Abbrevs & Acronyms

The Language of Online Shopping : Relevant Abbreviations & Acronyms

Online shopping is a world with several possibilities. Depending on what you’re searching for, the internet tailors ads, coupon deals, offers according to your search. Most times if you’re new to this, you may come across a handful of acronyms, abbreviations or jargon that might seem like gibberish.

I have compiled a list of the essential terms and abbreviations you’re likely to come across while shopping online. They are on premium item lists, coupon, and promo codes list, refund policies, and trading forums.

B1G1F (sometimes BOGO) – Buy one, Get one FREE

BBW – Bath and Body Works

B&M – Brick & Mortar

CPN – Coupon

C/o – Cash Off

CSR – Customer Service Representative

CVS – A Drug store or pharmacy

CRT – Cash Register Tape

DUPES – Duplicates

DND – Do Not Double

DCRT – Dated Cash Register Receipt

ESR – Easy Savers Rebate

EB – Extra Bucks

ECB – Extra Care Bucks

FAB – From Another Board

GWP – Gift With Purchase

GC – Gift Certificate

GDA – Good Deal Alert

HGT/HT – Hang Tag

H/F – Handling Fee

ISO – In Search Of

LPG – Lower Price Guarantee

LSASE – Long Self Addressed Stamped Envelope

MS – Mystery Shopper

MMV – Merchandise May Vary

MIB – Mint in Box

NIB – New in Box

NWT – New with Tags


NED – No Expiration Date

NAZ – Name, Address, Zipcode

NOCC – No Credit Card

OBO – Or Best Offer

PREM – Premium

PSTG – Postage

PP – Purchase Price

POP – Proof Of Purchase

POB – Post Office Box

PPHF – PayPal Handling Fee

Q – Qualifier (Proof of Purchase)

RP – Rewards Program

SMP – Specially Marked Packages

SASE – Self Addressed Stamped Envelope

TOS – Terms of Service

TMF – Try Me Free

UPC – Universal Product Code

UNL – Unlimited

WL – Wish List

WT – Wine tags (coupons found on wine bottles)

YMMV – Your Merchandise May Vary

Admittedly, I hope this list is comprehensive enough for basic understanding. So, you don’t need to get frustrated when next you see a “GDA! BBW B&M BOGO on soaps, HTH” on an ad.

You should understand its meaning to be – (Good Deal Alert! Bath & Body Works at Brick & Mortar stores. Buy One, Get One on Soaps. Hope this helps.)