So how come more and more places, businesses, cannot or will not take TIF files? Or is it just me, I'm the only one going crazy? (Which I admit, is entirely possible ).
The issue, as others have stated, is largely laziness on the receiving end. But having said that, the customer (in this case the receiving end) is always right.
When submitting photos online, there are a number of things to remember that may serve to explain what's going on. The following are presented in no specific order (not actually true, they are presented in the order in which they popped into my feeble little mind).
1. Sites (and embedded systems) are designed for ease of design and administration, not ease of submission. If a site is going to display crops of images, offer multiple resolution versions etc. then they would rather have a single JPG specific tool than have to look at the input format, do a conversion etc.
2. Bandwidth concerns. JPG are typically smaller because of the compression applied, so the bandwidth costs are minimized.
3. Storage concerns. If everyone sends in TIFF files you're looking at needing a large storage array, whereas for most uses a JPG, at a much smaller size, is just as suitable.
As for what you can do... if you really don't want to deal with JPG compression, set it to the highest quality, full resolution, and you'll essentially have the same file. I figure it's just not worth the effort tilting at those windmills.