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The " traditional style veneer" coffin that is currently on sale at Takealot.
  • You can now buy a coffin for under R5,000 from the online retailer Takealot.
  • Delivery is free, but the product is "non-returnable".
  • You can buy a DIY coffin from Coffins.co.za for almost half the price.
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You can now get a coffin, on sale, for R4,899 (usual price: R5,500) from South Africa's largest online retailer, Takealot.

But while delivery is free, the product is "non-returnable".

The coffin is described as being "machine cut and hand polished with a variety of wood effects", and opens at the top or bottom.

Currently the coffins are available at Takealot's Cape Town warehouse, and those in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria can expect the product within two to five working days.

For customers in other areas, delivery can take from two to seven working days, which may not be ideal, given the time-sensitivity of the intended use.

There is only one style of coffin available on Takealot. It's not the only online seller of coffins in South Africa, with Coffins.co.za even offering a do-it-yourself coffin building kit for R2.600. On Gumtree, a variety of coffins are for sale across the country.

As news of the Takealot coffin started doing the rounds on Tuesday, one Twitter user expressed concern:

Online retailers are getting more creative with their offerings, with OneDayOnly.co.za - usually a shop for discounted high-end goods like bluetooth earphones and branded shoes - selling its first property, an  "exclusive luxury micro apartment", recently.

 

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