posted: Jan. 7, 2002 @ 12:00p
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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!
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,
Type the title of the link in the next popup window,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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Flaming, Discouraging others
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Arguments and Squabbles
There is no room for personal arguments in our deal forums. While we invite both positive and negative commentary on products, deals and retailers, we must insist that commentary is limited to the topic. When our moderator becomes aware of a personal argument, he or she will remove it completely for the benefit of our community… which may mean nearby messages are deleted in kind. Please keep your comments constructive and focused on the topic (not individuals). Finally, please accept our apologies if your message was deleted by mere geographic association with this squabble.
FatWallet welcomes all opinions regarding the originally posted topic, whether positive, neutral or negative. Still, we require comments be related to the subject matter initially posted. In the interest of keeping our forums organized and valuable to all viewers, we may delete posts that drift off topic. Thanks for your understanding.
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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: email@example.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
We intend to maintain our status as the best online shopping community, and opening our members and viewers to fraudulent activity is not in our collective best interest. Scanned coupons and saved coupon image files (PDF’s) skirt around the manufacturer’s intended limitations on the number of copies that can be legally printed. Links determined by the moderator to contain such an image or to a file that was found to have been possibly modified will be deleted. Only links that go directly to the manufacturer’s website or known third party distributor are acceptable. Discussion of how to obtain these images will likewise not be allowed.
Fraudulent of otherwise Illegal Activities
FatWallet chooses not to associate with any activities which may be fraudulent or otherwise illegal. Please do not post messages that discuss or otherwise encourage misbehavior. Thank you!
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.