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On the surface Mamboo looks like a smart and fun site with colourful pictures and attractive members, but scratch the surface and things start to feel a little different...
Our first impressions of this site were quite positive. Sign up was easy (though to message users you have to go through a “real user” process to prove that you’re not just putting up profiles to scam people). They also offer a free service which is supplemented, if you choose, with a coins system. If you want to improve your visibility on the site then you can purchase coins which help you to do so by sending gifts and flirts, among other things. Searches were easy to perform and members’ photos seemed to be of a generally acceptable quality too. So what went so wrong?
Well Mambo.com isn’t really an easy site to navigate. It’s simple, yes, but so much so that it’s hard to find what you’re looking for. The main toolbar has only 4 options, one of which is to view the top 100 photos. Not particularly useful. Topping your account up to VIP status (costing 5 coins) allows you to perform advanced searches and customise some elements of your profile such as giving it a background pattern. This also seemed a nice touch and added some individuality to members’ profile pages, but the other coin purchase options are pretty standard and not really worth the cost.
There have been complaints that Mamboo is inundated with scammers. We didn’t experience this first hand but it’s worth considering when using the site. Using a basic search we were presented with a pretty paltry number of matches, about one third of which had no profile pictures. Free members can send messages but are restricted by the various protective barriers that members can choose to enforce. This is both positive and negative; great if you’re being hassled, but quite annoying if you just want to say hi to someone but can’t because you haven’t met their particular requirements (which are unknown to you). Any FAQ is almost non-existent and other features are very few, so there’s not much more we can say about that!
Overall Mamboo.com is an attractive site but there is a severe lack of information and guidance. Options for communicating with other members are very restricted and even a basic “hello” can be a difficult and arduous process. Combined with apparently-poor membership numbers, this makes Mamboo difficult to promote. Take a look for yourself if you’re so inclined, see if you agree...!
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