eBay Quick Tip #2: Acronyms and Abbreviations

Another quick tip for all you eBay sellers out there!

Acronyms and abbreviations are great to use in your titles when you list an item on eBay. They get a word or phrase across in less characters. As buyers are more exposed to eBay, they’ll quickly pick up on what these mean.

We use two abbreviations fairly frequently:

  • “Vtg” and “Vntg” are quite common to use in place of “Vintage.” It’s also our understanding that if someone types “vintage” into the search bar on eBay, it will still come up with listings when you can only fit in the abbreviation. Useful!
  • Sometimes we also use “Grt” in place of “Great,” if there are NO other words to fit in there and there’s just too much space left at the end. But this is a fairly useless word and serves more as a way to make me feel better than actually provide a keyword that people will type into the search bar.

Some useful acronyms are as follows:

  • NIP/NIB/MIB (New in Package/New in Box/Mint in Box) – We use these terms most often (particularly the first two), and they’re great to use for all sorts of items.
  • NOS (New Old Stock) – This is a perfect term for items you may have that are vintage, but are also new and never used.
  • NRFB (Never Removed from Box) – This is great to use for dolls or toys, particularly if they’re collectible or rare.
  • DB (Double Backed) – This is a style of postcard.
  • HC/SC (Hard Cover/Soft Cover) – For books!
  • EUC (Excellent Used Condition) – We don’t like using this very often because it seems a bit contradictory, but it’s important to note it in case you see is elsewhere on eBay.
  • VG, VFC (Very Good, Very Fine Condition) – Mostly used for coins, but can translate to other items too.

This is a single card (front and back are shown here) from Starrett, which helps with decimal equivalents and tap drill sizes.

We have a whole stack of these because they were left over from the company and were never used, hence why we consider them NOS.

Do you use any other abbreviations or acronyms when you list or have you seen any other ones when you’re buying?


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