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This is version 1.0 of our Hot Deal Forum FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions - but you know that much already right?)

If you have any suggestions or new questions, post them in this thread so we can update this thread as we go along!

Common abbreviations:
AFAIK - As far as I know
AR - After rebate
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
BTW - By the way
BVG - Best Value Guarantee (Offered by some credit card companies)
CC – Circuit City
CC – Credit card
CPN - Coupon
CSR - Customer service representative
CYM - Check your mail
DD - Deal discussion
GC – Gift certificate
FAR - Free after rebate
FWIW - For what it's worth
GDA – Good deal at
HD - Hot deal
HSN – Home Shopping Network
IIRC - If I Recall Correctly
IMHO - In My Honest/Humble Opinion
IMO - In my opinion
IR - Instant rebate
LMK - Let me know
MFG - Manufacturer
MFR - Manufacturer
MIR – Mail in rebate
OD – Office Depot
OEM - Original Equipment Manufacturer
OM – Office Max
OOS - Out of stock
OP - Original Poster (author of thread)
OT - Off topic
PM – Price match
PM - Private Message
RAOK – Random act of kindness
SASE - Self addressed stamped envelope
S/H – Shipping and handling
TIA - Thanks in advance
TRU – Toys R Us
YAFTS - Yet another free T-Shirt
YMMV - Your mileage may vary
YGM - You've got mail
YGPM - You've got a private message


What information should I include when I post a deal?
Try to include details such as the expiration date of the coupon, minimum purchase requirements, site link, shipping and handling costs, and the coupon code. The more information you include, the better. Follow up if possible, so you can edit your post to include new developments.

How do I link to a website in my post?
To place a link in your post, simply click the HTTP button above the posting area. For secure links, use the HTTPS button.

Copy and paste the entire address into the popup window,

Click okay.

Type the title of the link in the next popup window,

Click okay.

Your link is now “clickable” to other users.

General usage comments
Prior to posting, please use the search feature to see if your contribution has already been posted.

Prior to posting, please use our price comparison tool to see if your "deal" is really a deal.

Please don't post anything that opens our users up to fraudulent/illegal activities. Since scans of UPC's, receipts, etc are most commonly used fraudulently, please do not offer or ask for them. Thanks!

Deal requests and questions belong in the Deal Discussion category.

Hot deals that are worth less than $10 and are absolutely free belong in the Free Stuff category. Free magazine subscriptions also go in the Free Stuff category.

Self-promotion and referral links are not allowed. If you would like to advertise on FatWallet, please contact advertise@fatwallet.com.

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.

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.

<font size=4>Message Deletions (March 24, 2005)
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Following are the violations and related notes that would be sent by moderators when deleting a message.


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One-Time-Use Coupons
To keep our forums organized, we gave One-Time-Use Coupons their very own forum! We do not allow requests for one-time-use coupon codes in our Hot Deals forum. Also, buying, selling or trading is not allowed in our forums, including coupons/codes. If you are interested in requesting or sharing one-time-use coupon codes, please limit posts to that particular forum. (All forum categories are listed on the left side of our forums main page, and in the Category drop-down on forum pages.) Thanks!

SPAM: Affiliation with site
It is never acceptable at FatWallet to use our forums for individual benefit that is greater than available to the community as a whole. As stated in our Sign-Up Agreement, you may not be affiliated in any way with the site/merchant you post about. Continued violation of our Sign-Up Agreement in this way will result in a loss of posting privileges and possible further sanctions. If you are interested in advertising on our site, please send your inquiry to: advertise@fatwallet.com

SPAM: Referrals requested, linked, or associated with
It is never acceptable at FatWallet to use our forums for individual benefit that is greater than available to the community as a whole. We do not allow URL’s/links that include referral information, or links to referral programs or sites. Finally, discussion of or links to conga, pyramid or like-minded rewards sites are not allowed. In sum, anything related to referrals will be removed from our forums.

SPAM: Indirect link
A link in your message apparently benefited someone other than the site/merchant making the offer. Please be sure the links you provide are the most direct possible. Thanks!

eBay and other Auction links
To maintain the integrity of our forums, FatWallet does not allow links to auctions which may benefit the poster. All auction links are removed from our Hot Deals forum, and some from Deal Discussion at discretion of the moderator. Auction links “for entertainment purposes only” are allowed in our Off Topic and Off Topic: Politically Incorrect forums. Thank you.

