The other day I was chatting with one of my blogger friends Adrianna from NextGen Milspouse and we got on the topic of shopping at the PX onpost.
For newbies the PX = Post Exchange. It is that store on post normally located near the commissary that sells a variety of items including clothes, shoes, electronics, books and more.
The PX certainly has it’s conveniences. They offer year round layaway, are tax free and if you have a Star Card you can use it there.
That being said Adrianna posed the question and statement and I have to agree “who is the buyer for the PX”? and “whoever it is could use some serious help in that department”.
I have certainly scored my fair share of deals at the Exchange , but why do I feel like I am shopping at a high end department store when I am in there?
As an average every day mom and military family who is looking to save a buck, does AAFES really think that I am coming in there to purchase Coach or Dooney and Burke bags or Lancome makeup on a whim? If my husband goes in there to purchase a few casual Summer polo shirts does he damn near have to purchase Brooks Brothers or Ralph Lauren to get a shirt!
Don’t get me wrong I love treating myself to the occasional brand name piece here and there but I truly believe that when it comes to the apparel, shoes , accessories and cosmetics that there needs to be some major revamping.
I’ll never forget the day I stepped into the NEX (Naval Exchange) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. I thought I had just stepped into Nordstrom’s. There were cases of fancy jewelry , expensive fragrances such as Chanel and brand name apparel that I can assure you the average service member with a family cannot afford on a regular basis.
To be fair upstairs (yes this NEX has escalators) looked a little more normal with the toys and electronics section but at the end of the day I could do without all the extra.
If I want to buy an over priced fragrance I will go to Sephora or order offline where chances are I can get it cheaper, if I want clothes I can forget getting them at the PX because the “big girls” section is slim to none ,if I want fancy Nautica comforter sets I will go to Ross where I can get it for about $50 cheaper and for the life of me will someone explain to me why they sell Victoria Secret and Bath and Body Works (besides in the remote locations)? It’s not like the prices are cheaper.
The PX should be more affordable and not just when there is a sale or clearance. If I want to go to the mall then I will go there.
I will continue to use my PX during the holidays and as I mentioned the occasional red tag sticker sale where something is ridiculously cheap. That being said how much money are we saving when many of the items are over priced? Generally speaking the military encourages service members and their families to try to maintain good credit, yet it would seem putting such high priced items in the faces of some couples (especially young inexperienced couples) with access to lots of credit would entice them to over splurge.
I think someone in AAFES land needs a big newsflash that the Claudia Joys and General Holden’s (Army Wives fans know who these folks are) of the military world are not shopping there daily. It would really behoove you to sell more realistic brands at affordable prices and cater to the masses who utilize the PX frequently.
Do you find you find the PX to be overpriced? Do you shop there frequently?
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