In the Matter of Staples/Essendant, Inc., File No. 1810180
Amazon is threatening to destroy small businesses across the country. They are the richest corporation in history. They got that way by unfair competition and predatory marketing. I live in a small town on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. Thanks to Walmart and Amazon, local businesses have gone bankrupt and disappeared. Even our City government purchases all their office supplies from Amazon, even though there are numerous office supply stores in town and in nearby areas. They simply cannot compete. That is not competitive capitalism, it is predatory capitalism. If you continue to allow mergers, we will soon have no other options in Rural America. I urge you to consider how corrosive and destructive predatory businesses like Amazon are to the long term health of our nation's economy. Please do not allow them to swallow up Staples, as they have so many other large companies in virtually every market in Americal.