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Blocking EU or non-US buyers

If you'd rather just block sales to EU buyers to avoid any VAT concerns at all, you can enable Require Buyer's Shipping Address and/or Sales Tax/VAT in the settings of each product you want to restrict—if you don't see those settings when adding/editing your product, make sure the box is ticked to Show Advanced Settings at the very top of the product settings screen—then go to Manage Shipping & Tax > Shipping Preferences and set up the following:

  • Specify your Shipping Origin country (and ZIP code if you're in the US);
  • Tick the Limit Shipping Destinations box and select every country you're willing to sell to*;
  • Click Apply to save changes;
  • This method restricts the countries available for buyers to select in your E-junkie shopping cart, so it will not work with Buy Now buttons/links that skip our cart to take buyers directly to instant checkout for a single item—i.e., it will only work with our Add to Cart buttons/links, Product Page buttons/links, or your E-junkie Shop in our Marketplace.

* TIP: When selecting Shipping Destinations, if you're willing to sell to any country outside the EU, click the first country in the list, then scroll to the end, hold down your Shift key and click the last country in the list, which should select everything; then hold your Ctrl key (on PC) or Command key (on Mac) and click each EU country to deselect them (see here for a list).

Note that the above settings only limit what buyers can select in their cart before checkout, and in the checkout pages we manage for card-based direct payments. A buyer using PayPal could still cheat by selecting any other available country in the cart, then proceed to checkout with PayPal and provide their actual address there. To block countries at PayPal's end as well, please see this page for further instructions.

If you're only using PayPal Payments Standard for checkout and might consider limiting sales to US buyers only—e.g., if you're based in the US and don't want to be subject to EU VAT—the simplest and most effective thing you could do is simply block non-US checkouts in PayPal. To do this, log into your PayPal account and to to [your name] > Account Settings > Payment Preferences > Block Payments > Block payments from users who: Have non-U.S. PayPal accounts (this also applies to card-based checkouts without a PayPal account on PayPal's checkout site). On that same screen, you can also block non-US shipping addresses, in which case you should also select United States as the sole permissible Shipping Destination in your E-junkie Dashboard under Manage Shipping & Tax > Shipping Preferences screen.