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    Post An Ad With These Ebay and Classified Abbreviations

    A list of abbreviations and acronyms commonly used on eBay and in classified and want ads.

    With the growing popularity of online buying and selling, Internet and online classified lingo has also grown. Being an eBay buyer long before a seller, I was often confused as to what some of the abbreviations actually meant. For some time I attributed it to a seller’s unwillingness — or laziness — to use proper words when listing an item. When I put my first item up for sale on eBay I immediately understood the importance of using abbreviations in the listing.

    Auction Abbreviations Let You Say More About an Item

    In auction listing and in online storefronts, sellers are limited to a maximum number of characters in an item title and on other sites you might find a limit on the number of characters in your ad description as well. Abbreviations lets a seller say more about the item without going over the character-length requirements.

    For example, if you want to tell prospective buyers that your item is available for local pick up only then to add that to your title you are looking at 18 characters (including spaces). Using the abbreviation of LPUO instead of typing it out leaves you with an additional 14 characters in which to highlight other features of your item. Other common abbreviations on eBay include NWT (new with tags) and NRFB (never removed from box).

    For some online and print classified ads, sellers may have to pay for each character used in the title to description. Here, abbreviations are used to cut down on the actual cost of placing the classified ad. Some classified ad providers may require you to use its abbreviation style guide. This gives you an acceptable abbreviations list with a standard format for capitalization and punctuation to follow when writing an ad. For online classifieds you should always check that specific Web site for a list of accepted abbreviations. Print classifieds ads (e.g. your local newspaper) may also have this requirement.

    Webopedia’s Guide to Online Buying and Selling Abbreviations

    The following list of abbreviations are widely used Internet abbreviations and acronyms found on eBay, eBay alternatives and online classified ad marketplaces.

    Abbreviation Meaning
    Numbers & Characters

    $/EA Dollar amount per item each
    $/TRADE For sale or trade
    0FB Zero feedback, refers to a new member
    1st ed. First Edition (books, magazines, prints)
    1Day A one day auction/listing
    1TO One time only
    3Day A three day auction/listing
    4WD Four wheel drive (automotive)
    A

    A+ Good condition
    A1 Perfect condition
    A/C Air conditioning (classifieds, automotive)
    access. Accessories (classifieds)
    acctg. Accounting (classifieds)
    ADDY E-mail address
    ADV Advertise
    ADV Adventure (books, magazines, prints)
    AEK All-electric kitchen (real estate)
    aft. After (classifieds)
    AFAIK As far as I know
    AFFA Antique Americana Folk Art
    agcy Agency
    AGW Actual gold weight
    AKA Also known as
    AIR Airmail
    AL Auction listing
    ALUM Aluminum
    ALUM/W Aluminum wheels (automotive)
    ANT Antenna (automotive)
    ANTH Anthology (books, magazines, prints)
    AO All original
    approx. Approximately
    ARC Advanced reader copy (books, magazines, prints)
    ASAP As soon as possible
    ASE American Silver Eagle (coins)
    AS IS “As is / where is”. Usually means no returns.
    ASW Actual silver weight
    AT Automatic (classifieds)
    AUTO Autographed
    B

    B2B Business-to-business
    B2C Business-to-consumer
    BARE No box, accessories etc.
    BATT CHGR Battery Charger (automotive)
    BBC Bottom back cover (books, magazines, prints)
    BC Back cover (books, magazines, prints)
    BCE Book club edition (books, magazines, prints)
    BF Best fit
    BJ Ball jointed body (dolls & toys)
    BK Bent knee (dolls & toys)
    BK Broken
    bk. Broken (classifieds)
    bkgrd. Background (classifieds)
    B&M Brick-and-mortar (retail store)
    BLB Big little book
    BL Big lot
    BM Branch Mint: Any U.S. mint other than Philadelphia. (coins)
    BO Best offer
    BP Blister / bubble pack
    BSMT Basement (real estate)
    BTH Bathroom (real estate)
    BTS Back to school
    B&W Black & white
    BWI Boxed with instructions
    BC Back cover
    BIN Buy it Now (eBay’s Instant Purchase)
    BNIB Brand new in box
    BNIP Brand new in package
    BNNW Brand new never worn
    BNWL Brand new with label
    BNWT Brand new with tags
    BUNG Bungalow (real estate)
    BV Bullion value (coins)
    C

