Costco.com sells CASKETS!!

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  1. Matt Butler

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    Ive browsed costco.com many times but for some reason never come upon this page

    http://www.costco.com/Common/Category.aspx?cat=20595

    I guess they do sell anything. Im sure that the average person isnt going to be thinking of shopping at Costco.com when buring their loved one.

    PS Im a loyal Costco memeber. Mind you im not bashing them by any means. Im just a bit shocked.
     
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    If you haven't watched "Penn & Teller: Bullshit!", you should watch the episode dealing with the funeral industry. After watching it, you may no longer be so shocked about Costco selling caskets. You might even prefer to buy one there.
     
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    Actually I never have seen P&T. Ill add it to my Netflix queue. Thanks for the heads up.
     
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    I heard people were dying to get them.
     
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    As someone who has vast experience with casketry... I can asure you they are not of the highest quality or workmanship. Nor do you appear to have a choice in interior style, or other artistic options. Plus Costco does not appear to sell discount vaults (In some areas a coffin must be intered in a secondary box/sarcophagus/vault, usually made of concrete or bronze, as to prevent sinkholes caused by decomposing coffins).

    Of course the primary occupant won't care, being dead and all, but the secondary market of people who attend the funeral will be able to see a difference at range.

    And for the very very small 'third' market for caskets: Goth's, vampires, and morbid people.... well they'll either have the $$$ to be able to afford the good stuff from Batesville.....or will buy the black-velvet pressboard coffin for $499 (as most young goths are on a limited budget).

    Of course if you really wanted to save some money, you have a direct cremation for the deceased, and wouldn't need a coffin at all.
     
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    Are you sure this isn't just the CostCo in Sunnydale?

    I don't think they're getting a lot of repeat business, though...
     
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    Mark,
    Had no idea. Didnt think to search for this subject. I hope the mods dont kill me. [​IMG]
     
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    Well, the Holidays are coming up. So, im sure they will sell well enough.

    I imagine the sales doubling by Thanksgiving.
     
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    I have to add one of my favorite David Letterman 'top 10s' to this thread:

    Top 10 Commercial Casket Models - July 30, 1987

    10. The Dirt Master
    9. Tupper-Tomb
    8. Krazy-Kasket from Whammo
    7. The Slim Reaper
    6. The 19th Hole
    5. McCoffin Styrofoam Casket
    4. The Comfort-King Velvetliner (endorsed by Paul Anka)
    3. Cap'n Crypt
    2. The Cardboard Warrior
    1. The La-Z-Boy Eterna-Lounger
     
  11. Matt Butler

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    Greg,
    Im not a Letterman fan but that is funny. [​IMG]
     
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    My husband works for Costco and he told me that there are a few locations that actually have caskets set up on display.
     
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    "casketry" - new word of the day !

    Also never considered the "sinkhole" option. Guess another reason I wish to be buried at sea !
     

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