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Chris Raymond

Costco has it All, Including Caskets

By October 30, 2012

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I had another "OMG" moment during a recent trip to Costco, the membership warehouse chain. Wandering down one of the aisles, I noticed a massive can of Chicken of the Sea tuna. Containing more than four pounds of "chunk light" in water, I joked that this would be the last can I'd ever need to buy. In the end, I worked out my biceps with the can a little bit but ultimately resisted the urge to purchase "FrankenCan."

Costco is relatively new to my area, opening only its third store in Wisconsin last year. Since then, I've enjoyed discovering some of the freakishly large items it offers. Pumpkin pies the size of truck tires. A sea of olives floating in jars bigger than your head. A 10-pound sack of powdered sugar. Who buys this stuff?

My only disappointment with the store is that this location doesn't display the caskets and urns that Costco sells. I remember this created quite a buzz in 2004 when Costco started testing the idea in two of its Chicago-area stores. Obviously, there was enough of a market for these items because they're still selling them today. Plus, Walmart jumped on the bandwagon a few years later and started selling caskets online.

I'm sure nobody would look twice at me for buying the giant can of tuna. But just imagine the looks I'd get if I wheeled a casket out of the store!

Would you consider purchasing a casket or urn from Costco? Did you know you can provide your own casket or urn when making funeral arrangements?


November 1, 2012 at 8:29 am
(1) Tony says:

I’m not sure I would purchase a casket. As a blog prior stated, what would you do with it until it is needed? Perhaps an urn. While I’m not an enthusiast for the urn in a likeness of myself, I might consider an urn in the likeness of John Adams. My remains would forever be inside one of the great minds of all time – yes, I like it.

November 28, 2012 at 12:15 am
(2) William Housley says:

While I think that the idea of Costco selling caskets is interesting and pretty innovative, I wouldn’t buy a casket at Costco, myself.

I appreciate the idea of making the casket purchasing process more streamlined and accessible, however, I think that such a purchase should be made in a funeral home or memorial service location. Call me traditional, but I just don’t think that this is something that is supposed to be up-to-date with the times.

With that being said, I wouldn’t judge someone else for doing it. In fact, I’d most likely think that it’s a cool arrangement. But, it’s just something I’m not comfortable with and won’t be doing.

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