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Walmart.com Selling Diapers and Coffins

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From birth to death, Wal-Mart has your needs covered. Amen.

Is Wal-Mart planning to take over the world? Probably not, but apparently the retail giant wants to sell consumers anything, ranging from diapers for the newborn baby to a casket for those who pass. While the thought of Wal-Mart selling caskets--yes, those things you bury dead people in--is somewhat surprising, evidently selling caskets is a big business--$11 billion a year in fact--and Wal-Mart wants to cash in.

The Reuters report indicated that onsumers can land on Walmart.com and purchase the Lady de Guadalupe steel casket for $895, or a Sienna bronze casket for a whopping 2,899.00. The company began selling caskets online a few weeks ago, but is currently trying the service in beta mode.

Walmart.com spokesman Ravi Jariwala told Reuters that the caskets do not qualify for Walmart.com's free site-to-store shipping program. Instead, the caskets will require freight delivery straight to the shopper's door (aka preferred address). The Sienna bronze casket has an estimated shipping cost of $99, almost the price of two PC games. Not to shabby for something so large.

UPDATE: Cosco is selling caskets online, too.

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    Anonymous , October 31, 2009 12:08 AM
    icepick314"The Sienna bronze casket has an estimated shipping cost of $99, almost the price of two PC games."i don't know what 2 games would require $99 shipping...

    Reading comprehension fail.
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    Sythix , October 31, 2009 12:30 AM
    What is the problem with you people posting random NON tech things on a TECH site. I don't care that walmart sells coffins.
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    lvlouro , October 30, 2009 11:50 PM
    did you really compare posting for a casket to 2 games... really?
    the dark jokes are for insane readers to do...
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    lvlouro , October 30, 2009 11:50 PM
    did you really compare posting for a casket to 2 games... really?
    the dark jokes are for insane readers to do...
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    ubernoobie , October 30, 2009 11:59 PM
    Quote:
    Is Wal-Mart planning to take over the world? Probably not, but apparently the retail giant wants to sell consumers anything, ranging from diapers for the newborn baby to a casket for those who pass.
    Even porn? xD
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    Anonymous , October 31, 2009 12:00 AM
    I wonder if Walmart would be willing to give me a discount if I allow them to place their advertisement on my casket;)

    I will even let them paint their smiley face logo on the front for steep discount;)
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    Anonymous , October 31, 2009 12:03 AM
    That fact that this country spends 11 billion per year on coffins...just coffins, when people are starving is appalling.
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    brendano257 , October 31, 2009 12:08 AM
    "Walmart.com, We have everything you need from the moment your born till LONG after your dead!"

    Tis a sad day indeed.

    @icepick...I hope your being sarcastic. He is saying that the shipping for that could buy you two video games, not ship them.
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    Anonymous , October 31, 2009 12:08 AM
    icepick314"The Sienna bronze casket has an estimated shipping cost of $99, almost the price of two PC games."i don't know what 2 games would require $99 shipping...

    Reading comprehension fail.
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    presidenteody , October 31, 2009 12:20 AM
    but can it play crysis
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    scryer_360 , October 31, 2009 12:24 AM
    @asdfjk2kjf:

    Toms is slightly misquoting. "Death" is the $11 billion business, not just coffins. That includes funeral homes, funeral preparations, the special escort service many people buy. I've seen headstones go up to seven large ones before (I've buried three grandparents).

    And don't forget: plots! The most expensive plot my family ever bought was $13,000, for a hillside that, a long time ago, several of my predecessors were buried in for free (back then it was just a hill, today, its a hill overlooking a scenic river and forest). And then there are those who want to be buried next to ancestors that already have people buried next to them. I know some friends who paid someone to move their deceased so that my friends could stick their dead next to some other old dead relatives.

    Heck, even a "cheap" funeral goes for a few thousand dollars once you are done. Cremation isn't much better: those damn urns can cost thousands as well.

    Thats why I've always told people: just nail together plywood and set me in there. Make sure to empty out my pockets for change, no one else is going to need it if its down there.
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    winner4455 , October 31, 2009 12:25 AM
    presidenteodybut can it play crysis



    OMG
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    Sythix , October 31, 2009 12:30 AM
    What is the problem with you people posting random NON tech things on a TECH site. I don't care that walmart sells coffins.
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    WheelsOfConfusion , October 31, 2009 1:02 AM
    Wal-Mart: Serving You from Cradle to Grave!

    Also: We cash in when you cash out!
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    michaelahess , October 31, 2009 1:18 AM
    Burn me up and put me in a take out chinese container. Screw wasting money in death, how dumb do we as a people need to be? You're dead for christ sake! I blame it ALL on religion!
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    Anonymous , October 31, 2009 1:58 AM
    Bury me under a Walmart parking lot, give the paver a case a beer, save $10,000, best regards from hell.
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    acer1_6 , October 31, 2009 2:30 AM
    the coffin stuff walmart is doing is soo funny HAHAH LMAO get this:
    THIS WEEKEND COFFIN SALE 20% off OR BURRY THE WHOLE FAMILY AND TAKE A EXTRA 30% OFF WITH FREE SHIPPING LMAO hahaha
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    jednx01 , October 31, 2009 2:49 AM
    hahahahaha. Am I the only person who noticed that the label on the picture says costco, not walmart? lol
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    acer1_6 , October 31, 2009 3:27 AM
    i saw that to and i went to costcos website and yup the coffins are for sale hehe
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    bogcotton , October 31, 2009 3:48 AM
    SythixWhat is the problem with you people posting random NON tech things on a TECH site. I don't care that walmart sells coffins.


    Then don't click the link!?
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    acer1_6 , October 31, 2009 4:02 AM
    Well BOG COOTN why dont you shut the heck up and stop ruining the thread..jerk
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    acer1_6 , October 31, 2009 4:02 AM
    sorry i cant spell
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