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#1 posted 01-13-2009 12:01 AM

If you have a tax id and are a licensed business I don’t see the problem. I have my shop on property and have never been asked either way. The only issue I have is getting deliveries, since I do not have a loading dock.
Ofcourse it is hard to be taken seriously if you are only buying small quantities of material. Two sheets of ply and 50 bdf of wood every other month doesn’t look very professional. The discount any tradesman recieves is in direct correlation to the amount of material being purchased. You could also be getting the “good ol boy” cold shoulder. Some suppliers, no matter the size, don’t like seeing new guys getting the business of their loyal customer base.
If you are planning to be taken seriously, you need to go in when you don’t need material and see about setting up an account and establishing a professional relationship with your suppliers. In todays market place I don’t know any business that doesn’t want customers.

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