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#1081 ScottBigGame

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 08:41 PM

I just bought a 1600 points card at Gamestop with some credit I had and I was charged tax!? WTF is up with that? Is that new, or has Gamestop been doing that for a while?
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#1082 Brother Daz

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 08:57 PM

gamestop has never charged me tax on point cards, the total has always been $19.99.

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#1083 harry hood

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 09:02 PM

I just bought a 1600 points card at Gamestop with some credit I had and I was charged tax!? WTF is up with that? Is that new, or has Gamestop been doing that for a while?

Yea, they did this to me last time too. I think if you get the points code printed on the receipt instead of receiving a plastic pack/card, it's tax free.

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 09:04 PM

Got my code last night.:)


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#1085 ScottBigGame

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 09:12 PM

Yea, they did this to me last time too. I think if you get the points code printed on the receipt instead of receiving a plastic pack/card, it's tax free.


Damn, didn't know that was possible. I just grabbed a card off the rack.

I'm pretty sure this is new, I bought one 6-8 months ago and I know I wasn't charged tax. I'm in Philadelphia, PA
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#1086 harry hood

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 09:27 PM

Damn, didn't know that was possible. I just grabbed a card off the rack.

I'm pretty sure this is new, I bought one 6-8 months ago and I know I wasn't charged tax. I'm in Philadelphia, PA

I'm right outside of Philly in south jersey, and they didn't charge me tax 6-8 months ago either.
I actually bought points and got it printed on the receipt a few weeks back and wasn't charged tax.
To my surprised, I bought an actual card a week later and was charged tax. I returned it immediately and just bought a card online

#1087 SteveGo

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 10:39 PM

Anyone else having issues buying points off xbox.com or the 360 itself? I just need 400 but it wont let me buy them.

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 10:42 PM

So when do we get the snoopy flying ace game? :) (bought the xbox live gold plus the game for 40 bucks)


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Posted 03 January 2011 - 10:46 PM

Snoopy Flying Ace game will come via email in roughly 6-8 weeks. Which is total bullshit, but whatever...

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 10:51 PM

Damn, didn't know that was possible. I just grabbed a card off the rack.

I'm pretty sure this is new, I bought one 6-8 months ago and I know I wasn't charged tax. I'm in Philadelphia, PA



About half a year ago, I had gift cards for Blockbuster in CA and bought $20x2 of Nintendo points and was charged tax. A couple months later, I bought $20 of Microsoft points from the same store and wasn't charged tax.

I assume that the system is automated, so I'm thinking it might be where the cards are created?

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 11:25 PM

Snoopy Flying Ace game will come via email in roughly 6-8 weeks. Which is total bullshit, but whatever...


There free deals always take 6-8 weeks. I bought 2400 points worth of merchandise on Live in September, and got the points in early November. Signed up for the Family plan when there was an 800 point bonus, which was in late October I think, and got those points in December. The ONLY time I got instant gratification is when I had to call MS about a problem with my account, and the account manager saw my gamerscore and gave me 800 points for the problem. :applause:
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Posted 03 January 2011 - 11:43 PM

gamestop has never charged me tax on point cards, the total has always been $19.99.


This has changed recently. Go ahead and try it now. Apparently there's some sort of legal dispute going on, and they've resorted to charging tax on those items.
For the time being, just don't buy your points there. Another reason not to shop there.


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Posted 04 January 2011 - 03:08 AM

This has changed recently. Go ahead and try it now. Apparently there's some sort of legal dispute going on, and they've resorted to charging tax on those items.
For the time being, just don't buy your points there. Another reason not to shop there.


Best Buy would sometimes charge tax on point cards, but not on the Zune Point cards. I think they have finally fixed it so as not to charge tax on them now.
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Posted 04 January 2011 - 06:02 AM

Snoopy Flying Ace game will come via email in roughly 6-8 weeks. Which is total bullshit, but whatever...


That's a long time to wait but oh well.

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 06:13 AM

That's a long time to wait but oh well.


I'm still waiting for my Halo Reach helmet from the first promotion. I can only assume it'll arrive after my sub actually renews which isn't for about 6 more months...

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 07:26 AM

Anyone know if the 10%/12% off coupon from Best Buy works on points cards?
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Posted 04 January 2011 - 05:00 PM

Where were these in the Emeryville store? I looked all around last week and couldn't find them (and of course the staff there were completely unhelpful).


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They were toward the front of the store on a rack of cards near checkout. You will see some controllers and other gaming stuff on one side, then on the side facing the registers and doors you should find the cards.

