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eBay acronyms

You'll find the following abbreviations in item listings and on Community discussion boards. For information about other terms used on eBay, see the eBay Glossary.

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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