Elite Singles Review: Is It the Right Dating Site for You?

By Lydia Noyes
HighYa Staff
Updated on: Nov 19, 2019

What Is Elite Singles?

Elite Singles is an online dating service that claims to cater to those who are over 30, highly educated, and serious about finding a long-term match.

This service launched in 2013, and it claims to add 173,000 new members each month, 85% of whom qualify as highly educated (more education than the average American).

Finding the time to go on endless first dates is difficult when you are a busy professional, so Elite Singles promises to do the hard work for you.

The site will give you a daily list of its suggested best matches so that you can quickly connect with people who meet your requirements without endlessly sorting through profiles.

Will Elite Singles help you find your forever partner, or will you have a better experience with Match.com or eHarmony? We’ll explore those questions and more here.

Pros: Cons:
  • Detailed signup questionnaire lets you specify aspects of your personality and preferred partner.
  • Limited daily matches mean you won’t get overwhelmed with options.
  • High subscription cost means many users are serious about finding love.
  • Smaller membership base than similar dating websites (eHarmony and Match).
  • Higher subscription cost than similar dating sites.
  • No more “elite” members than similar dating sites.
  • Limited daily matches mean you might not hit it off with someone right away.
  • You can only search the full membership base through the app.
  • Low average rating from customer reviews.

How Does Elite Singles Work?

Elite Singles claims to stand out from other online dating services with its comprehensive personality profile quiz and matching algorithm. When you first sign up for an account, you will need to fill out a 200+ question assessment about your interests, personality, deal-breakers, and priorities for a partner.

These questions are based on the philosophy of the Five Factor Model, which assesses your ranking in five personality traits: openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism.

Beyond this model, you are also asked questions about your partner preferences, including age range, religion, educational level, location, and goals for children.

Elite Singles then uses an algorithm to compare your assessment results with other members. The site looks both at your personality and lifestyle compatibility to match you with people it believes you could work with long-term.

You can expect between three and seven personalized matches each day. Each one will display a “compatibility percentage” based on your personalities, long-term goals, and shared interests and hobbies.

Beyond your matches, Elite Singles will display up to 20 “Have You Met?” options each day. These are people who don’t necessarily fit all your preferred parameters but still may be worth considering.

Note that you can’t search the desktop site for all members; only your recommended compatible matches are available for viewing and communication. According to the company, this is part of their focus on quality matches over quantity.

You can read your match’s full profile, send them “smiles” (a subtle way to express interest without starting a conversation), or message them directly. Note that all photos and message responses are blurred until you sign up for premium membership.

To summarize, Elite Singles streamlines dating for busy professionals in several key ways:

  • Inactive profiles are deleted off the site
  • You can adjust your match preference parameters at any time
  • Compatibility Score percentages let you assess matches at a glance
  • You can sort matches by education level, core beliefs, children preferences, and more
  • Fewer daily matches mean you can give each one your full attention and then move on with your day

Are All Elite Singles Members Highly Educated and Serious About Love?

Elite Singles claims to offer an exclusive dating platform for established professionals with an above-average education that don’t want to date around. However, our research didn’t reveal any ways that Elite Singles enforces these parameters.

Though the company claims that the site is for “professional, educated, and committed users aged 30 to 50”, there are no restrictions as to who can make a profile. We found matches on the site as young as 22, and many had an Associate’s degree or less. Several matches also included little to no information in their profiles, and many didn’t include photos.

But while seemingly anyone can make an account on Elite Singles, you can adjust your preferences to only see matches that fit your preferences. Just keep in mind that doing so may significantly reduce how many matches you get.

This brings up another question—can you get scammed on Elite Singles? According to customer reviewers (which we’ll touch on later), many users matched with accounts that were either long inactive or seemingly fake.

Some of these reviewers questioned whether the site was creating profiles to bulk up their numbers, or if users were creating fake accounts to scam their matches, though they didn’t share their reasons why they thought this.

