The Staples in Skokie is just not as good as Office Depot. The prices on pens, pencils, paper, ink and many other supplies are highwer and they have less in stock.
There's an Office Depot with more floor space within a block. I don't know why Staples opened up here to begin with.
Today, I was looking for an ink refill. Staples didn't stock the item. Office Depot did.