UPC’s and Cash Register Receipts
Cash register receipts and UPC’s are frequently bought, sold or traded for fraudulent purposes. Therefore, we do not allow discussion of this topic in our forums. We understand there are legitimate reasons to request and offer these items. Still, to avoid subjective decision on each scenario and any chance of fraudulent activity, we choose a zero-tolerance policy. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and thank you for your cooperation going forward.

Coupons: De-coding and Misrepresenting
A coupon has printed text that describes the agreement between the consumer, the store, and the manufacturer. This text is what creates the agreement. The bar-coded information is a method to expeditiously handle the coupon-entry into the store's payment system.

The information revealed in the code may allow the code to be accepted by the store for a product other than that stated on the coupon, but if it does not fall within the stated text of the coupon, the use would be determined to be fraudulent [i.e. illegal].

Decoding is also known as coupon misredemption. Coupon misredemption takes place when a coupon is used other than in connection with the purchase of the product as stated in the PRINTED text. Decoding of coupons is a deliberate misuse and abuse of what the manufacturer intended.

With that in mind - any messages we are made aware of as having the fraudulent intent of misredemption of coupons will be deleted. Further, any discussion of coupon misredemption will be removed. Please take care not to discuss these issues in our forums. Thanks!

Coupons: Altering how-to, and links to altered coupons
FatWallet chooses not to associate in any way with altering coupons. Links to altered coupons are not allowed, nor is discussion of how to alter them.

Coupons: Scanned and image files
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Fraudulent of otherwise Illegal Activities
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No selling, buying or trading.
Consumer-to-consumer selling, buying and trading is not one of FatWallet's core competencies. Therefore, we decline to be involved with this process in any way. If you have a one-time-use coupon code you'd like to obtain or give away, please do so in that particular forum. Otherwise, we ask that your personal buying, selling and trading take place outside of our forums (on eBay, for instance). Thank you for your understanding.


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Good idea Tim... This should reduce the number of less-relevant hot deal followup questions.

Jim

A few More..

IR - Instant Rebate
YMMV - Your Mileage may vary.
BUMP - 70's dance and Moving a thread to the top of the list
OOS - Out of stock
CSR - Customer Service Retar..uh.. Representative
WTF - Watt Tub Fudge <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>

Nice job, Chief! <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0>

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

I'm glad this was posted because I was about to ask what YMMV meant!

I keep seeing the abbreviation "FW" on other boards.
What does that stand for?

i.e. "Stolen from FW", "As posted in FW", "Link to FW thread"....

(BTW...this is a joke...evidently a pretty lame one.) <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0>

FW is where you just posted... FatWallet. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>

this is awesome... definitly a must read for the newer folks <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>

AR after rebate

Is it possible to move the information in this thread to a separate link on the page (e.g. moving it to the FatWallet banner on the very top?)

Fatwallet getting better with age.............nice idea Tim.<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0>

eventually each category should get a FAQ - some of this information should probably go in to a revised help/FAQ section up top... It shall evolve.

dont forget - never ever call the company to see if its really a deal.

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One more:

SASE = Self Address Stamped Envelope

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OK, This is a GREAT idea! Thanks to swissjim and Chief Mucky Muck. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>

I've got a question...and I hope it isn't too stupid, but what exactly is a repost? Is it when you post a deal that has already been posted or is it when you post again to a post you started? Does that make sense? <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-confused.gif"border=0>

Thanks for your help and a great forum<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>

A repost is when you start a new thread for a deal that has already been posted. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>

Nice..this will be helpful to newcomers..<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>

how about a little faq on AMEX Blue (or other best price guarantee cards)?

Great, helpful idea Tim. Thanks. Some suggestions:::

* Ask folks to use DATES, not "Today," "Tomorrow," "Next Week," etc.
For example, one of your recent threads includes "Monday, Jan 7" -- clear & specific. Since threads can re-emerge days/weeks/months after they began, a phrase like "Today-only" in a title can mislead.

