I am not sure how many of you know, but Swest will be consolidating
with Stuller and only Stuller will be left. If you buy your metals
from Swest now, you have to set up an account over at Stuller. What
a pain! Since Stuller is a wholesaler, they need to ask you about
20 minutes worth of questions, then they expect you to fax or mail
them either your proof of belonging to the “Jewelers Board of
Trade”, or your State Tax ID Card, A Business Card or other form of
advertisement, and (2) invoices showing gold purchases over the last
Like I have time for this?
If you are not able to provide them with this proof of being in the
jewelry trade, then you will not be able to buy precious metals from
them, and you will have to find a new source. However, if all you
need to buy is tools, then they will gladly set you up with a
tooling account without the hassle.
Just doing a bit of Venting here.