August 14, 2009
S.C. man selling cheap caskets
A South Carolina man is offering discount caskets for less than $500 and a build-it-yourself casket kit for less than $250.
Merritt Eggleston of Rock Hill said he was inspired to create his low-cost pine casket business, which he runs out of a small shed in his backyard, when he saw the price tag of a relative's $12,900 funeral last year, WCNC-TV, Charlotte, reported Friday.
You ought to see what some of them are going for on the Internet, even for animals,Eggleston said of casket prices.
Eggleston, whose caskets will be available at a booth Saturdays in the Trader Marc's building starting Aug. 22, said he also makes do-it-yourself casket kits that can be assembled with a screwdriver and glue.
John Gullickson, owner of Insurance Services of the Carolinas and a licensed funeral planner, said Eggleston's business is perfect for the current economy.
I thought it was a great idea because one of the biggest costs of the funeral is the cost of the casket, Gullickson said, noting it would save people $2,000 to $5,000 off the cost of most caskets.