Elite Singles states that it will never create fake profiles for catfishing or any other purpose and that it verifies individual profiles with fraud detection technology to guarantee everyone on the site is serious about finding love.

Note: We didn’t encounter any verification requirements or approval process while setting up an account.

What Does Elite Singles Cost?

While it’s free to sign up for Elite Singles, you will need to pay for a premium account for full functionality. Compared to the free version, premium lets you see all member photos, communicate with all matches, know who has visited your profile, and more.

Below is the pricing information for three premium plans offered at publication.

Premium Light Premium Comfort Premium Classic
Length One-month membership Three-month membership Six-month membership
Price per Month $77.95 $37.95 ($113.85 total) $21.95 ($131.70 total)

Premium Classic members will be billed at a higher rate after the initial billing cycle, totaling $167.70 every six months after that.

For each plan, your membership will be automatically renewed at the end of the subscription period. You can cancel this automatic renewal by using the online cancellation form or contacting Customer Care through the app’s help page at least 24 hours before the end of the billing period. If you want to request a refund, you can do so through the same methods.

Elite Singles App vs. the Desktop Version

It’s possible to use Elite Singles through the desktop version of the website or the mobile app.

Many users seem upset with the app’s interface, writing that it is glitchy and shuts down unexpectedly. Some noted that the app didn’t upgrade their membership to premium when it should have and that it often displayed incorrect age and location details for both users and their matches.

The overall consensus we saw from people seemed to be that Elite Single’s desktop version was easier to use and offered more features than the mobile app. Most stated that they preferred using the website over the app.

However, there’s one app feature that stands out from the desktop version. This feature is called “What If…” and it lets you perform an open search on all Elite Singles members.

You can access it through a magnifying glass with a heart in the right-hand corner of the screen, and filter any results by distance, age, profile photos, or time of the last log-in. If you have a paid subscription, you can message anyone you find directly.

Will Elite Singles Help You Find Love Long-Term?

Dating services often have a reputation for helping facilitate quick hookups, rather than finding you a long-term partner. Does Elite Singles beat the trend for those sick of playing games and ready to find real love?

To start, we looked closer at the value of using the Five Factor Model to judge romantic compatibility.

“Of the major personality tests, the Five Factor Model is considered one of the reliable metrics,” says Dr. Matt Johnson, a professor of psychology at Hult International Business School in San Francisco. “It is a relatively stable metric. That is, if you take it multiple times, you’ll get roughly the same results”.

Dr. Johnson continued that the Model has explanatory powers for predicting success in social and romantic relationships. He shared that high scores in agreeableness and extroversion are indicative of suitable candidates for long-term romantic relationships, while scoring high on neuroticism is associated with fewer successful long-term relationships.

However, this framework may not be ideal for pairing you with the right partner. “There is also likely a role for certain personality profiles to be more compatible with one another than others,” he shared, “but so far as I’m aware, there is relatively less research in this domain.”

We also spoke with Katherine Hertlein, a professor with the Couple and Family Therapy program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, to learn more about the validity of online dating in general. Professor Hertlein has worked as a therapist for 19 years, and her research focus is on the connection between technology and relationships.

“Online dating is great, but it comes with opportunities where you need to be careful,” she told us. “You need to understand the risks and weaknesses before you get started.”

To start, Professor Hertlein explained that online dating breaks down some of the typical barriers that exist when people meet for the first time. “Individuals on dating platforms think they have lots of control over the situation,” she shared, “but that’s not true.”

This is because learning about people through technology makes it hard to assess the accuracy of the information they share. You can’t immediately tell whether someone is lying about their age, height, or other physical characteristics. Even facts like a potential partner’s job, personality, and interests can be more easily faked online than on an in-person date.

Likewise, building a relationship online often leads to faster rates of self-disclosure than what would happen on dates in the real world. “People tend to share intimate details about themselves more quickly online,” says Professor Hertlein, “and this speeds up your emotions and creates a false sense of intimacy. It might trick you into ignoring red flags.”

