by Hony, Written on July 3, 2012
Rated as 5 > Nobody online and not enough informationout of
At first I thought candycrib.com was a site selling candy to children, but no it is for adults revolving around adult webcam chat, so it gets a mention here in my FAQ site. Though in the end I couldn't find out much about it. I'll update this when I found out more.
First of all the tag line "CandyCrib Live - Private Webcam Chat With Your Favourite Model" sounds ok but then "Live Chat from $1" sounds a little worrying as we should all know by now that very discounted chatting does not make for a stable business, or happy webcam chathosts. Still every site should be investigated to see if it will work, after all MFC didn't seem to be workable when it started with "free" everything but in the end it has changed the (adult webcam) world! Though many would debate if the change is for the better or the worse!
Note that it's "your favourite model" which is a give-away that this site is built by British English speakers, and indeed the company is giving an address in London, England plus lots of little things like references to "page 3" on their humorous terms and conditions page shows this to be a British site.
It seems for many years the company has been providing soft porn, "glamour models", pictures to UK mobile phone companies for wallpaper downloads and such.
Now they are looking to provide live adult webcam chat.
Joining up as a member you first have to specify you are male or female, and that leads to a different section of the site. Males end up at /join/success/guy/ with a view of "Uploads", "Live Chat" and "Social", because yes like most sites these days they want to jump on the Facebook bandwagon and be social. Not that I'm criticizing that, if it works it can be very entertaining and rewarding, but realistically it's hard thing to get going.
So boys are straight into play but for girls it's a bit different. There is a form to fill in some more details about yourself, basic bio information plus a suggestion that you would want to model. This step is optional, so if you are a bi/gay woman who is joining up just to oogle tits then you don't need to do this. I'll writing more about women signing up as models below.
The site uses the "JustCamIt" software from istreaming.com which I believe is also used by AdultWork, another UK live cam company. I wonder what makes this popular in the UK when the software is actually American I believe.
Still, it is well established and perfectly functional webcam software using Flash.
Back to the CandyCrib site and after a quick check in the history I see they have been promoting a community system for fans to interact with Glamour Models for years, but it is only recently that they have developed into a live cam chat site.
That's why there is a lot of stuff, videos, pictures and so on making the site quite interesting in it's own right, but if you want to get to the live video then click that section and you get a canned teaser video and a whole list of thumbnails of hosts.
Trouble is, every single one either had a status of "online later" or "book show". e.g. nobody is actually online now to click through into immediate chat, so much for impulse buying or instant gratification
Clicking on any those labeled "Online Later" brings up a little calendar of the week showing when they expect to be online, and you can click a timeslot and say you want to chat then. I presume the hosts get notifications of when people have asked, but can't be required to be on that line so I guess it is just a "suggestion".
Then the models with "book now" above their thumbnail actually have a little messaging box appear when you click them, which basically does the same in that you get to say when you want to see them and click send. No commitment here so I'm sure the hosts get a lot of random clicks and notifications which must be annoying.
All the schedules are in British time though, GMT, so that will be confusing for anybody else. I couldn't see any way to change it though perhaps it is hidden away somewhere, it isn't going to be found though unless it is right beside the calendar.
Looking at the hosts listed they are mostly from the UK, I see cities like London, Manchester, Leeds being listed and as far as I can tell from their pictures they do certainly look like British girls. Each one has either an "SMS Alert" link meaning the system can SMS you if they are online, or a SMS Request meaning that an SMS will be sent to the host to let them know you are interested. It only works if you are a paying customer though, I guess that is perfectly reasonable to stop annoying sms though.
I could not see any studio girls, no Filipinos, Romanians or Columbians to be seen. And no way to search or filter them to find either by ethnicity or indeed by any other measure.
So how much are the shows? Well I can't work it out so far. I know you can buy "stars" and "Cam credits" - minimum $10 at a time, processed via Epoch. Despite being a UK company all the pricing is in US$, perhaps that's because I'm not connecting from England.
Recorded videos need you to be a VIP member, which costs about 10 British pounds a month (oops, no US$ for that), but that doesn't get you live chat of course.
Lack of a clear statement about pricing up front is quite off putting and I didn't really get beyond that point.
Signing up as a model is a multi-part process, first you have to just signup as a girl user (no guys as models I think), and after giving an email address it will prompt you for lots of the usual bio data. Name, birth date, location and so on. That material is going to be public. But privately if you want to take part in modeling, that means live go-to-their-studio modeling I believe, then you need to supply address info as well.
Note carefully the promotions section: "Content uploaded may be used in future CandyCrib mobile phone and site promotions. I would like to stop my content being used for these purposes." By default this means they will use your uploaded pics, you have to tick the box if you DON'T want it used.
The body data is pretty standard with "Waist", Hips, etc. Though it include "Dress Size" and as each of these is a text box you can fill in anything you want, I'd imagine that can be quite confusing. Do they realize that "dress size" is on a different scale in different parts of the world?
Once you have created your account then you can send in your ID and get going. Your percent is 41%. The payment is via PayPal, and the email to send your ID to is a "live.co.uk" account e.g. Hotmail. I must admit that this doesn't seem very professional, which is a contrast to the fact that this is a well established company so I'm a bit confused here. Why not a web form to upload ID like everybody else? Or at least a company email address. And as for paying for adult services via PayPal, nobody should be doing that.
Then also there are rules as to what sort of shows you can do but I've heard from other camgirls that they file a bit confused about these, they seem to be encouraging very mild things like lingerie or topless chat, but whether more is allowed in private is not clear.
I'd love to hear more about how it goes to work there, you can drop me a note in the forum, thanks.