In the Matter of Staples/Essendant, Inc., File No. 1810180
I am requesting that the the proposed merger regarding Staples be denied as this is not in the best interests of the American Consumer or our national economy. Continued mergers such as these reduces the competitive marketplace that our economic practices naturally encourage. It will also set up the continued attacks on the economy by vultures who ultimately will induce layoffs and price fixing that will discourage competition and will have a negative impact on the unemployment statistics. Sears and Toys-R-Us are two recent examples of the far-reaching negative impacts that mergers such as these have on the American Consumer and the health of the National Economy.