Review: Events & Adventures Boston Inc
Watch Out

Duncanville, TX

#62 Dec 30, 2009
Bill wrote:
I interviewed at Events and Adventures last week. I immediately noticed how attractive and friendly the staff was. Various women form the company crossed through the lobby while I awaited my appointment. Everyone checked to make sure I was comfortable, offered refreshments,etc. I was then given a thorough and detailed explanation of the club by one of the sales rep. I have to say, I was extremely impressed at everything I saw. There is definitely a price tag, but when I considered what I spend going out after work, with friends, on dates, it seemed pretty reasonable. I'm thinking about joining.
I interviewed but almost didn't. It seemed too cloak and dagger and hush hush leading up to the interview. Very pleasant surroundings and staff. BUT not being afforded an opportunity to visit as a guest for a few events was a turn off for me. She made it clear that once you sign up you are locked into a solid contract. In my many years of belonging to various organizations I have found that any groups that had to lock you into a contract - especially an expensive one - without letting you experience what you're paying for was not letting you know the full story. Usually it's that what they say will occur, never does. DO MORE RESEARCH VIA GOOGLE etc. Also look into joining COUCHSURFING.org . It's the largest "Events Group" - not a dating service - in the world. The members are great fun and you get to know MANY people from around the world. There's a group in almost every city and town in over 120 countries.
Watch Out

Duncanville, TX

#63 Dec 30, 2009
BILL: Watch out!!

I interviewed but almost didn't. It seemed too cloak and dagger and hush hush leading up to the interview. Very pleasant surroundings and staff. BUT not being afforded an opportunity to visit as a guest for a few events was a turn off for me. She made it clear that once you sign up you are locked into a solid contract. In my many years of belonging to various organizations I have found that any groups that had to lock you into a contract - especially an expensive one - without letting you experience what you're paying for was not letting you know the full story. Usually it's that what they say will occur, never does. DO MORE RESEARCH VIA GOOGLE etc. Also look into joining COUCHSURFING.org . It's the largest "Events Group" - not a dating service - in the world. The members are great fun and you get to know MANY people from around the world. There's a group in almost every city and town in over 120 countries.
Rona

AOL

#64 Dec 31, 2009
Amanda wrote:
I recently joined Events and Adventures because I really like the concept. I can agree that the sales staff was a little pushy, but I figured hey,they are sales people that's what they are paid to do.
My whole philosophy is that I wanted to be able to meet people who saw the same prospect in Events and Adventures as I do. I am just so sick of going to bars with my married friends while I inhale second hand smoke and watch college kids get drunk as a skunk. I'm just over that place- I'm past that. I want to do things that are intellectually stimulating and fun. I just hate to see that E & A got a bad wrap because of a few sour sales people. It's been so worth it for me in many ways. I've met some great friends, and had a blast along the way.
Hi Amanda, I just joined last night but am now quite nervous after reading all these posts. Would you be willing to speak to me directly via email? Thank you.
Rona

AOL

#65 Dec 31, 2009
I am looking to speak to people in South Florida to see if anyone got past the interview process and actually goes to these events? How many people are present at most events? Are you happy with it?
Barb in Seattle

Mercer Island, WA

#66 Jan 4, 2010
I joined Events and Adventures in Seattle, and I can't say enough great things about the company and my experiences as a member there. Notice that most of these comments are made by people who did not join! How ridiculous. Obviously you cannot review something that you have not tried. Do you really just want to be "right" so badly that you want to deter others from a positive experience in their lives? I was brave enough to try it, and as a result I have gone on some amazing and fun trips and adventures, I met some of my best friends in the world, and I even met my husband through the club. Listen, I do understand that it's scary to try something new and to invest in yourself, but get over it and stop complaining about an amazing group that you really have no experience with. As a member, I am GLAD that the club does not let people "try" the club out -- the last thing I would want would be to join something like this and spend every event meeting people who were just "shopping" me.
MK Vienna

United States

#67 Jan 4, 2010
Had an interview with a woman name Jaime. As soon as I told her I had to think about it, she was very rude to me. Did not even bother to shake my hand and all of a sudden I am not good for their club! I am soo glad I did not sign up after reading these reviews. I also noticed that in all their pictures are older white adults but yet she told me all these lies about diverse they are etc. etc. Please stay AWAY from this horrific company.They have poor selling practices
David

AOL

#68 Jan 4, 2010
I joined the Washington DC area E&A a year ago. I went into Tyson Corner for the big secret sales pitch and signed the $1800 contract. What a waste. I really , really wish they would let people try events first. I mean, why not? I told her I live in Frederick, MD (about an hours drive from DC) and she told me not to worry, there were plenty events out my way. Well...not quite. The 2 events I went to definatly had that forced "singles vibe" and although most of the people seemed nice, it just seemed like a high school dance all over again.

