Seattle >It's Just Lunch
I really dodged a bullet here!
I was shocked a lack of professionalism and customer service this company displays!
I filled out a "request more info" option from their web-site and received a call the very next day. I'm thinking "nice," I appreciate the prompt response. That is where the perceived great costumer service ends. I was asked a series of questions about myself and what I was looking for in a person. (again, all good....so far)
Booked an appointment to find out more. I wanted to see the operation, meet the people I would be handing $2200.00 to. Then and only then would I decide if this was a wise investment. I then starting my online research. I wanted to see what others thought of their experience with IJL Seattle. I was hard-pressed to find any good reviews. (1 in 10 if that) Post after post after post on multiple boards stated the same horrible experience; many specific to the Seattle office. ....On and on I read.
I called to have a discussion with the Rep with whom I had scheduled the appointment to discuss my concerns. What I got was one of the hardest sales pitches I have ever received with a ridiculous defensive attitude. You would think I called her up to insult her mother!
I told her I was still considering signing on the dotted line and paying for the service, I would just need a couple testimonials from REAL people who had used their service and would have to think over my decision. II respectively asked that when I come in I am not pressured to commit at that time. I was literally told that if I didn't commit and pay upon my arrival to the appointment I need not come in. Really!? This is how you run your business, by threatening your potential clients? I am a professional woman with a 6-figure income. I don't even buy a coffee pot without checking out the manufacture and the consumer reports. Yet, this woman thought she could strong arm me with her silly, completely transparent sales pitch.
The sad thing is, had my concerns been addressed in a respectful and kind manner. I probably would have taken the gamble, kept the appointment and eventually paid the $2200.00. Instead I'll take my $ elsewhere.
Do your homework. Ask the hard questions. Do as I did and read other's experiences. Save yourself the heartache, not to mention $2200.00.
OMG I called them one year ago just to inquire and get more information on what It's Just Lunch does exactly, how it sets up matches, cost, etc. They would never give me a straight answer so I just said I wasn't interested and moved on. I kid you not, someone from their agency has called me once or twice every single day since and left a message. I have blocked their numbers, I am so busy at work (I am a healthcare provider) I can't answer when they call, I ignore them. They still call. I feel like I caught a nasty virus that I can't get rid of, and I never even went in and met them or joined! They will never leave you alone. Stay far, far away!!!
This could be a good service if you have the right attitude.
I must be missing all the misery that Molly and others experience. I'm having the time of my life right now. Sure I got off to a bad start too - a combination of I probably wasn't ready to resume dating and wasn't at my best, and they hadn't yet refined picking the best matches for me.
Right now, I just dated someone for over a month that ended for reasons unrelated to IJL (they certainly did their job). I was out with another past IJL date last night; am meeting one tonight for a few beers; will get together with another really cool one whom I was matched with a few weeks ago before leaving on a trip; and my next week's date is supposed to be really nice too.
Since I've been taking a positive approach, I talk to those guys all the time about what works and what doesn't. They even listened and gave me good perspective about issues that arose with the IJL match whom I recently got involved with.
And I'm glad Molly learned all there is to know about skin care in the 8th grade, because I've learned some useful things. And yes, I'm a professional, athletic, active, energetic, attractive, well groomed gentlemen, so there are some decent guys in the program (smile). As I've been meeting some pretty darn nice ladies through them lately too.
Maybe you should quit being miserable, communicate any changes in direction that you want with the IJL staff (they will listen and respond, I know) and just enjoy the ride.
I'm having a blast. I have nothing but good things to say about my recent IJL experiences.
Seriously, this place deserves its bad
reputation. I didn't want to believe it, it seemed so upscale and such a great idea. It's all talk to bring you in and then their idea of "matching" you up is like throwing darts at a board. I am well educated, mid-30s, and in shape, a "professional".... and the guys I was matched up with---you really wouldn't believe. My blind aunt could have done better. (Just read the other review...skincare....yeah, that's what I'm talking about. My mom taught that to my brothers in 8th grade.) Absolute scam and waste of money. My best friend just found someone on match.com. So perfect. It took much less of her time than the time I've wasted with these men I could never have anything in common with. They don't have to be perfect. I'm not perfect. Just hook me up with someone who knows how to wash his hair! Or what to wear to a nice restaurant! And just try getting ahold of the owner to complain that the women who answer the phones and pressure you to sign up but then don't want to deal with you act nothing short of nasty, unscrupulous phone solicitors.
