Online Shopping Lingo
Experienced online shoppers know that there's a lot more involved in finding good deals online than visiting sites such as Amazon.com and clicking on the "Today's Deals" link. (Although that's certainly not a bad idea!) The deals worth bragging about are a lot more elusive, so savvy online shoppers turn to coupon, refunding and bargain sites for help. Yet for online shopping novices, visiting such sites may, at first, seem like visiting a foreign country. You see phrases such as: GDA! BBW B&M BOGO on soaps, HTH And you think WHAT? Huh? What are they talking about? What language is THAT? (Translation: Good Deal Alert! Bath & Body Works brick-and-mortar store has buy-one-get-one on soaps, hope this helps!) I mean, it's enough to make you want to TYHO! (Tear Your Hair Out - I made that one up.) Before you click away in frustration, let me reassure you that it IS possible to speak like a native - you just need a guide to the terminology, acronyms, abbreviations, definitions and common word usage found on rebate and premium product lists, coupon and online code lists, and refunding and trading forums.
Each site you visit may have its own particular phrases, but generally speaking the most common terms are found in the list below. TTFN. B&M = Brick & Mortar B1G1F = Buy One Get One Free BOGO = (the same as B1G1), Buy One, Get One (usually free) C/O = Cash Off or Cents Off CPN = Coupon CRT = Cash Register Tape CSR = Customer Service Reps CVS = A pharmacy/drug store like Rite-Aid DB = Dear/Darling/Darn Brother DCRT = Dated Cash Register Receipt DD* = Dear/Darling/Darn Daughter DG = Dear/Darling/Darn Girlfriend DH = Dear/Darling/Darn Husband DND = Do Not Double DS* = Dear/Darling/Darn Son DUPES = Duplicates DW = Dear/Darling/Darn Wife EB = Extra Bucks (CVS) ECB = Extra Care Bucks (CVS) ESR = Easy Saver Rebate (Walgreens monthly rebate) FAB = From another Board GC = Gift Certificate GDA = Good deal alert GWP = Gift With Purchase H/F = Handling Fee HT/HGT = Hang tag ISO = In Search Of LMK = Let Me Know LOL = Laughing Out Loud and/or Lots of Luck LPG = Lower Price Guarantee LSASE = Long self addressed stamped envelope MIB = Mint in Box MIL = Mother-in-Law MMV = Mileage May Vary MS = Mystery Shopper NAZ = Name Address Zip code NED = No expiration date NIB = New in box NOCC = No Credit Card NWOT = New WithOut Tags NWT = New With Tags OBO = Or Best Offer PLMK = Please let me know POB = Post Office Box POP = Proof of Purchase PP = Purchase Price PPHF = PayPal Handling fee PREM (Premium) = An item received from a refund offer. PSTG = Postage Qualifier (Q)= Proof of Purchase. RAOK = Random Act of Kindness RP = Rewards Programs SAHM = Stay At Home Mom SASE = Self Addressed Stamped Envelope SMP = Specially Marked Packages TMF = Try Me Free TOS = Terms of Service TTFN = Ta ta for now TY/ty = Thank you UNL = Unlimited UPC = Universal Product Code W/L or WL= Wish list WAHM = Work at home mom Winetags = coupons found around the neck of a wine bottle YMMV = Your Merchandise (or Mileage) May Vary * (Add an S for step - so DSD means Dear/Darling/Darn Step-Daughter).