Many times a Web search can be a great way to kick-start a greater search that continues offline, at county records offices, genealogy societies, and other free public resources.
Are they really out there, or are you doomed to spend X amount of money in your search for your long lost classmate/friend/significant other? If you've ever tried to find someone on the Web, you've probably come across a lot of sites that try to "sell" you information.
Paid sites are not featured on this site simply because most of them do not provide a level of access that isn't already available.
It is completely possible to find a good amount of information on people online using the free resources already mentioned.
In most cases, public records are not available on the Web.
In addition, the scope of coverage and available features are broad and robust.
However, while it is certainly possible to find a great deal of information using the Web, there will be situations that end up being unresolved.
Not all information is available online, and if someone doesn't live a life that is documented on the Web, it will be difficult to track down pertinent information.
Of course, there are always a few websites that choose to change their policies; there is a disclaimer for any website that has the potential to do so at the beginning of an article referencing that particular website.
In regards to a site asking for a fee, no site that asks for financial information in exchange for information is featured as part of the free people search resources mentioned in this article.