Unpainted jig source
MH, yes they are probably paying sales tax on the lead but not the 11% federal Excise tax (better CDS? LOL) on it because lead is not considered a Dingle/Johnson (sadly the name of the two politicians who got the law passed) taxable item until it's made into something specifically for fishing. Go to the shops that have the huge bins of no name bulk jigs and tell me they're not made in someone's basement. They are able to undercut the other guys because right off the bat they're saving 11%. It wouldn't surprise me that if the IRS came after them they would also go after the stores carrying the guys jigs.
Ditto feel free to make a donation.
Plus do we as sportsmen want to support someone who isn't paying the tax that sportsman were responsible in getting put on fishing tackle many years ago? I'm all for paying as little in taxes as much as the next guy but this tax was asked for by sportsmen and the monies are ear marked for water use such as stocking, monitoring, etc. These are things we need done and without the tax there isn't any money to do them.
Trust me I'm all about paying as little in taxes as the next guy but these guys going around the exsize paxes are basically stealing from the sportsmen.