Glossary of eBay acronyms and terminology

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Setting up listings on new online marketplaces can be confusing at the best of times, especially when unknown acronyms are thrown into the mix. To try and make life a little bit easier, we’ve put together this extensive list of acronyms used throughout eBay – including the products, listings and advertising.

eBay is a must-have for a successful e-commerce strategy, with over 189 million users worldwide and approximately 19 million Brits shopping on eBay each and every month! Its worldwide presence definitely makes it one of the top marketplaces that brands need to be on.

Acronyms / Terminology

Product Identifiers

European Article Number – standard barcode for products in Europe to help identify each individual product

Global Trade Item Numbers – these are numbers exclusively used in barcodes and can be used to look up product information in a database

Standard Book Number – this is the standard 13-digit product identifying number used by publishers, booksellers, libraries or internet retailers

Manufacturer Part Number – this is the identification number for a particular part of a product

Part Number

Stock Keeping Units – vendors use SKUs for internal purposes for product identification and categorisation

Universal Product Code
– the standard barcode for products in the United States

eBay Listings

These acronyms can be found on listings, front and backend, as well as when people are talking about eBay listings

Buy It Now – these listings are showcased with the ‘Buy it now’ icon and gives the buyers the opportunity to buy it straight away, bypassing the auction function of eBay. There are 4 types of BIN options on eBay, find out more here

Detailed Seller Rating – in addition to leaving a general rating on listings, buyers can leave detailed seller ratings 60 days after a transaction

Frequently Asked Questions

Feedback – eBays equivalent of product reviews

Final Value Fee – when an item sells on eBay, you pay 10% of the final transaction value, including taxes and postage, which is what eBay calls the Final Value Fee

Hypertext Markup Language – the longfrom version of this acronym doesn’t necessarily help you to understand what it means or does if you are not familiar with coding, however, it does appear on an eBay listing. This section allows a seller to add more information to their listings, with just plain text or using HTML, a coded template, to create a stylish piece of content

Not a Registered User – this is also known as a suspended user

Postage and packaging – tends to be followed by the price of shipping or after the word ‘free’!

eBay Advertising

Advertising Cost of Sale – this figure is used to measure the success of advertising campaigns and shows the percentage of ad spend versus revenue from advertising

Cost Per Action – an advertising measurement of how much is costs per action taken on an advertisement

Cost Per Click – how much it costs for someone to click on your advertisement

Demand Side Platform  – a digital advertising inventory to manage multiple ad and data exchanges through one interface

eBay Advanced Audience Technology – eBays cook-less, targeting advertising technology that allows for more data-driven results (find out more here)

Pay Per Click – also known as CPC, is a method that websites use to bill based on the number of times a visitor clicks on an advertisement

Return on Advertising Spend – this metric allows advertisers to understand the amount of revenue earned from the advertising

Return on Investment – ROI = (net profit/cost of investment) x 100. This calculates the amount of profit compared to spend

Describing Products

These are acronyms widely used by individual sellers on eBay. Rarely used by brands or companies selling everyday products but still worth knowing if you want to become an eBay expert!

Certificate of Authenticity – this is the documentation that certifies the genuineness of a product, mainly used for items such as autographs or paintings

Dead on Arrival – when an item arrived broken when it is received

Excellent Used Condition – an item on sale that has been used but in excellent condition

FC – Fine Condition

Good Condition – this seems more like a letter than an acronym but can be used to describe the condition of a listing as ‘Good’

GU – Gently Used 

Hard to Find, Out of Print – this acronym stands out to collectors, showcasing items that are hard to come by on the market. Tend to be used for printed content such as books or magazines which are no longer available

LTD – Limited Edition

Mint in Box – the item is in mint condition in the original box

Mint in Mint Box – the box and the item inside are in mint condition with the box never opened, as if it has just left the factory

MIP – Mint in Packaging

MNB – Mint No Box

Mint on Card – the product is mounted on its original display card with the original fastenings, all in mint condition

MOMC – Mint on Mint Card

MONMC – Mint on Near Mint Card

MWBT – Mint with Both Tags 

MWMT – Mint with Mint Tags

NBW – Never Been Worn

NC – No Cover

NM – Near Mint Condition

Never Removed from Box – this means the box has never been opened but it may not be in mint condition

New Old Stock – for products that are new but have been stocked for a long time or out of season

No Reserve Price – eBay bidders are always on the lookout for a bargain therefore this acronym is high on their radar. A reserve price is made by the seller as a set price for the auction to begin at. If this price isn’t met, the item doesn’t sell. No reserve price means people can bid as much or as little as they wish

NWOB – New Without Box

New with Tags – this is mainly used for clothing and apparel showcasing items that are new with labels still attached from the manufacturer

New Without Tags – similar to NWT but the opposite!

Original Equipment Manufacturer – for an item that is fully equipped, but is missing the original box, owner’s manual, or instructions

OOAK – One of a Kind!

SCR – Scratched

S/O – Sold Out

Sig – Signature

have we missed anything?

We hope this list helps you wrap your head around the terminology used on eBay. If there is anything that we have missed, please let us know on Twitter so we can make sure this list is as complete as possible!

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