One way you can combat this, she shared, is to let things develop as a slow progression. Make sure you transition from texting to a phone call before then scheduling a date in a public setting, rather than jumping from online messaging to meeting up at each other’s homes. Following this progression puts a structure in the relationship that slows down how fast intimacy develops so that you don’t become blinded by emotion.

Likewise, it’s important to vet the information you find on dating profiles to verify its accuracy. A quick Google search can often tell you if a prospect is being honest about their career, interests, and other pertinent information.

So long as you take some precautions, Professor Hertlein believes sites like Elite Singles make a lot of sense for finding a longterm partner. “People who gravitate to these sites, as opposed to, say, Tinder, tend to want a long-term relationship in the first place,” she shared.

Analysis of Elite Singles Customer Reviews

More than 130 Elite Singles members have weighed in on their experience on HighYa, and their feedback isn’t favorable. The site averages just 1.2 stars, and only 6% of users suggest they would recommend it to a friend.

Here are some of the key takeaways from those reviews:

  • “Elite” Singles Isn’t Elite: Many reviewers seemed to take issue with the company’s “Elite” status. For instance, one user wrote that three of her matches were taken off the site because they were found to have criminal records. Others wrote that most of their matches had far lower education levels than they had specified as their preferences.

  • High Prices for Low-Quality Matches: Several reviewers expressed frustration at the membership fees. They were dissatisfied with the quality and quantity of their matches and thought they would get more personalized treatment for the price, considering it was higher than the competition.

  • Auto-Renewal Might Be Unexpected: Others shared a dissatisfaction with Elite Singles’ renewal policy, saying they never received any indication of renewal in advance of the date. Some users had been off the site for months when their subscription renewed.

  • Concerns with Fake Accounts: Many reviews wrote that they were matched with lots of profiles that included fewer than ten words total that turned out to be fake accounts. And in a few cases, users reported that their profiles were shared on other dating sites without their permission.

  • Love is Possible with Elite Singles: The two five-star reviews on HighYa share that the app successfully helped the reviewers find promising matches, both of which resulted in plans for marriage. One of these reviewers noted that Elite Singles created a better space for starting conversations than on other dating apps, which made it easier to build relationships quickly.

Though these reviews are just a small snapshot of Elite Singles users, they tell us some valuable information. Elite Single’s claims of convenient, exclusive dating fall short of reality for many users who find the service expensive and cumbersome to use. Just a small percentage of users seem satisfied or find long-term success with this platform.

Elite Singles vs. eHarmony and Match.com

There are a few big players in the world of online dating, including eHarmony and Match.com. How do they compare to Elite Singles? The following chart shares some of the crucial differences between them.

Elite Singles eHarmony Match.com
Price Per Month $21.95-$77.95 $12.95-$59.95 $18.99 to $37.99
Matching Process Assigns matches based on your Five Factor Model results and your personal partner preferences (takes 45 minutes) Assigns matches based on results from 29 Dimensions of Compatibility Matching Questionnaire (should take 20-45 minutes) Short quiz that asks for demographic information and your basic partner requirements
Free Search Available? Only through the app Yes, and the site automatically matches you with approximately 2,000 matches Yes
Number of Daily Matches 3-7 Varies based on your perimeters Unlimited
Ability to Search by Income/ Education Level? Yes Yes, with premium Yes
Key Features Claims to tailor to 30+, highly educated members. Largest demographic is ages 25-35. Leading dating site for those 50+. First online dating site (launched in 1995). No limit to daily matches.
Overall App Rating Android: 2.4 stars (8,000 reviews). iOS: 3.1 stars (13,000 reviews) Android: 2.6 stars (35,000 reviews). iOS: 3.6 stars (12,000 reviews) Android: 3 stars (85,000 reviews). iOS: 3.8 stars (7,000 reviews)
Number of Members About 2 million 10 million active users 9 million active users

Compared to Elite Singles, both eHarmony and Match.com have close to five times the members. This gives you a much bigger dating pool than Elite Singles, which could be helpful or frustrating, depending on how well matched these members are to you.

