In our Black Wink review, we find a dating site that markets itself as the place “Where Ebony Dates are Fixed Online”. The stylish black and pink logo suggests a refined but seductive experience. The woman on the front page wears a modest black dress and stares out from the screen with longing eyes. From the outside, Black Wink almost looks like a trustworthy, boutique dating site. Unfortunately, the inside is another story.
As part of our effort to regularly review new dating sites to update our compilation review of the most effective hookup sites to meet actually meet someone we’re hoping to find some good news. So, let’s get into the review!
It doesn’t take long to realize that Blackwink.com isn’t a very sophisticated website. First, let’s look at a quick comparison between BlackWink.com and the best site out there fight now for finding a hookup for most guys, especially when you’re looking for black women, AFF:
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Our opinion of how attractive the typical woman is that uses this site and how easy they are to connect with compared to other sites.
How many people are using this site to actually meet people compared to other sites.
How easy is this site to use and how quickly can an average person begin meeting people compared to other sites.
|Privacy & Safety|
Does this site take proper precautions to safeguard its members, their identity, and their data.
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Will the time and money spent using this site pay off for an average person based on the opinions and experience of our editors.
On the inside, the site is more like Las Vegas than Beverly Hills. It’s full of bright lights, annoying sounds, and beautiful (but very fake) women. Everywhere you look someone is trying to swindle you out of your money. I can almost smell the moldy old casino carpet as I browse through the list of ‘frisky stunners’. That’s what the website calls it’s members. The site tells you to “search for your perfect frisky partner and don’t forget that the more stunners you date, the more pleasurable your evenings will be.”
I don’t know about you, but getting ripped off is not my idea of a pleasurable evening. There were a few key problems that made us run away fast for a legit option like AFF:
The image above shows the “activity” we saw on our COMPLETELY BLANK profile over a two minute period. That’s right, supposedly five pretty attractive women browsed, favorited, or liked our profile that had no photos and no description.
Sounds reasonable right?
This site is obviously full of bots and other automated profiles that try to make it seem like a lot of hot women are using it. Super sketchy!
Within a few minutes of creating your blank profile you start getting chat requests from “women”. It becomes pretty obvious pretty fast that these are not real messages from real women.
Real attractive women don’t message blank profiles asking to see pictures!
This is really the last straw for a site like this. If you can’t trust that the members are real and you can’t trust that the messages are real why would you bother using it?
Do yourself a favor and check out a legit option like AFF if you actually want to see some results.
The first hint is that they are, quite simply, too eager for your business. Sure, any good company will try to lure in new customers, but only a sleazy one will send you five messages within twenty minutes, which is exactly what happened to me when I was doing research for this Black Wink review.
Making a profile was astoundingly simple. It only took me thirty seconds to create and already I was browsing through hundreds of ‘local’ ‘women’. That’s when the noises started. Beep! Ping! Every minute or so some small alarm would go off, or a pop-up window would appear to declare that I had a new message.
Never trust a dating site that gives you so much love so quickly. The honeymoon, I promise you, will not last.
After a few minutes of browsing, I decided to check in on all of those noisy notifications I had been receiving. I had multiple chat requests, all of which were from screen names like Elie236 and Mercie414. Their pictures looked legit enough, so I clicked on one of the messages to read it. That’s when I got redirected to (you guessed it) a page asking me to upgrade my account. That’s right, you can’t even read the messages without paying.
This is the oldest trick in the book. They get you to pay sixty dollars a month just to chat with a computer algorithm (more on their “staff profiles” below).
Now, we are going to help you out here and save some time. You can skip the rest of this review and use your time more wisely on our list of the absolute best hookup apps and sites. These are the sites that can actually get you laid.
If you are serious about either a quick hookup or an actual relationship there are two good options for you. For a quick hookup, AFF is going to be your best option. They have over 90,000,000 active members and and quite a few black users that range from 18-50 for the most part. They are extremely diverse and the best option for those looking for something short-term.
Check out their free trial and see just how many black singles are around where you live.
