- Nov 14, 2012
It’s common knowledge for most all of us that funerals are expensive, and caskets can be one of the most expensive aspects of anyone’s funeral.
While we’d all like to believe that all Adelaide funeral homes and funeral planners are trustworthy and have every client’s best interests in mind, there’s no way to know that for sure. While we have no direct evidence or reason to believe that any specific Adelaide funeral director has a mind to scam anyone at all, it’s still valuable to be aware of the possible scams out there so you can be protected with knowledge when the time comes to plan the event.
Casket scams are surprisingly not too uncommon in the funeral industry, particularly in that the line between what’s a scam and what’s simply savvy salesmanship is so fine. But even aside from reducing the risk of casket scam, knowing what to look out for can even serve to simply save you hassle and money when considering the right casket for the person. Take these tips to heart to avoid some of the most common casket scams out there.
Casket Bargains that Aren’t Really Bargains
Always be wary – when buying anything, really – of an exceptional bargain. Since it’s such a common perception that caskets are expensive features of an expensive service, some funeral directors may take advantage and offer misleading sales.
If you’re looking through caskets at a funeral home and are offered an incredible deal, learn as much as you can about it before making any commitments. Check the fine print and ask questions. Don’t let yourself get fooled and end up finding out after you paid for it that there’s an exorbitant fee.
Look Out for Financing
Financing scams are some of the most common scams in any industry. Consider credit cards. While they’re not scams, per se, they are often misleading to the uninitiated so as to take advantage of those who don’t understand the rules of interest.
Financing such a big purchase may seem like a good idea at the time, but be sure to check the fine print and make sure that if you’re being offered great financing it’s not because there’s a late kick-back of interest that’ll end up doubling the price of the casket in no time.
You’re Shopping, so Shop Around
Here’s a tactic often seen in retail, particularly in car dealerships. Salesmen like to show you the top of the line first, the expensive stuff that they make seem completely essential, and then everything you look at thereafter pales by comparison and you’re left thinking you’re missing out on something important by not going with the first thing you were offered.
Don’t feel embarrassed to look through the cheapest options or specify a low price range. No matter what you’re offered first, make sure you see the whole inventory, and then make the decision for yourself based on your budget.
In general, go with what fits your budget and the deceased. Don’t let anyone push you around or make you think that they know the person better than you do. This goes for novelty caskets as well; who’s to say that it would or wouldn’t be best to bury the deceased with his or her favorite ball club’s logo staring back at them for eternity? We can’t say either way.
The key here is know what you can afford and what you can’t from the outset and don’t be
“guilted” into any rash decisions by a complete stranger.