In the Matter of Staples/Essendant, Inc., File No. 1810180
I am a small business owner who will be harmed if this merger goes forward. Already office supplies are harder and harder to find...independent stationers locally have been increasingly killed off by big box stores.Wr used to have one in this town and three other ones in the next tiwn... all gone now with Staples and Walmart all that's left. Yeah a few things are super cheap online at Amazon or Staples, but most are more expensive and at the cost of the loss of so many other things no longer available, as independent stores and their different offerings vanish. And to nobody's surprise (except the FTC?) merging with the competition means not only will the Staples mega company drop more items we depend on, it will jack up the prices on what's left.