FUNERALS and RIPOFFS: Doc. 12 -- Basic Consumer Advice


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Document 12

BASIC CONSUMER ADVICE

(This is the Advice Section from the IFIC's February 1996 MORTUARY PRICE COMPARISON LIST -- which gives the prices of the more than 60 mortuaries in the Phoenix metro area. It has been slightly expanded and updated here.

This is the CORRECT BASIC CONSUMER ADVICE that all families NEED
and which all media, churches, agencies and other groups should provide to them.)




Because of the GREAT DIFFERENCE in mortuaries' prices, the FOUR MOST IMPORTANT points of Consumer Advice are:

. 2. .CHOOSE a mortuary with REASONABLE PRICES -- REGARDLESS OF ITS LOCATION in the metro area.

. 3. . AVOID HARMFUL "protective sealer" caskets. (Highly-promoted, costly. Cause RAPID BLOATING/decay, instead of "protecting.")

. 4. . BE CAUTIOUS about PrePay Plans. (Most "lock-in" high prices; and/or are non-refundable, non-cancellable.)


ADVICE SECTION 2


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

THE FUNERAL INDUSTRY'S PROFIT SYSTEM and HOW IT AFFECTS YOU
(Note: The media need to provide this basic information to the public.)

FUNERAL INDUSTRY'S PROFIT SYSTEM: High-priced mortuaries have been able to continue this unfair system for decades by:

THE SOLUTION: CONSUMERS UNION says: "IT IS UP TO INFORMED CONSUMERS TO IMPROVE (FUNERAL) INDUSTRY PRACTICES."

MEANWHILE, the consumer's ONLY WAY TO PREVENT RIPOFF, as AARP and many consumer organizations state, is for families to

(WEB NOTE: You can obtain a copy of the complete "Mortuary Price Comparison List" by sending a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) to the mailing address in Document 1 -- Introduction.)


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To go to any of these Documents, click: 2009 Opening Home Page and (at the bottom) click on:
A) Overview of the Industry and these 17 Documents (Very long. Being updated) | 1) Introduction, Exposes |
2)
Planning a Funeral, Embalming | 3) Caskets, Photos, "Protective Seal" Casket Fraud | 3A) 2009 Casket Prices |
4)
Mortuary Prices
(Being updated) | 5) Industry "Profit System" | 6) Abuse Nationwide | 7A) Rip-off Categories, A |
7B)
More Rip-off Categories, B | 8) Advice to Media | 9A) Significant Resources | 9B TV Investigative Reports, 1 |
9C)
TV Reports, 2 | 10) Letters, Comments | 11A) Prepay Plan Contracts,Fraud | 11B) Refunds, Lawsuits |
12)
BASIC ADVICE
(Summary of these Documents) | 13) Short Version of these Documents

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