Hi, I volunteer with Bikes del Pueblo, a volunteer-run non-profit bike
collective in San Diego, CA. We teach bike mechanics and offer very low
priced, free, or donation based used bikes and parts.
We want to find a bike supply distributor (such as JBI, QBP, etc) to work
with to start ordering bike supplies, tubes, and parts at their wholesale
prices. I've been finding that these companies ask for an application to be
completed first with required documents like a state sales tax certificate,
license for selling and repairing bikes, and other stuff that bike shops
would have but we don't have any of.
We have insurance, 501c3 non-profit status, and a space to operate out of,
but don't do sales tax, don't have licenses, and don't have a formal sales
floor vs repair areas.
Would other bike coops/collectives have recommendations of wholesale bike
distributors to get in touch with for ordering that would accept
collectives like ours without needing to be a standard style bike shop or
have all those official documents?