TODAY - Dec 30 - Janis Spindel, an internationally known traveling “yenta,” boasts 994 marriages to her credit. Her fee ($100K - $250) buys 12 introductions over a 12-month period, with no guarantee that Cupid will strike. The fee pays for her time, and the steeper the price, the more face time with her each thoroughbred gets. ~1,500 independent matchmakers operate in the U.S. With ~17K men and 32K women in her database of singles, the economy has done little to slow down Spindel and her competitors. Spindel has seen one change since the recession started in 2008: more men are asking to barter high-end items in order to use her services to find love. She’s been offered town homes, cars and, most recently, a pink gold Rolex watch to help bring the cost down, as they want to preserve their cash but are still willing to pay for finding a wife. Women must submit a 2,500-word bio, read her two books, fill out a questionnaire and join a $250 meet-and-greet. She also charges $1K for a 30-minute one-on-one session for women who want more guidance.