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When you first jump onto eBay, it’s like everyone speaking another language. Whether you are looking to buy or sell, it is of massive benefit for you to learn some of the lingo, especially the commonly used abbreviations and acronyms.
As a seller, knowing abbreviations will help you fit more words into your title, meaning you’ll get more clicks and (hopefully) more sales!
As a buyer, it is even more important to know what the sellers are telling you so that you can avoid scams, damaged items, etc.
While there are literally hundreds of abbreviations I’ve seen, you don’t need to know all of them. In fact, I’m convinced that many sellers make up their own acronyms on the fly and just hope that people figure it out.
To compile this list my wife and I looked through over 1,000 listings (combined with our years of selling experience) to identify the most common abbreviations and their meanings.
Let’s start off with a list of the acronyms that I actually recommend for use on eBay before we get into the list of more obscure options.
Most Common Acronyms On eBay
What does “EUC” mean on eBay?
EUC stands for Excellent Used Condition. It is a commonly used acronym in eBay listings and titles which tell you that the item is used but shows minimal wear. Other condition abbreviations include GUC (Good Used Condition) and VGUC (Very Good Used Condition).
What does “NWT” mean on eBay?
NWT means New With Tags. It is a commonly used expression on eBay and other selling platforms telling you that the item still has the original tags attached. Similar abbreviations include BNWT (Brand New With Tags) and NWOT (New Without Tags).
What does BIN mean on eBay?
If you see BIN on eBay or in reference to it, it stands for Buy It Now. This refers to listings that have a set price (as opposed to auctions) that you can purchase without delay.
What does HTF mean on eBay?
HTF means Hard To Find when you see it on eBay. Many sellers include HTF in the title of items that are discontinued, have a pattern that is in high demand, etc.
What does MIB mean on eBay?
MIB is a commonly seen abbreviation in the collectibles category on eBay. It means Mint In Box, meaning that the item is in the original box and shows no wear. It may have been opened. Similar abbreviations include NIB (New In Box) and NRFB (Never Removed From Box).
What does OEM mean on eBay?
OEM on eBay refers to items that are from the Original Equipment Manufacturer. This tells you that the item in question is a part made by the original company, not a third party. For example, OEM vacuum attachments for a Dyson are made by Dyson rather than another company.
What does VTG mean on eBay?
VTG is a common abbreviation seen on eBay that means “Vintage”. It is often used by sellers in titles when they’re looking to save characters for the description of the item.
What does NWB mean on eBay?
NWB is an eBay acronym typically seen on shoe listings which means “New With Box.” It may also be seen as NIB meaning New In Box. Both are used in opposition of NWOB (New Without Box).
Full List Of eBay Abbreviations & Acronyms
If the one you’re looking for wasn’t among those so far, don’t worry, there are more! This is a constantly living and updated list of eBay abbreviations I’ve seen. Unless you’re a sucker for punishment (or like reading the dictionary) just use the search function to find exactly what you’re looking for!
Just be aware that, if you’re going to incorporate these into your titles as an eBay seller, it is likely that many buyers won’t know what you mean. Especially if you’re selling very niche items. In the end, this can lead to more issues and questions that it alleviates. So use caution!
Without further ado, here’s the list:
AB: Aurora Borealis (used in jewelry descriptions)
ACC: Accumulation (postage stamps)
ACEO: Art Cards, Editions and Originals (miniature paintings on 3.5 inch by 2.5 inch cards) See also OSWOA and SFA
ACL: Applied Color Label (bottles)
ADV: Adventure (Books / Movies)
AIR: Air Mail (postage stamps)
API: Application programming interface
ARC: Advance reader’s copy
ATC: Artist trading card (miniature artwork measuring 2.5 x 3.5 inches as per ACEO)
AU: Australian dollars (see currency exchange site)
AUTH: “Not quite authentic”
B&W: Black and white
BB: Beanie Babies
BC: Back cover; British Columbia, Canada; blister card
BC ED: Book Club Edition (in books)
BCE: Book Club Edition (in books)
BETAMAX: First video tape format (still used in Ghana & West Africa)
BIN: Buy It Now
