Staples: ‘Locker chandeliers’ and locker shag rags could be hot back-to-school items

Binders in candy colored hues and “locker chandeliers” are among items that Staples Inc. expects to be popular during the upcoming back-to-school shopping season.

Staples, an office-supply giant headquartered in Framingham, largely caters to small businesses and folks with home offices. But the chain also gets a nice lift from consumers buying back-to-school products.

Sales could get an extra boost this year from the impending release of Windows 8, the next-generation operating system from Microsoft Corp.

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Customers can opt for the “Staples Worry-Free PC Promise,” which Staples describes as a $100 value that allows customers to purchase any new computer and receive free online training, free phone support, and a $15 Visa prepaid card when they update to Windows 8.

Besides geek products such as Windows 8, Staples also plans to offer back-to-school items with culinary themes. Need a $7 tape dispenser that looks like a cupcake? Yeah, Staple’s got that.

And then there is the “locker chandelier.” While there as some folks who think that lockers and their contents are best kept in the dark, there are others who want a locker to be fashion-forward and a credit to interior decoration.

For these discerning types, Staples has the Locker Chandelier ($16.99), which brightens a locker’s innards with seven LED lights. According to a Staples press release, there’s also Magnetic Locker Wallpaper (3 pack sheets/$8.99) in “fun and fashionable patterns or go retro with brightly colored Shag Rugs ($5.99).”