#1098 kissinger99

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 05:03 PM

Discount does not work on points cards, tried right before Christmas.

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 05:54 PM

Anyone else having issues buying points off xbox.com or the 360 itself? I just need 400 but it wont let me buy them.


Try zune.net it seems to be the best way to buy just 400 MS/Zune points. They work fine on Xbox and you can buy the small amounts there.

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 07:17 PM

Anyone know if the 10%/12% off coupon from Best Buy works on points cards?


Nope....I tried.

Rewards certificates (obviously) do, though.

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 09:52 PM

M$ charged one of my cards with an expired date on it a $59.99 fee on 1/1/2011, as it was scheduled to be automatically renewed on that date. I called and had them remove both the expired card, and the charge on it. Now my account is inactive. Is there an option as a former gold member on the dash to renew for $29.99 and where on the dash is it located? The amazon deal for $39.99 is dead.

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Posted 05 January 2011 - 07:17 PM

Does anyone know if the $10 off of $40 Radio Shack coupons work on points cards? My coupon says excludes hardware/software. I could get 2x1600 for $30.

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#1103 crunchewy

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Posted 05 January 2011 - 07:29 PM

I was also charged tax on a points card at GS in MD a little before Xmas. Sucks. I should have returned it, but didn't. I'll definitely avoid buying them there until it's straightened out. If it is.

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Posted 05 January 2011 - 07:53 PM

Best Buy would sometimes charge tax on point cards, but not on the Zune Point cards. I think they have finally fixed it so as not to charge tax on them now.


What stores don't charge tax on point cards? I've been charged tax on them everywhere that I'm aware of. The only way I get them tax free is from Amazon or some other online place out of state.

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Posted 05 January 2011 - 07:55 PM

What stores don't charge tax on point cards? I've been charged tax on them everywhere that I'm aware of. The only way I get them tax free is from Amazon or some other online place out of state.

I always thought you were charged tax for clam-shell style points as they were treated like a product but not for gift card style as they are treated like a credit. Some places charge tax on them but I didn't think they were supposed to. Much like Gamestop charges tax when you use store credit from trades which they shouldn't.
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Posted 05 January 2011 - 08:15 PM

What stores don't charge tax on point cards? I've been charged tax on them everywhere that I'm aware of. The only way I get them tax free is from Amazon or some other online place out of state.

The last order I did from BestBuy.com for three cards was tax-free. I think this was the case as well at a Best Buy B&M store as well.

When I've ordered them from Walmart.com, they've also been tax free from there.

I'm in Missouri, for what that's worth.

I always thought you were charged tax for clam-shell style points as they were treated like a product but not for gift card style as they are treated like a credit. Some places charge tax on them but I didn't think they were supposed to. Much like Gamestop charges tax when you use store credit from trades which they shouldn't.

I know that's how they've been in the past for my past purchases.

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 06:42 PM

M$ charged one of my cards with an expired date on it a $59.99 fee on 1/1/2011, as it was scheduled to be automatically renewed on that date. I called and had them remove both the expired card, and the charge on it. Now my account is inactive. Is there an option as a former gold member on the dash to renew for $29.99 and where on the dash is it located? The amazon deal for $39.99 is dead.



Mine showed up sporadically. If you're itching to get one today, walmart has a deal on 12 month cards for $39.96. It looks like they're out of stock online, but you can plug in your zip code to check for one in your area.

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 06:47 PM

Anyone know if the 10%/12% off coupon from Best Buy works on points cards?


It should (even though others have reported that it won't). Sub. cards and point cards are considered "accessories" (aren't they?), so you should at least be able to get the 10% off.

If you try and fail, I'd get a manager involved.

I was going to try this, because I do have some RZ coupons to use, too. Either this, or I'll try the $10 off 40 at Radioshack.

By the way, if anyone is looking for a chat pad/headset, BB has them for $20:

http://www.bestbuy.c...1&skuId=8508572

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Thanks for that. Been looking for a black chatpad.

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 08:37 PM

It should (even though others have reported that it won't). Sub. cards and point cards are considered "accessories" (aren't they?), so you should at least be able to get the 10% off.

If you try and fail, I'd get a manager involved.

I was going to try this, because I do have some RZ coupons to use, too. Either this, or I'll try the $10 off 40 at Radioshack.

By the way, if anyone is looking for a chat pad/headset, BB has them for $20:

http://www.bestbuy.c...1&skuId=8508572


amazon also has it for 19.99 if you go to this page:
http://www.amazon.co...1&condition=new
its just out of stock but they will let you order it still. at least they let me about a week ago.