BLK: Block (postage stamps)
BMC: Book of the Month Club Edition
BNIB: Brand New In Box
BNWT: Brand New With Tags
BOMC: Book of the Month Club Edition
BP: Blister pack; booklet pane (postage stamps)
BTS: Back to School
C: Carat (a unit of weight for precious stones & pearls equal to 200 mg)
CDF: Customs Declaration Form (postage stamps)
COA: Certificate of Authenticity (also stands for Coat of Arms)
COD: Cash on delivery
COMP: Composition Doll
CONUS: Continental US
CTB: Coffee table book
CDS: Circular Date Stamp (postage stamps)
CTO: Cancelled to Order (postage stamps)
CZ: Cubic zirconia (NOT a diamond)
DEF: Definitives (postage stamps)
DL: Download (frequently used for Digital Downloads)
DOA: Dead on Arrival
EAPG: Early American pattern glass
ETA : Estimated Time of Arrival
EURO: European Union Currency
EUC: Excellent used condition
EXLIB: Formerly a library book
F: Fair or Fine condition [ask the seller; don’t presume]
FAQ: A list of frequently asked questions with answers
FAUX: Not a genuine item (as in faux pearl)
FC: Fine condition
FCM: First class mail
FDC: First Day Cover (postage stamps)
FLB: Former Library Book
FNH: Family Name History
FOB: Free on board
FR: Former Rental (VHS tapes or DVDs)
FS: Factory sealed
FS: Full Screen Format on DVD
FUBAR: Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition
FVF: Final Value Fee
FYI: For your information
G: Good condition (also GC)
GBP: Great Britain Pounds (pounds sterling) (see currency exchange site)
GF: Gold filled
GP: Gold plate
GSP: Gold sterling plate
GU: Gently Used. Item that has been used but shows little wear, accompanied by explanation of wear
HB: Hardback book
HC: Hardcover book
HC DJ: Hardcover Book with Dust Jacket
HCTS: Here Comes the Stork (seller group)
HP: Home page, Hand Painted, Hewlett Packard
HP: Hard Plastic Doll
HS: Hand Stamp (postage stamps)
HTF: Hard to find
HTML: HyperText Markup Language; the language used to create Web pages
IBC: Inside back cover
IE: Internet Explorer
IFC: Inside front cover
INR: Item Not Received
ISP: Internet Service Provider – a company that gives you access to the Internet
JPG: Preferred file format for pictures on eBay (from the Joint Photographic Experts Group standard, pronounced “Jay-Peg”)
K: Karat (1/24th part of pure gold)
KWS: KeyWord Spam
L: Large (also used, Lg or Lrg)
LCD: Liquid Crystal Display
LE: Limited edition
LED: Light Emitting Diode
LN: Like new
LP: Long playing (33 rpm record album)
LP: Large print (books/magazines)
LS: Long sleeves (in clothing)
LSASE: Large self addressed stamped envelope
LTBX: Letterbox. Video format that recreates a widescreen image
LTD: Limited edition
M: Medium (also used: Md or Med)
MCM: Mid-Century Modern
MH: Mint hinged (condition of postage stamps)
MIB: Mint in box
MIBP: Mint in blister pack
MIJ: Made in Japan
MIMB: Mint in mint box
MIMP: Mint in mint package
MIOJ: Made in Occupied Japan
MIOP: Mint in open package
MIP: Mint in package
MIU: Made in USA
MM: Media Mail Shipping by USPS
MNB: Mint no box
MNH: Mint never/not hinged (condition of postage stamps)
MNT: Mint. In perfect condition (a subjective term)
MOC: Mint on card
MOMC: Mint on mint card
MONMC: Mint on near mint card
MOTU: Masters of the Universe (He-Man), or Mark Of The Unicorn, an audio equipment manufacturer
MP: Military Post (postage stamps)
MPRS: My Poupette Recommended Seller (seller group)
MTG: Magic the Gathering Card Game
MWBMT: Mint with both mint tags
MWBT: Mint with both tags
MWMT: Mint with mint tags
MYO or M.Y.O.: Million years old
NARU: Not a registered user (or suspended user)
NDSR: No dents, scratches, or rust (condition of tins)
NBB: Non-binding bid (real estate category term)
NBW: Never been worn
NC: No cover
ND: No date
NIB: New in box; No international bidders
NIL: Not in Line (not a standard product of the manufacturer; a special issue)
NIMSB: New in manufacturer’s sealed box
NIP: New in package
NM: Near mint
NOS: New Old Stock
NP: Not packaged
NPB: Non-paying bidder
NR: No reserve price for an auction-style listing
NRFB: Never removed from box
NTSC: Video & DVD format used in US, Canada, Mexico, the Phillipines, the Caribbean, most of South America excluding Brazil & Argentina, Taiwan, South Korea, Burma, & Cambodia (not PAL or SECAM)
NWOT: New without tags
NWT: New with tags
OEM: Original equipment manufacturer
OOAK: One of a Kind
OOP: Out of print
OPT: Overprinted (postage stamps)
OSWOA®: Original Small Work of Art measuring 6 x 4 inches, so as to fit in a standard 6 x 4 or 4 x 6 inches photo album sleeve. See also ACEO and SFA.