Both Elite Singles and eHarmony include detailed quizzes as part of the signup process. We found that Elite Single’s assessment tends to focus on concrete goals and desires for a potential partner, while eHarmony took more of a behavioral assessment approach to deciphering your personality.

Match.com’s quiz was brief and perfunctory, and it didn’t ask for much information about what you’re seeking in a partner. However, this platform offers the most detailed search filters so you can narrow down potential matches yourself.

It’s also less expensive to sign up for eHarmony for the short term, as a one-month plan costs $59.99, compared to $77.95 for Elite Singles. Match.com membership starts with a three-month commitment for $37.99 a month, for $113.97 total.

Is Elite Singles the best online dating service available for busy professionals? We don’t think so, as it doesn’t offer much to differentiate itself from others. All three platforms make it easy to filter your matches by education and income level. Elite Singles claims this feature sets it apart from the competition, but that doesn’t seem to match reality.

We even found more local members with PhDs on Match.com than when searching on the other two sites.

To summarize, Elite Singles has a smaller membership base and costs more per month than eHarmony and Match.com. The site’s apps have lower reviews than the other two platforms apps do, and we don’t think Elite Single’s search features make it any easier to find highly-educated singles than the other two dating sites.

If you are choosing between the three, we don’t think Elite Singles has any key advantages over eHarmony or Match.com.

The Bottom Line: Is Elite Singles Worth It?

Elite Singles promises to help you find love connections with highly educated singles near you. But for many users who left reviews on HighYa, the site falls far short of these promises.

One of the most common complaints from customer reviews was that Elite Singles lacks any screening process for reputable profiles. Many users reported that they felt like they only matched with spammers or with people who fit some, but not most, of their requirements.

In fact, we think that both eHarmony and Match.com have a significant advantage over Elite Singles because they make it easier to perform open searches on every member. With Elite Singles, you’re limited to just your daily matches and recommendations, unless you use the app.

However, more choice isn’t always better. If you prefer to look through a shortlist of dating prospects rather than combing through dozens, even hundreds, of profiles, Elite Singles offers the advantage of less decision paralysis.

If you want to make Elite Singles work best for you, then we suggest you ensure your match preferences are accurate without being too limiting. For instance, choose a large geographic distance or specify that physical characteristics like height and age are not important to you.

Being too strict with these preferences can significantly limit your daily matches.

Still struggling to choose the best dating app for you? Professor Hertlein suggests sourcing ideas from your peer group. You likely all have similar interests and value systems, so if a specific platform worked for any of your friends, there’s a decent chance you can find people on it that you are compatible with as well.


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Average Customer Rating: 1.2
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5 star: 2 4 star: 3 3 star: 0 2 star: 6 1 star:  128
Bottom Line: 6% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 19 out 19 people found this review helpful

    Waste of money

    • By Diana,
    • Tampa, FL,
    • Mar 30, 2016
    • Verified Reviewer

    Current customer, but have already canceled. Everything is literally canned. If your occupation isn't on their very limited list, you simply have to choose one they have, too bad for you. They send you a small handful of matches pretty infrequently I might add, mostly without pictures and with limited information. I agree with other reviews that if they do send you one that seems almost too good to be true, you will receive a 'smile' from said match. And it is funny how this perfect match's profile is so similar to your own; which likely is a fake profile only sent to you to lead you on. Try sending more than two messages to this fake profile and you'll find that your message never gets sent, it stops at two, another red flag stating that it was a non-person you were a fake profile that you were responding to. Paying for 3 months up front is really a waste of money. I would put the site in the category of a major rip-off and surely will not be recommending it to anyone now nor in the future.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 15 out 16 people found this review helpful

