Postcard and Internet Vocabulary
Postcard Vocabulary is important to successfully navigate
Here are some terms which will aid in understanding postcard references.
Many are obvious. Others are obscure.
add on - this is where a separate object has been added to a
been there - one of my favorite kinds of postcards. I like to have cards of places I have visited.
booklet - where several images are included in a fold out selection of images.
carry back - these are postcards a person has brought back home without mailing them.
clipped - obvious
comic - obvious
condition - an important consideration when adding a card to a collection.
continental - a postcard that is 4 x 6 inches
crease - obvious
cut down - to fit in some album types, postcards are reduced in size to fit. Bad move
damaged - obvious
deckled edges - uneven edges to add interest to postcard
deltiology - the complicated name given to postcard collecting
die cut - cut to reflect the outline of some feature, not perfectly rectangular
divided back - where a line is printed on the stamp side to separate the message from the address
embossed - raised aspects of an image to add interest
folder - obvious
hand colored - obvious
hand made - obvious
hand painted - obvious
hand tinted - color added after production of a postcard
hard sleeve - a rigid holder to protect better cards from handling
hold to light - when held up to a light source, different features seem to light up
message on back - obvious
mini - a very small card, usually not collectable
mint - obvious
MOBSC - mint on the back with sharp corners. A very good condition
modern - postcards made in the USA after about 1970
not used - obvious
oil painted - where oil paint is used to show an image
oversized - obvious
photo chrome - most postcards after about 1945 to be very colorful
picture side - obvious
pin hole - where a pin has been used to mount a postcard on a wall
pioneer - the first postcards produced in about 1893
postally used - obvious
postmark - obvious
real photo - postcards taken by a photographer probably before 1910
regular size - 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches
reproduction - obvious
rounded corners - obvious
set - often postcards will be produced twelve at a time of the same subject
sleeve - a Mylar jacket which houses postcards to protect them from handling
sharp corners - when the four corners of a postcard show no wear or rounding
stained - obvious
stamp removed - obvious and not a good thing to happen
stamp side - obvious
squeaky - when a noise making device is laminated inside a postcard
textured - a finish given to the picture side of a postcard to simulate an oil painting
trimmed - any reduction of the original size of a postcard
UDB - undivided back is an early card which did not permit a message on the address side
used but no stamp - obvious
warped - when a postcard has been stored on a less than flat surface
white boarder - an era of postcard manufacture after about 1915 to 1930
wrinkled - a postcard that has seen better days but may be collectable due to rarity
Internet vocabulary is important to successfully navigate internet websites. Here with details for ebay sellers:
Vocabulary For eBay Workshop
David U. Larson - OldPostcardsForSale.com
active listing - for sale at this time.
advanced search - to see what has sold and not sold. Right of search button.
auctionbytes - water cooler website for details about what's happening.
auction item - bidding is necessary. Seller may use when value is not known.
best match - results of search based on what eBay wants you to see.
bidding - selling to highest bidder, useful when value is not known.
bidding war - when two or more bidders drive up the selling price.
box lot - sell several related items at one time to get rid of stuff.
buy it now - no need to bid. Just buy.
Cassini search - eBay broken search engine. Google search better for eBay.
completed sales - click to see items sold and not sold in advanced search.
create shortcut - right click to have icon on desktop to go to webpage fast.
customer service - none for a seller, only a buyer.
desktop - screen which first shows when computer is turned on.
duplicate listing - can not list same item twice at the same time.
eBay- greatest website for selling unusual stuff, sort-of.
ecommerce - on line sales .
empty box - customer says box was empty when delivered.
ending soonest - a sort which is great at attracting buyers but not default.
eyeballs - people who look at your items.
feedback - online reputation with eBay for buyers and sellers.
final value fee - ebay commission when item is sold of 15%.
fixed price item - no need to bid. Item is available for immediate sale.
foreign sales - OK for very small items that will fit in an envelope.
free listings - given by eBay from time to time.
free shipping - no such thing.
good till cancelled - item will be relisted automatically by eBay when listing expires.
Google search - a better way to find stuff on eBay.
icon - graphic which when clicked will take you to webpage without typing.
images - pictures.
import listings - bring items into eBay from other websites.
ISBN - identification number of book which speeds up listing of a book.
life is an average - there will be good and there will be bad.
listing - advertisement goes worldwide if seller selects worldwide shipping.
listing fee - cost to advertise varies per item from 20 cents to 5 cents to free at times.
lowest price first - search sort to show lowest price items at top of search.
minimum bid - set by seller.
My eBay - location of useful links to various seller tools.
new listing - never listed before except if it comes from Turbo Lister.
niche - area of specialized selling.
not as described NAD - buyer can claim this and get refund without returning item.
notebook - spiral notebook to record passwords, security questions, codes.
one of a kind OOAK - most items like this sell on eBay quickly if the price is right.
page views - number of times page has been shown to buyers and other sellers.
password - security code to access accounts.
PayPal - payment method acceptable to eBay.
PayPal debit card - way to pay for anything with PayPal proceeds.
PayPal fees - cost of collecting payment and sending it to you.
picture photo - to display item for sale.
photo enclosure - to minimize surrounding details and focus on item for sale.
phishing emails - dishonest people looking for your details to steal from you.
postage fee - cost to send an item to buyer with USPS.
power seller - seller who sells a large quantity of items in the span of a year.
profit - great if possible but sometimes happy to get what you can even if loss.
proxy bidding - when ebay advances a buyer bid to limit set by buyer.
research - used to determine details about item and establish a price.
relist - when an item is not sold, then it can be put up for sale again.
reserve auction - where minimum selling price is hidden. Not a good seller technique.
returns - eBay permits returns for up to 180 days through PayPal if NAD.
rolling blackouts - where all listings are not shown all the time.
scan - to capture a picture with a scanner.
seller fees - cost to sell on eBay. Usually about 33% of sold items when all do not sell.
seller's remorse - after an item sells, disappointment to have sold the item.
sell through rate - percentage of items that sell. Usually low.
sell your item page - easy to follow form to sell only a few items.
separate bank account - necessary to protect personal finances.
shill bidding - dishonest method to drive up the sale price of an item.
shipping included - an honest statement about postage amount.
short cut - click to go to a webpage quickly.
SKU - item identification number on newer items.
sold listing - useful list to process items for shipping.
store levels - Basic - Premium - Anchor.
synchronization - where items are for sale on several platforms and are in sync.
top rated seller - seller who uses tracking on all items.
tracking - method to determine where an item is located at all times.
Turbo Lister - excellent computer program to create and store listings.
unsold listing - useful to relist when listings are available.
upload listing to eBay - sending advertisement to eBay to sell an item.
user agreement - terms to use the eBay program when selling.
USPS - United States Postal Service is your friend.
visibility - ability of buyers to see listings.
YouTube - educational videos for instruction of eBay techniques.