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Maryland, My Maryland

I just discovered that Costco online has added caskets and urns to their inventory. I don't plan to need either, but I had to check it out. I learned--no surprise here--that you can not order these if your payment or delivery address is in Maryland. I already knew that I can't play games online for money. And how well I know that I can't take delivery of alcoholic beverages. What else?

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efbq
Mar. 6th, 2005 04:45 pm (UTC)
Can't order them in Maryland, or can't order them in Maryland if you're not licensed in the area?
koralleen
Mar. 6th, 2005 05:51 pm (UTC)
Costco won't sell them to you if you're not in one of the states that allows you to buy them as a consumer. I imagine that if you are a licensed undertaker you would have a more reasonable wholesale source than Costco! However, if you do manage to come up with your own appropriate receptacle, by federal law any US funeral home should be able to use it. Maryland is not alone in this restrictive trade practice--only about half of the states (and the District of Columbia) permit individuals to purchase caskets.
whimmydiddle
Mar. 6th, 2005 09:07 pm (UTC)
Do you know the reasoning behind this?
koralleen
Mar. 6th, 2005 09:34 pm (UTC)
I'm only guessing here, but I'd say that the primary reason would be to protect funeral directors from competition. If you could pick up a Walmart casket for $300, why would you pay ten times that at a funeral home? I'd also guess that ednoria knows more about this.
ednoria
Mar. 6th, 2005 09:55 pm (UTC)
I'd say you're right. Although you can get very very cheap caskets at funeral homes, if you want.
mommyrex
Mar. 7th, 2005 02:56 am (UTC)
Wonder if ...
anyone makes build-your-own casket projects, or homecast urn kits. And then I wonder where they'd fit into this regulatory scheme. Maybe we could make a million bucks here ...
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