In the Matter of Staples/Essendant, Inc., File No. 1810180
As a consumer of office products and supplies, I strongly oppose the proposed and anti-competitive Staples/Essendant merger. In my medium-sized city of Rochester, NY, we have already witnessed the merger of Office Max and Office Depot, reducing the competition in the office supply market to two stores. I have already seen reduced competition on the products I buy. Small independent offie supply stores already had become virtually non-existent here due to the market power of the three large chains. This proposed merger leaving a single large chain will make the market even less competitive and seriously hurt small business people like my wife and I, while offering no benefits to consumers. The FTC should oppose this merger. Please keep me informed of this case's progress.