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phamducduc said: [Q]good work, I dont have to get piss(due to not knowing) when people keep saying CSR.
Um but dang, this thread is hard to find. I had to go through the search and type in abbreviation...

this thread is hard to find?? it's on the first page!

Answers my questions.

Thanks for putting this together.

Now I feel edjumacated! Thanks.....

Good to flip through this thread from time to time as a refresher.

Haven't done this in a while... I will try to keep this compilation on the last page of the thread. Thanks to all who contributed. Good stuff HotStuff2.

Any acronyms not listed here can be found at AcronymFinder.com.

AC - After coupon (see below)
AFAIK - As far as I know
AFWCB - After FatWallet Cash Back
AMEX - American Express
AP - After price match
AR - After rebate
AT - Anandtech.com (hot deal site)
B&M – Brick and mortar store (A physical retail store as opposed to an online merchant)
B1G1 or BOGO – Buy one get one free
BB – Best Buy
BF - Black Friday (friday after Thanksgiving. Sales on BF show if stores will profit on the year (run in the black))
BT - Balance transfer
BTW - By the way
Bump - Replying to a thread to move it to the top of a forum to make it more prominent
BVG - Best Value Guarantee (see below)
CC – Circuit City
CC – Credit card
CMC - Cellular mobile carrier
CPN - Coupon (see below)
CSR - Customer service representative
CT0 - Configure to order
CUSA - CompUSA
CYM - Check your mail
DD - Deal discussion
DD - Dumpster diving - rummaging through clearance products
DOTY - Deal of the year
DOTD - Deal of the Day, usually referring to Buy.com pricing specials
DMCA - Digital Millenium Copyright Act
EE - gov't bond issued at 1/2 of face value (Patriot bond)
FAR - Free after rebate
FADD - Free after dumpster diving
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
FBB - Farm Bureau Bank
FSOT - For sale or trade
FW - FatWallet
FWCB - FatWallet Cash Back
FWIW - For what it's worth
GC – Gift certificate
GDA – Good deal at
HD - Hot deal
HSN – Home Shopping Network
HTH - Hope this helps
IIRC - If I recall correctly
IMHO - In my honest/humble opinion
IMO - In my opinion
IR - Instant rebate
ISO - In search of, or type of CD-Rom image file
LMAO - Laughing my a** off
LMK - Let me know
LOL - Laugh out loud
LPG - Lowest price guarantee, PM program available on some Chase CCs
MC - MyCoupons.com (Forums)
MFG - Manufacturer
MFR - Manufacturer
MIR – Mail in rebate
MM - Money market
MSN - Microsoft Network
noob, noobie - a new user/member (usually used in a demeaning way)
NZR - No zero reply (a reply to a thread for the sake of having at least 1 reply)
OD – Office Depot
OEM - Original equipment manufacturer
OM – Office Max
OOS - Out of stock
OP - Original poster (author of thread)
OT - Off topic
OTD - Out the door
PM – Price match (see below)
PM - Private message
RAOK – Random act of kindness
RMA - Return merchandise authorization
ROFL - Rolling on floor laughing
ROTFLMAO - Rolling on the floor laughing my a__ off
SASE - Self addressed stamped envelope
SB - Savings bond
SB - Small business
SKU - Unique product ID number assigned by the retailer
SPAM - Unwanted commercial e-mail advertisements, usually unsolicited Your legistlators can stop SPAM!
S/H – Shipping and handling
TIA - Thanks in advance
TLA - Three letter acronym
TRU – Toys R Us
TTT - To the top (moves a thread higher on the forum so all can see)
TY - Thank you
TWLA - The world loves acronyms
UCE - Unsolicited commercial e-mail Your legistlators can stop SPAM!
UPC - Universal product code (unique product ID assigned by MFR)
UPS - United Parcel Service
USPS - United States Postal Service
YAFTS - Yet another free T-shirt
YGM - You've got mail
YGPM - You've got a private message
YHPM- You have a private message (related to forums)
YMMV - Your mileage may vary

