Buying a casket for a loved one or pet can seem like a major challenge. Along with the emotional difficulties you’ll face when choosing a casket, you’ll also face practical struggles, such as determining the right type of casket for your goals and budget.
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- Tips for Buying a Casket for a Deceased Loved One on Amazon
- Tips for Buying a Pet’s Casket on Amazon
That doesn’t mean this experience has to be as challenging as it may feel. Online retailers like Amazon have made finding the right casket in your price range easier than ever. Searching for a casket on Amazon gives you the freedom to explore a wider range of options than you might otherwise have if you only worked through your local funeral home or suppliers.
That said, you should keep certain tips in mind when buying an Amazon casket. This guide covers some of the more essential points to remember when purchasing a casket through the internet.
Tips for Buying a Casket for a Deceased Loved One on Amazon
While Amazon simplifies the process of finding a casket, you still need to guard against spending your money on a casket that doesn’t live up to your expectations. These tips will help you ensure that doesn’t happen.
1. Check reviews
This is a very basic tip, but it’s important enough to earn a spot on this list.
Amazon helps consumers make informed choices when purchasing virtually anything by allowing customers to leave reviews. Because a loved one’s casket is among the most significant purchases you’ll ever make, you should take the time to thoroughly check the reviews of any item you’re considering. You want to be confident you’re buying a quality product from a reputable seller.
It’s also worth paying attention to the number of reviews for a particular item. An Amazon casket that has dozens of four- and five-star reviews might actually be a safer purchase than a casket that has only perfect five-star reviews, but not very many reviews in general.
2. Check delivery times
Depending on a number of factors, such as a seller’s location, the amount of time it may take for an Amazon casket to reach you after you’ve placed an order can vary widely. Because a casket is likely the type of item you need to receive within a very specific timeframe, you want to be certain you’re ordering one that arrives on schedule.
Check delivery areas as well. Some sellers only deliver caskets in certain areas. You don’t want to waste your time trying to make a purchase, only to learn a seller doesn’t deliver to your part of the country.
3. Sort by price
Don’t sacrifice quality in exchange for saving money when buying an Amazon casket. Shop around to ensure you’re buying the best casket you can get for the amount of money you can justify spending.
That said, if you’re on a budget, you may understandably prioritize finding an affordable casket. If so, you can use Amazon’s sorting options to organize your search results by price, from lowest to highest.
4. Don’t fall for tricks
Unfortunately, some sellers of Amazon caskets know that someone purchasing a casket for a loved one may not have much experience doing so and don’t know which qualities they should (and shouldn’t) look for. Sellers can take advantage of this lack of knowledge by describing a casket in a way that makes it sound as though it’s a high-quality item when that may not be the case.
For example, experts point out that some Amazon casket descriptions mention the gauge of the metal. Those who lack experience buying a casket might assume that high gauge means “high quality.”
That’s not actually the case. The metal’s gauge is only significant to those who will carry the casket, as it affects the casket’s weight. A casket with high-gauge metal isn’t necessarily worth more money.
Experts also suggest discussing this topic with a funeral home director if you don’t know which details you should and should not consider when choosing a casket. They can help you better determine if a description highlights genuinely important qualities or if a seller tries to use sales gimmicks to charge more than he should.
5. Check for contact information
It can be difficult to know whether a seller on Amazon is trustworthy. One simple way to increase your odds of buying an Amazon casket from someone who’ll deliver an item that matches its description is to check whether the seller lists customer service contact information. If the seller doesn’t provide any clear means of reaching customer service, you’re better off buying a casket from someone else.
Consider checking whether a seller has its own website as well. Although some reliable casket suppliers may only sell through Amazon, if a seller also has a separate website, you can research that person more thoroughly before deciding to buy one of those caskets.
6. Check shipping costs
The price of the Amazon casket itself isn’t the only cost you may need to consider if you’re on a tight budget. Caskets are large items and shipping fees for caskets can be higher than you might expect.
Check shipping fees early when narrowing down your options. This will help you understand how much a particular casket will actually cost in total.
7. Check for pictures
A single picture of a casket might not be enough to give you a clear idea of how it will look when it finally arrives. Caskets have many elements and details you should see closely before deciding which one to buy.
The listings for some quality Amazon caskets may only feature one image. Ideally, you should buy a casket from a seller who offers many pictures of the casket. Along with wide shots that show the entire casket, they should offer shots of details difficult to see unless you’re up close.
8. Know your cemetery’s standards
This is a crucial tip to remember not only when buying Amazon caskets, but when buying a casket from any supplier.
Many cemeteries have rules about the types of caskets you can bury on their grounds. If you know which cemetery where you’ll bury your deceased loved one, check its conditions before purchasing a casket on Amazon, and don’t take a chance on purchasing any casket if you can’t be completely certain it meets the cemetery’s criteria based on its description.
9. Coordinate with the funeral home
If you’re planning on having your Amazon casket delivered to the funeral home directly, coordinate with your funeral director ahead of time. According to the Federal Trade Commission’s funeral rule coordinator, funeral homes have to accept caskets from third-party suppliers if delivery occurs during regular business hours.
If there’s a question as to whether the casket you order may arrive outside of business hours, get in touch with the funeral director and, if possible, the seller, to ensure someone will be at the funeral home to accept the delivery.
Tips for Buying a Pet’s Casket on Amazon
Many of the general tips for buying a loved one’s casket on Amazon also apply to buying a pet casket on Amazon. That said, check out some specific pieces of advice worth keeping in mind if you plan on buying a casket for a beloved pet online.
1. Check sizes
This may be a basic tip, but it’s also a vital one that’s easy to forget about when you’re looking for a pet casket with the right design!
Pet caskets come in a wide range of sizes. Make sure you’re buying one that’s not only the right size for your pet but also the right size for the space in which you plan to bury him.
2. Consider long-term goals
If you’re buying a pet casket on Amazon, you might be thinking about burying your pet somewhere on your property.
However, you might also plan to sell your home one day. If you do and there’s still a pet casket under the lawn, buyers may want you to remove it before they buy the house. Fortunately, many casket materials are biodegradable and become a natural part of the soil.
3. Get everyone involved
A pet is part of your family. There’s a good chance you’re not the only one mourning a pet’s loss. Your kids or other family members may want to make sure you choose the right casket for your pet.
Get your family involved! Some people might feel a casket for a deceased person should have a traditional and dignified design. On the other hand, a pet’s casket can be more fun and whimsical. Allowing the kids and other family members to contribute suggestions can help you break free from your own assumptions about what a casket should be, making you more comfortable with the idea of choosing a pet casket you might not have considered before.
4. Be specific
The right casket for a dog or cat probably won’t be the right casket for a bird. If you only search for “pet caskets” on Amazon, you could spend far more time than you should looking through your options before finding the casket you want.
Be specific when searching for Amazon pet caskets. This doesn’t just involve specifying the type of pet you’re buying a casket for. For example, because dogs can be very large or small, you might also want to specify the breed of dog in your search. If you have preferences about the casket material, design, or any other factors, specify them in your search as well.
Amazon Caskets: An Option to Keep in Mind
From casket prices to casket designs, you need to weigh many factors when choosing how to bury a loved one or pet. Luckily, Amazon caskets are plentiful. There’s a very good chance a seller on Amazon will offer exactly what you’re looking for.
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