Abbreviations are a great way to shorten a long designation into a short name. The only problem is that it’s not always clear to everyone what exactly these abbreviations mean. Depending on where they’re used, and in which community, the same spelling and sounding abbreviations can mean completely different things. It’s confusing and sometimes makes you blush when during a conversation where everyone knows what a particular acronym means but you. Therefore, when using the eBay trading platform, it’s important to understand what some abbreviations on the posts mean. It’s critical because their meaning can directly affect your desire to buy a lot with a particular inscription attached to it.
How to explain abbreviations on eBay
Abbreviations, on eBay, have become commonplace for the reason that when a seller creates an item, he needs to put all the necessary information about the item in a limited space. For this reason, sellers have begun to save space by abbreviating certain phrases into acronyms.
How to explain EUC and where it can be found
eBay allows you to sell both new and used items. So you have the option of filtering for other reasons as well. Here are the filters available to you to allocate newness of items:
- New with tags
- Brand new with no tags
- New with blemishes
The abbreviation can be found in the “Used” category. The abbreviation itself means used but in excellent condition, and stands for Excellent Used Condition. If you look at items with this description on the eBay item condition scale, it means that the item has been used, but looks like new. In most cases, these items have only been used a few times before they’re listed on eBay.
Other abbreviations on eBay
In addition to EUC, there are other acronyms for different states of an item. For example, if an item has been used many times but still has a good marketable condition, the correct abbreviation to describe its condition is GUC, which stands for “Good Used Condition”. If the item has been used a lot and has visible visual damage, such as scuffs, cracks or scratches, the correct solution would be the designation VUC. The abbreviation means “Very Used Condition”.
How to make sure that description doesn’t lie
If you’re an experienced buyer, not only on eBay but in general, then you don’t need to say that selfless trust in the description is a harmful thing. A seller who creates a description of an item on eBay will always be tempted to embellish the condition of the item and put photos of the product at such an angle that it looks better than it really is. It isn’t uncommon to find scratches and scuffs upon receiving the item that weren’t mentioned at the time of sale. So if you see the EUC label, you shouldn’t jump to conclusions. Check whether the product really matches the description:
- Carefully read the description of the item, both in the eBay post and on a similar new item. Maybe by studying and comparing them, you will find some pitfalls.
- Study the pictures, preferably with zooming in. Don’t be in a hurry to trust items without enough visual information to confirm the text description.
- Even if the set of photos in the post at first glance covers all angles and gives a full view of the goods, don’t relax. Sellers try to take and post the best photos possible and know how to hide the flaws of their product.
- Make sure the seller haven’t used filters or photoshop on the photo.
- Always compare the photos with the product description.
- Check the seller’s rating on eBay. Integrity sellers will always have a higher rating than cheaters.
- The same goes for reviews, if the seller frequently manipulates EUC, reviews will be negative.
If even after all of the above, you’re still not sure if the item is okay, contact the seller directly.