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AForeignAffair Review

Site Name:

AForeignAffair

Site rating: 4 Star Rating! This is an Excellent Site
Site Classification: Romantic Dating Site.Site aimed at Long Term Relationships. International Dating, Matchmaking and Long Term Relationships, Pen Pals & Soul Mates. International Marriage.
Basic FREE Membership: Yes. You may browse the ladies profiles for free but to receive addresses and contact details you must become a paying member.
Number of Members: 38545 Ladies Profiles
Sexual Categories Covered: Straight Dating/Marriage
What Countries are Covered by The Site?Regions Covered: Russia and CIS, Asia, Latin and South America, Europe, Africa, The Middle East and Various other countries.
What Features Are Available to Members?Features Available: Romantic Tours, Photo/Profile Galleries, Free translation express mail service, Men's publication service, Telephone translation service, Flowers and Gift delivery service, Fiance Visa kits, Apartments and Hotel info / booking, Visa and Travel services, Learn Russian Language products, Free Draw to win tour prizes, Web site available in French, Italian and English, Question and Answer section of Men and Women who have participated in the tour programs, Free tour video - just send them your details. Tips section for newbies on what to watch out for. Weekly profile matches can be emailed to you upon request.
How User-Friendly is The Website?Web site Interface & Usability:

A fast loading, well laid out interface with a constant blue theme throughout. When you first land on the Aforeignaffair homepage you are staring blankly at a sea of menu options down either side of the screen :-/

Although its a bit bewildering, as you go through each menu you'll soon get a feel for the layout of the site. There is so much to read, see and do at this web site, you'll be here for quite a while once you start reading.

The main sections of the web site are always displayed across the top of the screen so its easy to find your way back to the homepage if you feel you're getting lost.

AforeignAffairs main business is the tour industry and as such they don't just hold trips to Russia and Ukraine. They also do trips to Cartagena, Costa-Rica, Riga and Multiple City Hopping Tours.

As they cover such a big market, there is a lot of information held and displayed within their web site. Thankfully they have spent a great deal of time trying to organize this into a coherent list of menus and options.

Just like Anastasiaweb, there are also numerous video testimonials for you to download.

Now, on to the browsing of the profiles themselves.

You can view, new profiles, all foreign women's profiles and foreign women with new photos. You can also browse the top 1000 most popular ladies.

Browsing the top 1000

If you've used Cherry blossoms interface then you'll feel right at home here as profiles are displayed in the same way. The screen is split into three windows. The main profile is displayed on the right main window with thumbnail images of other profiles down the left hand side. There is also a third window at the top with other page listings. This allows quick jumping between profiles. Personally I prefer a large gallery of thumbnails but that's just my own preference.

The main profile photograph is very large and detailed. You also get a brief description of the ladies details and what she is looking for. A more detailed profile is available upon purchasing the ladies contact details.

Selecting 'Browse New Profiles' from the main menu gives you about 100-300 thumbnails of new ladies who have joined the site. It loaded in quickly on my broadband connection but anyone with a 56k dial up connection is going to have to go and make a cup of tea while the page loads. Don't say I didn't warn you. Thankfully they have made the thumbnails as small as possible whilst still being able to make out what the ladies look like.

Selecting 'All Foreign Women's Profiles' gives you a browse by country interface much the same as Friendfinder's browse section. It also tells you how many registered members are located in each country.

Like Anastasiaweb Each profile has a handy map feature so you can see exactly where the city is of the current girl you're looking at. The more I dig in this site the more information I find. This is a BIG web site with thousands of profiles to look through.

What we need here is an advanced search feature to narrow things down a bit. Thankfully they have included a profile search engine within the site. You can search by age, religion, with or without children, weight, height, country, member id number and keywords such as hobbies, sports, job, hair color etc

To sum up, lots to see and do at this site. There's lots I've left out as I only have a limited space here to do the review. The interface can be a bit bewildering with the amount of information to go through on the site but give it a chance and you'll soon be an expert in the field of International Introduction and Tours. The word 'Mail Order Bride' is taboo in this industry and rightly so in this day and age.


Main Description of Dating Site.Site
Description:

So who are AforeignAffair and what are they all about?

"A Foreign Affair is the world's largest and most respected Introduction and Tour service. Founded in early 1995, we were the first on-line Introduction and Tour Company, and have since grown to be the industry leader.

Our corporate headquarters are located in Phoenix, Arizona. We own and operate offices in all of the cities in which we conduct our world famous Romance Tours, with over 70 employees worldwide. The doors to all of our offices are always open, and we invite you to visit with us whenever you wish."

"We are not a "Mail Order Bride" company, we are the largest, most respected International Introduction and Tour Company in the industry, the only one to operate offices in every tour city."

