'Dead meat?': People shocked as Costco sells cheap coffins and urns right next to BBQs
A regular shopper shared a picture of the display with the caption, 'Appropriately you can view this last minute impulse buy at the checkout'
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA: A Costco store in Australia has left shoppers dumbstruck by selling cheap coffins and urns right next to barbecues. The display came to light after a shopper shared a picture on their social media handle.
A regular shopper shared a picture of the display at the North Lakes store near Brisbane. In the picture, coffins and urns are can be seen placed right next to a barbecue station.
"Appropriately you can view this last minute impulse buy at the checkout. I want to buy a full size one and put it on my roof rack and just drive around with it permanently attached," the captioned read. However, it didn't take long for social media users to notice the quirky display and flood the comment section of the post.
“Do I need to try to fit into the short end?” one user said. “Imagine buying one & keeping it in your home for use down the track. Living with it - so negative and macabre," said another user. The third user trolled the supermarket giant and said, “Time for a change Sean…. The surfboard you have permanently okky strapped to the roof racks is so 1970’s….”
"With the current price of petrol it would be a ‘cost-ly’ gag. You would need to see if they also sell cameras to attach to the car hood racks to make Tok Toks to fund the coffin mobile” a user said.
Founded in the US, Costco is among the biggest retailers who deliver wholesome items at a pocket-friendly price. The supermarket giant has been selling coffins and other items at its Australian store established in 2009. There are currently 14 different types of coffins and caskets stocked in the store ranging from $360-$3,800.
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the Costco range is around 45 to 50 per cent cheaper than coffins from a funeral home. "It's been accepted really well. When the time comes and you need to buy one, you are looking for the best value, it's like anything else we do, we offer the best value and best produced," Costco's local general manager Patrick Noone told the outlet.
Costco opened its first Australian store in Melbourne's Docklands precinct in 2009. Now there are stores in Victoria, NSW, Queensland, and one warehouse each in Adelaide, Perth, and Canberra.