This was sent in by email in response to what
we said about being asked to pay for your own materials:-
"I thought I
would bring something to your attention regarding some potentially
misleading information on your website. In the part where you warn
customers to be suspicious "If your artisan asks you to buy the materials
yourself", I feel it is only fair to point out that this is legal practice
if the artisan is registered under the "micro-entreprise" system as an
"artisan"(and not as a "commercant" or "artisan/commercant"). He may then
only charge for his services ("prestation service") and the customer must
pay direct to the suppliers for any materials. Under this regime, he is
not able to charge VAT.
I feel it should also be pointed out that some of the sites you recommend
for verifying SIRET numbers have incomplete data, which could penalise
genuine artisans unfairly.
Les Echos website is the only one with anything resembling a comprehensive
description of our business, and even then has some important omissions
(such as the fact that I'm a conjointe in the entreprise)."