Acronyms often used in online buying and selling


  • AFAIK – As Far As I Know
  • BIN – Buy It Now
  • BNIB – Brand New In Box
  • BNWT – Brand New With Tags
  • BOGOF – Buy One Get One Free
  • COA – Certificate of Authenticity
  • DH – Dear Husband
  • DD – Dear Daughter
  • FOC – Free of Charge
  • FWIW – For What Its Worth
  • GBP – Great Britain Pounds
  • GWP – Gift With Purchase
  • IIRC – If I Recall Correctly
  • IMHO – In My Humble Opinion
  • ISO – In Search Of
  • MIB – Mint In Box
  • MO – Money Order
  • MOP – Method Of Payment
  • MNB – Mint No Box
  • NOS – New Old Stock
  • NPB – Non Paying Bidder
  • NWT – New With Tags
  • OOAK – One Of A Kind
  • OOS – Out Of Stock
  • OOP – Out of Production/Print
  • OP – Original Poster
  • PP – Paypal
  • UPS – United Parcel Service Shipping
  • USD – US Dollars
  • USPS – United States Postal Service shipping
  • w/ – With

And for Filofax users:

  • WOTP – Week on Two Pages
  • PPD – Page Per Day
  • 2PPD – 2 Pages Per Day

And Midori Users:

  • PP – Passport Size
  • TN – Traveler’s Notebook

And one for hoarders and collectors of all kinds:

  • SABLE – Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

3 thoughts

  1. Hi Janet,
    Happy New Year.
    Your list of “acronyms” is actually a list of abbreviations. Acronyms are abbreviations that can be pronounced as words. NATO is a perfect example. UN however is never pronounced as “UN” so it remains an abbreviation. I am keeping the list of abbreviations though; they’ll come in handy.
    You’re not alone though, for I fear “acronym” will be going the way of “decimate”, which is more and more commonly used today to mean (the loss of) a huge number whereas originally it was meant to mean one out of ten would be meeting his demise.
    Again, a big Happy New Year to youi.
    Jo Baldwin

    1. Thank you so much for that. I have learned something very important. So that means that WTO is an abbreviation but NATO is an acronym?

      I am actually going to use your post as an article because I find this fascinating! Thanks again and a happy new year to you! Janet

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