Variable pricing is a way to set item prices independently of their cost. Previously, DeCA sold items at the price DeCA paid for the item and added a flat 5-percent surcharge. This pricing method led to inconsistent savings across the store and across geographic regions. Variable pricing allows DeCA to feature great prices regardless of our cost. In addition, it allows commissaries to be more reflective of pricing practices that favor items most important to patrons and better compete with off-installation commercial grocery stores. Most importantly, variable pricing does not change your customer savings. Prices on individual items may move up or down, but the net effect is no change to the overall market basket savings you gain when shopping your commissary. Variable pricing also allows DeCA to run the business efficiently and be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars.