June 30, 2006

Inquiring Minds Need to Know

Those of you in the know, I need your opinion.

Tell me what your overall impression is with AAFES. Not so much service issues, but for those with families that shop there - how's the product selection compared to other places? Pricing?

I most especially want to hear from those with children.

I'm doin' a little research.......

Posted by Tammi at June 30, 2006 09:12 AM | TrackBack

The pricing is competitive with Wal-Mart, but the selection doesn't compare. And alot of that depends, I think, on the base and how extensive the Base Exchange is. Luke AFB- wonderful! Ft. Benning or Ft. Leonard Wood- not near what you would expect for the size of those places. Rock Island Arsenal- that's a why-bother Exchange.

Product quality- very good IMHO.
And- no sales tax.

Posted by: Raging Mom at June 30, 2006 09:45 AM

In my personal experiance AAFES, sells alot of crap most military families do not need.


a huge assortment of lladro, hummel figurines.

Waterford crystal...

luxury and gift items to the max. little in the way of goods that an average family needs to exist day to day.

eg: shoe selection and clothing always horrid.

Posted by: armywifetoddlermom at June 30, 2006 11:41 AM

AWTM, I agree with the luxury items, less perfume counter and more housewares would be better for families. I guess my opinion was as one of those annoying retired people who take up the entire aisle trying to choose their bunion pads- you know what I'm talking about!! ;)

Posted by: Raging Mom at June 30, 2006 02:04 PM

We really liked the AAFES at Lackland AFB in Texas, but the one at Keesler AFB Mississippi left a little to be desired. The clothes selections were both great, competative prices, and high quality. Our children were nicely dressed and no sales tax...that's awsome.
I agree that there should be less luxery/decoration things and more housware.

Posted by: Emily at June 30, 2006 10:23 PM

You must be a savvy shopper to know when to buy at AAFES and when to buy elsewhere. The women's clothing is atrocious! They carry very little besides that stupid Passports brand and that stuff shrinks if you even get it near the washer. The men's clothing however, is quite a deal. They usually have a good selection of Nautica and Polo and a few other better brands and they have good prices on it as well. Shoes, not so great, but I can usually find the type of Reebok's that I like for a decent price. I think they may have more competitive pricing in the US than in Europe. They're about the only game in town there so it's not always a great deal. I like that they carry some of the pricier "unnecessary" items such as the Lladro and Hummel things because they are a very good price (cheaper than European economy purchase) and it makes nice gifts or allows you to add to collections you may have started elsewhere. My "kid" spends most of his time in the electronics section and isn't overly impressed with what they carry. We usually price shop for anything major and pick AAFES if it is close because we don't have to pay tax.

Posted by: Lori at June 30, 2006 11:52 PM
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