hmmm - well, I've had no issues, not a registered co. - I explained I was a photographer and wanted to some chems for some alternative processes, I've even gone out to the warehouse to pick it up - nice guys ... My freezer at home is filled with a fair few Ajax bottles and containers.
Something has changed.
Perhaps it is your approach - as you say you're "not that kinda guy" - why expect them to make an exception for you ?
As for the cost - Photography has never been a cheap enterprise, let alone hobby.
I am working 80hr weeks at the mo' and am moving house from one place without a letterbox to one I don't know where yet, in the next don't quite know how long yet either - I wont be able to help you with delivery, sorry mate !