Apparently there are more than a few people who are big fans of Office Space, just like me. The difference is that these folks are all excited about getting their hands on a red Swingline stapler.

Posted by jzawodn at July 09, 2002 03:28 PM

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# Joeljar said:

I am a huge fan of office space too. At school I say random lines to my friend(also huge fan). We sit around and laugh about stuff like when the lady just keeps on sayinng "corprate acounting Nina speaking, Just a moment." We have been triing to get a Milton stapler and they have one kind oflike one on the swingline website but not exactly. If anyone has any info email me at

Big fan,


on February 16, 2003 06:43 PM
# Hawk said:

You can get your own Red Swingline Stapler here too!

Its cheaper then on swingline's main site

on April 14, 2003 06:34 PM
# Quentin said:

It's not the same, the movie is different it has the white writing on the side, it's a fake!

on August 11, 2003 11:18 PM
# OS fanatic said:


"Office Space" didn't burn up at the box office, barely recouping the $10 million it cost News Corp.'s 20th Century Fox to make it. But in 2000, when it came out on video, it was clear the movie was reaching a particular audience -- cubicle-dwelling computer programmers. For months, Swingline fielded demands for "that red stapler" pouring in by phone and e-mail.

There was just a slight problem: Swingline didn't make bright-red staplers.

The Swingline in the movie was custom-painted by a prop designer. When real-life Miltons found out they couldn't buy one from the manufacturer, they simply made their own, creating a thriving market on eBay for Swinglines spray-painted red. Then, finally, in April, three years after the red-stapler buzz began, Swingline began selling a "Rio Red" stapler, its basic "747" model in a coat of lipstick. "Staple and be heard!" the Swingline Web site ( exalts. "WHAM-cubicles! WHAM-dress code! WHAMWHAMWHAM!"

"Office Space" has turned out to be one of the more effective, if unusual, recent examples of product placement in films. The movie didn't just spark sales for Swingline: It invented the whole idea of a bright-red stapler.

on September 4, 2004 10:47 AM
# Chris the dork said:

I don't know, my black Swingline (a classic, for sure) has jammed up on my a few times. I got into a fight with it, bloodied my knuckles, gave my coworkers a good laugh, and showed that stapler who really applies the pressure...

on July 26, 2005 03:47 PM
# Danny Bickel said:

What is the other stapler on the movie called?"...but i kept the swingline stapler cause it didnt jam up as much, but i kept the staples for the swingline...."yyyeeeaaaahhhhhhhh... how does that go again?

on February 9, 2006 07:52 AM
# Chris said:

The office went to the BOSTON stapler, but HE kept his Swingline!

on April 2, 2006 12:19 PM
# Brandon said:

I just got my own Red Swingline Stapler. I dare Lumbergh to take mine. I Love it!!

on September 28, 2006 08:23 AM
# Joakim said:

Here it is vut they dont have it in red only the crappy fake they try to fool us with

on November 24, 2009 06:28 PM
# said:

I was crosing the US border recently and the US customs officers all had red Swingline staplers on there desks. These are not easy to find, so someone at US customs must have placed a special order. Either they have a sense of humor (sic) or maybe they're less likely to be taken home by an employee.

on April 12, 2010 08:43 AM
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