The sharpening of pencils: Stationery price wars as back-to-school season begins

Our five-supplier survey highlights a huge variance in prices for the same items

04 January 2021 - 18:32 By wendy knowler

Hoping that January’s back-to-school stationery buying frenzy will kick-start its recovery, CNA, one of SA’s oldest brands, has slashed the prices of key items on schools’ stationery lists.

The new owners of SA’s 120-year-old iconic stationery company, which has lost massive ground to competitors in recent years, recently sent Sunday Times Daily a spreadsheet of its school stationery items, comparing its prices with the same items advertised by PNA, Makro and Waltons in their Back to School catalogues...

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