6 months later, I found out about meetup.com and THIS is what I've been looking for. I signed up for a hiking club and a dog walking club, and it's been great (and free). So, go try your local meetup site and give it 3 months. Then go talk to E&A if you're still not meeting people.

Bottom line: the Better Business Bureau gives almost ALL these franchises an F RATING. Try bringing that up in your interview!
Crystal

Fredericksburg, VA

#69 Jan 6, 2010
To the contrary, if you do further research you will see that people who have joined are incredibly disappointed with the services the "say" they provide and the type of people who have joined. Honestly, you sound exactly like the woman who interviewed me by saying repeatedly "invest in yourself". I'm glad you have found it to work out well, but the cost still does not evenly match the benefits in my opinion.
Barb in Seattle wrote:
I joined Events and Adventures in Seattle, and I can't say enough great things about the company and my experiences as a member there. Notice that most of these comments are made by people who did not join! How ridiculous. Obviously you cannot review something that you have not tried. Do you really just want to be "right" so badly that you want to deter others from a positive experience in their lives? I was brave enough to try it, and as a result I have gone on some amazing and fun trips and adventures, I met some of my best friends in the world, and I even met my husband through the club. Listen, I do understand that it's scary to try something new and to invest in yourself, but get over it and stop complaining about an amazing group that you really have no experience with. As a member, I am GLAD that the club does not let people "try" the club out -- the last thing I would want would be to join something like this and spend every event meeting people who were just "shopping" me.
Sara T

Vancouver, Canada

#70 Jan 8, 2010
I recently had an interview with E&A as an event coordinator. I ran two meetup groups in Vancouver for the past few months. I couldn't believe that someone else is getting paid full-time to do the job. They basically said that I had to give up my meetup groups because it's competing with their business. If you are looking for events, try meetup.com or if you are looking to become an organizer for free, try travid.info.
Coty

United States

#71 Jan 9, 2010
Gosh I wish I had researched a bit! I am like many of you, I have to mull over the pros and consof something prior to making the committment. Although this is the case, they totally and completely appeal to your desire to believe. To believe that there is something else out there that might give you the extra edge when meeting people. You have to remember though: people are people and no matter how you meet another person, if you are still socially awkward then it will remain a difficulty. My point is that it's entirely your choice. So even if they are to blame for fast talking you, in the end your name is on the contract so make the most of it and go out and meet as many people as you possibly can! I regret signing up for it only because I don't have lots of extra cash. However if you weigh all the money you waste on other things that go along a similar accord, then I would imagine it would be apporoximately the same. If you are good with people and mastering the first impression, then pony up the dough. If not, go to a bookstore and get a book on body language and learn how to meet folks. They just give you fun opportunities, you have to do the rest!
tolife09

Lawrence, MA

#72 Jan 10, 2010
I'm wondering about the age of the group. I'm in my 50's and told the group was mostly 40 to 60s so I scheduled an appointment. all of these comments seem to indicate it's a much broader age group.
Crystal

Fredericksburg, VA

#73 Jan 13, 2010
tolife09 wrote:
I'm wondering about the age of the group. I'm in my 50's and told the group was mostly 40 to 60s so I scheduled an appointment. all of these comments seem to indicate it's a much broader age group.
They said the majority of their clients were in my age group also (25-35), but after having the interview I believe they would say anything to draw you in.
StLGirl

United States

#74 Jan 14, 2010
I went to the interview and didn't sign up. Interesting that they told tolife09 that the majority are 40s-60s. They told me 20s to 30s cause I'm 26.

THIS IS A SCAM. No one should have to pay that much for what is essentially "daycare for adults" (which a salesperson in St. Louis actually told me).

