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Used containers for sale: Buyer beware

beware of used containers for sale

With the cost of a new shipping container often double that of the exact same model just a few years old, used containers for sale have jumped in popularity, appearing all over the web from eBay and craigslist to more reputable dealers that specialize solely in the sale of used containers.

So which avenue provides the best deal?

Before getting into that, it’s important to remember that the best “deal” isn’t always the best deal. For example, it’s always a good idea to buy a container close to your current location, enabling you to drive out and see it firsthand. That’s because shipping containers endure constant abuse at the hands of forklift and crane operators. Those dents and creases may not seem like a big deal, but they can quickly open the way to rust and corrosion and even destroy the integrity of the crate itself if inflicted on the right area.

So before comparison shopping the prices, start by familiarizing yourself with the grading scale that’s been established to accurately evaluate used containers for sale. Though not official, many used dealers go by a scale that includes the following:

Where to find used containers for sale

As mentioned above, you can find used containers for sale just about everywhere. There are a number of online avenues that provide pricing and extensive photos of the container for sale. These sites include:

Authorized dealers – Search your local area and you may find a number of specialty dealers that provide used containers. Those with online offerings include:, and The benefits of buying through an authorized dealer include quality assurance, customization (often enabling you to add extra doors, windows, vents, shelving and partitions) and delivery, though many times you may have to pay for delivery or at least be willing to negotiate it as part of the sale price.

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