“You can get a quality casket for $1,000 rather than pay $2,000, $3,000 or $5,000 in a funeral home. That’s where it helps the consumer,” he said.
It is very odd that now one of the biggest retailers in the country, Wal-Mart, has begun selling caskets. Their marketing department probably saw the demand for caskets to skyrocket in the future as death tolls will probably rise considerably from unemployment, disease, and deaths related to mental illness and suicides that these symptoms of a decaying society brings to light.
Wal-Mart now selling caskets, urns online
Prices at world’s largest retailer may undercut funeral homes
Original story by MSNBC
MILWAUKEE – 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 many 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. Returns are not accepted, the company says on its site, unless the product has been damaged during shipping.
The caskets come from Star Legacy Funeral Network, Inc., a company based in McHenry, Ill., that sells the same caskets for about the same price — some less — on its site, along with many others.
Star Legacy CEO Rick Obadiah said the response in the first week has been better than the company or Wal-Mart expected, though he declined to give specifics. A spokesman for Walmart.com also declined to release sales figures and downplayed the venture.
“Several online retailers offer this category on their sites,” spokesman Ravi Jariwala wrote in an e-mail. “We are simply conducting a limited beta test to understand customer response.”
Original story full story by MSNBC
“We recognize these are tough times and more people are food-stamp-eligible,” Costco Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti
It is concerning that food stamps can be used in a store that requires membership fees. While it is commendable to believe that people should be able to get the most for their money in terms of price paid it would appear that the use of food stamps in a store that charges a fee for membership is odd.
If you can not pay your living expenses and need food stamps, how will you pay $ 50 – $ 100 per year in terms of membership Costco? It’s great that Costco is accepting food stamps for those who need it, but in what need are they really? This is socialism run amok. The basic tenants of survival are food, clothing and housing. If you can not manage them for yourself then it is time to re-evaluate. Everyone needs a little help sometimes, but if you buy club memberships, then you should not need government assistance.
Costco to accept food stamps nationwide
Oct 28 02:49 PM US/Eastern
PORTLAND, Ore. — Costco Wholesale Corp. said Wednesday that it will start accepting food stamps at its warehouse clubs nationwide after testing them at stores in New York.
It’s a big about-face for a retailer that has catered to bargain-hunting but affluent shoppers, and it’s a sign of the grim reality facing retailers and their customers. The number of Americans relying on government food subsidies to eat recently hit a record 36 million.
Costco, which is based in Issaquah, Wash., began accepting food stamps at two stores in Brooklyn and Queens in May under political pressure from officials who worked with the company on opening a club in a redevelopment area in Manhattan.
The company quickly expanded to all six of its stores in New York state.
Company officials said they had doubted many customers would use food stamps but it turned out new members said they were joining precisely because the company accepted the assistance program.
“We recognize these are tough times and more people are food-stamp-eligible,” Costco Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti said Wednesday.