There are probably as many reasons to sell a grave plot on Craigslist as there are ways to die. People change their ideas about what should happen to their remains, they move to other parts of the country with no desire to return to their hometown cemetery, or they disregard their parents’ wishes to keep the family together in death. Children move away and the parents decide to move with them and don’t want to inconvenience their kids by asking them to travel for grave visitations. Or, perhaps the possibility of a grave trade for something that can be enjoyed while one is still alive is more enticing than planning for death? Why not swap a human-size plot of land for a tractor, a boat, a motorcycle, or an El Camino?
This booklet surveys Craiglist sales listings for cemetery plots from throughout the US. This publication is preceded by four similarly-designed Public Collectors booklets that draw on texts from internet sources, featuring desperately weird forms of capitalism, found poetry, and content that will soon disappear from view or has limited access. Those publications are SOLD AS BLANK / POSSIBLE LOST MEDIA (2019), STRETCH IS STILL SOFT (2018), 54 HITS FROM HELL by Blake Edwards (2018) and MATALICA TICKETS (2017).