[Q] Tax-free eShop?

Discussion in '3DS - Games & Content' started by Chaldron, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. Chaldron

    Chaldron GBATemp's Official Attorney

    Mar 29, 2013
    United States
    Hey guys,

    posted this here because I didn't think it exactly belonged in Wi-Fi.

    Here's my config:

    I'm on latest 6.3 so I have access to the eShop. I'm gonna be picking up Pokemon X tommorow and the new Ace Attorney game in 2 weeks or so. I've never added anything onto my eShop account yet, and the only thing I've downloaded is free stuff from Club Nintendo.

    So my question is, how would I get a tax-free eShop? I'm 90% sure I've never been asked for my state/zip on my 3DS, so I shouldn't have messed anything up.

    Where/How would I do this? I read that this is possible somewhere but no one described how. I think it involved setting my zip to Delaware. I also read that once you set it somewhere else you can't change it. So how would I go about doing this? I want to be sure so I don't screw up when I add funds tomorrow.

    Would I enter it when adding funds? Purchasing games? Somewhere else entirely?

    Thanks in advance for your help.
  2. pokefloote

    pokefloote GBAtemp Addict

    Mar 20, 2009
    United States
    I think it asks you just before purchasing a game, but if you need to change it any time you can (from the main menu) tap the menu button, "settings/other", location settings, and change the zip code right there.

    93561 works for me! I've never been charged tax, and this is my actual area, lol. California. (And you can choose any of the town options listed, its all the same town just different communities)
  3. CrimzonEyed

    CrimzonEyed GBAtemp Addict

    Sep 3, 2007
    • The US eShop does not accept non US credit cards so you can't add money directly. If you want to use that eShop.
    • You can get a bit cheaper prices by going into system settings and change region to California, Georgia or Florida since you don't pay taxes in those states.
    • You can alternatively set up your eShop to Canada, Mexico or Brasil since they allow non-US credit cards, however, you can't avoid tax in Canada, and you lose Club Nintendo benefits in Mexico and Brazil.
    • You can freely change your country on the Console Setup as much as you like to access the various eShops, but your cash balance is locked to country. If you have $10 in your US account, then switch to Canada, the balance will be $0, but if you switch back to US you'll have $10 again.
    • Worst thing that could happen if you get "caught" not being a US resident is that your CN account gets deactivated, but you definitely won't be banned from buying on eShop if that's what worries you.
  4. JohnnyBlaze1986

    JohnnyBlaze1986 FUCK GBATEMP!

    Aug 10, 2009
    United States
    Your mother's bedroom
    I do it myself. When you're in the eShop, it should've asked for your location or to set your location. Set it to a New Hampshire zip code as they have NO SALES TAX for online purchases.

    1. Turn on your 3DS and go to the eShop
    2. Go to Menu (top right) > Settings/Other
    3. Scroll down to the Location Settings
    4. Press Change Address
    5. Enter a Zip Code from a state/province that doesn't use online taxes (i.e. 03031 for New Hampshire)

  5. TyBlood13

    TyBlood13 Weeaboo Trash

    Jul 1, 2012
    United States
    The benefits of being Montanan. This seems to be the state people always forget in their lists. That and Oregon. The only MT zip NOT to use is 59937, since that town has local sales tax. 59923 (The Zip I used to live in) works fine. So you have PLENTY of options
  6. Chaldron

    Chaldron GBATemp's Official Attorney

    Mar 29, 2013
    United States
    Thanks guys! Yeah, I'm using a US Card so that's not an issue. Just changed my location to the one mentioned in the first post.

    Thanks again for all the replies!
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