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.