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If you have been wanting to get into the BST world on Facebook, it can seem a little overwhelming. I primarily BST for children’s clothing but all kinds of different groups exist. In this post I will clue you in on the buy sell trade Facebook lingo that you will see on these resell groups.
What is BST?
BST stands for Buy, Sell, Trade and it is the first acronym that you need to learn. Most groups have their own set of rules but traditionally speaking you can buy items, sell items or make a trade on these forums. People typically sell at a discounted rate when compared to a retail store which makes it a great way to score a good deal. Most people use a variety of acronyms when selling and this post will give you all the buy sell trade facebook lingo that you need to understand what they mean.
What are they talking about? – Buy, Sell, Trade Facebook Lingo
You may feel like you need a degree in foreign language to decipher the terms used in these groups. This easy to use key will educate you on the common buy, sell, trade Facebook lingo that you need to know.
NWT – New with tags (brand new item like you would find in a retail store)
NWOT – New without tags (took the tags off but never wore or washed)
EUC – Excellent Used Condition (Worn a time or two but with no wash wear or stains, still looks new)
VGUC – Very good used condition (people have different interpretations of this but I find most would agree that this is something that has been used/worn but will have minimal wear. Very minor wash wear.
GUC – Good used condition (may have increased wash wear, a minor flaw that should be disclosed, minor stain that should be disclosed)
PLAY – Play condition (Play is used a lot in children’s clothing indicating that the garment would be good for play time or possibly daycare but not for more formal occasions. Stains, rips, flaws, fading, or large amounts of wash wear may be common)
IMO – In my opinion (You may see this when some says IMO this runs small etc.)
TTS – True to Size (Does this run big/small/or true to size)
Shipped – If you see a cost and then “shipped” ($12 Shipped) that indicates that shipping is included in the price. If you are going to sell, check the group’s rules because some groups require shipping to be included.
OBO – Or best offer (meaning that the price is not firm and you can make an offer)
PM – Private Message (often if they are going to allow offers, they want you to private message it)
SF – Smoke Free
PF – Pet Free
Purge – Lots of groups have rules about posting multiple pictures. If someone has lots to sell, they will do a purge. The purge is typically done by listing photos and costs in the comments of the main post.
Following – People often want to “follow” a purge so that they are notified when it starts. You may see people post emoticons or even just a period to follow a post. You can also click on the 3 dots at the top right of a post and choose to “Turn on Notifications” to achieve the same goal.
Email Address – Often times when someone wants to buy something, they will just post their email address under the desired item. Read the rules, some groups require that you post “SOLD” and then your paypal email address.
How do I start?
Now that you have the buy, sell, trade Facebook lingo down, what’s next?
Set up your paypal
You need to make sure you have a paypal account to start. When you want to buy something, you will need to leave the email address associated with your paypal account so that you can be invoiced.
Make sure you have your current address listed. You will be responsible (not the seller) if you have an old address listed. It happens more than you might think!
Join some BST Groups
There are lots of BST groups out there. I recommend using the search bar to search if you have a favorite brand. Most boutique/upscale brands will have their own BST groups.
Here are a few brand specific groups that I like:
Generic groups are also great and offer a wider variety. They have groups targeted by gender, store, type of clothing etc. Here are my favorite generic groups for kid’s clothing resale:
Buy or Sell!
If you want more info on how to sell, read this post where I explain it all! How to sell, creating invoices and the most economical way to ship!
Do you have any buy sell trade facebook lingo that I left off?