    c. Circa (classifieds)
    C Cartridge (video games)
    C/VAC Central vacuum (real estate)
    C2C Consumer-to-consumer
    CAYOR Cash at your own risk
    CC Cashier check
    CC Classic collection (toys, action figures)
    CCE Certified coin exchange (coins)
    CCG Collectible card game
    CD Compact disc
    CDL Commercial Drivers License (employment ads)
    CDN Canadian
    COND Condition
    CEIL Ceiling (real estate)
    CF Centerfold (magazines)
    C&I Cartridge and instructions (video games)
    CHSNS Cushions
    CIB Cartridge in box
    CIP Customer initiated payment
    CLA Cleaned, lubricated, adjusted (cameras)
    CM Customized
    CNP Complete (with) No Package
    COA Certificate of authenticity
    conven. Convenient (classifieds)
    CPN Coupon
    Cr. Circle (classifieds)
    CS Customer service
    C&S Creamer & sugar
    C&S Cup & saucer
    CT Carats (jewelry)
    cu. Cubic
    Cust. Customs
    D

    DBL Double
    DJ Dust jacket (books, magazines, prints)
    DK Deck (real estate)
    DOA Dead on arrival, meaning item does not work.
    dr. Doors (real estate)
    DRS Doors (real estate)
    DSR Detailed Seller Ratings (eBay term)
    DUTCH Dutch auction, meaning multiple quantities of the same item are available.
    E

    E East (classifieds)
    ea. Each (classifieds)
    EAC Early American Coppers (coins)
    EAPG Early American pattern glass (pottery & glass)
    ed. Edition
    EF Extra fine
    EFI Electronic Fuel Injection (automotive)
    EIK Eat-in kitchen (real estate)
    ELEC Electric
    EMB Embossed
    ENS En-suite (real estate)
    EP Extended play (records, movies)
    EST Eastern Standard Time
    EUC Excellent used condition
    EUR Euros
    eves Eevening
    EX Excellent (condition)
    exc. Excellent (classifieds)
    EXLIB. Means book was a former library book (books, magazines, prints)
    exp pref Experience preferred (employment ads)
    exp req Experience required (employment ads)
    F

    F Fair (condition)
    FAQ Frequently asked questions
    FB Feedback
    FC Fine condition
    FC Front cover (books, magazines, prints)
    fdbk Feedback
    FDC “Fleur de Coin”, meaning flawless no wear (coins)
    FDD Computer floppy drive (computers & electronics)
    FDR Formal dining room (real estate)
    F/E First edition (books)
    FEX FEDEX / Federal Express Shipping
    FFP Fireplace (real estate)
    FN Fine (condition)
    FL Firing limit (pottery, glass)
    FP Fixed price
    FR Fair (condition)
    FS For sale
    FS Factory sealed
    FSoT For sale or trade
    FT For trade
    FT Full time (employment ads)
    FV Final value
    FVF Final value fee (eBay)
    FVFC Final value fee credit (eBay)
    G

    G Good (condition)
    galv. Galvanized (classifieds)
    GBP Great Britain Pound
    GF Gold filled (jewelry)
    GD Good (condition)
    gen General
    GMM Gallery Mint Museum (coins)
    GP Gold plate (jewelry)
    gr Grade
    GU Gently used (condition)
    H

    HB Hard back (books)
    HC Hard cover (books)
    HDWD Hardwood Floors (real estate)
    HIC Hole in cover (books)
    HI CEILS High ceilings (real estate)
    HOF Hall of Fame
    HP Home page
    HPF Home page featured
    HSDIP High school diploma (employment ads)
    HTF Hard to find
    HW Hot water
    I

    IBG Inside back cover (books, magazines, prints)
    ICG Independent Coin Grading (coins)
    IFG Inside front cover (books)
    IM Instant message
    IMG Image
    IMMAC Immaculate
    INIT Initials
    ISH Issue (magazines)
    ISO In search of
    J

    JD John Deere (classifieds, automotive)
    K

    kt. Karat (jewelry)
    L

    L Large
    LDYS Ladies
    LE Limited edition (collectables)
    LF Looking for
    LN Like new (condition)
    LPUO Local pick up only
    lt Light
    LTD Limited edition
    LVGRM Living room (real estate)
    M

    M/ Missing
    M/O Money order
    MAG Magazine
    MBR Master bedroom (real estate)
    MET Metallic (automotive)
    MFG Manufacturer
    MIB Mint in box
    MIJ Made in Japan
    MIM Make it mine
    MIMB Mint in Mint Box
    MIU Made in USA
    MNB Mint no box
    MO Money order
    MOC Mint on card
    MOP Mother of pearl (jewelry)
    MOWMT Mint with mint tags
    MS Microsoft
    MS Mint state (coins)
    Abbreviation Meaning
    N

