Superior Suppliers?

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Here's a snapshot of a price comparison that was conducted in January among Office Depot, OfficeMax and Staples, along with their online counterparts. Note that some online prices reflect those found for a specific ZIP code, and prices may vary according to your geographic location. The in-store pricing seen below is based on the Boston area.

Product descriptionUnitOfficeDepot Online
Bic Round Stic
Ball Pens,
medium point
box of 12$0.89
Liquid Paper,
box of 12$10.49
Imation formatted
3.5-inch floppy
disks, 1.44MB
box of 10$4.99
MultiPurpose Paper,
500 sheets/ream,
letter size, 20 pounds
case of 10 reams$35.99
Avery Hi-Liter
fluorescent pens
pack of 12$5.49
Carter's Foam
Stamp Pad, black
Avery Durable
Slant Ring View
Binder, 1.5-inch
Not Available

Mie-Yun Lee is the founder and editorial director of, an Internet purchasing hub for small businesses. Doreen V. Bentley contributed to this article.

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This article was originally published in the May 2001 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Superior Suppliers?.

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