, which doesn't have information on fees or anything, because I understand that they wanted the consumers to call them.
The first yelp review I read though was so scathing i couldn't believe it, one of the yelp reviewers said that Lisa was rude, and a Four letter C word even, and I couldn't believe the hostility there. I asked LISA about it when she called me for a follow up call yesterday and she said it was not a client of "it's just lunch" just a prospect of hers she had spoken to briefly on the phone about the service.
Lisa was not pushy with me, she didn't make any overly "sales-ey" comments and when I told her that I was probably not going to be able to afford the service either time wise or budget wize so she should keep in touch with me please but don't "set me free" yet. Lisa was a very kind and friendly and non pushy salesperson and extremely ethical. I look forward to doing business with her and "it's just lunch" in the future! It's taken me 3. As a busy small business owner, I hired IJL in July to do the work of finding appropriate matches and setting me up on dates with them.
In fact, I let them know that I couldn't even do lunches and so would need to meet dates for drinks in the evening. It took IJL three weeks to even call me into their offices to conduct the initial interview with me and take photos of me. I was actually the one who called to ask what the process was. You'd think they would want to meet with you straight away to get the matchmaking going. The first guy had the vibe of a mortician--pale and with no energy or life force.
The second guy, I can't even remember, but it was not a match. The third guy was a fast-talking metro-sexual who was much too old for me and just not my style. Three dates and done. In early November , I received a letter telling me that my membership was being placed on a temporary hold that could last as long as days cumulatively if I so desired.
I never followed through, though, as I decided the negativity of this whole experience was not worth pursuing. I received a letter about the class action suit against IJL, but when I learned that there would be no monetary compensation, that was the end of that as well.
I like to say of my experience with IJL, "I can do bad all by myself! Still, it stings to know that I flushed that money completely down the toilet.
I am posting this today to say that unless something has changed, IJL is a rip-off for women looking to find their match through this organization. I paid several thousand dollars to this match making company.
Luckily I only took a six month plan. A friend recommended them to me. After the first meet up, I was called by a fourth representative offering me ANOTHER deal If I would double my money, the people they would introduce me to,would be of a higher quality. Of course I didn't go for this As a last resort as my six month plan was ending, they introduced me to a man who was very interesting but not physically appealing. I told them I would give him a second chance because he was the first guy who was interesting.
BUT he told me he had just started his plan with It's Just Lunch and wanted to date many women to make good use of the money he paid. Even if it was just an excuse The truth is they might be better for younger aged groups. I am in my early 70 's but look younger people say attractive people tell me and in good shape I can vouch for that.
Am a widow and have a college degree and had an interesting career. They saids somewhere along the way, that they don't have too many men available for my age Please do your due diligence and hopefully you won't give them your hard earned money.
I wish I had done my homework before I signed up. Though I realize that lawsuits don't necessarily mean anything regarding fault, a successful class action suit, and ongoing claims are not things to turn a blind eye to. My experience has been awful like many others. He actually was not a paying member and they had not been in contact with him in years.
Upon digging him up from the archives, they failed to inquire if anything had changed with him. Plenty had, which made him a less than ideal candidate for me based on what I'd told them I was looking for. I was incensed and told them as much on the post date review. I immediately came to realize that they did not have my interests at heart and asked for a refund.
Of course they declined. Why would you want to keep a client that is that dissatisfied? The next date no showed and though I can't necessarily blame them for that, the communication afterward was lacking. The next date occurred, but was nothing to write home about. So all in all I've paid a lot of money for a little service.
I'd have done better with an app on my phone and I'd have less to complain about regarding customer service. Save yourself the aggravation and don't do it. I wish I had thought to check Yelp before signing up for this service. It is the biggest waste of money EVER! I was told that I was going to be set up with great, appropriate men. I was told that I had to pay to participate in the service and that the men did as well.
I was told that I would be able to talk to my "matchmaker" at any time. None of these things happened and it's just the tip of the iceberg. I asked to be set up with men no older than 49, I am Two of my 12 dates were under Most were years older than me, all were 10 years older. At least two of my dates were not paying clients, rather men that It's Just Lunch was trying to get to join and I was their "sample" date.
My "matchmaker" missed our one on one meeting which supposedly is a requirement so they can see if you are "good enough" to be a client and has only reached out to me when I have complained. Please don't waste your time and money here. Dishonest would be the best way to describe this service. I inquired about the service and wanted to think about it, a few days later they called with a date for me.
I wanted to meet Lisa first. I went into the city. The office was stuffy, dated, dirty and had a very confusing access and layout. The furniture had stains all over the seat cushions. I should have put an end to it right then and there. I had one criteria, that any man I met paid a fee like I did for the service because I had heard through a friend there was a matchmaker in Walnut Creek who was seeking guys to go out for drinks with "lonely women" and I wanted to make sure it was not the same sort of thing.
Turns out this was that same business. Before I realized how untruthful they were I went on two dates. The first guy I drove an hour to meet him and he did not show up. The restaurant employees were fascinated with my being stood up.
Unlike what they promise they did not have a relationship with the restaurant and it had never heard of IJL before my date. We rescheduled for the next weekend. It turns out he was unemployed living in a rented room in an apartment in San Jose with a lot of family law issues.
The second was a guy who had not paid for matchmaking. I was polite and got out of there. I asked that my money be refunded, she said it did not work that way. I really liked Lisa, thought she was a person of integrity and truth. I little pushy sales wise but a person of character. I was completely wrong she was the polar opposite.
I'm a client, and meeting interesting, quality men. The match makers want to know as much as possible about me to help find good potential matches. They also helped me get over my nervousness. They also have dating consultants available. Disorganized, inattentive and way overpriced. The first date, the organizer forgot to even book the place. Surveys are overly simplified; Bob is lawyer. You wouldn't mind dating a lawyer? Great he's a perfect match!!!
Wish I had read the yelp reviews first, especially the bit about the class action law suit. No wonder just recently they were willing to "do me a favor" and set up complimetary matches. Best part was, when I hesitant about a match they set up, I was basically blamed for previous matches not working out. Just join a meetup group.