While I rarely use these abbreviated terms here. If you visit the hot deals forums of catch all deal sites like fatwallet.com
(where I honed my craft over 1000’s of hours during the days of dial up prior to the dot bust when Amazon.com was just a bookstore…and breath) or if you’re new to the hot deal world of online shopping in general then you’ll want to read over this deal language guide so that you too can be an expert at understanding deal titles and thus get the most value and enjoyment out of your deal hunting time and bargain shopping experiences.
OCZ 500W PSU $12.99 BOGO AR AC FS
To be fair, you will rarely see a deal title that condensed. However, once you know the basic deal lingo, the commonly used acronyms and abbreviations, and their definitions or meanings, even a title like that will be easy to parse quickly.
Let’s quickly parse that title before looking at other common deal hunting abbreviations. Just by looking at that title it’s obvious that the deal is for an OCZ 500 Watt Power Supply Unit which is $12.99 and is Buy One Get One Free After Rebate After Coupon with Free Shipping. Lets take it one acronym or abbreviation at a time.
- OCZ is a Brand of Computer Products
- 500W stands for 500 Watts
- PSU means Power Supply Unit
- BOGO stands for Buy One Get One also stated as B1G1 (Buy 1 Get 1)
- AR refers to After Rebate
- AC is After Coupon
- FS stands for Free Shipping
Reading this deal definitions guide is going to make you better at spotting deals you are interested in, and make it easier for you to understand what’s being said when you read deal discussions and conversations you come across on the internet. It will help you understand what lovers of bargains, deals, and coupons are talking about with their AC’s, IR’s and IWG’s. By understanding this basic hot deal terminology, you will be able to communicate with other online bargain hunters like a pro, and have more fun while doing it. So here goes…
AFAIK – As far as I know. eg AFAIK you can get that sale item in store and online.
AFK – Away from keyboard. eg I’m going to be AFK for about 10 minutes.
AGB – After gold box. eg That discount is AGB, and you won’t see the discount until you look in your Gold Box.
AGC – After gift card. eg The price is $449 but there is a $50 gift card, so the total price AGC is only $399.
AR – After Rebate. The Computer is normally $500, but this week it’s only $349 AR
BM (B&M) – Brick and mortar store. ie The actual physical retail shop not simply on online store. eg The reason you don’t see the sale price online is because the sale is B&M only.
B1G1 (BOGO) – Buy One Get One. Buy one get one doesn’t always refer to buy one get one free and quite ofter refers to buy 1 get 1 50% off, or 25% off, or practically any other percentage. It is a good idea to state at the end of the BOGO whether it is free (BOGO Free) or what percentage off it is (B1G1 75% off). Typically, if no amount is referenced after the acronym, then it is assumed to be free (as in my above example OCZ 500W PSU $12.99 BOGO…). eg Footlocker is having another one of their famous BOGO 60% off shoe sales this weekend, time to stock up.
BBL – Be back later. eg Love to chat, but I gotta run, BBL though.
BBIAB – Be back in a bit. eg The dog wants out, BBIAB
BRB – Be right back. eg Someone’s knocking at the door, BRB.
BTW – By the way. eg BTW I’ll BRB
BVG – Best value guarantee. eg A BVG is what some Credit Card Companies offer to get your to sign up.
CC – Credit card. eg My CC is almost maxed out because of that deal on a 3D LED HDTV.
CC – Coupon code. eg Don’t forget to enter CC 92039 at checkout, otherwise it won’t be much of a deal.
CPN – Coupon. eg You don’t need to enter a CPN to get the deal, it just comes off your total automatically.
CSR – Customer service representative. eg I’ve always had a good experience when talking to an Amazon CSR.
CST – Central standard time. eg The reason you’re not seeing the sale price is because the deal doesn’t start until 12am CST which isn’t for another 2 hours yet.
CYA – See ya. eg Gotta go now, CYA.
CYI – Check your inbox. eg I just sent you that CPN, CYI.
CYM – Check your mail. eg I just sent you that coupon code, CYM.
DD – Deal discussion. eg Sometimes a DD is very informative, sometimes, not so much.
DOA – Dead on arrival. eg Getting a 24″ IPS LCD Monitor for $50 would have been sweet, too bad that deal was DOA.
ER – Easy Rebate. eg ER refers to rebates from Staples and sometimes also refers to CompUSA eRebates.
EPP – Employee purchase plan. eg You can sometimes get really good deals through the Dell EPP.
EST – Eastern standard time. eg The deal doesn’t start until 9pm EST, only one more hour to go.
EXP – Expires. eg The coupon code 38950 exp tonight, so better hurry.
FAR – Free after rebate. eg I prefer buying Laser Printers when I can stack coupons to get them FAR.
FWIW – For what it’s worth. eg FWIW I would think twice about buying a PC, Mac’s are clearly better. Yes I did.
FR – Factory Refurbished. eg That camera is FR but it still comes with a full 1 yr warranty.
