Claim: Giant retailer Walmart is selling caskets and urns on its website.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, November 2014]
I had been sent this article, and a good friend told me that your site checks out things and can either verify or dismiss if it has any
actual facts in it.
The article talks about walmart will be selling urns and coffins now, it seems quite far fetched to me but alas you never know when it comes to walmart.
Walmart.com is one of a number of major retailers (like Sears and Amazon.com) who feature a "
Walmart.com indeed lists a number of entries for both caskets and urns from
In the article that initially drew social media attention to Walmart's caskets and urns, the writer expressed a sentiment that is perhaps reflective of questions about the veracity of the retailer's line of end of life items:
I would assume they don't sell these in store. I wouldn't like that I'd be able to pick up coffins for my wife and [me] at the same place I can buy my toilet paper and Fritos. Or maybe it's really convenient. Regardless, I'm not ready to decide.
It's unlikely any brick-and-mortar Walmart locations include caskets and urns among their stocked items, given that caskets are not items (unlike toilet paper and Fritos) that customers generally purchase during an average shopping trip.
However, Walmart's casket selection (even if unexpected to some consumers) isn't an entirely unusual retail offering for the country's largest merchant. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) long ago targeted practices in the funeral industry deemed predatory, which resulting in consumers retaining the right to purchase necessary supplies such as coffins and urns wherever they like. While Walmart may devote its floor and shelf space to more regularly purchased items, an array of caskets and urns for end of life preparation can indeed be purchased on Walmart.com:
Last updated: 20 November 2014