In part one of this series, we learned that the definition of BUMP was news to VarageSale‘s Chief Mom. So for part two, we were determined to find another term she didn’t know. This proved impossible! We even tried a trick question (“What does TAG stand for?”), but Tami didn’t buy it. Even though we did our best to convince her it stood for “tell a guy/gal,” she knew it wasn’t an acronym. Yup, she’s that good.
Keep reading and you’ll soon be just as fluent in buy and sell lingo…
1. DERP: Don’t Engage, Report Post
Every now and then, a sneaky seller will post an item that she previously purchased (for less) on the same site or, yes, stole from a local retailer. Now she’s back to sell it at a higher price. Then there are the spammy posts, the downright offensive ones or those that contain links with viruses. And don’t get us started on the trolls! (Why can’t they just stay under the bridge where they belong?) Whatever the case, DERP helps protect buyers from sketchy sellers. Tip! You can always tell who’s guilty when they suddenly disappear from the group.
2. POOS: Posted On Other Sites
The more dedicated sellers will often post on multiple buy and sell sites to increase their chances of making some extra cash. It can be a smart move, but it can also cause a lot of confusion—and not just because it becomes increasingly difficult to keep track of the first come, first served rule. A good example of this confusion can be seen in the dialogue below:
3. TIA: Thanks in Advance
This little acronym can contain some pretty major psychological manipulation. That’s right, people use TIA to play on your emotions to get what they want. After all, they already thanked you so you have to do what they want… right? I mean, they were so polite!
Try saying no to that! (Hint, you could always say your item is POOS. You’re welcome).
4. ORP: Original Retail Price
This acronym can be a tad deceiving. We’ve all seen posts where the seller links to an image with an ORP of $199 and tells us they’re selling it for only $100. Did the item listed go for its ORP once upon a time? Probably. Is that what this person actually paid? Probably not! Think of it like this: Stores mark up their prices so that when they go “on sale,” it looks like a great deal. This seller is probably doing the exact same thing! Don’t try to call them out though. The conversation will go something like Nixon’s “I am not a thief” speech.
5. NIB/NIP: New in Box/Package
Now here are two acronyms that often get lost in translation. Too many times a seller thinks that as long as the items looks new and is placed back in the box/package, that she can call it NIB/NIP. Not so. Let’s break these acronyms down to avoid any future confusion. “New” doesn’t mean almost new or kind of new, but brand, spankin’, gleaming, shiny, never-been-used NEW! “In” means the item is still IN its original packaging (not to be confused with OUT). And while we don’t need to define “box” or “package” for you, note that it shouldn’t look like it was taken apart and put back together again. Repeat after me: NIB (or NIP) means the item has never left the box (or package).
6. SFPF: Smoke Free, Pet Free
Nobody likes finding ashes or cat hair in the living room furniture they bought second hand. And most people don’t want to dress their children in items that smell like dog pee or cigarette smoke. So it’s no surprise that SFPF is a big selling point. But how does a buyer know if something is truly SFPF? Here are some red flags:
- The “NIB” Barbie you bought your daughter has mysterious grey hairs mixed in with the pretty blonde stuff.
- The jacket you adopted sets off your smoke alarm the minute you walk through the door.
- You need to take allergy pills 20 minutes before you snuggle up to watch a movie on your newly adopted couch.
7. FFS: Free For Shipping
This little acronym is perfect for buyers who just can’t find that item they need around town. That moment you come across the revolutionary kitchen appliance you’ve spent months searching for? You can’t beat it. Unless, of course, shipping is free. And you thought it didn’t get any better than SFPF! Just watch out for all those people with potty mouths who think FFS means something entirely different. It could create an awkward misunderstanding.
8. EUC: Excellent Used Condition
There’s a fundamental problem with these acronyms that hasn’t been discussed yet—that is, everyone interprets meaning differently. But have you ever noticed that people tend to assume their definition of something must automatically be yours? For example, some would say “excellent” means almost new, while others think that an older item is in excellent condition as long as it’s not broken. If you’re at all confused, think of it like this: When it comes to grades, A+ is excellent. That’s a whopping 95% or more! Can you honestly give your item that high of a score? Remember, if your item is marked EUC, the buyer will have some pretty high standards, and fibbing to make a sale could get you into trouble later. When in doubt, use GUC. The less you describe something as excellent, the more you’ll gain a buyer’s trust. EUC can really affect a buyer’s perception. So save it for items that truly sparkle!
9. INO: In Need Of
Oftentimes, people are looking to find an item at a cheaper cost than they might find in a store. In these cases, they will post an INO. Similar to ISO, some buyers use this acronym as an excuse to ask for anything they want—no matter how outrageous. Other times, they just use it if they’re lazy. How many times have you seen an INO or ISO posted directly above five of the exact same items? Instead of searching for it themselves, this type of buyer likes other people to do the shopping for them. Perhaps their post should read “INO personal shopper!”
Speaking of personal shoppers, if you’ve ever wondered what a tag is all about, we’ll tell you! Many people tag a friend to let them know about an item they’ve been looking for. And while it’s not actually an acronym, it’s used so much in the buy and sell world that we thought it was worth defining. Tagging someone’s name is a smart way to get a seller’s attention if you want to make sure they see your post. It’s a handy tool, but beware of tag abusers! These people go nuts tagging you in every comment, demanding your attention. You’ll know you’ve met one when your notifications explode… But don’t worry, you can always block them if you have to.
Well, there you have it! You’ve officially completed Buy & Sell Lingo 101. With these cheat sheets in hand, you are sure to communicate like a pro and get the best deals out there—click below to start buying and selling on VarageSale!
P.S. Did we miss any buy and sell acronyms? Let us know in the comments!