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There are several sources you should be aware of for getting lists of
office supply stores. The ones that will provide you the most
detailed information are:
First, head to the Switchboard.com online yellow pages site at:
In the box labeled ?Type of Business or Service ? type in: Office Supplies.
You also have to enter a state in the ?State? box. As an example, I will use NY.
Click on ?Search?.
This will lead you to an intermediate results page that offers a
number of categories you can select from (including ?office supplies?
of course), along with the number of listings in each category:
office supplies (1540)
Computer Parts & Supplies (581)
Other Related Categories:
Artists Materials & Supplies (397)
Corporation Supplies (6)
Furniture Rental & Leasing (511)
Music Writers Supplies (9)
Office & School Supplies (402)
Office Equipment (2841)
Office Furniture & Equipment Wholesale (894)
Office Supplies Wholesale & Manufacturers (2)
School Supplies Wholesale (33)
Stationery & office supplies (1018)
Stationery Stores (2174)
As you can see, there are lots of listings available. By clicking on
?office supplies? it takes you directly to a listing of the 1,540
stores included in this category for the state of New York:
The first entry on the list is:
1 Card Store
1139 Jericho Tpke Ste 1
Commack, NY 11725-3000 Phone: (631) 864-4333
By clicking through the pages, you can access the entire list, and by
repeating the process for other states, you can access information for
anywhere in the U.S.
At another yellow pages site, Superpages, you can access a
nationwide-list of office supply vendors. From their homepage at:
click on the yellow tab (near the top of the page) for ?Nationwide
Search?. This will take to a search form:
In the box labeled ?Business Name? enter: office supply
This search will find all listed businesses with the words ?office?
and ?supply? (or ?supplies?) in their name -- you may want to
experiment with other word combinations if there is a particular
category of interest to you (e.g. printers).
The search for ?office supply? will take you to a results page with
more than 3,600 listings for the nation:
A number of these include web site and email addresses in addition to
more conventional yellow page information.
By the way, Switchboard.com also has a nationwide search function, but
I prefer the one at Superpages.com. However, if you want to give the
Switchboard nationwide search a try you?ll find it at:
The last site I want you to be aware of is the Google Directory
category for ?Office Supplies? that can found at:
Although not nearly as comprehensive as the yellow pages listings, the
directory is a good way of insuring that major suppliers such as
Office Depot and Staples are at the top of your list. Note, also,
that there are a number of related categories shown near the top of
the page -- such as ?Computer Printer Supplies ? with additional
listings that may be of interest to you.
I hope this information fully meets your needs. But if anything here
is unclear, or if you require additional information, just post a
Request for Clarification and I?ll be glad to help you further.
All the best in your ventures.
search strategy: relied on existing bookmarks of directory sites