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eBay acronyms

It is hard starting out buying online here at ebay and it takes time to get to grips with how it all works so below are some terms that you might be seeing for the first time.

As with most 'Newbies' to ebay I too was baffled by this at the start

This should help those asking questions like "

What does BNIB stand for in a description of item for sale?"

I hope this helps some people out there

Here we go:

FVF - Final Value Fee

NPB - None Paying Buyer

NPS - None Performing Seller

BNWT - Brand new with tag/tags

BNWL - Brand new with labels

BNIB - As above but boxed

MIB - Mint in box

TOS - Terms of Service

Shill Bidding - Using a friends or fake account to try and bump up the final price of an item.

NR - No reserve price

LOL - Laugh Out Loud

B&W: Black and white

BC: Back cover

BIN: Buy it now

BNWT: Brand new with tags

BNWOT: Brand new without tags

EUC: Excellent used condition

FAQ: A list of frequently asked questions with answers.

FB: Feedback

FC: Fine condition

FVF: Final value fee

G: Good condition

GU: Gently used. Item that has been used but shows little wear, accompanied by explanation of wear.

HP: Home page

HTF: Hard to find

HTML: HyperText Markup Language. The language used to create Web pages.

IE: Internet Explorer

IM: Instant messaging

INIT: Initials

ISP: Internet Service Provider - a company that gives you access to the Internet

JPG: Preferred file format for pictures on eBay (pronounced "Jay-Peg")

LTBX: Letterbox. Video format that recreates a widescreen image.

LTD: Limited edition

MNT: Mint. In perfect condition (a subjective term)

MIB: Mint in box

MIJ: Made in Japan

MIMB: Mint in mint box

MIMP: Mint in mint package

MIP: Mint in package

MNB: Mint no box

MOC: Mint on card

MOMC: Mint on mint card

MONMC: Mint on near mint card

MWBT: Mint with both tags

MWMT: Mint with mint tags

NARU: Not a registered user (or suspended user)

NBW: Never been worn

NC: No cover

NIB: New in box

NM: Near mint

NR: No reserve price for an auction-style listing

NRFB: Never removed from box

NWT: New with tags

OEM: Original equipment manufacturer

OOP: Out of print

PL: A Pink or a Pinkliner. This refers to an eBay staff member who posts a message on a Discussion Board. Messages from eBay staff have a pink header.

PM: Priority Mail

RET: Retired

SCR: Scratch

SMS: Short Message Service. Text messaging for a wireless device, such as a mobile phone.

S/O: Sold out

Sig: Signature

SYI: Sell Your Item form

TM: Trademark

UPI: Unpaid Item

URL: Uniform Resource Locator. The address that identifies a Web site (such as www.ebay.co.uk).

USPS: United States Postal Service

VF: Very fine condition

VHTF: Very hard to find

WS: Widescreen (same as letterbox)

XL: Extra large


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