    No Solution for Being Alone

    • By Chuck,
    • Lakeview, OR,
    • Jun 11, 2016
    • Verified Reviewer

    While having been on another dating site for a month with very minimal success, the Elite Singles ad appeared on Facebook and I thought to give it a try. I was concerned that many of the approaches of Elite appeared to be the same as the miserable service of which I was already a member, but the tedious profile questions presented by Elite I thought might lead to a better success. My unequaled contempt came about an hour after joining when I found half of my answers to my profile questions had been rejected for “security” concerns, and may be for spelling.

    Both my career and my hobby is writing. Largely, mine is often emotional writing to influence public opinion in select controversial subjects. And all spell checked. I had given the same amount of thought and craft to my answers for Elite as I do when writing for my avocation. Answers that were designed to highlight me in a competitive marketing environment. All failing to meet Elite’s “hand reviewed” standards. It is now early morning. I am annoyed. I have sent Elite Singles my complaint, asked for the contract to be canceled, and asked for my money back. Elite Singles quickly demonstrated to me that it is nothing more than another predatory hand in the pocket of people like me looking for a solution to a period of loneliness.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 14 out 14 people found this review helpful

    Elite Singles – Sham Operation

    • By Cal,
    • Chicago, IL,
    • Aug 30, 2016
    • Verified Reviewer

    Elite Singles is a sham operation, falsely advertising the number of matches provided and allowing NO free searches of members profiles even with a premium membership.

    For example, they promise up to 20 matches a day—I got less than 20 in two weeks. This is false advertising. Match.com, by comparison promises and delivers about 10 or so every day or two.

    You are not free to search members profiles, even with premium membership. If you want to date either older or younger partners, forget it. You better put your preferred partner age as your own, or you won't get matched.

    Finally, they have virtually no way to contact them in an efficient manner. Apparently, they are run out of Germany with no staff to handle anyone's complain in a timely manner. They just take your money and run.

    You are at the whim of their matching program, which is crude and will not select members according to something as simple as an age preference. Their profile if far less useful and detailed than Match.com, for example, where you can search through 1000's of profiles, find the newest, find age or even a particular search word. Nothing like this in Elite Singles, which tries to say they have more degree bearing profiles. Nonsense. There are more in Match.com, because Elite Singles is filled with retirees in their 50's and 60's.

    All in all, I lasted about a week before figuring it out. Of course, by then, I had lost all of my investment, because they force you to sign up for months of service paid up front.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 17 out 17 people found this review helpful

    Regret

    • By Anonymous,
    • Minneapolis, MN,
    • Sep 5, 2016
    • Verified Reviewer

    I regret not reading about Elite Singles before I paid $89.00 to join! I do believe this is a scam site. I'm concerned they will continue using my credit card after I cancel. I'm sure someone is laying on the beach after taking all of our money. Please don't let this happen to you too.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 24 out 24 people found this review helpful

    Horrible Rip Off

    • By Al Smith,
    • USA,
    • Sep 25, 2016
    • Verified Reviewer

    They charged me three full days before the 90 day auto renew period was up. When I notified them of my desire to cancel at day 87, they did not let me cancel but charged my credit card anyway. I did a chargeback with my credit card company and now Elite Singles has taken me to a COLLECTIONS AGENCY. They are attempting to ruin my credit when they are violating their own terms and conditions.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 9 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Non-existent customer service team

    • By Keith,
    • Florida,
    • Jan 13, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    This may make you chuckle, but when I signed up for this site I did not see where it said to check "I'm a man" or "I am seeking a man". The default is a man looking for a man. Nothing against that, but if one overlooks something this simple one would think you could change this without Congressional approval. No chance.

    Once I spent the hour or so filling out the forms (which I think is a good thing) and they got my credit card info, Customer Service rode off into the sunset. I have written those people three times. In the meantime, I have men from all over the planet looking to secure a date with me. Okay, you should be laughing by now. Imagine how flattered I am.

