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!
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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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