In the Matter of Staples/Essendant, Inc., File No. 1810180
As a consumer, I am submitting my opinion on the Staples merger under consideration. As this merger potentially jeopardizes myself and all other American consumers (both through pricier individual purchases and higher pricing passed on through business purchases) by presenting an option for legally sanctioned monopolistic practices, I request the FTC not allow it to proceed. The oligarchical nature of the private equity funds transactions has me extremely worried about the future my children face, living in what used to be a country where people could pursue private business and entrepreneurship with ease, rather than face daunting and disheartening barriers to entry.