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Purchasing Tips for Caskets

Purchasing a casket online can save money and headaches

Selecting and purchasing a casket can be a daunting experience. One has to take into account the materials used for the casket, the size, how the exterior suits the individual it is for, and last but certainly not least, the price. While no one wants to consider finances when selecting something so personal, it is very important to keep the price of the casket in mind, as some families have found; especially those who have suffered an unexpected loss in which preparations for the funeral service was not made. Many people are not aware of the option of selecting and purchasing a casket online. It is strange to think that, again, something so personal can be shopped for online, but keep an open mind, as there are several benefits to this option. First, you have the ease of browsing through the selections at your own pace, and the options of designs and styles are often time more extensive than that which most funeral homes are able to offer. The other main advantage is the pricing is very competitive. Many are worried that their casket will not arrive, will arrive damaged, or will not arrive on time, and these concerns are understandable, yet easily addressed. We at Memorials.com offer free ground delivery for those families that have the advantage of a little extra time. For those that don't, we offer expedited services for most caskets, and when shipped, the caskets are extremely well protected with crating and other packaging material. The following are some things to keep in mind when ordering a casket from Memorials.com. We will add items to this list on occasion, so please contact us if you have any suggestions.

Funeral Home Issues:

The Federal Trade Commission has strict laws governing the relationship funeral homes have with customers who choose to buy their caskets from other dealers, or obtain their caskets from outside sources. Here are a few of the more important rules that you should keep in mind: Funeral homes may not refuse to accept a casket purchased from another dealer. Also, funeral homes may not charge for a handling fee for caskets purchased elsewhere. In fact, they are not to even ask to see a receipt for the sale of a casket bought from another dealer. (The latter is so they will not have unfair pricing advantages over competitors.) Funeral homes may not require families to sign disclaimers or otherwise waive any legal rights in regard to caskets purchased elsewhere. And, finally, they may not make slanderous statements about buying a casket from another dealer. We are definitely not saying that all funeral homes will have problems with purchasing from outside sources. On the contrary, many are very formal and respective, as they try to stay competitive with outside dealers, as well as help grieving families through a very difficult time. But, for those who are unfortunately having issues with their funeral home in this respect, we would like to enforce the following thought: YOU are the customer, and are entitled to good customer service regardless of your decision to get any memorial item from an outside vendor. Those who purchase caskets, or any other funeral accessories for that matter, from outside sources are not only saving themselves money, but are also increasing the competition in the death care industry, and in turn, can even help in driving down prices for future memorial consumers.

Memorials.com Reputation:

Memorials.com has been in business since 2002 and are a member of the Better Business Bureau. Please see the numerous customer testimonials throughout the site for more about our qualifications to serve you, and always feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. All of our caskets are guaranteed: if your order arrives damaged, we will replace it for free. We are proud to be able to say that we have helped countless families and look forward to the opportunity to help countless more.

A Consumer Guide:

When a loved one dies, grieving family members and friends often are confronted with dozens of decisions about the funeral - all of which must be made quickly and often under great emotional duress. What kind of funeral should it be? What funeral provider should you use? Should you bury or cremate the body, or donate it to science? What are you legally required to buy? What other arrangements should you plan? And, as callous as it may sound, how much is it all going to cost? Each year, Americans grapple with these and many other questions as they spend billions of dollars arranging more than 2 million funerals for family members and friends. Unfortunately, we have heard of families that have been taken advantage of during this difficult time, and they are often talked into purchasing 'packages', which in some cases, have services that were not requested, and sometimes not necessary. This is why we stress that it is important to know all of your options! Families can greatly benefit from learning about the options available to them when purchasing funeral accessories. The increasing trend toward pre-need planning - when people make funeral arrangements in advance - suggests that many consumers want to compare prices and services so that ultimately, the funeral reflects a wise and well-informed purchasing decision, as well as a meaningful one. While we often turn to the internet as our main source of information, there are also books that cover the the topic of funeral planning. A funeral planning book can be very useful as it will serve as a quick and easy to follow list of the necessary tasks involved with planning the memorial service for oneself or a loved one. To pre-plan any type of memorial service, even partially, is not only wise financially, but will also save the surviving family a great deal of heart ache, and could ultimately help avoid them from being taking advantage of in their time of grief.

Payment Options:

Memorials.com accepts all major credit cards and personal checks. You can pay using our secure web server at the time you place your order, or you can mail us a personal check. If you prefer, you may pay for your order in four monthly installments, but we will not process your order until the account is paid. Ordering is very simple, and you are able to place your order online, or by calling our toll free line at 800-511-5199. You can also reach us by email or even standard mail, and all of our contact information is available on our Help page. Again, we are always happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have before ordering your casket.

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