You can do better than a half-hearted cheapskate, pal.
1. CM won't do it. If given a choice to spend just a few dollars, people will just send their e-mail addresses and then not pay to use the site otherwise.
2. Andrew, you are worth more than lowering your standards in this way. Women who can't decide whether or not to pay just a few dollars to get the chance to talk to you are not the women for you. Pray about this, keep sending messages, work on improving yourself, and go to events/meet-ups.
I am a bit younger than Andrew, and I have seen a bit of this when corresponding with women of my age.
I think the problem with women is that they do not initiate the contact. So when someone "interesting" contacts them, they do not want to pay $25 just for that one person. I think that's too much when you aren't sure about the other person. Since, women initiate the contacts, generally they do not expect someone else to contact them in the near future. So the benefit of paying is to correspond with just one person.
I'm just curious if it is illegal on CM to send your email to the other person, to take the correspondence offline?
Dating is hardly a spectator sport, is it?