Monday, 18 January 2010

Walmart Sales Coffins

Wal-Mart starts selling coffins

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

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

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

The world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart, now plans to hold on to customers even after they die - by selling coffins.

Prices range from a "Mom" or "Dad Remembered" steel coffin for $895 (Pound540), to a bronze model at $2,899.

The retailer is allowing customers to plan ahead by paying for the caskets over 12 months for no interest. They can be dispatched within 48 hours.

Catering for cradle-to-grave needs, Wal-Mart already sells everything from baby wear to engagement rings.

A spokesman for the supermarket giant, Ravi Jariwala, said the new coffin range was "a limited beta test to understand customer response".

The retailer is offering caskets at prices that undercut many funeral homes, say correspondents.

But an industry spokesman said it was not unduly concerned about Wal-Mart's move, because he said the firm could not offer bereaved families the human touch.

Pat Lynch, of the National Funeral Home Directors Association, told AP news agency: "There's no question in my mind as a funeral director for nearly 40 years that the most critical element is the human contact."

Made of Legacy Superior Grade 18-gauge steel
4" wider than standard sizes
Premium one-piece, reinforced swing handle bars in classic Corinthian design and end-capped
Adjustable bed and mattress
Gasketed rim
Contains memory tube
Half-couch design with square corners
Tufted design in open lid cap
Exterior dimensions: 28"W x 83"L x 23"H
Interior dimensions: 27"W x 74"L x 12"H
Made in USA

Material: Stainless Steel
Model No.: WAL-2583
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 230.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 83.0 x 28.0 x 23.0
Assembled in Country of Origin: USA
Origin of Components: USA

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