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December 12, 2007

Which cash-back shopping site should you use? FatWallet vs BigCrumbs

FatWallet.com and BigCrumbs.com both pay you back a portion of their affiliate commission when you click through their links to make an online purchase. Most online retailers pay 1% to 10% affiliate commissions to websites that send buyers to them. FatWallet pioneered the model of paying part of their commission back to buyers.

How do the cash back amounts compare between BigCrumbs (CrumbSaver) and FatWallet? Here’s a few.

  1. SharperImage.com
    • BigCrumbs 4%
    • Fatwallet 8%
  2. BestBuy.com
    • BigCrumbs 1.5%
    • FatWallet Not Offered
  3. Dell.com
    • BigCrumbs 0.5%
    • FatWallet 3.0%
  4. BarnesandNoble.com
    • BigCrumbs 2.5%
    • FatWallet 4.2%
  5. Borders.com
    • BigCrumbs 3%
    • FatWallet 2%
  6. Target.com
    • BigCrumbs 1.5 – 5%
    • FatWallet 4.4 – 6%


Summary:

  • Highest payout – Generally FatWallet is better compared to BC’s CrumbSaver
  • Number of Retailers Offered – BigCrumbs 205, FatWallet 519
  • Works with eBay – BigCrumbs
  • Cash for Referring others – Big Crumbs
  • Gives to Charity – FatWallet
  • Trustworthiness – Tie, both are excellent.
  • Payments – BigCrumbs uses PayPal, FatWallet pays with Checks

I recommend using FatWallet when buying from most retailers. Use BigCrumbs for buying from eBay or other sites not offered by FatWallet. This recommendation especially holds true if you are a BigCrumbs CrumbEarner since you get a lower percentage on your own purchases.

Sharper Image on FatWallet.com
Sharper Image on FatWallet.com

Sharper Image on BigCrumbs.com
Sharper Image on BigCrumbs.com

Footnote: I determined the number of retailers each site offered by copying the web page source code from each of their main “browse retailers” pages, looking at their HTML structure and finding the retailer instances.

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3 Comments »

  1. FatWallet has Origin (my fav makeup), but it doesn’t look like they utilize the power of viral marketing. So far it’s thumbs down for FatWallet and two thumbs up for BigCrumbs.

    Comment by Mermaid from Marin — January 10, 2008 @ 7:28 am | Reply

  2. I joined fatwallet to see what it was all about… there’s absolutely no incentive to refer others and they aren’t very good at developing a community (no personal pictures). They simply don’t believe in the power of viral marketing. I don’t think I’ll go back.

    Here’s the note I got:

    ==============================

    Hi,

    Welcome to FatWallet! We don’t believe in using referrals to promote ourselves.

    As far as using your own avatar or picture, we choose to keep our forums simple, and have a small selection of avatars to choose from.

    Enjoy your stay at FatWallet! If you have any further questions, please let us know.

    Thanks
    Ted
    FatWallet.com

    Comment by Mermaid from Marin — January 10, 2008 @ 11:16 am | Reply

  3. This comments merits a post. I need my stats fix for the day.

    Comment by estreet — January 10, 2008 @ 12:03 pm | Reply


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