Why I like Big Crumbs

Big Crumbs announces my failures, and I like it that way.   

As you probably know, I do a lot of experiments with shopping portals.  For example, I’ll buy merchant gift cards for points or cash back from one portal, and then spend the gift card with the hope of more points or cash back from the same or another portal.  To see some of the experiments that are in progress or completed, please see the Frequent Miler Laboratory

With these experiments it is easy to determine when they succeed.  Points or cash back appear in my portal account, usually as “pending”.  In those cases, I can announce success and move on.  Note: I’ve heard stories of points posting and then being pulled back, but I have yet to experience that.

When an experiment fails, though, most portals give no feedback at all.  In those cases, my only option is to wait some number of weeks before giving up and calling it a failure.

Big Crumbs is different.  With my last several failed experiments, the cash back posted in green and was subtracted out in red.  See the image below for examples from drugstore.com, Magazines.com, and Barnes & Noble:


So, even though I’m not happy that the experiments failed.  I love the feedback!

If you haven’t yet signed up for Big Crumbs, please consider using this referral link.  You will get the same cash back for your purchases and I’ll get a very small % as well.

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why red? do you know?


Red is a subtraction, which can mean several things: the consumer returned an item for a credit, a purchase did not qualify, a purchase did not meet the terms and conditions set on the merchant page of Bigcrumbs. It’s why it takes 45+ days for a payout, which gives merchants time to process or contest the cash rebates.


So many of my customer service calls deal with poor notifications and records. I really hate talking on the phone, so this is a win-win for Big Crumbs.


Why did you go through big crumbs for drugstore.com. Why not through ultimate rewards?


BigCrumbs is great. I love getting cash back so this is a wonderful tip, Brent. My even savvier tip that a girlfriend showed me was to use a comparison cash back site like http://www.cashreporter.com