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(Reuters)   OfficeMax and Office Depot set to merge, form Everything but Staples   (reuters.com) divider line 41
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2013-02-18 08:30:43 PM
For a very long time, I had no idea they weren't the exact same store anyway.
 
2013-02-18 08:43:21 PM

FriarReb98: For a very long time, I had no idea they weren't the exact same store anyway.


No.  You can distinguish Staples by their policy of rarely having things in stock.
 
2013-02-18 08:50:01 PM

I_Am_Weasel: FriarReb98: For a very long time, I had no idea they weren't the exact same store anyway.

No.  You can distinguish Staples by their policy of rarely having things in stock.


Staples online ordering was always pretty decent in my experiences. Office Depot/Max were both crap, but Staples wasn't ever that bad. I don't think I've been in their stores more than twice in the past five years though. Just online, and it may have helped that I had a great sales rep.
 
2013-02-18 08:53:45 PM
Office²MaxPot?
 
2013-02-18 08:58:27 PM

I_Am_Weasel: FriarReb98: For a very long time, I had no idea they weren't the exact same store anyway.

No.  You can distinguish Staples by their policy of rarely having things in stock.


Meant Max & Depot.
 
2013-02-18 09:08:42 PM
they're giving staples bulletin board material.
 
2013-02-18 09:21:46 PM
I want to open an adult toy store called Orifice Depot.
 
2013-02-18 09:48:54 PM
They should call it Max Depot.
 
2013-02-18 09:53:35 PM

usernameguy: They should call it Max Depot.


was gonna say this. *shakes tiny fist*
 
2013-02-18 09:54:11 PM
That was not easy
 
2013-02-18 09:54:30 PM
i.imgur.com
Let me know when they form Everything Except Shoes.
 
2013-02-18 10:05:06 PM

davidphogan: I_Am_Weasel: FriarReb98: For a very long time, I had no idea they weren't the exact same store anyway.

No.  You can distinguish Staples by their policy of rarely having things in stock.

Staples online ordering was always pretty decent in my experiences. Office Depot/Max were both crap, but Staples wasn't ever that bad. I don't think I've been in their stores more than twice in the past five years though. Just online, and it may have helped that I had a great sales rep.


There isn't a Staples nearby, so I end up usually using OfficeDepotMax if I hit an actual office supply store. Of the two, I prefer Depot, but I don't know that losing one or the other would be tragic.

The only thing that Depot has miffed me about is they no longer do their own deliveries to offices... last time I ordered something for delivery it came UPS and was a real pain in the ass compared to the old Office Depot box van deliveries.
 
2013-02-18 10:07:27 PM
Office Mifflin?
 
2013-02-18 10:08:48 PM
Stock for stock? Does that mean they will give each other their stocks?
 
2013-02-18 10:20:16 PM
Staples always has good deals, but you can't rely on the online utility to see whether a particular store has something in stock.  You do have to actually call the store and make the dweeb go look and see if they have what you want there or not.  Usually their computer will say they have 6 when in fact they have none.  Or they will have part of one, but not the whole thing.  You can usually find a store within 50 miles of you that has what you want though. Usually.  And it will be a really good deal.

There is a reason that insurance companies look at Staples to replace loss claims.  TMYK!
 
2013-02-18 10:41:26 PM
O2MaDe
 
2013-02-18 10:55:21 PM
Oh, or "Office MaDe", with a sexy french maid mascot.
 
2013-02-18 10:56:25 PM
And how long until they announce liquidation?

Even Staples isn't doing that great. And the newest Staples are more like mini-Best Buy's than an office supply store. On the sales-to-business end, they are all still doing very well, but they all have way too many physical stores. The everyday home-office worker can easily get paper clips and pens at Walmart or the grocery store.

\Still puzzled how all the big-box sporting goods stores stay in business.
 
2013-02-18 11:04:29 PM
Up here Office Depot already merged with Staples... There can be only one!... my mom calls the lot of them "Paper Clips".  (it's not like any of them were all that different)
 
2013-02-18 11:16:07 PM
I work for office Max and have wondered when we would merge.
 
2013-02-18 11:20:10 PM
Office Detox.
 
2013-02-18 11:31:11 PM

sendtodave: Office Detox.


Ding!! BOOM we have a winnar.
 
2013-02-18 11:33:36 PM

the_rhino: I work for office Max and have wondered when we would merge.


Good luck to you.  I don't know about your area, but in mine, the entrance to the 1 Office Max in town (there's 3 Staples and 2 Depots) is literally 350 feet from the entrance of one of the Depots (as the bird flies it, 500 feet if you can't cut through the service doors of the Max)
 
2013-02-18 11:40:39 PM
I thought staples was supposed to have merged with office depot years ago to become "Staples, the Office Depot", but I think it got backed out.

