Why do People Buy Military Surplus or Supply?

Why do people buy military surplus or supply? For one group of people (veterans) it brings back a flood of memories and familiarity.  They have used the clothing and equipment and know that it is better than anything produced by civilian firms.  We see many veterans who lost items years ago and now want to come back and start using them again.  In many cases they buy equipment merely as a keepsake. For non-veterans, they associate military clothing and equipment as being made to a higher standard of quality.  Everything has to be built to withstand a lot of repetitive use and abuse. How does military supply/surplus compare to high end street brands as far as price and quality? I believe for quality purposes military spec clothing and equipment will be better than anything you can purchase off the street.  As far as price goes, I haven't bought much high end, but here is one example.  A pair of Levi jeans cost approx. $60 but we sell a pair of Battle...
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Survival Kit Requirements

This is a list of basic items that are recommended for a basic survival kit.  I am combining lists presented by the Department of Homeland Security and the American Red Cross.  Both agencies recommend that you have a disaster kit at home, work and in your car since you never know when a natural disaster will strike.  Some of the items listed are available through our website. Many of these items are available. in our HQ Store. Survival Kit Requirements First Aid Manual – FM 21-11 or Survival Manual – FM 21-76 First Aid kit Blanket Flash light w/extra batteries CPR face mask Cold pack Battery powered radio Shovel Knife Compass Booster cables Fire Extinguisher Flares or chemical lights Bottled water Non-perishable high energy food or canned foods Aspirin and gauze bandages  Other items recommend by Army/Navy retailers that I know are: Multi-tools Chemical defense (Pepper) sprays Water purification tablets Hand warmers Gloves Signal mirrors Face paint Magnesium Fire-starters P-38 Can openerSu Sleeping bag ...
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