|Date: 10/02/2002 01:41 pm
From: "Susan Barnes" <redacted>
Subject: internet casket sales
Dear members of the FTC:
As a family owned casket store we are deeply concerned about another attempt to regulate us. This can only be taken as being anti-consumer.
I have noticed that one of the speakers on the panel is from the NFDA. This organization has been trying to put casket retailers out of business from day one. Because they have enjoyed a monopoly for so long, they take every opportunity both at the State and the Federal level to stifle the competition using whatever means are available to them.
Having the ability to check prices on the internet can only benefit the consumer. Studies have shown that consumers have saved huge amounts of money by utilizing a third party casket seller. They can't afford to have this option taken away from them.
I would ask that you please take note that this fledgling industry has an almost spotless record, even with all the ploys the funeral industry has used to stop us. One could look at any newspaper through out the country and almost daily see negative stories about funeral homes, funeral directors, crematoriums etc. yet no stories about shoddy casket retailers. The industry needs to be regulated where the problem lies not with the entrepreneurs that are making it easier for the consumer to have a choice.
Al and Susan Barnes