FS (F/S) – Free shipping. eg I thought getting an 8GB USB stick for $5 AC was a slick deal already, getting FS on top made the deal killer.
FSSS – Free super saver shipping. eg Deals at Amazon.com often include FSSS as you usually only need to purchase $25 worth to get FSSS at Amazon.
FYI – For your information. eg Just an FYI, that deal is live again as they got some more stock in.
GC – Gift certificate. eg Don’t forget to apply cpn 12345 during checkout to get a free $10 GC.
GDA – Good deal at. eg You can get Pampers Diapers for a GDA Walmart B&M.
GCO – Google checkout. eg Don’t forget to apply coupon code 99321 during GCO at Buy.com for an extra $5 off.
GWP – Gift with purchase. eg Don’t forget to apply CC 28402 for your free GWP.
HD – Hot deal. eg Finding a 60GB SSD for under
a $100 $50 is a HD.
HTH – Hope this/that helps. eg I found a free shipping code 29034, HTH someone.
IRC – Internet relay chat. eg IRC is mainly for group communication but can also be used for one on one chats via PM.
IIRC – If I recall correctly. eg IIRC the last time Best Buy had this on sale it was $20 cheaper.
IMHO – In my humble/honest opinion. eg IMHO I would wait a week or two because the price is supposed to drop a lot more.
IMO – In my opinion. eg IMO I would buy it quickly before the price goes back up.
IR – Instant rebate. eg The price is usually $50, but they have a $10 IR until the end of the day, so better to buy today.
IRL – In real life. eg IRL there isn’t much difference between a $30 tshirt and a $5 t-shirt.
IWG – Instant win game. eg I sure hope Dell has another IWG soon as I need a new computer and the last time they had one I won 50% my entire purchase, WooHoo!
LOL – Laughing out loud. eg Man, that joke was so funny, I was forced to LOL, and now people in the coffee shop think I’m loco.
LMK – Let me know. eg I picked up a couple extra printers when they were FAR, so just LMK if you want one and I’ll just charge you actual shipping.
LPG – Low/er price guarantee. eg Don’t forget that if you buy the desk today and they drop the price for Black Friday next week, you can use their LPG to get the difference back.
MFR (MFG) – Manufacturer. eg The MFR went out of business, so you won’t get any warranty support if the drive fails.
MIR – Mail in rebate. eg I got burned on the last couple MIR I did, so I’m going to pass on this deal.
MO – Month. eg The deal is on until the end of the MO so you have plenty of time to think about it.
OEM – Original equipment manufacturer. eg Buying OEM is like buying the retail item without the box and accessories, although sometimes just the box is different, as in the box is a plain brown box instead of the fancy colorful box with cool graphics.
OOS – Out of stock. eg Most of the really good deals go OOS not too long after they are posted, so you gotta be quick.
OP – Original poster. eg There is a really good chance that I’ll be an OP for life, Yo.
OT – Off topic. eg If you don’t keep an eye on the DD, you will find the discussion going OT with references to forex, viagra, poker and other common spammer terms.
OTUC – One time use coupon. eg Anybody have a OTUC? I lost mine and I really need a new monitor, this ones flaking out.
PK – Pack. eg I thought that price was for one, if that’s for a 3PK, that deal is smoking.
PM – Price match. eg Unless you are doing the PM over the phone, or the PM is quite large, it rarely pays to drive all over town looking for a store to do a PM at.
PM – Private message. eg First person to PM me gets the coupon.
PST – Pacific standard time. eg I hate it when deals start late PST because I’m in CST so I have to stay up like forever to get in on the deal. For Realz Yo!
PT – Product testing. eg I don’t mind doing PT for companies so long as they send me full size samples and not those mini samples that are only good for using on one or two occasions. How can you properly test a product if you only use it twice?
P/T – Part time. eg Even though P/T usually refers to employment, it’s important to note that even P/T employment at a Microsoft Certified Partner allows you to earn points for free Microsoft swag.
RAOK – Random act of kindness. eg In a RAOK the guy in front of me in line who had taken the last 5 hard drives on sale decided to let me purchase 2 of them after learning I deal hunt at OnClickDeals.com.
Refurb – Refurbished (Re-certified). eg When a product is listed as a Refurb, it usually means that the product had a defect that was fixed at the factory by the same company that made it in the first place. You do need to be careful about purchasing Refurb’s because sometimes they are not factory refurbished and are just “fixed up” in some shop somewhere that likely does not have as good equipment or even the necessary equipment to perform a proper refurbishing. So 3rd party refurbs or recerts are definitely YMMV.
Reg – Regular. eg Currently the phone is on sale for $45 (Reg $68).
RMA – Return merchandise authorization. eg Typically Newegg, an online store, requires that you get an RMA number before returning a defective product for replacement.
ROFL – Rolling on floor laughing. eg Some jokes require a session of ROFL.
