"We were forced to quickly build our own auction platform and gather blind bids, through our website.

"We are confident we can still raise a decent amount of money and will announce the winner on January 5." Mr Hodge added: "It's not like we were the first to auction a date on e Bay.

"When you see a hot single you want to date, just make an offer and buy the first date." (Wade is also the genius behind sugar daddy The site, which is free to join (though not to use!

), is populated by two classes of people, euphemistically termed "the generous" and "the attractive." As an "attractive" member, you make a profile with all the normal dating stuff, while also indicating the amount of money someone would have to pay you to go on a date with them.

With Whatsyourprice.com, "going out with someone no longer has to be a waste of time." You are guaranteed to Make Money Dating™.

(Yes, Make Money Dating™ is trademarked by the Las Vegas-based company that owns Whatsyourprice.com; and the entire service is apparently patent-pending.) Perfect for the lady who dresses as sexy Ayn Rand for Halloween.

"It's crazy that e Bay got rid of our auction on their site.

The money is for charity." Greg Hodge, managing director of the site, said: "e Bay accused us of posting adult content onto their website – but we simply uploaded portrait photos of our nativity stars as they appear on our home page in the hope we'd raise money for charity.

The site has sold more than 5,000 items over the past two years, the most expensive being an ,500 ring and the weirdest being a body pillow, and there’s even a TV show in the works.

But beyond all that, Acton said it’s the site’s balance of humor and support that members are raving about.

There is absolutely no sex involved, and except perhaps the chance of sex at some point in the future if you are able to successfully charm and seduce.

But isn't that what every first date is about? They are paying 0 for the pleasure of spending time with a woman who only dates if there's a profit involved.

As a "generous" member, you troll the site and make offers to the attractive to buy a "first date."When the offer is made, "our offer negotiating system will allow you to accept an offer, reject an offer, or counter with a different price," according to The site offers helpful first date etiquette tips, including "pay 50% of the date at the start of the date, and 50% at the end," and "if someone asks you to send money by Western Union, report them immediately."Obviously, the first question about is "How is this not prostitution or escorting?