BTW, I travel alot and have checked out this franchise in other cities. The complaints all seem the same, so there's training they must have to learn like a religion. I don't get why they can't see that they're not what they say they are. Walk the talk people, that's how you get happy repeat customers who spread the good news about you. That is sales 101.
IJL is the way to go!!. Say goodbye to all the waiting on Match and eHarmony, IJL has you meeting new people and going on actual dates right away. They also listen, to what kind of person you want to date. With feedback after each date, they zero in on your type very quickly. For dating, IJL is the way to go!!
Concerned, Be Cautious.
I joined It's Just Lunch Seattle two times. The second time was very frustrating. I am an older woman and I knew it would be hard to find matches so I was very clear about two major criteria: one the man be a family man and two that he live in the Seattle/Bellevue area. Repeatedly I was matched with men who lived much further away. One match was with a man who was separated when I made it clear the marital status that was acceptable to me was divorced, single or widowed. What a miss match that was among others. They give you very little information up front. Be cautious here. This is not a good service for folks who want to get an idea of person's value system, what they are looking for in a partner and their lifestyle.
There are also many more women interested than men; yet they pay the same amount. The scale is definitely tilted.
The staff is probably doing their best given the restrictions of the franchise, the owner and the manger. It's certainly not good enough given the price.
Beware of their strong sales pitch. Every match is supposedly wonderful. can this be?
Yikes!. Kiss your money goodby. I signed up several years ago with a lot of hope thinking that for $1500 it had to be a top quality product with an exclusive clientele. Turned out their clients were a handful of women who had fallen for the high pressure sales pitch as I did. I went on five dinner dates (never lunch as their "partner" restaurants don't offer as big of a fee back to IJL, I assume) over a two month period. All the ladies were very nice, but we had as much in common as if we had each wandered in off the street seperately. Fortunately, I remained on Match and met the lady who would become my fiance shortly after joining IJL. I put my membership on hold and it eventually expired. Unfortunately, the calls just keep on coming! For some reason they just can't wait to tell me that every female that joins IJL is "perfect" for me and that the ladies in the office always think of me right away as being perfect for her. Am I that memorable that they still think of me after my membership expired years ago, or am I in the sucker file for joining in the first place? This could be a great concept if it was run as they advertise instead of being a combination of a used car lot, ambulance chasing attorney and Amway. You will get the same results from throwing your money out the window, but without the nonstop sales calls. Be careful and good luck.
RATED F WITH THE WA BBB.
This is a very unprofessional business that's primary concern is closing the deal and getting your payment. While their service is very expensive they are not matchmaker’s rather sales people trying to close a deal.
I called enquiring about their services and was promptly sent to one of their directors who wanted to interview me to see if this would be a good service. I spoke to Molly Kane who is clearly a sales person not a matchmaker. We conducted the interview and she was very positive instilling hope and boasting the many dates she could already think of for me. She then concluded the interview telling me I had 12 hours to complete the paperwork and pay for the service. For me a huge red flag went up. She then became very insistent I needed take action now… no need to ask my friends who have tried the service.
When I researched the company and saw the poor ratings and complaints I realized this is a scam and Amanda the ski instructor Molly was dangling as a potental date most likely never existed. They prey on people’s emotions and make false promises to get your credit card payment. When I called back and let them know I was not interested. I was appalled at how rudely I was treated by Molly Kane.
Don’t waste your money check out the reviews and BBB.
BELIEVE THE BAD REVIEWS! THERE ARE TOO MANY TO IGNORE..
If I could give this place less than one star I would. In the over 40 age group, there are far more women signed up with IJL than men so it is a great deal for men, because there are many women to choose from. For women there are so few men signed up that they will match you up with anyone. And who they match you up with has nothing to do with what your stated preferences are. AND ... if you are a woman and you are over 50, you will pay twice as much as younger women. It will be $1800 for 6 dates (versus $1800 for 12 dates if you are under 50).
The women who work here are rude and unprofessional if you decide not to "buy". They even call and leave nasty messages on your answering machine.
You'll see these bad reviews for IJL locations all across the country, so this behavior must come from the top. Even if you really think it will be different for you, don't let them rip you off. Again, the men I know who have joined have a completely different experience because they are in "short supply", often getting many more dates than promised.
I had a great experience. I had a great experience finding my soul-mate and today we are married happily