HRoth - 3:56 pm on Apr 16, 2013 (gmt 0)
This is the first time I have run across a business that is asking for sales tax for my state when they are not located there, outside of Amazon. In fact, whenever a company asks for my tax number, I consider it a headsup that they might not be a legitimate wholesaler, since no big wholesaler has ever asked me for it; they just assume that I am going to use whatever it is I am buying in manufacturing something, otherwise I wouldn't be buying it. What ordinary retail customer wants 144 empty bottles after all? Get real. I do have a tax number written in my address book, but the certificate--and they have asked for actual copy of the tax certificate to be faxed them, the number itself is not enough, the fact that I've been doing business with them for ten years is not enough, the age of my website is not enough--is buried in my business papers because I have had call to use it only twice in 13 years. I'm not digging it out because some lawyer who had nothing better to do came up with this idea. I consider this request that I fax them a copy of my tax number in order to buy some packaging from them, a company in another state, to be out of line, and I don't care who bought them. I am not buying the stuff from the company that bought them; I'm buying it from them. If this is the wave of the future, okay. When everyone does it, I will comply. But until then, I'm not going to. If they want to do it, fine, they can lose all the business they want. They and their new parent company are the ONLY packaging companies I have come across that are requiring that the tax certificate be faxed to them (or even a number provided). It's just stupid.