Wal-Mart Starts Selling Caskets Online

The world's largest retailer wants to keep its customers even after they die.

Wal-Mart has started selling caskets on its Web site at prices that undercut most funeral homes, long the major seller of caskets.

The move follows a similar one by discount rival Costco, which also sells caskets on its site.

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.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Oct 31, 2009 at 05:31 PM
    First, the article says that federal law requires funeral homes to take third-party caskets. So if that funeral home cooly tells you "we don't take third-party caskets", just tell them "yes, you do" with all the confidence you can muster, and see if they push back. If they do, they could be looking at more trouble than they want. (Or shop around.) Second, Walmart sells everything. Why is this a surprise? Third, wanna fix Walmart and the economy? Impose a trading ratio of 1:1 with China... American companies buy a billion dollars of their exports, they have to buy a billion dollars of ours. Buying American would get a whole lot cheaper in a hurry. (Fourth, to the other commenters, "layaway" doesn't have spaces or dashes.)
  • by B Location: G-Vegas on Oct 30, 2009 at 07:55 AM
    This has been tried before, just not a mainstream company such as Wal-Mart. It has failed miserably many times. Some funeral homes will not accept those caskets and the ones that do will make you sign a no fault agreement. I'm not saying all but most of these caskets are really inferior. Many have arrived to funeral homes scratched or missing hardware. In death and in life, you get what you pay for.....
  • by lol!!! on Oct 29, 2009 at 08:53 PM
    I can see the commercial for this one now... Instead of the roll-em-back smiley face jumping around on price tags....it would be quietly laying in a casket with the price tag still rolling back. This is nice, I'm glad wal-mart decided to do this, now I just have to plan my funeral costs. Tell me, if I ordered a casket, can I keep it at my home until I die??? Or does it have to be shipped to a funeral home?
  • by hmmm not such a bad idea.. on Oct 29, 2009 at 08:49 PM
    Honestly, I don't think this is a bad idea. It doesn't matter where the casket came from or how much it cost. It matters who is going in it. And this gives families opportunities to save a lil bit in a time of mourning. I would defiantly go ahead and start making payments on one. I have a wal-mart card, I wonder if I could charge it to that haha!
  • by tod Location: 7 springs on Oct 29, 2009 at 05:26 PM
    this is good news, funeral homes ( some) take advantage of grieving families with outrageous prices. No family should have to go into dept deeply to have a funeral. Of course we are partly to blame with our vain consumer society. Why spend thousands on a coffin when people are starving here in America and worldwide? It is still legal ( surprisingly) to be buried in your yard and that is an option , or cremation, we really should reconsider this custom of spending thousands on burials and putting that money into the ground when it could do so much good for needy children. Our worth as people should not be determined by how much our casket cost or how many flowers were at our funeral, but on how we lived and maybe a good measuring stick is how many mourn our passing.
  • by PUIREBREAD on Oct 29, 2009 at 04:28 PM
    Thanks to Obonga and Palosi Health care thats all we CAN or CANT AFFORD!Going to put all small businesses out of business building these things hiring ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS working under an americans social security number.TYPICAL SWEAT SHOP.Next thing you are going to hear or see is an URN on the shelf and an incinerator in the front parking lot.
  • by What next's Location: Winterville, nc on Oct 29, 2009 at 03:36 PM
    If they didn't take away LAY-WAY, maybe they want have too sell on line casket. What's next for Walmart.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 29, 2009 at 03:30 PM
    Nice for families who have family cemetary.
  • by JCH Location: Ahoskie on Oct 29, 2009 at 02:51 PM
    You might be a redneck if you buy your loved one a casket from WalMart...lol
  • by Anon Location: Greenville on Oct 29, 2009 at 01:53 PM
    Guess there is meaning to Walmart is going to get you coming and going.

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