From cradle to grave: Costco selling cut-price coffins
COSTCO is famous for selling bulk quantities of everything you need for day-to-day living, and now apparently, dying.
Its store in Melbourne's Ringwood expanded its range to cater for those who are not long for this world by selling a range of discount coffins from Scientia.
Fairfax Media reports that Costco's other stores will begin stocking the coffins within months.
Its range of burial accessories include 14 different coffins and caskets starting at $360.
Costco has long sold coffins at its stores in the United States, even offering them on the store's website. Costco does not yet offer online shopping in Australia.
Scientia expects the coffins would be about half the cost of those sold by funeral homes.
Costco's local general manager Patrick Noone said he was sure the coffins would sell well, although some were unsure of what to make of the product line.
"This is an area we think we can show value," he told Fairfax.
"And we're all going to need one, right?"
The coffins will be delivered to the customer or funeral director within two days once the order is placed.
Costco has one site in Queensland at North Lakes outside Brisbane and two in Sydney.