A number of folks have mentioned buying their D700 through AAFES, the the Army Air Force Exchange Service, so I thought I would point out some promo codes I picked up today at a BX. The Promo Codes were printed on cards near the checkout cash register so perhaps the cards are at your BX too. Code 8249vip1 is only good November 27th only and is for 20% off a one time item from aafes.com or the Exchange Catalog. The code 8250vip2 is good for 10% off any one time item from Nov 27 to Dec 7th. The codes are case sensitive and cannot be combined with other offers. The maximum discount is limited to $500 for either code. Hope this helps prospective buyers out there.
That was my understanding and I had not received any notice in my PX news letter to the contrary. I had noticed a number of posts pertaining to sales at the PX/BX and I thought that I had missed something. I did not realize that Nikonians fielded a large active/retired military membership. A lot of the reduced prices seems to be associated with using your STAR card. I need to pay more attention to the AAFES website. it would seem that I am missing some savings.
Good info. I just found this site and people seem to be well informed and helpful.
I made my D700 purchase last night from AAFES and it came in at $2299; which is currently unbeatable. Ritz also is part of the online mall there and offer 10 percent and free shipping on many of their items as well and have a ton of Nikon glass to chose from. AAFES rocks!
Also if you are registered with the VA system and have access to their Canteen service you can register and utilize the Exchange Online program but cannot gain access to a physical BX, PX. This is huge because the Exchange Online offers a large selection of items tax free. So if you are a vet and registered with the VA check the canteen service and register. With the 20 percent and zero taxes I saved HUGE on my D700.
Just make sure that you really research your purchases before you buy through AAFES. Their pricing fluctuates wildly. I was looking at gear on there just last night and found some interesting pricing discrepancies.
For example, I purchased an Olympus P&S a few months back from Beach Camera. After Taxes and shipping my total out of pocket cost was roughly $360. Currently on the AAFES website there are no fewer than 4 different listings for the Olympus 1030SW ranging anywhere from $375.00 all the way up to $529.00.
I added a few to the shopping cart and the prices came up as they are listed. The $375 and $529 are the exact same package...no memory cards or extra stuff...just a different price. This means that if you didn't pay attention and purchased the $529 package, even with a 20% discount and no shipping charges you would pay $423; over $60 more than what I paid through Beach 6 months ago.
I'm not saying you can't get good deals there, just saying "Always do your research!"
Jason Preiss Lieutenant Commander, USN
"Moreover the Lord thy God will send the HORNET among them, until they that are left, and hide themselves from thee, be destroyed."