Walmart: “RIP, Dear Customer.”

Thursday, October 29, 2009
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I’ve always disliked the high cost of a funeral – the funeral activities, casket, flowers, burial, etc. I’ve always thought, as did my parents, that after you are dead is not a good time to waste money on crap you don’t need (and can’t appreciate). When my big day comes, just cremate me and toss my ashes to the wind. But if you want to have your ashes stored or if you prefer to be buried, heroic Walmart is now in the business of selling discounted caskets and urns. Always Low Prices.

Wal-Mart quietly put up about 15 caskets and dozens of urns on its Web site last week.

Prices range from $999 for models like “Dad Remembered” and “Mom Remembered” steel caskets to the mid-level $1,699 “Executive Privilege.” All are less than $2,000, except for the Sienna Bronze Casket, which sells for $3,199.

Caskets ship within 48 hours. Federal law requires funeral homes to accept third-party caskets. Returns are not accepted, the company says on its site, unless the product has been damaged during shipping.

If you feel like getting your shopping done way ahead of time, take a peek. Thanks to Charles Everett for the link.

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4 Responses to Walmart: “RIP, Dear Customer.”

  1. Dean says:

    October 29th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Perhaps a tip of the hat is due to the folks at the Institute for Justice for helping bring this about- http://www.ij.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=766&Itemid=165

  2. Jeannie Queenie says:

    October 29th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Karen, I am on the same page as you when it comes to funerals and caskets. Over ten years ago I made out my will with explicit directions that cremation was the way for me, and no fancy funerals. If my kids want to do a little memorial service all I ask is that they play my favorite jazz..no dreary, dark and deathly music for this gal. My father passed away a year ago and was laid to rest in a beautiful casket which was his wish. He thought I was wierd to want cremation given the Catholic church has frowned upon it. My take on that is they probably cut a deal with casket makers and funeral parlors! As we watched the casket being lowered, my brother-in-law remarked to me that a friend in the business told him that there is no such thing as a secure casket..meaning it doesn’t take long for the elements to do a number on the casket. Actually they fill up with water in no time at all, which really makes the whole idea even more absurd if you ask me.

  3. B says:

    October 30th, 2009 at 8:09 am

    This might be the one thing that might get me to shop at Wall-Mart. Well, actually that would be my surviving relatives. Still, why pay more for a box that just sits in the ground and is never seen after the burrial?

  4. Michael says:

    October 31st, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Great job Wal-Mart. When I buy consumables I tend to go to Target (but the Target near me doesn’t carry ammo or alcohol).

    It’s a pity that there’s a federal law that mandates that funeral parlors accept third-party caskets and urns though. Let the free market work!

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