The price you pay an undertaker for a coffin may be several times what the undertaker paid for it – a markup greater than you would expect of a retailer.

A fair and businesslike retail markup is twice the trade price and you shouldn’t quibble about that.

Until just a few years ago, undertakers ‘buried’ or disguised part of what they call their ‘professional fee’ in the cost of their coffins so, if you didn’t buy their coffin, they’d be badly out of pocket.

Some still do, but most realise it makes them look bad.

They now structure their fees so that, if you supply your own coffin, they won’t lose out.