I've heard FDS members say how going to matchmakers is only worth it if they don't charge female members any money. However, such services do not seem to exist in my area. I've done some research and it seems like all matchmakers in my area charge female and male members the same fee and they are all quite expensive.
Meanwhile, there are speed dating companies in my area. They organise speed dating-like events for singles to mingle together (e.g. dinner nights). While they do cost money, some charge female members less than male members (i.e. the price for female members is 70-90% the price for male members). These events generally cost less than one-on-one matchmaking services and I can meet multiple men simultaneously. Is going to such events worth it or are they actually just as "scammy" as matchmakers?