OSFA: One Size Fits All
PAL: Video & DVD format used in the UK, Australia, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Hong Kong, Scandinavia, Poland, China, India, Pakistan, Turkey, most of Africa, and the Middle East – it is the DOMINANT format in the world (not NTSC or SECAM)
PB: Paperback book
PC: Poor condition; postcard
PF: Proof (coin)
PM: Priority Mail shipping method of USPS
PP: Parcel Post shipping method of USPS; PayPal
Did you really think they’d be something here?
RC: Reader’s copy
Reg: Registered (postage stamps)
REV. ED.: Revised edition (books)
ROPS: Rollover Protective Structure; a cab or frame that provides a safe environment for the tractor operator in the event of a rollover
RPPC: Real Photo Postcard (not an illustration)
S: Small (also used, Sm or Sml)
SAIS: Sold As Is
SASE: Self-addressed stamped envelope
S/B: Stockbook (postage stamps)
SC: Slight crease (tags, books, magazines)
SC: Softcover book
SFA: Small format art (any artwork measuring under 14 inches). See also ACEO and OSWA.
SCO: Second chance offer
SECAM: Video & DVD format used in France, Russia, Eastern Europe, & some parts of the Middle East (not PAL or NTSC)
S/H; SH, S&H: Shipping and handling
SHI: Shipping, handling, and insurance
SM: Selling Manager
SMP: Selling Manager Pro
SMI: Safeguarding Member IDs
SNAD: Significantly not as described
SNAFU: Situation Normal, All Fouled Up
SO: Sold Out
S/O: Sold out
S/P: Salt and pepper (shakers); silverplate (flatware)
SS: Short sleeves (in clothing)
SS: single sheet (postage stamps)
SS: Stainless steel
SS or 925: Sterling Silver
SS: Still sealed
SW: Slight wear
SYI: Sell Your Item form
TA: Trading Assistant
TE: Trade Edition (typically smaller than a standard book)
TIA: Thanks in advance
TKO: Account TaKeOver
TL: Turbo Lister
TOS: Terms of sale; terms of service; The Original Series (Star Trek)
UNC: Uncirculated (coins)
UPI: Unpaid Item
UPS: United Parcel Service
URL: Uniform Resource Locator. The address that identifies a Web site (such as www.ebay.com).
USPS: United States Postal Service
V2000: also known as Video Compact Cassette, or VCC – began in 1979 and ended in 1988 (marketed exclusively in Europe)
VBO: Vintage Blow Out Sale: 4 times a year Vintage Clothing Sellers place items on ebay at amazing prices of 19.99 or less with Buy it now.
VeRO: Verified Rights Owner
VF: Very fine condition
VG or VGC: Very good condition
VHTF: Very hard to find
VR: Very rare
W / : With
WBN: Winning bidder notification
WMK: Watermark (postage stamps)
WOB: Writing on back
WOF: Writing on front
WS: Widescreen in DVD (same as Letterbox)
WYSIWYG: What you see is what you get
XL: Extra large
XS: Extra small
XXL or 2XL: Extra extra large or 22/24 W
XXXL or 3XL: Extra extra extra large or 26/28 W
YFD: Yard Fard Days (seller group)
Zero, Zip, Zilch. There aren’t any I know of that start with “z”.
Should You Use Acronyms & Abbreviations In Your eBay Listings?
Whether you sell on eBay, Poshmark, or Mercari, you’ll want to learn a handful of short-hand options.
The main benefit is that you are able to communicate much more about your product to potential buyers without them having to click through.
This allows people who are looking for what you have to click and those that won’t buy anyway to avoid wasting time.
The other benefit is that you may come up more often in search results. The more savvy eBay shoppers will use abbreviations and acronyms in their search rather than using filters. If you have the correct ones in your title you’ll be able to increase how often your listings are seen!
Now, I will caution you against using too many abbreviations. The best eBay titles are easy to read and peoples’ eyes will just slide on buy if the title is a bunch of hard-to-understand drivel.
I hope you found this list of eBay abbreviations and acronyms helpful! Now that you’ve got the lingo down, why don’t you check out some of our articles to keep building your skills!
2 thoughts on “117 Common eBay Abbreviations & Acronyms (Alphabetical List)”
SW also often means “Shrink-Wrapped”
Are ALL these abbreviations recognized by ebays algorithm?
If not, won’t do much good when searching!
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