One really fantastic thing about some wealthy dating sites is the fact that they screen their members so you can separate the actual rich people from the “rich in spirit” people. You’d think the kind of folks who describe themselves as rich would actually have a couple of pennies to rub together, but this really isn’t always the case on some sites. If you know what you’re looking for and willing to pay to find it then it’s best to choose a site that will actually help you find what you’re looking for rather than a lot of overly embellished self-portrayals or fake profiles.
I don’t know that I’ve ever been duped into thinking a woman was rich when she wasn’t. You’re more likely, when buying your lady friend a new pair of magnificently expensive and uncomfortable shoes, to be convinced she’s poor even though she’s a lawyer. Women have a hard time with fakes, though, as guys tend to try and dazzle ladies with a lot of flashy gifts and displays of wealth, and they’re usually not forward-thinking enough to realize that giving a gal costume jewelry really isn’t a great foundation for a long-term relationship.
I just ran into a friend of mine a while ago, and she was telling me about the latest guy she’s convinced will sweep her off her feet. A couple of weeks later she brought him out to meet the gang. He’d picked up the bill for a cab because there was going to be drinking, but I caught sight of his car keys. He had an Audi keychain. Now, I’m a fan of Audis, and there’s nothing wrong with having all your keys on one ring, but I ran into the dude a couple of days later and I saw him drive off in a Volkswagen Fox. Now, for those of you who aren’t gear-heads, the Fox is a car that used to be made out of spare parts from Volkswagens and Audis. I’ll grant you that the car is maybe 40% Audi, but flashing that keychain still seems a bit pretentious to me. Call me a purist. He probably has a bumper sticker that says, “my other car works.” Still, I suppose it’s better than one of those souped-up Honda civics.
This must all sound overly materialistic. Of course, there is a lot more to a great love affair than money, but the difference between a whirlwind affair and a relationship that actually lasts is the ability for both partners to pull their own weight and take care of each other. I know a lot of people are attracted the whole communal, living-off-the-land vegan hippy thing these days, but organic food is expensive and living off the land can often end up tasting a bit like eating dirt.