Is it ethical to shop wholesale for my own use?
June 2, 2014 8:53 AM Subscribe
There's a way I could, legally and within the rules, shop wholesale - even though the purchases wouldn't really be for my business. Do you think this is okay, MeFi?
posted by anonymous to Grab Bag (41 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I happily shop at our local kitchenware store, knowing that their markup pays for convenient retail space and helpful staff. However, my happiness does not extend to their 300% markup on mixer attachments, sheet pans, etc.
I have a business that, although it's not a restaurant, sounds like it could be one. If I were to get a sales tax permit (a/k/a a reseller's permit), I could shop at wholesale restaurant suppliers that don't sell to the public. I would report and pay the sales tax properly, and have confirmed this would be legal and within the rules - just outside of their intent.
My spouse, also a MeFite, believes it would be unfair to circumvent a system designed to be used only by restaurant professionals - unfair to both restauranteurs and the wholesaler. S/he also thinks that it would be unethical to use a reseller's permit for personal gain, purchasing items outside my business' scope.