Walmart selling caskets is drawing fire from the Funeral industry. This should be expected as there prices are far less than you will find at the Funeral Home. First in the AP Story the President of the NFDA dismissed the concept of selling caskets online. This is disputed here.
Some are calling Wall Mart selling caskets a beta test. This is not the case. The original Associated Press Story released to the media addressed the beta test issue. One Wall-Mart spokesman called it a beta test(Ravi Jariwalla) while the Star Legacy Casket CEO said there was a deal(contract) and not a simple test.(the lower level spokesman Ravi may have had incomplete information.) See the AP Story .
Many Funeral directors are trying to dismiss Wall-Mart selling Caskets at a discount as not useful and meaningless.
Other are engaging in direct attack and putting out the lie that WalMart is selling Chinese Caskets.http://www.pamil-visions.net/walmart-caskets/27406/
This is not the case, the Caskets Walmart is selling are made in the NORTH AMERICA..
Funeral Industry|Funeral blog by Your Funeral Guy
walmart picture from wikipedia under the creative commons license
Walmart selling caskets(an AP story) on line has drawn some interesting Web Reactions. From just in time for Halloween, to a suggested new Wal Mart Slogan- “Save Money: Live Better,Die better” to the more political spin “Walmart selling caskets online-just in time for government health care.”
Wal Mart Seling Caskets has been called impersonal, and not a threat to the funeral industry.The story covered by the Associated Press has been carried by major news organizations around the world.
From Mashable: “But, if you simply want to save a few dollars at the end, well, now you can.”
The National Funeral Directors Association new president Pat Lynch implied it is really not a big deal to the funeral industry, but it is.
Funeral Industry|Funeral Blog by Your Funeral Guy, R.Brian Burkhardt-Funeral Director, Illinois, Virginia