"We sincerely believe that, after all is said and done, the most important factor in this service-orientated business is trust. The Men and women who submit their names, addresses, and photos must trust us to display them properly.

You, as the user, have to trust that the names and addresses you are receiving are current and from people who truly want to meet someone for a special relationship. We understand our responsibilities, and feel certain that we will gain your confidence as you use and become familiar with our system.

If you - ever have a problem with our system, employees, or any of the women or men you respond to PLEASE CALL US! We are totally committed to service, it is our number one priority, and we will do everything within our power to ensure you are satisfied! "

So, it would seem that AforeignAffair also has a customer first policy and attitude like the other sites I've looked at. This seems to be a big issue in this industry. I'd venture it's a big issue in any industry but when you're dealing with peoples feelings, identity and love relationships.

I personally think it's especially important to know that the company you're dealing with is there, backing you up every step of the way when you are maybe going to a country you've never been to before. Like a big brother if you will.

Reassurance and security will help your confidence when you do go on a tour so its a win / win situation.

It's clearly evident from Aforeignaffairs web site that they are professional, well established people, they've been doing this for a long time, they can be trusted, they have a client first attitude and they're a USA based company who adhere to western consumer protection laws.


These Features Get A Thumbs Up :-)Pro's

What we liked about the site:

USA based, you're protected by consumer protection laws.

Large company with years of experience behind them.

Fast loading web site with the largest amount of information we've seen about this industry so far. You will spend ages going through it all.

They also cover multiple countries, not just Russia / Ukraine.

Thousands of high quality photos to browse through for free.

Lots of handy extra services such as telephone translation, mail translation, gift delivery and visa services.


These Features Get A Thumbs Down :-(Con's

What we didn't like about the site:

A mountain of information, you'll spend ages just reading it.

So many profiles, you'll spend forever going through them if you don't narrow it down and be specific.

The new profile section might be a bit of a strain for users with slower connections.

You left a bit bewildered when you first seen the main homepage as you're not sure where to start. (But that will soon pass.)


Well, Overall What Did We Think of The Site?Overall Verdict:

Our gripes about the AforeignAffair web site are minor and don't detract from its over all appeal as an excellent company and information source about the International Introduction and Tour Industry.

A well laid out and organized web site with lots and lots of features. The company itself is very approachable, experienced, bases their business on trust and with their excellent 'customer first' approach to what they do, gives them a 4 star rating.


Hear what satidfied customers have to say!AForeignAffair Customer Testimonials "...every time we talk on the phone you can hear and feel the anticipation growing..."
I just wanted to take the time and say you are what you say you are. I was not a big believer in a "foreign bride web site". however, you guys made a believer out of me. i have been corresponding with a beautiful woman from saintpetersburg for a few months now. she is witty, smart, funny, and seems to be very sincere. we have sent pictures to each other and both of us like what we see. we keep talking about when I can go to Russia. I am sure I will make the trip very soon. we are both looking forward to meeting. I am sure the sparks will fly, because every time we talk on the phone you can hear and feel the anticipation growing between us as the conversations become more and more intimate. I look forward to using your services in the very near future to bring me to the woman who may be the love of my life thanks......
Pete
"...worth every penny spent..."
Dear AFA.
I went on the Kiev trip in September of this year and it was nothing but GREAT. I met a lot of nice women and have some really strong prospects for marriage. There were so many Beautiful ladies to choose from it made it hard to narrow it down. I have found one though and am pursuing her and will return to Kiev in January or February 2003 to bring her home to me. You kept your word on the fun and excitement and it was worth every penny spent..
Steve L.

"...fast, personal and right on target ..."
Hi Chris,

It's been a while since we communicated. I want to say thanks to everyone at AFA for being what you are, so that Elena (41186) is brought into my life.

Many times I wrote to you, and a few times to John Adams with questions or seeking advice. Your replies were fast, personal and right on target. You even supported me a few times when natural disasters threatened to disrupt the budding relationship.

Based on the latest time estimates from the Warsaw embassy (2-12 weeks, but averaging 4 weeks), we expect Elena to be here in July and the wedding very shortly there-after.

It wasn't included in this letter I sent out today. But I have told every unmarried person that I know, about your services. I have also recommended your travel services, as well as your referral service to an attorney for the visa process. My situation is different; expensive and complex, because I am not in the mainland US, but a small island in the middle of the Pacific ocean. For the average person, your services would save thousands of hours of labor, frustration, and thousands of dollars in expenses.

Regardless, your services and agency made it all possible. It would not have happened without you. Thank you. Now, I share with you a letter I sent to close friends and family today.

Sincerely,
Chet

There are many more testimonials on AforeignAffair's website.


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