For an actual relationship, eHarmony is the best out there right now. They have a big user base and a huge number of black singles focused exclusively on relationships. They are very relationship focused so don’t go there expecting to just play around.
The next red flag that I noticed with the dating site is that, for a site dedicated to helping people meet black women, there sure are a lot of white women who have profiles. When we are reviewing sites for our list of the sites to meet older women you need to try we always look out for niche sites that are obviously not interested in their own niche. Looking through the various filters on my matches feed, I noticed that were checkboxes for various races, including caucasian, Asian, etc. So, I clicked a few of them.
After reloading the stream, the feed looked a lot like other dating sites. There were women of all races, but mostly white. Why would I come to a black dating site to meet white women? More importantly: Why would these women be on this site in the first place?
This question took me to the depths of the site’s User Agreement page. That’s where I found out that the company uses their customer’s information for “the creation of duplicate profiles across our Partner Sites.” Besides raising all kinds of ethical questions, this line suggests that most (if not all) of the white women on Black Wink don’t even know they are on the site to begin with. The profiles are just clones of profiles made on other “partner” sites.
The site doesn’t list a total number of members (although the site’s Facebook app only has 28 active monthly users…), but we can assume that whatever the count is, very few of those people actually created their profiles on Black Wink in the first place.
If there’s any part of you that’s still interested in this site, let me just say that I don’t think you’re probably not going to have much luck dating a woman who doesn’t even know she’s online to begin with.
I don’t have anything against non-English speakers or high-school dropouts, but you probably shouldn’t hire them to write the script on the front page of your website. Blackwink.com’s writing has an uncanny feel to it. It almost makes sense, but not quite, which makes me feel just a little bit awkward when I read it. For instance:
“You are free to do everything that pleases you, especially if that involves having fun with seductive singles…So, if you’re seeking naughty black singles only, then you definitely need to explore this dating place, because many frisky stunners have chosen to look for fun and steamy action here.”
Hey, Joe, let’s go over to that dating place with all of the frisky stunners so that we can do everything that pleases us! said no one ever.
Blackwink.com is full of your typical sleazy promotional schemes. For instance, when I first made a profile, the site offered to send out a message from my account to a whole bunch of other profiles. The message read: “Are you the kind of woman who I could create crazy good memories with? I think maybe you are. Maybe… 😉 So tell me, what are the things in life you love? :)”
You can bet that any website willing to write messages for you is also writing messages for other people too.
Indeed, the company, which is named Nelfor Services Limited (and located in the British Virgin Islands), admits in their user agreement that they “may, from time to time, create profiles which are created, maintained and managed by our employees (‘staff profiles’).”
It’s not just the strangely casual language (what exactly does ‘from time to time’ mean in a court of law?) in the statement that should alarm you. “Staff profile” is just another way of saying “robot”. In short, they are reserving the right to trick you into chatting with a robot, which is exactly what they do.
What’s more, the site admits that it “will censor any flagged messages and replace the content of these messages with links to our partner sites.” To translate: they will be pushing advertisements from their partner companies, such as live cam sites, into the very messages you receive. Isn’t that romantic?
Perhaps the most alarming piece of information that I found in the User Agreement was in the section on information gathering and retention. They state that they “ will collect your personal details including but not limited to your full real name, user name, address, telephone, email address, date of birth, race, religion, sexual orientation and any other information you submit when you create a profile and sign up to your Services.”
They admit that they will share (i.e. sell) this information to third-party sites. They even retain the right to use your photos for advertisement, royalty-free. Do you want to see your own face on a banner advertisement on the side of adult websites? If not, then you should probably avoid Blackwink.com.
Considering that you have to pay to do anything of value on this site that’s a pretty bad deal!
This is what Blackwink.com charges it’s members:
I hope that this Black Wink review helps you see that the site is not your place to meet older black women. In fact, it’s not your place to meet any women at all. I know that casinos can be thrilling, but don’t gamble with this Black Wink scam.
And remember what they say: money that is sent to a company in the British Virgin Islands stays in the British Virgin Islands.