    N North (classifieds)
    NAI Not all inclusive
    NAP Not affected play (records)
    NARU Not a registered user
    NATL National
    NBW Never been worn
    NC No cover (books, magazines, prints)
    NEG Negative feedback
    NRFB Never removed from box
    NIB New in box
    NIP New in package
    NLA No longer available
    NM Near mint
    NNPW New never played with
    NORES No reserve
    NOS New old stock
    NP Not packaged or no package
    NPB Non paying bidder/buyer
    NR No reserve
    N/R No reserve
    NRFB Never removed from box
    NRP Not reproduction
    NWOT New without tags
    NWT New with tags
    O

    OA Online auction
    OAS Online auction site
    OBO Or best offer
    O/C On canvas (paintings)
    OCC Occasional
    OEM Original Equipment Manufacturer
    OLTP Online transaction process
    OOAK One of a kind
    OOP Out of print
    OP Original post
    OP Operator or operated
    OPT Optional
    ORN Ornament
    OTT Ottoman
    P

    P Poor (condition)
    PB Power brakes (automotive)
    pc. Piece (classifieds)
    PCGS Professional Coin Grading Service (coins)
    pd. Paid (classifieds)
    pgr. Pager (contact details)
    PICS Pictures
    pkg. Package (classifieds)
    PLS Please
    PM Post marked
    PM Priority mail
    PORC Porcelain
    POS Point of sale
    POTT Pottery
    PP PayPal
    PR Poor (condition)
    PR Proof (coins)
    PR Pair
    PROP Propeller
    priv. Private
    PS Power steering (automotive)
    PST Pacific Standard Time
    PT Part time (employment ads)
    PTO Power take off (automotive)
    PW Power windows (automotive)
    Q

    qual. Quality or qualifications (classifieds)
    qtr. Quarter or quarterly (classifieds)
    R

    R Reprint (books)
    RA Rear axle (automotive)
    RAD Radiator (automotive)
    RAH Real American Hero (toys, action figures)
    REMAN Remanufactured (automotive)
    RET Retired (collectables)
    RBC Right side of back cover (books)
    RBLT Rebuilt
    RFSO Request for Standing Offer (real estate)
    RND Round
    ROM Romantic (books, magazines, prints)
    RP Return policy
    RP Reproduction
    RSVP Respond as soon as possible
    RS Rhinestone (jewelry)
    RT Right
    RTM Read the manual
    S

    S South (classifieds)
    s/ Signed (classifieds)
    sal Salary (employment ads)
    SCR Scratch (condition)
    SCU Scuff (records)
    SGN Signed
    S/H (S&H) Shipping and handling
    S/H/I Shipping, handling, and insurance
    SIG Signature
    SIL Silver
    SLD Sealed
    SLT Slight
    SNAIL MAIL Regular surface, basic postal shipping method
    S/O Sold out
    SP Speed
    SPD Speed
    SS Stainless steel
    SS Still sealed
    SS Sterling silver (jewelry)
    SS Single sheet (stamps)
    SSL Secure Socket Layer
    STC Stand up cab (automotive)
    STER Sterling
    STR Sell through rate
    STV Stove (real estate)
    SWB Short Wheel Base (automotive)
    SYI Sell your item
    SZ Size
    T

    T&G Tongue & groove
    T/W Tilt wheel (automotive)
    TA Trading assistant (eBay)
    TD Turbo diesel (automotive)
    TDF To die for
    TIA Thanks in advance
    TM Trusted Merchant (Overstock)
    TM Trademark
    TW Township (real estate)
    U

    U Used
    UID Unpaid items dispute (eBay)
    UNC Un-circulated (coins)
    UNREG Unregistered vehicle (automotive)
    UNU Unused
    UPI Unpaid item
    UPR Upper floor (real estate)
    US United States
    USPS United States Postal Service
    V

    VERO Verified registered owner
    VFM Value for money
    VG Very good (condition)
    VGC Very good condition
    VHTF Very hard to find
    VICT Victorian
    V/M/D Visa / Mastercard / Discover
    VU Views (real estate)
    W

    W West (classifieds)
    W/ (w/) With
    W/C Water color (paintings)
    W/O (w/o) Without
    WB White border
    WIC Walk-in closet (real estate)
    WKNDS Weekends (contact details)
    WOB Writing on back
    WOF Writing on face
    WP Waterproof
    WR Water resistant
    WRK Work
    WS Widescreen
    WTB Wanted to buy
    WU Wind up
    X

    XL Extra large
    Y

    yd. Yard
    YGF Yellow gold filled (jewelry)
    YMMV Your mileage may vary
    yr. Year (classifieds)
    Z

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    Based in Nova Scotia, Vangie Beal is has been writing about technology for more than a decade. She is a frequent contributor to EcommerceGuide and managing editor at Webopedia. You can tweet her online @AuroraGG.

    This article was originally published on November 06, 2009

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