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Old 04-20-2009, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Austin, Tx
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This is a topic that a lot of people do not like to talk about, but I inherited 4 cemitary plots, and I live too far from them to use them.
does anyone know how i could advertise them as for sale?
I have talked to the cemetary director and after he told me their value he offered to buy them for pennies on the dollar. I know that if we went that way, he would turn around and charge some family the full price for the plots. I would rather sale them to a family for half their value than think I was involved in such a scam type operation.
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Old 04-20-2009, 09:35 PM
 
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I tried using ebay but had no luck trying to sell the two extra ones that my parents bought in Elkridge, MD. Shortly thereafter, I got an unsolicited offer in the mail from a firm in Reston, VA that helps people sell unused plots. We never contacted them, as I was a bit miffed at them somehow getting my name and address from ebay (or from ???).

My father in law has TEN unused plots that his parents were suckered into buying in Falls Church, VA many years ago.
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Old 04-21-2009, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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I tried using ebay but had no luck trying to sell the two extra ones that my parents bought in Elkridge, MD. Shortly thereafter, I got an unsolicited offer in the mail from a firm in Reston, VA that helps people sell unused plots. We never contacted them, as I was a bit miffed at them somehow getting my name and address from ebay (or from ???).

My father in law has TEN unused plots that his parents were suckered into buying in Falls Church, VA many years ago.
Where in Falls Church? And how much do things like that cost? I live in VA, and it occurs to me that with the economy in free fall, this might be a good time to buy something like that. Sooner or later we'll need it.
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Old 04-21-2009, 12:33 PM
 
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This is a topic that a lot of people do not like to talk about, but I inherited 4 cemitary plots, and I live too far from them to use them.
does anyone know how i could advertise them as for sale?
I have talked to the cemetary director and after he told me their value he offered to buy them for pennies on the dollar. I know that if we went that way, he would turn around and charge some family the full price for the plots. I would rather sale them to a family for half their value than think I was involved in such a scam type operation.
Craigslist or Ebay.

Or you could donate them. A couple of years ago there was a house fire that tragically killed a 3 yo child. The family is very poor and had no insurance or money to give their child a proper burial. My mother got in touch with the family through the funeral home and offered to donate a plot that we would never use. They were very grateful and accepted the donation. Maybe someday you could do something similar.
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Old 04-21-2009, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Canada
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You can try placing an ad in the local newspaper. With luck somebody might respond; with the economy on a downturn more families are opting to cremation.
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Old 04-21-2009, 04:58 PM
 
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THey were commonly advertised in the part of WA where I used to live, both in the regular newspapers and in the freebie papers. From what I remember of the prices being asked and the current costs, I'd say the people selling got their $$ back in full, plus whoever bought them also got quite a break as well.
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Old 04-21-2009, 05:02 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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This is a topic that a lot of people do not like to talk about, but I inherited 4 cemitary plots, and I live too far from them to use them.
does anyone know how i could advertise them as for sale?
I have talked to the cemetary director and after he told me their value he offered to buy them for pennies on the dollar. I know that if we went that way, he would turn around and charge some family the full price for the plots. I would rather sale them to a family for half their value than think I was involved in such a scam type operation.
You say you would rather SELL them to a family? Well, just advertise. Try Craigslist. Be sure to put in the ad.... "Lovely view". I always have to giggle at ads for CEMETERY plots that say that.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 04-21-2009, 11:56 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Try a local senior newspaper, many areas have them or post at the local 'senior meal center', or activity center,
If you get to the 'donation mode' you can also check with local senior services center, hospice, or VA.

Never know... They might come in handy.

You could be very 'entrepreneurial' and offer a 'package deal'. There are inexpensive funeral home services that most people don't know about, and you could help direct them through that and into your plot! (saving the 'uninformed' several thousand dollars)

I my parent's case...The siblings would not go for cremation, so... I got to be creative for one of my parent's arrangements, as well as take a 2,000 mile 'road trip' + rent a backhoe for the burial. I dropped by Wyo and picked up a Fiberglass vault (which saved me $1000 and ALOT of hassle over a cement one). It was a real 'bonding' experience, and one that was recommended by a funeral director who was going to have to charge me a few thousand $$ for similar services.

Your 'inheritance' topic raised my interest... I inherited a lot of bills + 32 yrs of elder care from my folks, I like to hear of other interesting stories (Like yours!)
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