Forum Guidelines
  • Prior to posting, please use the search feature to see if your contribution has already been posted.
  • Deal requests belong in the Deal Discussion category.
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  • Treat other forum members with respect. Please don’t flame others. We are all here for the same purpose - to find hot deals and to share the deals we find.
  • Please refrain from using vulgar and/or explicit language.
  • If you find that a post violates forum guidelines, please use the moderator alert button to bring it to the attention of forum moderators. No need to make a useless post to a thread that will be locked or moved anyway.
  • Never call a store to see if a price is correct, if a deal will work, or if a rebate will go through. Many deals involve taking advantage of a mispricing or a loophole in store policy. Thousands of phone calls will throw up red flags at the retailer and kill the deal.<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-mad.gif" border=0> Post your question on Fatwallet and let an experienced member answer. There is risk involved in many deals.

    What is so great about FatWallet?
    Consumers at Fatwallet benefit from deals that others find. Then, they benefit further from discussion of the merits, plausability, and sometimes morality of the deal. Few deal sites can approach the volume of Fatwallet - NONE can approach the freedom of speech that fatwallet provides and defends.

    I think I found a hot deal and want to post it.
  • Search the fatwallet forums to see if it has been posted already!
  • Include store name/location, product, price, and conditions (coupon, price match, subscribe for a year, etc.) in the title so people can quickly determine if your deal fits their profile.
  • To get an idea of how "hot" your deal is, compare your price to Pricewatch.com or eBay. You don't have to beat the Pricewatch price by very much because usually products from those companies are not retail and have very limited warranties.
  • Don't put POLL in the title unless you are taking a POLL. Don't take a poll in the Hot Deals forum.
  • Please click submit only once. If you get an error, check to see if it posted anyway.
  • Read the forum guidelines.

    How does a thread get marked Hot/Dead/Locked?
    A thread is marked "Hot" depending on how many views it gets in a certain period of time, "Dead" when enough FW members flag the deal as dead, and "Locked" when a forum moderator decides that the thread doesn't conform to forum guidelines.

    Thread rating system
    The thread rating system is a work in progress. Only some users have been selected to rate messages.

    Other forum-related how-to, how many posts does it take, and configuration questions?
    This information can be found in the help menu on the forum menu bar.

    Price Match (PM)
    Some retailers will let you buy an item at the (lower) price that a competitor is charging. Exact policies vary by store. Many stores or sales reps don't follow the policies to the letter, which could be an advantage or a disadvantage to the customer. Since the implementation of PM policies are inconsistent, all deals involving a pricematch are your mileage may vary (YMMV).

    For details on PMing at Staples, see the Official St@ples Pricematch Thread

    Staples PM policy
    Circuit City PM policy
    Best Buy PM policy

    Best Value Guarantee (BVG)
    American Express's price matching program available on some AMEX cards. Buy an item with your card and if you see it advertised in print for less within 60 days, AMEX will refund you the difference. For more details, search the forums for BVG. You should read through a deal involving BVG before asking questions.

    AmericanExpress BVG policy
    List of @MEX cards with BVG

    Coupons / Coupon Codes
    Most coupons can be found at The Official "Official Thread" Thread
    One-time-use cpn codes including Dell SB coupon codes are found in the One Time Use Coupons forum.
    If you wish to buy or sell a one-time-use cpn code, go to One Time Use Codes For Sale Or Trade.

    Of course, the best way to get coupon codes is to open a business account(s) at a retailer who e-mails or mails out coupons and hope that one is sent to you. You will probably want to use/create an e-mail account specifically for SPAM for this purpose.

    What is a repost?
    If a deal is posted by a member, and another member posts the SAME deal, at the same (or extremely similar) price, from the same store, then it's a repost. The use of coupons, PMs, etc. doesn't make a "new" deal - those should be posted in the OP of the original thread.