SASE – Self addressed stamped envelope. eg Sometimes in order to get a rebate check, you have to include a SASE with the original rebate submission.
S/H (SH) – Shipping and handling. eg The deal was pretty good before S/H, but SH just kills it for me.
Sub – Subscription. eg Get a Free 1yr Sub to MacLife by clicking here.
TIA – Thanks in advance. eg I just want to say TIA for sending me one of those extra FAR printers you have stacked in your garage.
TTYL – Talk to you later. eg I’ve got to get my camping gear ready so I can wait in line for the new Apple iPhone that comes out in a week, so I’ll TTYL.
UPC – Universal product code. eg Don’t forget to include the UPC when mailing the rebate, otherwise you probably won’t get it.
W/ – With. eg The deal would be much hotter w/ Free Shipping.
YAFTS – Yet another free T-Shirt. eg I got YAFTS at the Computer Expo today, this one actually looks funky, it’s got a cool graphic logo on the front instead of just the companies name.
YGM – You’ve got mail. eg We can communicate via email and say cool cliquish things like “You know that OTUC you were asking about, CYI, YGM” in the deal discussion threads.
YGPM – You’ve got a private message. eg Check your inbox, YGPM.
YMMV – Your mileage may very. eg The acronym YMMV shows up most often when dealing with clearance or closeout deals at BM Stores.
Online Store Name and Company Name Abbreviations
BB – Best Buy. eg Today is the last day to save 15% on Computers at BB.
BBW – Bath & Body Works. eg This weekend only, BBW has 50% off all shampoos.
BCB – Bing Cash Back. eg Too bad Microsoft didn’t make enough money with the BCB program and had to shut it down, those Ebay cpn’s were great.
BN (B&N) – Barnes and Noble. eg You can usually find some pretty good deals on books in the BN clearance aisle.
CC – Circuit City. eg After CC went Bankrupt, they were bought out by Tiger Direct’s parent company Systemax. Now Systemax owns TD, CC and CompUSA.
HD – Home Depot. eg The search engine HD uses for their site is terrible for SEO (Search Engine Optimization) purposes, but you can still find some pretty good deals online.
HP – Hewlett Packard. eg I don’t mind HP computers, too bad they don’t make Mac’s.
HSN – Home Shopping Network. eg Some people can watch the HSN for hours.
OD – Office Depot. eg I was at OD earlier today picking up some staples, and they had some routers on for cheap in their clearance bin, $10 for a Linksys WRT610N. YMMV.
OM – Office Max. eg I love it when OM clearances out their demo stock, it’s always like 70% off.
TD – Tiger Direct. eg TD used to be terrible for rebates, but they’ve gotten much better, especially now that they have acquired CC and Compusa.
TRU – Toys R Us. eg Sometimes you can get some really good deals on board games at TRU when they have stackable coupons out.
WD – Western Digital. eg You will often find Hard Drive deals that look something like ‘WD 500gb HD for $50…’.
Product abbreviation and acronym definitions
AIO – All in one. eg Man the Canon MP990 is a great AIO Inkjet Printer, fantabulous!
BT – Bluetooth. eg Now-a-days it’s a pretty good idea to make sure your cell phone is BT enabled so you can talk hands free.
DSLR – Digital Single Lens Reflex. eg Sometimes the word ‘camera’ will be used ‘the Canon Rebel DSLR Camera is only $350…’ and sometimes it won’t be ‘the Canon Rebel DSLR is only $350’.
DVDRW – Digital versatile disk read write. eg When you see the specifications of a computer as having a DVDRW, you know that you will be able to both read DVD’s and write to DVD’s, unlike a DVDR which only lets you read DVD’s.
HD – High definition. eg I wouldn’t mind a new 55″ HD TV, but they’re still over 2K ($2,000).
HD – Hard drive. eg I was going to buy a new 500gb HD, but I think I’ll just buy a 250gb one instead.
HDTV – High Definition Television. eg Wow! that is one nice HDTV.
LED – Light emitting diode. eg A LED produces a very bright light without needing much energy, so you will often see deals on LED flashlights.
NIC – Network interface card. eg Without a new NIC I won’t be able to get online.
WAN – Wide area network. eg I can’t wait until my hometown becomes one big WAN.
PC – Personal computer. eg Now that I’ve bought a couple of Mac’s, I won’t be buying another PC. Traitor!
SD – Secure digital. eg A lot of digital cameras these days use a SD memory card.
SLR – Single Lens Reflex. eg The one thing I don’t like about Digital SLR Cameras is that you can’t carry them in your pants pocket.
YR – Year. eg Readers Digest magazine is only $4 per YR with coupon 29405 at Magazine Outlet this week.
Commonly Seen City State abbreviations
DFW – Dallas Fort Worth. eg Too bad that deal was only for DFW stores, otherwise I would have been all over it.
NY/C – New York/City. eg That’s one nice thing about living in NYC, if one Staples store is OOS, there is sure to be another Staples close by with stock on hand.
That’s all for now…