You can buy a casket at Costco.

July 16, 2008 | By | 3 Replies More

You can buy a casket at Costco. I don’t really have any comment about this fact.  I was simply surprised to see that you could buy a discount coffin (and other discount accessories for the dead).  For less than $1,000, you can get the “In God’s Care Casket.” Not bad, considering that the average price of a casket is $2,000.

I can just imagine someone heading out the door right now, saying “I’m heading off to Costco to buy a casket!  They got some great deals out there on funeral accessories.”

I’m not in the market for a casket, mind you.  And when I do die, I’d like to be cremated and scattered to the winds.  Maybe by then, Costco will have a drive-thru cremation service.

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Richard Neal says:

    Cremation is much worse for the environment than a casket, especially if you get a biodegradable one.

  2. Erich Vieth says:

    Richard: Good point. I certainly don't want to make my last act an extravagant use of fossil fuel to burn my remains.

    But I do wonder what uses more fossil fuel: burning one body or making a simple biodegradable box, transporting it to a cemetery, digging a hole and filling it.

    The first question is how many tons of carbon does it produce to cremate a body? Well, thanks to Google, I found a risque site that does offer some serious looking numbers.

  3. Erich Vieth says:

    Ooops. I forgot to post the link to that risque cremation/ecology site: http://www.cremate-me.net/globalwarm.php See also, http://www.cremate-me.net/env.php

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