// trip to wikipedia

"On September 4, 1996, Staples and Office Depot announced plans to merge.[8] The Federal Trade Commission decided that the superpower would unfairly increase office supply prices despite competition from OfficeMax, because OfficeMax did not have stores in many of the local markets that the merger would affect.[9] Staples ultimately argued that chains such as Wal-Mart and Circuit City Stores represented significant competition, but this argument did little to sway the FTC. Following the denial of the merger by the FTC, a rivalry has formed between the two companies."

Hmm, OD + staples == bad but OD + OM == ok?
 
2013-02-18 11:41:04 PM

MBZ321: Still puzzled how all the big-box sporting goods stores stay in business


Most sporting goods are prone to wear-and-tear damage through normal use. Some items are more durable than others; the less durable items have to get replaced sooner or later.

/pretty much the same reason places sell groceries and auto parts
 
2013-02-18 11:42:16 PM
Also, 1996? Fark, I feel old now.
 
2013-02-18 11:45:27 PM
King Something: /pretty much the same reason places sell groceries

How durable are your groceries? Are your potatoes stressed to failure? Are your strawberries subjected to intense heat and humidity? Do your melons go through a bounce test?
 
2013-02-18 11:50:19 PM
Office Office, that is all.
 
2013-02-18 11:52:19 PM

lordargent: King Something: /pretty much the same reason places sell groceries

How durable are your groceries? Are your potatoes stressed to failure? Are your strawberries subjected to intense heat and humidity? Do your melons go through a bounce test?


No, but they do tend to be one-time use items, as they are generally not durable enough to be used a second time as anything but fertilizer. Like I said, wear and tear through normal use.

/that last bit reminds me, I need to go get some tissues and lotion
//fap
 
2013-02-18 11:52:28 PM

lordargent: Hmm, OD + staples == bad but OD + OM == ok?


Things to consider.  OM is the little dog comparatively speaking.  The FTC may not have the spine it used to have.  The parties may be more willing to divest stores.
 
2013-02-19 12:38:39 AM
I didn't even know OfficeMax still existed.
 
2013-02-19 12:40:25 AM
Of the 2, I prefer Office Max.  We don't have Staples around here, but I did get my printer from them in a wicked price match + coupon deal.  We have an Office Depot and Max within eyeshot of each other, wonder which one will close.  However, we had a gamestop across the street from an EB Games in the same area, and now it's a gamestop across the street from a gamestop; someone notify Lewis Black.
 
2013-02-19 12:54:11 AM

obamadidcoke: I want to open an adult toy store called Orifice Despot.


FTFY
 
2013-02-19 02:30:46 AM
Right-sizing, here we come...
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2013-02-19 03:44:38 AM
Office supplies, to me, always look like toy stores. I have to refrain myself from buying all the pens and doodads.
 
2013-02-19 07:13:25 AM
Everything useful at StapleDax I can get at Costco. Everything else is just worthless crap like "witty" coffee mugs and notepads.
 
2013-02-19 07:21:04 AM

padraig: Office supplies, to me, always look like toy stores. I have to refrain myself from buying all the pens and doodads.


Recently an Office Depot closed down and reopened about a mile away as a "smaller restyled store" I stopped in the other day just browsing laptops and printers when I felt I was in an Apple Store. The place was too damn bright and had carpeting with an annoying color. Of course the useless drones had to come and bother me asking me if I needed help, or maybe they thought I was a shoplifter as they followed me all over the store. Let them merge, go out of business and let Staples have the monopoly.
 
2013-02-19 11:33:33 AM

lordargent: I thought staples was supposed to have merged with office depot years ago to become "Staples, the Office Depot", but I think it got backed out.

// trip to wikipedia

"On September 4, 1996, Staples and Office Depot announced plans to merge.[8] The Federal Trade Commission decided that the superpower would unfairly increase office supply prices despite competition from OfficeMax, because OfficeMax did not have stores in many of the local markets that the merger would affect.[9] Staples ultimately argued that chains such as Wal-Mart and Circuit City Stores represented significant competition, but this argument did little to sway the FTC. Following the denial of the merger by the FTC, a rivalry has formed between the two companies."

Hmm, OD + staples == bad but OD + OM == ok?


Yes, because Staples = $25B , Office Depot = $11.5B, and Office Max = $7B.  So even when you have Max Depot you're still not at Staples' level.
 
2013-02-19 12:25:21 PM

obamadidcoke: I want to open an adult toy store called Orifice Depot.


Office Deep Hole?
 
2013-02-19 01:10:46 PM
taliesinwi : Yes, because Staples = $25B , Office Depot = $11.5B, and Office Max = $7B. So even when you have Max Depot you're still not at Staples' level.

Weird, because back then I thought it was the depo that was buying staples. But that was a long time ago and my memory is hazy.

Did staples go on from that to trounce everyone?
 
2013-02-19 01:58:26 PM
Huh. At work we have a contract with Max. Order online, they usually drop it off the next day. At home I use Depot but only because its 1/2 mile from the house. I don't see much difference in their business model so for the consumer, meh. For the investor?  Well, meh.
 
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