Why do direct cremation costs vary so drastically?

Mickyg asked...

I have called to get some pricing on Direct Cremation in one funeral home and they gave me $3500.00 with no viewing, another one $1500.00 no viewing, and one $795.00 & another $695.00. I am in NJ so when I looked into further they seem all to do the same thing just different pricing for addt'l Death Certificates. Am I missing a key fact on why so many places are more then others.

Expert Answer

Cremation Costs: The average cremation costs $1,800, but the price can range between $1,000 and $5,000, depending on location and the establishment selected. Most funeral homes do not have a crematory on site, so additional costs may be incurred for transportation.

Cremation Resources:

LowCost Cremation Services http://www.lowcostcremation.com/

Non-Profit Funeral Society Cremation and Funeral Home Network http://funeralcounseling.com/cremationnetwork.htm

Cremation Finder http://www.cremationfinder.com/

Cremation Source http://www.cremationsource.com/index.html