What is sham discount packages about?
"Sham Discount Packages" A discount where you don't save any money! Some funeral homes are attempting to eliminate consumer choice with a thinly disguised penalty for consumers who wish to save money by buying a casket at a casket store. They raise their service prices (TRUE Example, from $4000 to $6,000.00) then claim to offer a "Package Discount" to consumers who buy a casket from a funeral home. (Discount equals the increase, CAREFUL!).
Example: Inflated Price $4,000, you get a $1,500 discount, brings price back to $2,500.00) The only one who pays inflated price (penalty) would be a person who does not buy a casket at the funeral home!!! The "Sham Discount Package" is designed to negate ANY savings a consumer WOULD have realized by purchase of product at a retail store. It also forces a consumer to either buy a more expensive funeral home casket or pay for it anyway.
To avoid this Greedy Scheme: Shop around first if possible. Otherwise do NOT let a Funeral Director pick up the Deceased until you get a General Price List (GPL). ALSO, the funeral rule requires funeral directors to give a GPL when you ask for one in person, if you happen to visit them. Furthermore, they must have one on their person when they come to your home (hosp) prior to picking up the body, explain all costs and give you that GPL with other paperwork. Be clear and ask a lot of Questions.(LESS COST = see a casket retailer for funeral product!!)
Sham Discount Packages is an anti-competitive scheme, do not fall for it!