Which office supplies are worth your money?
Albuquerque, New Mexico – Al Jazeera America is reporting that office supplies from major American manufacturers like Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Staples, and Microsoft are the most expensive in the country, while office supplies produced in the United Kingdom are cheaper than the likes of Ikea and Staples.
The article quotes an anonymous source as saying that the price of office supplies “has skyrocketed” since 2016, with prices in the US increasing by almost 30% compared to the previous year.
The source also claimed that the cost of a single desk saw the highest increase, with office supplies costing about US$3,200.
This has been the case since the US-based Office Depot was acquired by Microsoft in 2012.
Al Jazeera also quoted a spokesperson for the American Federation of Teachers as saying, “As an organization, we have a commitment to provide students and their families with affordable, quality office supplies and that includes Dell, HP, Dell, Staples and Microsoft.”
A spokesperson for Staples confirmed to Al Jazeera that “office supplies are still expensive in some areas but have fallen over the years.”
The spokesperson also pointed out that “the Office Depot price index is based on the prices of the highest-priced products.
That means if a competitor drops their price by 50%, that means they will have to change the index to reflect the new price.”
However, Staples has not updated the index since its inception.
Dell, meanwhile, declined to comment on the claims made in the Al Jazeera article, saying that it was “committed to the quality and affordability of our products and services.”
Microsoft also declined to confirm or deny the article, as it is currently under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission for misleading customers.