    If a deal is posted by a member, and another member posts a deal (or list) for the SAME item, but from DIFFERENT sources, it is not a repost of the deal. If the OP of the first thread EDITS their thread to include the information from the SECOND thread, then the FIRST thread is now a REPOST of the second thread, no matter what the time stamp on it is.

    If people discuss buying the item at a different store than the OP lists, that sometimes qualifies for a new thread UNLESS the OP has *already* updated the thread with the info (in which case any new thread would be a repost.)

    For Sale/Trade Forum
    When selling or trading with another FW member, you may be asked to ship first if you don't have any feedback rating from Heatware or eBay. To verify that a FW member has given you an eBay ID that he or she actually owns, you might be able to send an e-mail through the eBay system and see if he/she gets it.


    "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
    - Benjamin Franklin, 1759

  • [Q]HotStuff2 said: I think we need a clarification on exactly what a "repost" is. Here's *my* interpretation: ~ ~ ~ snipped ~ ~ ~

    If a deal is posted by a member, and another member posts a deal (or list) for the SAME item, but from DIFFERENT sources, it is not a repost of the deal. If the OP of the first thread EDITS their thread to include the information from the SECOND thread, then the FIRST thread is now a REPOST of the second thread, no matter what the time stamp on it is. ~ ~ ~ snipped ~ ~ ~ I concur!

    One more acronym: ZZF = ZipZoomFly.com.

    Excellent info!

    [Q]Few deal sites can approach the volume of Fatwallet - NONE can approach the freedom of speech that fatwallet provides and defends.

    While I agree that Fatwallet is one of the biggest sites out there, it definitely does NOT provide or defend free speech! It amazes me how many of these posts are "moderated". Mr. Storm has gotten so involved with retailers that if something comes up as a price mistake, it can't be discussed on the board due to "conflicting interests." Just something I've noticed around here. SD, B$, and several other boards don't have NEARLY the moderation this board has, partly due to the fact they aren't "sleeping with the retailers."

    Staples EasyRebates is now working!! I was going to post this as a Hot Deal, but wasn't sure this info would be counted as a hot deal. It might get a lot of people their rebates a little sooner though. Enjoy!

    in

    How do you get the filters to work, they don't seem to work like they used too.

    Can you add PLMK = "Please Let Me Know" into the acronym list?

    What's the difference between Hot Deals and Deal Discussion?

    chavad said: [Q]What's the difference between Hot Deals and Deal Discussion?Hot Deals is for posting deals worth more than $10. Deal Discussion is generally for talking about good and bad deals.

    wow so much info

    good

    not bad

    Question:

    When you price match an item, do you have to buy the lower price item and take it to the higher priced store to show the receipt?

    How can you prove to the store that another competitor store is having the same exact item for a lower price?

    Thank you.

    h2sammo said: [Q]Question:

    When you price match an item, do you have to buy the lower price item and take it to the higher priced store to show the receipt?

    How can you prove to the store that another competitor store is having the same exact item for a lower price?

    Thank you.You usually need to bring in the advertised price. Sometimes a flyer or website print-out will do.

    A lot of stores don't price match to online stores, only B&M stores due to S&H. Others PM to online stores as long as they also have a local B&M store. IMHO, if they accept an online print-out, they are really risking it because all it takes is a little know how to change the coding of a webpage to make it appear that an item is sold for a lower price.

    helps a lot

    I will try to keep this compilation on the last page of the thread. Thanks to all who contributed. Good call Chuddy, Fatwallet is no longer willing to stand up to big retailers who squash free speech.

    Any acronyms not listed here can be found at AcronymFinder.com.