    But seriously, these guys will not return an email or an online contact form. Their robot tells me they are on my case but nothing but crickets. If they would flip one little setting from "man" to "woman" I would have given them a chance. But if their Customer Service is this lousy then I cannot maintain confidence in their search and delivery capability.

    Okay, I am still chuckling, but have requested they cancel my membership and refund my money.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 13 out 13 people found this review helpful

    Scam, lots of fake profiles, F from the BBB.

    • By Julie,
    • Vancouver, WA,
    • Jan 20, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    Many profiles are exactly the same, and I mean word for word! The only thing that's different is the name and occupation. Scam.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 11 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Elite Singles only cares about your money

    • By Jade,
    • California,
    • Jan 26, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I wish I had checked this page earlier.

    I decided to try a three-month premium trial without noticing the auto-renewal condition listed in the Terms and Conditions. So they auto-renewed my account without even a notice or confirmation. This is funny because they can spam one's inbox with hundreds of unimportant emails and notices, but when it came to the important consent on this, they failed to do so. It's fine if it was me who did not read the terms and conditions when signing and paying for the very first time.

    So on the second day into the auto-renewed three months package, I noticed the pending charge from my bank account and canceled the membership. I received a confirmation email from them saying that my membership will be canceled after the three months, so basically sit tight, relax, and enjoy the ride from now until the next three months.

    It came to me as a shock to see how a professional company chooses to deal with these issues in that manner. I contacted them and refused to use the service for the next three months (again, this was on the second day of an auto-renewed three-month package cycle). They replied saying "sorry," yet there was nothing they could do, except ask if I have a family member or someone that I could pass the rest of the time (practically three whole months) on to.

    What kind of professionals would do that? Really, they would rather get one member's money (approximately $90) than avoiding a huge dent in their reputation and reliability. If there was a negative star, I would have come with that. Please be aware that their incentives are just one; the customer's money.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 16 out 16 people found this review helpful

    Terrible experience

    • By Javier,
    • Ohio,
    • Feb 3, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    After bumping into this EliteSingles.com on Facebook, I decided to give it a try. I ended paying for a subscription which forced me to sign up for three months as a minimum. After three months I end up with nothing. "Matches" were never within my area. I actually question the legitimacy of the profiles since I never received a single reply. Completely disappointed!

    To make matters worse, after four months of canceling my subscription I received a letter from a collecting agency for $135.99. What the heck?

    The best advice I can give you is, stay away!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 19 out 19 people found this review helpful

    Decent site, excellent money scam

    • By John,
    • Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada,
    • Feb 3, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    Consumer beware. This is not a bad site per se, but their business practices are borderline scams. Here’s the gig:

    I signed up for three months, and it was kind of fun. I really don’t take these sites too seriously, but you do meet some "interesting" people (I'm being polite here). Anyways, what they do is NOT tell you about the automatic membership renewal after your initial term expires. Oh, it’s there, buried in between the lines of the legal document you agree to initially, but who really goes through all that on a meeting site?

    So, my three months comes around and then suddenly a charge appears on my statement for another three months. You cannot contact these slippery people by phone as they are in Germany, so preprogrammed email messages are all you receive.

    Their policy is that you have to inform them within 24 hours of the charge being posted to your card in order to cancel, something that never happens given the timing of the charge and your receipt of the statement. These are shoddy and slippery business practices that will soon be governed by international laws, but for the time being, I must applaud them for finding this loophole.

    Be careful people.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 12 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Horrible site, predatory in nature and may be a total scam

    • By Anonymous,
    • Austin, TX,
    • Feb 24, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    Watch out for the articles and sites that claim this site is one of the best! I think they are all paid ads disguised as legitimate reviews and comparisons of online dating sites.

    I've been on other online dating sites, and I have found that most are better than Elite Singles.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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