31 Commonly Used Buy & Sell Abbreviations Decoded


With the arrival of the internet and text messaging, so came the birth of “netspeak”. Saving time and precious keystrokes, internet slang takes many forms. Abbreviations, acronyms, emoticons, onomatopoeia, and an impassioned use of punctuation marks are just some of the newer ways of expressing ourselves via the typed word.

Often, internet shorthand is specific to a community, and social commerce is no exception. Although it usually makes the communication much easier for the sender, it can take twice as long for the recipient of the message to understand it!

In order to crack the code, we’ve rounded up 31 of the most commonly used terms that you are likely come across when buying and selling on Tradyo:

  • BNIB – Brand New in Box. Similarly, NIB (New in Box) and NIP (New in Package) are also used.
  • BNWT – Brand New with Tags. Also: NWT (New with Tags).
  • BNWOT – Brand New without Tags. You may see NWOT (New without Tags) too.
  • COA – Certificate of Authenticity
  • EUC – Excellent Used Condition
  • GU – Gently Used
  • INO – In Need Of
  • INT – Interested
  • ISO – In Search Of
  • LN – Like New
  • MC – Mint Condition
  • MMARO – Make Me a Reasonable Offer
  • MPU – Must Pick Up
  • NBW – Never Been Worn
  • NDSR – No Dents, Scratches, or Rust
  • NIL – Next in Line. If a seller tells you that you are NIL, it means that another buyer has claimed the sale, but if the deal falls through, you’re up next.
  • NR – Needs Repair
  • OBO – Or Best Offer
  • OEM – Original Equipment Manufacturer
  • OOAK – One of a Kind
  • ORP – Original Retail Price
  • OSFA – One Size Fits All
  • PC – Poor Condition
  • PPU – Pending Pick Up. This means that another buyer has expressed interest but hasn’t actually purchased (and thus picked up) the item yet. This means there is still a chance you could snag the sale.
  • SFPF – Smoke Free, Pet Free. As in, the item comes from a SFPF home.
  • SO – Sold Out
  • SS – Still Sealed
  • SW – Slight Wear
  • TIA – Thanks in Advance
  • VGC – Very Good Condition
  • WYSIWYG – What You See is What You Get

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