After watching “The Office” for all these years, we finally have an opportunity to test the Dunder Mifflin product line.
In an effort to apparently make America fall in love with paper again, Staples’ Quills.com and NBC have joined forces to make Dunder Mifflin copy paper available for purchase. As first reported by the Wall Street Journal, the packages of paper will be decorated with “Office”-related slogans like “Our motto is, ‘Quabity first,’” and will cost more than traditional boxes of copy paper.
How much more?
Well, according to information on Quill.com, cartons of Dunder Mifflin brand paper are on sale for $34.99. A quick look at plain, old copy paper — the kind presumably not made with the same attention to detail one finds in Scranton, Pa., — can be purchased on Staples.com for as low as $7.49 per carton. That’s quite a mark-up, which is kind of ironic when one considers that members of the sales staff at Dunder Mifflin have often gone out of their way to deliver low prices to loyal customers.
But of course, one can’t put a price tag on the cache that comes from owning supplies manufactured and sold by people who spend their work days at Cafe Disco and/or knocking back “egg noggasakis” at Benihana. Plus, you can use the paper for writing words or reading them. You know, like you do now with your iPad.
Even if Dunder Mifflin paper doesn’t single-handedly reinvigorate the paper industry as we know it, this much is clear: there’s no way it can be more of a failure than Ryan Howard’s WUPHF.com.