I started this year contacting companies that I was interested in and getting accounts with them. I had some success as well as some failure, which brings me to this question: What do you do if a company you'd like to use won't have you? Examples: I contacted Seymour Duncan and they won't sell to you unless you have a storefront. Well, that's just great, but what do you do if you wish to use them in your designs? What does Dan Lakin or Matt Pulcinella do? PLEASE don't tell me that they pay retail. I contacted EMG and they are strict about their policies regarding resale. They allow you to install their product and sell it, but you can't sell it without installing it or they will sue you. You can't sell over the net or they will sue you. What's their bag? How do you pros get the companies you want? Are there middlemen to go through that sell to luthiers/small shops? If so, who? Where can I find distributors? Also, if you know of other ways to go about getting stuff, please let me know. If there's one thing I hate... it's retail!