5 Office Supplies You (Probably) Don’t Use Anymore

A Post by Bonnie Johnson, Marketing Manager at Perry Office Plus

A reporter recently asked us if we had seen a decline in sales due to the age of smartphones and tablets. Of course, we certainly can’t attribute any changes in our sales over the years to technology, so much as we see the change in products. It’s easy to spot how manufacturers have responded to the changing workplace and economy to develop new products and let the dinosaurs go.

Remember these dusty ol’ favorites?

1. Address Book

No, not the one in Outlook, Gmail, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or on your phone. Remember paper address books? Barely? Same here.

But we do still sell them!

2. Rolodex

Yep, see #1. But again, we still got ’em!

3. Pocket Calculator

The only calculator in most people’s pockets these days in the one that’s on their phone. But does anyone really do their own math anymore? Besides figuring your discount during the clearance sale at the mall, that is. Of course, I’m sure our Accounting department would beg to differ! And we still sell them, too.

4. Pencil Sharpeners

Aside from schools who still use these a lot, I bet you would be hard-pressed to find even one pencil sharpener in your office. We have one and I have used it exactly twice in the last five years. X-ACTO still makes some really great sharpeners, though.

5. Index Cards

Again, schools use these fairly often, but not many others. From homemade flashcards to speech notes, these trusty little pre-cut cards have gone the way of the paper address book, as presenters rely more on notes from their computer or iPad. But we certainly carry them in all their ruled and unruled glory.

Now, these products won’t be going away any time soon because there IS a demand for them, it’s just much smaller than it used to be.  Or have I been too hasty? Do you still use any of these products regularly? Or do you know of any other office “dinosaurs” we’ve forgotten? Comment below and let us know!

About Perry Office Plus
We're Central Texas' largest independent office products & furniture dealer and have been locally owned and operated since our establishment in 1920. Visit our website to shop for all your office supplies and call any of our fantastic Customer Service Reps if you have any questions or need help with your office products.

2 Responses to 5 Office Supplies You (Probably) Don’t Use Anymore

  1. Doug Cooper says:

    I still use the pocket calculator and pencil sharpener but some products I used to use but don’t any more are typewriter ribbon, the fold up computer paper for tractor feed printers, white out and both sizes of “floppy” computer disks.


  2. Yep – good ol’ floppy disks! Seems like ages since I’ve even seen a computer that had the floppy disk drive slot. Thanks for your comment!


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