Why are cardboard coffins so expensive?

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Why are cardboard coffins so expensive?

Post: #284427 sleepyowl
Thu May 07, 2015 9:47 am

Before my dad passed away he stated he wanted a cardboard coffin so a tree wasn't being felled just to burnt. What surprised me is the fact that the cheapest cardboard coffin that was on offer was £400 more expensive than the cheapest wooden one. It appears that just because things are environmentally friendly they can charge extortionate amounts. It gets my goat
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Post: #284428 diggernotdreamer
Thu May 07, 2015 11:06 am

It always costs more money to do anything that is 'good for the environment', you need to have money to put up turbines, install solar panels, have passive house. Probably, the cardboard coffin is still a 'niche' market and attracts a premium price. Gawd knows how much a wicker one would cost.

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Re: Why are cardboard coffins so expensive?

Post: #284429 ina
Thu May 07, 2015 12:24 pm

It's not just that; it also depends on the numbers produced. Small runs always cost more money to make, so if not many people opt for the cardboard, it would be more expensive. It's probably produced locally (i.e. in Britain), whereas cheap wooden ones might come from China - need I say more? (That's just me guessing - if anybody knows more about it, I'd love to hear it!)
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Re: Why are cardboard coffins so expensive?

Post: #284430 KathyLauren
Thu May 07, 2015 12:54 pm

The entire funeral industry is based on gouging people when they are the most vulnerable. They know that the recently-bereaved are probably in shock and will not argue about price, no matter how exorbitant it is. If someone does argue, they will say, "You've got to have it, so pay up."

Where I used to live, they were setting up a "green cemetery". I don't know if anyone is buried there yet, but the idea was that there was no embalming allowed, nor any coffins. There would be no grave markers, though records were to be kept of the exact locations of burials for obvious reasons. Getting all the required approvals in place took them years, but last I heard, they were close to being open for business. Motivations for the project were both environmental and subverting the extortion of the funeral industry.

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Post: #284442 doofaloofa
Sun May 10, 2015 9:10 am

Just burie me in the compost heap
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Re: Why are cardboard coffins so expensive?

Post: #284443 littlemissrose
Sun May 10, 2015 8:30 pm

Maybe it's because it takes a lot of effort to make these things. Because the wooden coffins market is large and exploidable. Large businesses are using underpaid labor and unsustainable resourcemanagement. Maybe this business is paying it's people a fair wage and pays a fair amount for it's resources.

Mind you, I don't know anything about this so if it is not the case :silent: . But people in general often forget how expensive it is to really create something. And with all the cheap crap on the market these days who could blame them. Wish I could afford to stop buying the cheap crap but allas. But I do try to make it myself or buy quallity when I am able.
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Re: Why are cardboard coffins so expensive?

Post: #284459 Marc
Tue May 12, 2015 9:10 pm

It's like KeithBC says - cashing in on a captive market. You can buy one on Ebay for £300 or a wicker one for £100. I've also looked at them for sale in other places in the past and you can buy one direct vastly cheaper than the funeral companies will charge. It's a rip-off, like so many things in this life ... :angryfire:
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Re: Why are cardboard coffins so expensive?

Post: #284464 ina
Wed May 13, 2015 3:22 pm

Right - I'll buy a wicker coffin now, to avoid problems like this later! Can always use it as a spare bed for my vampire friends... :mrgreen:
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Post: #284465 diggernotdreamer
Wed May 13, 2015 3:31 pm

my friends parents have their coffins under the bed, the husband has made them himself for the day they are needed

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Re: Why are cardboard coffins so expensive?

Post: #284472 ina
Thu May 14, 2015 7:32 am

diggernotdreamer wrote:my friends parents have their coffins under the bed, the husband has made them himself for the day they are needed


Good idea! I have some spare planks in the garden fro when I took my fence down... :wink:
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Re: Why are cardboard coffins so expensive?

Post: #284473 Flo
Thu May 14, 2015 4:31 pm

diggernotdreamer wrote:my friends parents have their coffins under the bed, the husband has made them himself for the day they are needed

Properly self sufficient then.

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Re: Why are cardboard coffins so expensive?

Post: #284482 doofaloofa
Fri May 15, 2015 8:09 pm

And not at all macabre
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Re: Why are cardboard coffins so expensive?

Post: #284485 diggernotdreamer
Fri May 15, 2015 11:41 pm

doofaloofa wrote:And not at all macabre


not at all, they use them to store clothes in under the bed, sounds a bit weird, but that's how we roll here in the NW

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Re: Why are cardboard coffins so expensive?

Post: #284487 doofaloofa
Sun May 17, 2015 7:55 am

Quite convenient aswell
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Re: Why are cardboard coffins so expensive?

Post: #284491 ina
Sun May 17, 2015 9:39 am

I think storage would be a bit of a problem here for me. No space under the bed (I have one of those guest beds that roll underneath my own...). But maybe one could stand it upright in a corner of the living room, and stick some shelves in it for books?

More ideas invited! :mrgreen:
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