* If a deal changes (e.g., Out of Stock, Coupon Denied, etc.), ask the original poster to "[UPDATE: date]" their original Title (and Message).

* Where appropriate, add synonyms to abbreviation. For example, for "AR" add (also: "After MIR," "MIR". After "YGM" add (also: "YGPM," "YHM," or "YHPM".

* "CPN" (coupon); "MFG" (manufacturer), "IR" (instant [store] rebate).

* Finally, while this suggestion may be controversial (but fun <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0>::: How about asking folks to INTRODUCE each new topic with THEIR impression of its "hotness" on a scale of 0 - 10:

[0] (Ice Cold)
..
..
[5] (Warm)
..
..
[10] (Molten Hot)


For example:::

[10] 19" Hitachi Monitor - $164 @ buy.com (for the WMCs still around)

[0] 48 rolls of Toilet Paper for $38 at My_TP_Store.Com

This might eliminate the need for "Blazingly hot!," "Plasma Hot," "SSSMOKINNNN" and other inventive hyperbole, while giving those who respond a standard range. (Folks will still disagree -- per their needs/perspectives. But at least they'll do so w/in a confined range).

<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> Thank you! I'm printing this out so I can understand everything now!

IMHO this is a great list....

Maybe I can put down my fire extinguisher from all the new flames <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif"border=0>

DH = Dear Husband
DW = Dear Wife
DS = Dear Son
DD = Dear Daughter
SIL = Sister-in-Law
BIL = Brother-in Law
MIL = Mother-in-Law
FIL = Father-in-Law
ADDY = Address
CRT = Cash Register Tape
GC = Gift Certificate
CC = Credit Card

One of the most common rebate related questions I see in the threads is,
I can't find my rebate form, can someone tell me where to find one?

You should consider the rebate form as important as your receipt. Be sure to print and save both, as many times the form will be pulled from the website just before you go get it.

As long as there's not TOO many sticky thread I think I can handle it (shuddering at AT)

Here's my list from my site: Feel free to use.

LMK - Let Me Know

FS/FT - For Sale/For Trade

GC - Gift Certificate

Fleabay - eBay

LOL - Laugh Out Loud

LMAO - Laugh My Ahh Off

ROTFLMAO - Rolling On The Floor Laughing My Ahh Off

YGPM/YHPM - You've got/have private message (related to for sale/for trade forums)

PM - Pricematch or Private Message (on forums)

CSR - Customer Service Representative

B&M - Brick and Mortar (real store, not online)

RMA - Return to Manufacturer Authorization

MIR - Mail in Rebate

YMMV - Your Mileage may Vary

FWIW - For What It's Worth

IMO - In My Opinion

IMHO - In My Humble Opinion

B1G1 - Buy one Get one ...

OD - Office Depot

OM - Office Max

BB- Best Buy

CC - Circuit City

FW - Fatwallet.com

AT - Anandtech.com

How about phone numbers/addresses for companies like Amazon, Buy.com, target, etc.

What about adding this FAQ as a "pop up" link on the top of the page rather than a message? Along with ability to submit to you added abbreviations on that page?

definatley helpful i didnt know over 1/2 of these.

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AMKL TUEDWQ AARYF45 HAHAH! LOL JUNFLE...?

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me like this! <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-cool.gif"border=0>

Here's another:

TIA = Thanks in advance

I can't tell you how long I kept thinking "who the hell is TIA? And boy, she gets around."

Tips from a recent newbie, ME:



<< Prior to posting, please use the search feature to see if your contribution has already been posted. >>

should be in bold size 36 font. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0>

If you aren't sure where to post your deal, ask a moderator.

Muck means to clean out..errhh...bovine BM (not B&M ) from the barn floor; oh yeah, it also means head boss guy. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif"border=0>

And does anyone ever use chat in here? <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0>

This is a great thread. Some of the lingo used here is new to me too and I've been online for a few days or so.

And newbies: NEVER subscribe to a "Post a reply here and win a $1000 amazon GC" thread. ROFLOL!

Deleted by moderator.

Thanks, us new members need all the help we can get. This will cut down on us having to ask the obvious.

Skipping 626 Messages...
No 666 Please!

HA



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