I want to make everyone aware of what AAFES is doing and not to be mislead. (The Army and Air Force Exchange) If you have noticed the AAFES website has a new online auction. They list cheap watches and jewelry that are NO where near the value listed by the Exchange Auction.
Especially the watches. You are NOT getting a luxury watch. Most watches are listed around $1000 to $1500 but after reading this article:
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I found that these watches are just cheap Chinese made knock-offs. I even ordered one and while, it is a nice watch, its no where near worth $1500. Don't be mislead with the price values. I won my Jeanerett skeleton watch for $61. Based on the info from this site, I'm guessing it is worth about $400. While I still got a good deal, it irks me that AAFES has led me to believe I purchased a watch valued at much more.
I am very surprised that AAFES would subscribe to this sort of thing. Bottom line is, if you want a $100 watch, then this site is for you...but if you really think you're getting a watch valued at $1500, you're being lied to.
Also, most of the jewelry listed is 18k plated over silver, or vermiel. This is nothing but cheap costume jewelry, if you don't know. 18k is very soft and will wear off over time, leaving your jewelry looking like cheap, bubble-gum machine junk. Very rarely do they list genuine, solid gold jewelry on there. (Guys, if you're looking for a gift there, stay away from this stuff!)
Spread the word and help stop this company 'Always At Market' (the company who distributes these watches) from misleading people.This message has been edited. Last edited by: theainjmtant,
It is shameful that AAFES is sponsoring this site. While a cheaper watch for a cheaper price is one thing - ripping the troops off with fake "autographed" sports memorabilia is another.
Just google 'exchange auction' or search a bit more and you will see that the authentication of the autographs is done by people/organizations that are well known fraudsters.
I understand 'buyer beware' on ebay/other sites. Yet AAFES stands behind Exchange Auctions just to maintain a little profit center, and by doing so takes advantage of trusting customers who just don't deserve this.
It disgusting; check it out and call the AAFES
Inspector General - 1-800-527-6789
I was taking a look at this website and looked up the Certifying Authorities name for the Autographs and it took me to Alwaysatauction.com.
Some of the auctions on that website are running on both the AAFES Auction site and Always auction site. Which means the military is bidding against non military personnel for these items. AAFES needs to take another look at this and get rid of it. Here is the link I found talking about Burczyk who certifies the so called autographed items.
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I fell for this with a couple items before getting wise. AAFES should be embarassed by themselves.
Right now they are selling vacation hotel packages in Panama City Beach Florida and are listing the "Compare At" price at almost double what the actual price is on the resort website. Not a sale price, not a promotion, the regular prices.
I understand their catch all explanation of the "Compare At" price cannot be a quaranteed current representation for how much you may pay for any given item. However, when it is specifically available from the one and only vendor (in this case the resort offered), it is blatant misrepresentation bordering on FRAUD to say that a $1000 hotel stay (again regular price, not sale/offer) is valued at $1995.
I got a decent price on a couple things, but 35 of 36 items that I checked up on was offered everywhere at about 10-20% of the "compare at" price that AAFES Auction basically lies about.
After my current bids expire, I will never use this site again and I'm considering no using AAFES ever again. F the troops AAFES? F you then.
Yes, AAFES should be embarassed! I spoke with the AAFES Inspector General about the sports memorabilia scam on the auction site 10 months ago. He seemed concerned, promised they would get back to me - but I havent heard a word from them since.
The watches and vacations are bad enough, but the real ripoff on the site is the phony sports memorabilia. Some of the sports items sell for hundreds of dollars. What you get is an item worth ZERO and a phony certificate of authenticity!
And they sell many of those items. I envision a young servicemember out there, who knows where, plunking down a big part of a paycheck for a Mickey Mantle autographed baseball and getting ripped-off. It's happening 24 hours a day. Unbelievable!
I too have bought things from the auction website. Definitely, BUYER BEWARE! The items are not high quality items and can be bought at any cheap, discount store. Always compare shop before you buy. I have bought home items, jewelry, and even one of the vacation packages. The ads are very misleading, and sometimes out right lies. Read all of the descriptions. The home items descriptions were exaggerated. The jewelry was not real. The vacation package was gotten at a great price (about $100 for three nights) but you have to pay taxes and fees. Consider those when bidding. Check the resort prices first before you get in a high bidding war with someone. You may come out better with the resort itself. FYI--the resort is nice and in a good location.
Back in December, I won an auction for a beautiful ring. However, when the ring arrived, the stone was not nearly the same quality as in the auction photo. I returned the ring. Nearly 3 months after I returned the ring, I noticed that a refund had not been issued. I contacted the company again, and within 10 days, received the credit on my credit card.
Why are people wasting their time bidding those outrageous prices for junk. Stop wasting your time. The auction company places the same items up for bidding over and over again so just wait for the item to come up again instead of high bidding.
People, for the most part are correct. This is an AAFES scam to generate more income to the exchange without regard for the military personnel they represent. If you look closely at most items, they are inferior imported junk. On the surface, the price appears to be OK, however, the "compare to" id way out of line and misleading, especially on what appears to be high end items. On the lower end things that wind up selling for a couple of dollars (what they are actually worth", if you check the shipping and handling prices you will find they are way out of line. For example, an item that sells for $5.00, which is probably worth about $12.00 seems to be a good deal. HOWEVER, when an outrageous s/h charge of $20.00 is added, you wind up paying $20,00 for a $12.00 retail item. Moreover, if you look carefully you will see that many items are just low quality imported junk. Shame on you AAFES,to allow this to happen to military personnel and their families is a betrayal of trust and this practice should be discontinued immediately. The auction is a good idea, but it should only be used to reduce inventory of items that are listed in the AAFES catalog that are fully described (i.e., electronics that are being replaced with newer models, slow moving items, etc.) This is a definite black eye for the AAFES and its commanding general.
If you want further proof, below is a watch frequently offered on the site at the typical unbelievable price, yet it is available on EBay and several other sites for the average price of $35.00. It is nothing more than a cheap Russian Made watch being sold through AAFES by some scam company. If you have experienced issues, I would recommend going to the Better Business Bureau, Your State's Consumer Affairs Office, and the AAFES IG.
Is AAFES Exchane Auction the same as ExchangeAuctions.com
Where it states "ExchangeAuctions.com is the home of the $1 Start Bid, No Reserve Auctions. We offer consumers great deals on a wide selection of luxury watches and jewelry, electronics, sports memorabilia, framed albums and comics, collectibles, home products, tools and much much more.
All auctions start at $1 bid, with no reserve prices. We provide a Winning Experience with great values, fast shipping and exceptional customer service. In addition to the great values that you determine through the $1 Start Bid, No Reserve Auction, we offer the ability to earn Bid Bucks in the amount of 5% of your total net winning auction purchases for a calendar month. These Bid Bucks can be applied as a discount towards your next winning auction the following month"?.
Hmmm. Guess that's why you are NO Hot links LINKS
Same customer service number, same website layout.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Dave_M,
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