Walmart: “RIP, Dear Customer.”Thursday, October 29, 2009
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.