The funeral industry has always operated with very little regard for consumer rights, pushing and selling services to their customers that were costly and unnecessary; keeping prices hidden until it came time to pay the bill. However, even though funeral homes are required to follow regulations outlined in the Federal Trade Commission’s Funeral since 1984, funeral scams are still very prominent today.Find Out How To Protect Yourself
Up until 1970's nearly 100% of U.S. funeral homes were independently owned. Now, roughly 14% of U.S. funeral homes are owned by publicly traded corporations that stand to profit from the growing aged population in America.
Coffins are a large component of funeral costs. The mark-up on coffins by funeral directors can be greater than 100%. Robert Larkins, a family law barrister, suggests it could be as high as 200-500% in his book Funeral Rights.
Retailers like Costco, Wal-Mart and independent online stores price their caskets at about half of similar ones sold by the funeral homes.
One in four funeral homes in the U.S. regularly commit crucial violations of Federal Trade Commission laws that were enacted to protect the consumer.
Many funeral home directors falsely claim that state law requires embalming, when, in most states, it is not mandatory. Profits from embalming range from $700 to $3,000, so it is not in the home's interests to give you the facts.
A casket that sells for $1295 at a funeral home will typically wholesale for about $325.
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