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Caskets at Costco?

Doesn't this seem a bit out of place? I wonder if they will have them right as you walk in the front door? Maybe a flashing light by them? If this was K-Mart they could have a blue light special on them. What do you say to some old geezer obviously near death's door as they wheel their shiny new coffin up for a checkout? Do you ask them if they'd like a few extra pillows for that? Do you ask them if they'd be interested in flashlights and batteries, you know, just in case they aren't quite all dead when they're interred? How will they advertise it? How about a spooky picture of Edgar Allen Poe, and a rack of his scariest books for sale? Put a black raven on the top of the casket with a motion sensor that triggers it to say, "Nevermore!" in a foreboding voice as people approach the display. Hey, this actually has possibilities!

Funeral homes are threatening to fight back with increased rates on their other services.

Costco goes Gothic

Costco Wholesale Corp., better known for bulk chicken and cases of soda, started test marketing caskets alongside mattresses at a North Side Chicago store Monday. They're also being sold at a suburban Oak Brook store....At a Costco on Chicago's North Side, shoppers checking out the new casket kiosk Monday seemed to like the idea that the same store where they buy so many things for this life was branching into the afterlife.... John Neuhaus said "I want the adjustable bed and mattress for my neck," pointing to one of the features highlighted at the kiosk. After all, he said, "It says eternal rest."

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(NT) (NT) Josh, will you loan your bats out? ;-)

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(NT) (NT) ONE, SINGULAR bat, right, Josh?

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(NT) (NT) wonder if its a do it your self burial?

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Ya' know, I don't think this is such a bad deal at all (if they handle it correctly) for two reasons:

1. If items such as caskets can be found at a place like CostCo, then maybe folks will become more "at ease" in discussing important and emotional topics as death, dying, and funerals.

2. Funeral homes charge WAY too much money for such items, and they are often speaking with people who have just lost a loved one. Their tactics for "which casket would you like to buy?" are oftentimes underhanded and sneaky. For example: They show you 5 caskets ranging in price from $2,000 to $8,000. Often a person, especially under emotional stress, will pick AT THE VERY LEAST the mid-priced casket. What they don't know is that the $2,000 casket is already considered a mid-priced casket, but since there wasn't a less expensive one in the show room, the consumer didn't know that and purchased something more expensive than they may have been able to afford. In summary for #2, we need more competition for the prices of such items.

Check out this Consumer Guide at the Federal Trade Commission website (PDF document, appx. 35 pages):http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/services/funeral.pdf
Very good information.


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You can buy them online, too!

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I think they ought to offer the whole package.

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Maybe a prepaid deal at selected mortuaries. Then you could really save some bucks.

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Hey....this old Geezer likes it....

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Gads, will your survivors be surprised when the time comes for the arrangement, it's like Marcia says.......

In my opinion the funeral business is the most lucrative that your children should strive to own instead of growing up to be cowboys.

Thought I would save money & troubles by arranging my funeral beforehand when I was to be operated on in Feb 03. Wanted to lock in a price and pay up front...
Oh...but depending on the funeral home....there are little clauses where they can increase the price when the time comes...for certain little cost of prices at the time. Then the price of the casket...gads....even a pine box...They will accept a casket from another source, but watch the USED CAR tactics on increasing the cost of other services.

Oh, the poor widow who has to go thru the 'highway' $$
that will be charged for those that are at the immediate grief.

You GI's veterans thinking of a fairly cheap funeral at a Government free plot need to check out how a funeral home will make up the $$ lost for that free plot.

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