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King_Fed  
#1 Posted : Monday, January 13, 2020 6:06:18 PM(UTC)
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Enough vets on this site to post... best explanation of the offer I've seen. Most stuff cost more here than at Amazon or Walmart, but for high-end/price items not paying taxes on purchases is a nice perk (not sure if you have to claim at end of year but the exchange site makes one believe you won't). Also, there are great sales at times. Of course, they are slower to ship vs. Amazon, unless you pay more (I don't mind this... but something to remember).



https://www.shopmyexchange.com/dav (official military exchange website). Here is a more familiar site: https://www.military.com...-purchases-exchange.html (has links to shopmyexchange).


Starting January 1, 2020 the Department of Defense is expanding in-store military exchange and commissary shopping privileges as well as MWR resale facility use to:

- All Veterans with service-connected disabilities
- Purple heart recipients
- Former prisoners of war
- Caregivers or family caregivers registered as the primary caregiver for a veteran in the Department of Veterans Affairs Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers

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GWPDA  
#2 Posted : Tuesday, January 14, 2020 6:07:17 AM(UTC)
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As you might imagine, this was big news in Hawaii - primarily for the commissary rights, which until now were not available to anybody but active duty. Gallon of milk at the Safeway is $4.50 - at the commissary, $2.29. You get the idea.
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#3 Posted : Tuesday, January 14, 2020 10:03:57 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: GWPDA Go to Quoted Post
As you might imagine, this was big news in Hawaii - primarily for the commissary rights, which until now were not available to anybody but active duty. Gallon of milk at the Safeway is $4.50 - at the commissary, $2.29. You get the idea.
And soon begins the blackmarket sales and then banning of individuals abusing the system. Saw it in the UK when retirees were finally allowed to use the Exchange and Commissary using VAT coupons (so Her Majesty's Revenue Service got their cut of every sale). Alcohol and Tobacco were still off limits though as it was known they would be sold via the blackmarket quickly...but it didn't take long for people to get caught and quickly lose their privileges. In many places in the US, AAFES/NEX and DeCA are not the best places to buy stuff (price and/or quality wise), so this should prevent some issues. However, OCONUS is a different place...

You should have voted Cthulu...the greatest of all Evils
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It is not just Commissary rights but also allows access to revenue generating facilities i.e., golf courses, clubs, bowling centers, recreational lodging, rv campgrounds, marinas, movie theaters, and restaurants.

But not fitness centers and gyms.

Here's all the details if you need more.

https://download.militar...ng-access-fact-sheet.pdf
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#5 Posted : Tuesday, January 14, 2020 1:19:31 PM(UTC)
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As you might imagine, this was big news in Hawaii - primarily for the commissary rights, which until now were not available to anybody but active duty. Gallon of milk at the Safeway is $4.50 - at the commissary, $2.29. You get the idea.
And soon begins the blackmarket sales and then banning of individuals abusing the system. Saw it in the UK when retirees were finally allowed to use the Exchange and Commissary using VAT coupons (so Her Majesty's Revenue Service got their cut of every sale). Alcohol and Tobacco were still off limits though as it was known they would be sold via the blackmarket quickly...but it didn't take long for people to get caught and quickly lose their privileges. In many places in the US, AAFES/NEX and DeCA are not the best places to buy stuff (price and/or quality wise), so this should prevent some issues. However, OCONUS is a different place...



I wonder if they'll implement a system like they have OCONUS, you use a card that tracks what you purchase. If your purchases are questionable your account gets flagged. I have been warned to be careful not to give the appearance of impropriety.
someoldguy  
#6 Posted : Saturday, February 22, 2020 6:53:34 AM(UTC)
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Some things (like milk) are screaming deals at the commissary. But a lot of things are the same price or higher than regular stores.

The big advantage with the Exchange (AAFES/NEX/MCX/CGX) is no sales tax. Plus some things are less expensive. However the customer service is usually abysmal so make sure you don't have to return anything or buy stuff online to have shipped to the store.
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