In the Matter of Staples/Essendant, Inc., File No. 1810180
I urge the FTC to block the Staples/Essendant merger. As a small business owner, I am concerned about the threat to competition this merger represents. The FTC should more closely scrutinize such private equity related mergers, which often remove companies from markets and reduce the scale of their operations, leading to anti-competitive outcomes. Consumers are never the winners in these mergers: prices go up and product selection goes down. Companies that operate in a noncompetitive environment have little incentive to serve the needs of their customers. Instead the focus is on increasing profit for the private equity firm, which comes at the expense of a company's ability to compete, retain market share, or retain employees. Block the Staples/Essendant merger.