    AC - After coupon (see below)
    AFAIK - As far as I know
    AFWCB - After FatWallet Cash Back
    AMEX - American Express
    AP - After price match
    AR - After rebate
    AT - Anandtech.com (hot deal site)
    B&M – Brick and mortar store (A physical retail store as opposed to an online merchant)
    B1G1 or BOGO – Buy one get one free
    BB – Best Buy
    BF - Black Friday (friday after Thanksgiving. Sales on BF show if stores will profit on the year (run in the black))
    BT - Balance transfer
    BTW - By the way
    Bump - Replying to a thread to move it to the top of a forum to make it more prominent
    BVG - Best Value Guarantee (see below)
    CC – Circuit City
    CC – Credit card
    CMC - Cellular mobile carrier
    CPN - Coupon (see below)
    CSR - Customer service representative
    CT0 - Configure to order
    CUSA - CompUSA
    CYM - Check your mail
    DD - Deal discussion
    DD - Dumpster diving - rummaging through clearance products
    DOTY - Deal of the year
    DOTD - Deal of the Day, usually referring to Buy.com pricing specials
    DMCA - Digital Millenium Copyright Act
    EE - gov't bond issued at 1/2 of face value (Patriot bond)
    FAR - Free after rebate
    FADD - Free after dumpster diving
    FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
    FBB - Farm Bureau Bank
    FSOT - For sale or trade
    FW - FatWallet
    FWCB - FatWallet Cash Back
    FWIW - For what it's worth
    GC – Gift certificate
    GDA – Good deal at
    HD - Hot deal
    HSN – Home Shopping Network
    HTH - Hope this helps
    IIRC - If I recall correctly
    IMHO - In my honest/humble opinion
    IMO - In my opinion
    IR - Instant rebate
    ISO - In search of, or type of CD-Rom image file
    LMAO - Laughing my a** off
    LMK - Let me know
    LOL - Laugh out loud
    LPG - Lowest price guarantee, PM program available on some Chase CCs
    MC - MyCoupons.com (Forums)
    MFG - Manufacturer
    MFR - Manufacturer
    MIR – Mail in rebate
    MM - Money market
    MSN - Microsoft Network
    noob, noobie - a new user/member (usually used in a demeaning way)
    NZR - No zero reply (a reply to a thread for the sake of having at least 1 reply)
    OD – Office Depot
    OEM - Original equipment manufacturer
    OM – Office Max
    OOS - Out of stock
    OP - Original poster (author of thread)
    OT - Off topic
    OTD - Out the door
    PLMK - Please let me know
    PM – Price match (see below)
    PM - Private message
    RAOK – Random act of kindness
    RMA - Return merchandise authorization
    ROFL - Rolling on floor laughing
    ROTFLMAO - Rolling on the floor laughing my a__ off
    SASE - Self addressed stamped envelope
    SB - Savings bond
    SB - Small business
    SKU - Unique product ID number assigned by the retailer
    SPAM - Unwanted commercial e-mail advertisements, usually unsolicited Your legistlators can stop SPAM!
    S/H – Shipping and handling
    TIA - Thanks in advance
    TLA - Three letter acronym
    TRU – Toys R Us
    TTT - To the top (moves a thread higher on the forum so all can see)
    TY - Thank you
    TWLA - The world loves acronyms
    UCE - Unsolicited commercial e-mail Your legistlators can stop SPAM!
    UPC - Universal product code (unique product ID assigned by MFR)
    UPS - United Parcel Service
    USPS - United States Postal Service
    YAFTS - Yet another free T-shirt
    YGM - You've got mail
    YGPM - You've got a private message
    YHPM- You have a private message (related to forums)
    YMMV - Your mileage may vary
    ZZF - ZipZoomFly.com

