I am writing to express my concern that there will be no case lot sale at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, this spring — or, for that matter, anywhere in Europe (for budget constraints, so I was told). There will, however, be case lot sales at continental U.S. commissaries.

There seems to be something wrong here, when families stateside, with all the Walmarts, Kmarts, Targets, etc., can enjoy the savings of a case lot sale, yet folks stationed remotely overseas cannot. This is yet another example of the whittling away at the few “perks” left for those people serving overseas.

Case lot sales are events military families greatly look forward to in the spring and fall. Young families appreciate the savings on basic supplies such as paper towels, toilet paper, laundry soap, pet food, diapers, etc. Also, many of the items sold, in particular the paper products, do not have an expiration date, and so they can continue to be left on the shelves and sold long after the sale without the store taking a loss.

It is my understanding that in a case lot sale, the companies are giving the commissaries a discount on the products for the sale, so I don’t understand why this is a “budget constraint” issue.

Valerie Suttmiller

Incirlik Air Base, Turkey

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