Betty Bookkeeper explains the difference between office consumables and stationery – November 2016

Hi Betty 

Would there be a definition to determine what you can consider office consumables and what would be considered stationery?


Hi Janine

This is always a tricky one! I don’t have a definition to distinguish between the two, however a consumable is something that is used recurrently. If you apply this thought to your work, then pens / pencils, etc. are office consumables – these are items which will be used up and replaced with new pens, etc.

However, something like a calculator would be classified as stationery.

Hope that helps!

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