Here is an interesting service that has materialized with the advent of online dating, as describe in full in this article in the Washington Post. Here is the premise:
Max Hartshorn has pretty much mastered online dating.
It took awhile, but the 24-year-old now knows exactly what kind of message to send to pique a woman's interest. The Montreal research assistant will come home from work, sit down with his laptop and bang out dozens of e-mails to attractive, eligible women.
He's never needy -- always charming and a little flirtatious. He keeps his missives short and usually includes a question or a subtle challenge. He's witty, a touch aloof and not overly complimentary.
And when he gets the woman, it's not his heart that flutters. It's his bank account.
Hartshorn is a hired gun, ghostwriting correspondence on behalf of single men unwilling, too busy or too inept to do it themselves. His online dating is done on commission for Virtual Dating Assistants, one of the first full-scale Internet-dating outsourcing companies. For $600, Virtual Dating Assistants guarantees clients two dates a month; the "executive service" package promises five dates a month for $1,200.
And going out on actual dates? That, unfortunately, the men have to do all by themselves. And the women never need know who hooked them.
I wonder if there is a market for this (or a similar product, perhaps for girls instead of boys?) in the shidduch scene...