Wal-Mart Enters Coffin Biz

Funeral homes face competition from discount caskets
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2009 2:08 AM CDT
This screen shot taken from WalMart.com shows a casket for sale on the Wal-Mart Web site. Wal-Mart quietly put up about 15 caskets and dozens of urns on its site last week.   (AP Photo/WalMart.com)

(Newser) – America's leading big-box store is now also a pine box store. Wal-Mart has started selling a range of discount coffins on its website and plans to expand its death products to include pet urns and memorial jewelry. Prices start at just $895 for a steel coffin. Funeral home owners say they're not too worried about the competition. Wal-Mart will never be able to replace the human touch funeral home directors offer, the head of an industry group tells AP.