By "presence" I meant registered as a business within that State -- Washington's criteria for charging taxes for online purchases. They use the word "presence" in their legal description. It broadens the scope to any branch of the company, not just the headquarters.
It is worth a shopper's time to find sites that don't charge taxes in their state. That's why I do, indeed, do A LOT of research before I finalize a purchase. When I buy from a site I compare the price after shipping and taxes. And, since I do a lot of online shopping, and I am choosy, I am accustomed to extremely good service.
By "whining" you mean having a legitimate concern and letting others know what they're getting into? Interesting.
I have been with Newegg for, I think, 13 years and never had a single complaint. I am letting people know about the delays because so many others are having the same experience recently.
But thanks for your compassion.