    Forum Guidelines
  • Prior to posting, please use the search feature to see if your contribution has already been posted.
  • Deal requests belong in the Deal Discussion category.
  • Hot deals that are worth less than $10 and are absolutely free belong in the Free Stuff category.
  • Self-promotion, referral links, and auctions are not allowed. If you would like to advertise on FatWallet, please contact info@fatwallet.com. To remove the opportunity for abuse, we will not allow links to competing websites in a user's signature. However, we do not restrict users from stating where they found information in their message.
  • Treat other forum members with respect. Please don’t flame others. We are all here for the same purpose - to find hot deals and to share the deals we find.
  • Please refrain from using vulgar and/or explicit language.
  • If you find that a post violates forum guidelines, please use the moderator alert button to bring it to the attention of forum moderators. No need to make a useless post to a thread that will be locked or moved anyway.
  • Never call a store to see if a price is correct, if a deal will work, or if a rebate will go through. Many deals involve taking advantage of a mispricing or a loophole in store policy. Thousands of phone calls will throw up red flags at the retailer and kill the deal.<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-mad.gif" border=0> Post your question on Fatwallet and let an experienced member answer. There is risk involved in many deals.

    I think I found a hot deal and want to post it.
  • Search the fatwallet forums to see if it has been posted already!
  • Include store name/location, product, price, and conditions (coupon, price match, subscribe for a year, etc.) in the title so people can quickly determine if your deal fits their profile.
  • To get an idea of how "hot" your deal is, compare your price to Pricewatch.com or eBay. You don't have to beat the Pricewatch price by very much because usually products from those companies are not retail and have very limited warranties.
  • Don't put POLL in the title unless you are taking a POLL. Don't take a poll in the Hot Deals forum.
  • Please click submit only once. If you get an error, check to see if it posted anyway.
  • Read the forum guidelines.

    How does a thread get marked Hot/Dead/Locked?
    A thread is marked "Hot" depending on how many views it gets in a certain period of time, "Dead" when enough FW members flag the deal as dead, and "Locked" when a forum moderator decides that the thread doesn't conform to forum guidelines.

    Thread rating system
    The thread rating system is a work in progress. Only some users have been selected to rate messages.

    Other forum-related how-to, how many posts does it take, and configuration questions?
    This information can be found in the help menu on the forum menu bar.

    Price Match (PM)
    Some retailers will let you buy an item at the (lower) price that a competitor is charging. Exact policies vary by store. Many stores or sales reps don't follow the policies to the letter, which could be an advantage or a disadvantage to the customer. Since the implementation of PM policies are inconsistent, all deals involving a pricematch are your mileage may vary (YMMV).

    For details on PMing at Staples, see the Official St@ples Pricematch Thread

    Staples PM policy
    Circuit City PM policy
    Best Buy PM policy

    Best Value Guarantee (BVG)
    American Express's price matching program available on some AMEX cards. Buy an item with your card and if you see it advertised in print for less within 60 days, AMEX will refund you the difference. For more details, search the forums for BVG. You should read through a deal involving BVG before asking questions.

    AmericanExpress BVG policy
    List of @MEX cards with BVG

    Coupons / Coupon Codes
    Most coupons can be found at The Official "Official Thread" Thread
    One-time-use cpn codes including Dell SB coupon codes are found in the One Time Use Coupons forum.
    If you wish to buy or sell a one-time-use cpn code, go to One Time Use Codes For Sale Or Trade.

    Of course, the best way to get coupon codes is to open a business account(s) at a retailer who e-mails or mails out coupons and hope that one is sent to you. You will probably want to use/create an e-mail account specifically for SPAM for this purpose.

    What is a repost?
    If a deal is posted by a member, and another member posts the SAME deal, at the same (or extremely similar) price, from the same store, then it's a repost. The use of coupons, PMs, etc. doesn't make a "new" deal - those should be posted in the OP of the original thread.

    If a deal is posted by a member, and another member posts a deal (or list) for the SAME item, but from DIFFERENT sources, it is not a repost of the deal. If the OP of the first thread EDITS their thread to include the information from the SECOND thread, then the FIRST thread is now a REPOST of the second thread, no matter what the time stamp on it is.

    If people discuss buying the item at a different store than the OP lists, that sometimes qualifies for a new thread UNLESS the OP has *already* updated the thread with the info (in which case any new thread would be a repost.)