I plan to call their office and ask that any documents with my name be destroyed. I'm not comfortable with them having any of my information.
Virgo

Saint Charles, MO

#75 Jan 18, 2010
Ur a dick, just like most of the other car salespeople out there. Good luck, I hope that your being affected by this economy hardship.
Geo wrote:
<quoted text>Yoa know what I laugh at people like you I sell cars and guess what you have the control YOU dont have to sign! you can get up anytime you like..... so its your fault that you dont use it or didnt do your research..I wouldnt refund your money either!
The Other Side

Spring, TX

#76 Jan 18, 2010
I have been reading these posts about Events & Adventures in all the different cities, and I'd like to clear some things up about this company. First of all, E&A has many branches in many different cities ... many of them are franchised branches, some are corporate (corporate cities include Seattle, Phoenix, Dallas, Houston, Vancouver, San Fran, Minneapolis as of Jan. 2010). So, there are different people running each of the other non-corporate cities ... so I cannot speak for them. But, the corporate run cities actually do provide their many members exactly what they promise. I know ... I am an employee of E&A who has seen how this club can positively affect so many lives. I have seen members join this club and have so much fun doing things they may have never done and meet people they may have never met. The greatest part of this club is that it's such a non-threatening environment for singles who may not know the best or safest ways to "get out there". E&A is not a 'dating service' it is a singles club where folks can come to expand their horizons and try new things ... make great friendships, network and form relationships. In fact, I personally know of 7 couples who have met here and are going on to get married (or have gotten married) recently.

I know what you may be thinking ... and NO, no one put me up to writing this, I'm not getting paid to write this ... in fact, I'm sitting at home (day-of) and I ran across this page. So ... I clearly really do believe in Events & Adventures, not because I'm an employee ... but because I've actually witnessed how it can enhance people's lives.

(also, please remember ... for every negative review on this or any other page ... I could get 10 members to write about their positive experiences).
AlmostSteppedInt oIt

Tampa, FL

#77 Jan 26, 2010
Thankful wrote:
Thanks for posting all the comments. I was thinking of joining but now after reading this, I am not going. They seemed pushy even over the phone. So I can just imagine what goes on there during the interviews. I suspected that it was a big scam, but now I am sure!! I still dont understand how they are still in business. They just started up in Vancouver (where I live). I hope that people read all the comments before signing up.
I'm soooo glad I had the presence of mind to do a google feedback search about this organization just as I was on my way out the door to an interview with the Clearwater branch. My initial gut reaction when I called & inquired days ago said that though this sounds like a good concept, there must be a reason that there was no discussion of cost on the phone. I get it now. Thanks to all who've reported their experiences.
Jamie Borr

Manhattan Beach, CA

#78 Jan 26, 2010
I am so sorry you had that experience Lydia. I joined about a 2 months ago, went to 3 events, and had a great time. I have not found romance in this short time, but have started to meet great people. The price is a bit on the high side, but the quality of the people and events make me feel really good about joining.
Lydia wrote:
I went a week ago Saturday to the Newton, MA office. I found Nancy to be your typical "hard-sell" salesperson. When someone ask you how much money you have in your savings account, which is none of their business, it's time to run out of the door.
I didn't sign up because frankly I can't afford the steep fees right now. But after thinking about it as I was walking home, even if I had the $2700 for a 12 month membership, plus $25 monthly dues and the cost of each event you attend I don't think it cost that much to "maybe" find romance. I'll find my way even if I fumble, but I'll save myself over $3000 which I could put to better use like putting it in my savings account!
I agree with those it think E&A is a scam. It's a very sophisticated scam and unless you really have money to gamble my recommendation is to think carefully about joining.
Here's a tip for those who can get to the Boston, MA Museum of Fine Art -- The first Friday of every month there is a (low cost) gathering after work where I'm sure you can meet some upscale people who enjoy fine art.
Good luck in finding your mate...
former employee

