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EFI....NAAFI, whatever its called on Ops, is it worth it???

#1
Whatever the deployed shop thing is called im ranting because of the dire standards of the whole business.
Having done both Bastion last year and now KAF, both are piss poor comparisons to other countries efforts. Of course the PX is really in a different league and im sure the US Mil go some way to funding it, if not then really there is no excuse for the EFI. But even minor league players in Afghanistan have better outlets and what they sell than the EFI. **** me, the Boardwalk does better!
I dont see how 23 shelves of Pringles (usually 2 flavours), Ron Hill (thought they went bust) running shorts for $23 or the worlds supply of padded A4 envelopes but no normal sized ones are a suitable excuse for a shop.
Admittedly the pseudo Costa thats usually attached next door is a better attempt but thats about it.
And the excuse "well we are winding down" doesnt really apply as its been like this for years.
Anyway.....im off the pseudo Costa for a brew and meet other stupidly rich ex mil contractors!
 
#7
Just console yourself thinking of those who spent/spend their tours in FOBs and PBs (not me I might add!) - who would dream of a shop where they could buy Pringles 'n' stuff...:)
 
#10
Just console yourself thinking of those who spent/spend their tours in FOBs and PBs (not me I might add!) - who would dream of a shop where they could buy Pringles 'n' stuff...:)
The EFI are in some FOBs. SQT for one, so anything there is better than nothing but just seems they could do better elsewhere.
 
#11
The joy of the EFI at Shibetha, was certainly something to look forward to. Summer tour and their shelves were stocked with softi jackets and radox bath salts. The jinglies always seemed to have a better selection of tat that was worth spending a few shekels on
 
#12
EFI/NAAFI didn't have the best rep, certainly Mossbank Bks in the early 90s, Bordon mid 90s and other assorted REME postings were pitiful. Having said that, although they would never have sold the hardcore porn found in Dragan's Stall in Vitez ca.1995, they were getting better.

It all depends if you constantly compare them to the US. The Danes spend correspondingly more than us, but then they don't provide (iffy) pizza and garlic bread to wankered squaddies in the Falklands at midnight. Not the best, not the worst (I'm looking at you Norway. Ringes beer? **** beer, more like.)
 
#13
Legally all employers have to employ a small percentage of retards and fuckwits, EFI is the perfect solution.

Shame it's the fuckwits that still order Ronhills and one flavour of Pringles...

I'm looking at you Norway. Ringes beer? **** beer, more like
Never as bad as the EFI wine...
 
#15
Whatever the deployed shop thing is called im ranting because of the dire standards of the whole business.
Having done both Bastion last year and now KAF, both are piss poor comparisons to other countries efforts. Of course the PX is really in a different league and im sure the US Mil go some way to funding it, if not then really there is no excuse for the EFI. But even minor league players in Afghanistan have better outlets and what they sell than the EFI. **** me, the Boardwalk does better!
I dont see how 23 shelves of Pringles (usually 2 flavours), Ron Hill (thought they went bust) running shorts for $23 or the worlds supply of padded A4 envelopes but no normal sized ones are a suitable excuse for a shop.
Admittedly the pseudo Costa thats usually attached next door is a better attempt but thats about it.
And the excuse "well we are winding down" doesnt really apply as its been like this for years.
Anyway.....im off the pseudo Costa for a brew and meet other stupidly rich ex mil contractors!

In basic economics, it's called "a captive market"...
 
#16
In basic economics, it's called "a captive market"...
Well, we could be here all night deciding if national EFI's/PX's/ECOS etc. have "captive markets" or if they are all competing at a low level for the coin/pogs of other nations and if EFI/NAAFI have the right idea or not.

Actually, thinking about it again, we seemed to have half of the Norwegian and US AMF(L) ORBAT sniffing around our EFI for spirits. **** it. They were actually quite good. Cheers, Girls!
 
#17
The one in KAF used to sell swimming goggles.

WTF? No one was likely to spend their free time snorkelling in the cess pools. And to think that NAAFI spent time and money shipping them over to put them on the shelves.

Muppets. Without a captive audience they wouldn't last 5 minutes.
 
#18
The one in KAF used to sell swimming goggles.

WTF? No one was likely to spend their free time snorkelling in the cess pools. And to think that NAAFI spent time and money shipping them over to put them on the shelves.

Muppets. Without a captive audience they wouldn't last 5 minutes.

Do you think they stocked stuff like that as a joke to see if anyone actually questioned it?



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#19
The joy of the EFI at Shibetha, was certainly something to look forward to. Summer tour and their shelves were stocked with softi jackets and radox bath salts. The jinglies always seemed to have a better selection of tat that was worth spending a few shekels on
You should have been there when it first opened. It's stock had clearly been taken from NAAFI shelves throughout the Empire as much of the stuff had price labels on - some in Euros, some in £ but most without a currency symbol. Regardless, that became its price in US dollars. There's a very rough parity between €, £ and $ so that was bearable - apart from the stuff that was marked in DM. I kid you not, there was stuff that had once been sitting at the back of some German shelf for over 18 months. Unsold in Germany, probably because it was over-priced, it was now being snapped up at four times the price.

EFI arrived without a cash float, so if your bill totalled $1.75, it cost you $2. If your bill was $1.50, it still cost $2 but you got an ice lolly as change. Fine while they still had ice lollies, we could chuckle over that, but eventually the lollies ran out.

Somebody should have realised that we were paid in US Dollars, as in multiples of, and had no coins.
 

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