    "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
    - Benjamin Franklin, 1759

  • Cool!<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-cool.gif" border=0>

    sfds

    cool. I should read it earlier.

    Definitely a very helpful post. Especially the Abbreviations.

    Thanks<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>

    This was extremely helpful information. Thanks<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>

    This is a great thread... I've been using this site every now and then for a few months and I am constantly referring back to here before I post a question on a thread that is "basic FW" stuff.

    I searched this time and didn't see this anywhere... that is of course unless old age is kicking in and my sight is going....

    How do you know if a message you tried to post gets blocked? Does the moderator PM you? My guess is that nothing happens - you just don't see your message. If that is the case, then how do you know it was really blocked and not just lost in internetland...?

    Thanks and Happy FW'ing <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0>

    chebella said: [Q]How do you know if a message you tried to post gets blocked? Does the moderator PM you? My guess is that nothing happens - you just don't see your message. If that is the case, then how do you know it was really blocked and not just lost in internetland...?Your post should never be "blocked", unless a thread is under moderation (in which case you will see a notice saying new replies are moderated before posting). If you post something, and it's later removed, you should get a PM from the moderator telling you why.

    why my vote doesn't count?

    PM me!

    gfgray: GREAT stuff (for us newbies).
    IMO Would be even better if it was available from 'help' link <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>

    me me im in

    k0k0puffz said: [Q]gfgray: GREAT stuff (for us newbies).
    IMO Would be even better if it was available from 'help' link <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>Great Idea!! I wonder why FW never made a help category with all of these helpful threads.

    This FAQ should definitely be required reading before being allowed to post in the HD forum.

    A few suggestions for the FAQ:

    1) "Check your email/snail mail for a coupon" is NOT a hot deal.

    2) Alerting people that the weekly ad for company x has been posted is NOT a hot deal.

    3) The following offenses result in an immediate ban:
    - Participating in the "In-Before-The-Lock" nonsense (in any form)
    - Request for/posting of a one time use coupon code (maybe limit this to members above a certain number of posts, since they should know better)

    4) If you've got a question about a rebate or some other aspect of a long dead deal, don't bump a thread that's several weeks old. Instead, post in the "rebate tracking" or "deal discussion" forum, and link to the post discussing the original deal.

    5) When posting to let people know you were/were not able to get in on a B&M deal, it's helpful to other members to post your location info. It'll save other members a lot of time.

    Edit #1
    6) Make sure you look at the list of forum names before posting and find the most appropriate one. For example, if there's a deal at eBay for auction listings it belongs in the Online Auctions forum.

    Edit#2
    7) Don't ask "what's the normal price of this?". Click on the "compare prices" link at the top of the thread or try your favorite price searching site (pricewatch, froogle, etc.).

    Edit #3 (12/30/04)
    8) Messages with multiple levels of indented quotes are very difficult to follow. Where possible, try to remove some of the quoted text in your response. (I'd say that if you really need several levels of quotes for a post, then it's probably not a hot deal anymore and is something that belongs in deal discussion.)

    9) Please don't refer to page numbers for a post. That is a configurable option, so what's on page 10 for one user might be on page 4 for another.
    Beginner's suggestion - Reference the name of the poster and the date posted (again, time will be different for everyone).
    Advanced suggestion - You can link directly to a post, but it's not completely reliable. It all depends on posts before yours (in the same thread) not getting deleted. This link should open this thread and start with my post. Add "start=x" (where 'x' is the post number in the thread). No, there's no reference to the post number anywhere in the forum. You'll have to take a few guesses to nail it down.

    im still confused about when to use the HTTP and HTTPS links buttons, i know the HTTPS is for secure links, but what exactly does that mean?

    Gpans said: [Q]im still confused about when to use the HTTP and HTTPS links buttons, i know the HTTPS is for secure links, but what exactly does that mean?

    secure link!

    Extremly helpful for the newbie

    <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>

    I'm #600!!

    wOOtness



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