Perry, GA

#79 Jan 26, 2010
cancellations vary by state, but generally:
*24 hrs - full refund
*72 hrs - refund minus $400
*after 72 -----(or you attend an event)------ none.
*certified letter gives you the absolute best results, as both parties (ie: YOU) have solid proof. use the "other" methods at your own risk, or if you are not in a position to be able to send a certified letter.
*getting married or involved with someone does not cancel you from paying, but getting married cancels you from being able to attend events (you still have to pay). the only "up-shoot" is if you have a lifetime membership and you are no longer married, you are free to attend again.
screening at all? yes. some are turned away, even if they have the funds (varies by salesperson). ultra creeps would harm the club. the test is mostly to find out what you are missing in life (ie. the reason you felt the need to come in). it's a quicker way to get that info.
background checks? they reserve the right, but rarely do.
event prices? 40 - 60% of them are free. in that 40 - 60% though, are some things like dinner, where if you wanted to just chill out and eat nothing, it would be free, but you're most likely not going to do that. 20 - 30% are totally free. all other regular events are between 5 and 100. Trips are in the 1000 - 2000 range. these prices are what the places you go to charge. they get discounts if they can, and pass that on to you.
why fees (why not just use meetup/plentyof/xxx/yyy/zzz)? something every day of the year, more people attending, more planning involved, "hosts" are already respected in club, are personable, and not some random person who wants to do it. paying said hosts and all staff involved is part of the fee.
try before you buy? no, unless you already know someone in the club. you can go to two events as a guest a year.
range of events? they do a little bit of everything. anyone can view the calendar of events online at any time.
age ratio? 21 and up. median varies by club. i'd venture to guess the average person would be 26-32, but there are a healthy amount of people of all age groups. how much said people attend is a different matter. that also varies by club but younger people (21-35) attend more events than the over 35 crowd.
average "active" attendance rate? 4 events a month (you can attend as few or as many as you'd like)
__________
is it for everyone? no. are the prices too high? you have the info from the other posts to decide that. are their practices sound? you have the info on cancellation to make that decision.
should you read any contract before you sign? YES!
any substantial financial agreement should be met with a written agreement and be studied thoroughly by both parties. in many cases, i had people who didn't read any part of it complain. have i been tempted to just sign stuff without reading before? yes, it's alot of reading! i know though, that i am on the hook for anything i failed to read due to my laziness. i learned that way before e&a.
this is not for or against the company. i have found many who don't like what the company offers - for good and for bad reasons. i have found many who like to complain about everything and are never satisfied. i have found some who had a bad or ho-hum first event and never attended another one. i have seen people so anti-social that no amount of prodding got them to open up and have fun. i have seen people who just aren't interested in the events or get into a difficult financial situation but are on the hook for thousands for a service they aren't using. i have seen people married. i have seen people gain great friends. i have seen people try things they would not have done otherwise.
lastly, i don't care if you join or not as i don't work there. my task for you is if you don't join, or are in it and not satisfied, don't use it as an excuse to stay in whatever rut you are in. life is too short. make a plan, and go enrich your life.
Sucker San Francisco CA

Newark, CA

#80 Jan 27, 2010
I fell for it and want out. They won't give it to me. Thank you for the detailed cancellation policy above. Has anyone out there been able to negotiate a shorter term contract or anything?
I really was sold at the line which had been my mantra for awhile, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result". I've never been much of a dater and I thought trying this would be different enough. As far as the money, I also thought that meant I would find quality people who thought finding a mate was worth the investment. So far, after 4 events, I'm not feeling it. I will continue to go (obviously, I'm paying for it) and hope things turn around. What needs to turn around? More events actually in San Francisco (that was the group I signed up for and almost all the events are outside the city), more sophisticated events (I didn't pay almost 3K to hang out at Chevys), more dudes (first event was 30 women and 5 men), more confident members who have there shyte together, maybe a free cocktail everyone once and a while.
One thing that bugs me that I want to share: I went to a museum event and ended up talking to a guy who has never been to a museum. Great for him that he is doing things he's never done before, but really? Really? These are the people in the club? He also is obviously "jucin"... really?
Total joke

Plymouth, MN

#81 Feb 8, 2010
I just had my interview today in the Long Island office by a woman named Donna, who cleary was trying to look younger than she actually was.
I took the day off from work and the first thing she did was comment about how comfortable I looked in my sneakers. Mind you, she was wearing a gray mini-skirt and PURPLE tights. She was well over 50 and trying to look 25. Right there I was questioning the professionalism of the office, yet she was the only one there.
I asked three times about the price and was told that I had to go through my a "personal history" with her before we could discuss price. I asked about a trial membership and was told the same as everyone else - no, you had to sign an annual contract. It sounded more and more like a scam. I told Donna that this didn't seem like it was for me, especially since they would not discuss the cost prior to wanting all of my financial and personal information. Then she gave me the schpeal on "insanity" and then told me I was not open. I told her that I do have an active social life and that I did travel and she kept questioning me on where I met people and where I had traveled to, as if I was lying. I told Donna that I was very open to many new things, but what I was not going to do was open my check book and write her a check when she wasn't being 100% honest with me.
I was very vague on my initial questionnaire and vague in my responses to her in what I did for a living and where I worked. I am fortunate enough where I can afford something like this (now that I see all of the comments of the prices and agree it is ridiculous) but their business tatics were off and Donna had no business or sales sense what so ever. Her responses to my difficult questions were "every business runs differently". I don't know what the hell that means, but I am in sales and I would NEVER have a customer signa a contract without answering all of their questions, including and especially PRICE!
Thank you for all of these reviews. It certainly confirmed that I made the right decision. Good luck everyone and don't give up!!

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