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When the agency has a database of over a thousand ladies, after some period, it will start offering romantic tours to Russia/Ukraine.
At this stage the agency can afford to have an office in Russia.
Most of the agencies have a representative in one of Russian cities who prints and mails forwarded letters, and if the addressee is not from the same city, delivery time can take up to 10 days even locally.
The best in this case is if the representative is based in Moscow; letters from Moscow arrive considerably fast (3-7 days) nation wide.
The strong point of Western agencies is their large databases, but it turns out to be their weakness as well: the larger the database is, the more difficult it is to manage and keep it up to date.
As they are situated closer, speak in plain Russian, and are physically available for satisfying women's curiosity, they have very limited but constnat flow of new applicants.Competition on the marriage market is rather tough, and active searchers move from one agency to another trying to find one that will really help.The others stick to one agency, make friends with agencies' personnel and their visit is a way of socializing.Western agencies usually start by placing ads in local Russian newspapers that promise to help women in search of a partner abroad. Usually a lady will send applications to 5-15 agencies that placed ads in the same newspaper.When an agency has enough profiles to start from, they launch a website, and offer the women's information to men.
The majority disappears after registration and a couple of hopeful visits with no results, as women hope that applying to an agency will guarantee her finding a husband in no time.