Right at the very moment I started searching for possible international dating sites, internationalcupid.com was what first caught my attention – after all if you’ve read my other posts you know I’m a big fan of the cupid sites. I have to admit that at first, I was only interested at getting laid after a friend told me how he was able to hook up with a girl from another state through the site. I decided to try and see if it will work for me too, and found that I was right all along.
As a member of the site for 6 months total (along with a few other sites), I can say that I had seen some decent success. Was it the most action I’ve gotten from a dating/hook up platform? No, that still belongs to Tinder. However, it’s not bad considering I really intend on using it for a while anyway.
However, one drunk night after striking out at the bars I just signed up because it was free and I was pretty lonely. However, as I get to know the site even better, and the members too, I realized that it’s useful since you don’t just get international girls, but local ones too.
Other users, however, were skeptical about the site. Like any online dating site there are some scammers, but the site itself is LEGIT. It is because of this that I have decided to create this international cupid review to let people know of my experience, and I liked, (and not liked) about the website.
Is it Free?
Sign up with the website is free. As a matter of fact, you can see it right away the moment you open the website. All you have to do is to click ‘Join for Free’ and you can start working on your profile details. On the other hand, you can also opt for more features and services by being a paid member.
It’s free to get matches, but in order to talk with them you need to pay. With that in mind it is technically free, but the free version isn’t very useful.
Among the services and features that you get to enjoy include sending and receiving video messages (which was a waste – DON’T GET THE PLATINUM VERSION), chat with other site members, and the capability to connect with both paid, and free members. I decided to pay because I wanted to enjoy its customizable search option since I’m a little picky with the girls I meet up.
The standard gold version is sufficient. Do not upgrade to the platinum because it’s simply not worth it. You’ll waste your money on features you don’t need such as video messages and profiles.
Instead, just create a kick ass profile, and once you are talking to them use whatsapp, facetime, or even Skype to video chat. No need to pay all that extra money. The Gold International Cupid package is good enough.
What Countries it is Good In?
I noticed that Internationalcupid caters to any country. However, if you take a closer look at the profiles of the members, most of us are concentrated in Latin America, Russia, US, and Eastern Europe, and some parts of Asia. It’s also decent if you’re hopping around Asia. There may not be a large user base in each country but if you’re doing a lot of short stays in various cities and countries then you’ll find decent success.
I personally used it in
1) Asia: China, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand
2) Europe: Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Ukraine
It’s not worth using in Thailand (just use Thai Cupid if you’re in Thailand, it’ll work a LOT better) and in the Netherlands. I can’t give an alternative for the Netherlands but I saw almost 0 people on.
Does it Work?
Yes it works. I wasn’t sure if this would be as good as some of the sister sites that I use, but I decided to give it a try anyway. The first thing I noticed was that there were less prostitute profiles than normal. Maybe it’s because of the international nature – I’m not sure why.
However, I used it when going around various parts of Asia and Europe (same countries I mentioned before). It was good overall since I was able to sleep with 9 chicks in Asia and 6 in Europe over 3 months (average 1 per week). I went on plenty of dates too, but the asian girls in some of the countries I visited (Taiwan, Singapore, China) are hard to bang on the first date sometimes.
What Is the Selection Available?
What I like about the website is that while the girls are concentrated in some areas, such as the ones that I have already mentioned above, there are other girls from other places too. Since it’s an international site you’ll see a lot of Europeans, Asians, and girls from Latin America.
However, you’ll also see there a lot of other travelers so it has a pretty good variety. I would say there didn’t seem to be a lot of black chicks (there were a couple in Europe).
Surprisingly,I did match with 1 girl from Ukraine, but I think that she was only down to chat and not meet up. She kept making a lot of excuses any time I mentioned meeting up so I just stopped talking to her. I don’t know too much about Ukrainian girls so it is hard to say what is normal or not.
While the website is available and open for members from any country, it seems that the members are concentrated in some regions, such as Asia, USA, Europe (Eastern part, in particular), and UK. However, in terms of functionality, it acts more of a casual hook up site rather than an actual dating site. I found it harder to get laid than using other sites, but it still delivered!
Is it Good for Match Making?
As a matchmaking site, I can say that internationalcupid is not really as good compared to others. For one, it only acts as a standard dating site, which means that it’s more of a social media for dating. You can upload your photos and profile, but it’s up to you to find others that you can connect with.
Also, since there are a lot of people from various countries it tends to be better for travelers who move around. It’s not great for really dating someone and getting settled in. It’s definitely better for banging.
Is the Site Easy to Use?
The website is pretty straightforward. You are prompted to click and join for free, and from there, you can work on your profile. The website is in English, though you can choose other languages as well.
It’s intuitive just like any other dating site, but it’s not cluttered like plenty of fish is. Even it’s more “advanced” features like search are easy to use. In this day and age if you can’t navigate this site there is no hope for you.
For example, you can see how easy it is to sign up right here.
Is it a Legit or a Scam?
I am confident in saying that this site is NOT a scam. For one, it has been online for almost a decade now. If it had been a scam, it would not have lasted long. However, this does not mean that members are no longer shielded from the presence of some uncanny members. In fact, I also received a chat invite from a girl from Thailand; turned out she was a prostitute. I guess that is technically not a scam, but it’s not what I’m looking for!
Like all online chat sites there are going to be scammers. They’ll try to befriend you then ask for money so they can come visit you. DON’T FALL FOR THIS TRAP – no matter how good it sounds. There will be ton of “girls” (they’re usually men) asking you for money. This is just a down side to people but I can assure you internationalcupid itself is legit.
As a plus, internationalcupid has their own Fraud Prevention Team which is available 24/7 just to make the website safe. I was able to try the ‘report abuse’ form after one member just requested money from me. It would have been okay if I have known her enough, but the instant we matched she sent some long, sob story about how she needed money. She finished with “Can you help me out”? I don’t think so.
Pros and Cons
- Wide range of ethnicity available
- Translation services are available to lessen language barriers
- Profiles are detailed
- Decent opportunities for matchmaking is available with its free membership
- While international comes with its own translation service, it’s more of the robotic type. The options on languages available for translation are less as compared to the nations being represented by the members.
- I feel that this website is more of a ‘self-service’ interracial dating site. This means that it may not actually work for those who are looking for mail order brides, because there are limited services available for men looking for international brides. If you want to meet a girl living abroad, you make your own arrangement to meet her.
Conclusion: Is it Worth It?
Yes, in particular situations. If you’re staying in the Americas then it’s not really worth it. Instead, you’ll want to use LatinAmericanCupid.
However, if you’re moving around various countries in Europe (I heard it’s REALLY good for Eastern Europe) and Asia then you’ll find some good success.
All in all, internationalcupid.com is a good site if you are looking for the possibility of meeting new people, girls in particular. I have met some good women in cupid international, but they are more into casual dating. While the website is generally safe, it is still up to you to be careful and really look into the profile of the members you are connecting with.
In terms of site use, I have no problem, because it is very user friendly. The low membership fee helps makes it worth it, but I suggest first signing up for a free account, filling out your profile, then waiting a couple of days. This way you can accumulate matches for free before having to pay.
Overall, I can say that this website worked pretty well in introducing international singles. Try it out if you’re moving around a lot or just want to meet a lot of women from a variety of cultures!