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Hi, I'm Michael Ford, owner and creator of this site, Shipping Containers For Sale. I've had over 20 years in the business of international shipping, mostly regarding large container ships. And now my specialty is selling shipping containers themselves. I wanted to create a site that would educate and provide you with the kind of direct and specific information you cannot get anywhere else. I'll post articles and provide images that will help you chart a course through the murky waters of shipping containers and come to port safe and happy. Feel free to ask a question or leave a comment. I'm happy you stopped by.

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The Best Places To Buy A Shipping Container Online


Buying a new or used shipping container used to be a long, time consuming process. Sending requests out to local vendors and waiting for them to respond with pricing was an arduous and very old school process.

Fortunately, the internet has solved some of these problems.

#5 – ContainersAuction.com – Was a good site for buying but has now been absorbed by Shipped.com (#1 below).

#4 – eBay.com has a shipping container section with quite a few for sale.  The problem is delivery is not included and most of the containers on offer will be far from your home.

#3 – Craigslist.org – Lots of deals can be found on Craigslist and there are containers listed in many of the top cities.  Buyer beware when dealing with the sellers though – make sure you FULLY INSPECT the container before forking over your cash.

#2 – Local Vendors – Guys like MobileMini come to mind.  But the prices these companies charge is typically quite high.  Check the phonebook or online sites like YellowPages.com to find them, contact them, and then deal/negotiate with them.

#1 – Shipped.com – This is the largest online marketplace to buy or sell shipping containers.  It works like a reverse eBay, you put in what you want and then sellers compete for the lowest price. All sellers are verified and they also have a free escrow feature, guaranteeing that the buyer gets the exact container they’re supposed to.


If you have any questions or comments please leave them below.  We love to read your feedback.  Good luck with your shipping container buying!

Tips on How to Buy Shipping Container

Shipping containers are essential for businesses that engage in the manufacturing and shipping of goods, this includes international trade.

Here are 5 tips that will help you find the containers you are looking for.

Tip Number 1:
Make sure that you know the needs of your business and how many containers you will require, you must also consider whether they are for storage or transportation use.

Tip Number 2:
You must consider whether you are going to buy the containers for more long term use or if you are equally happy to use a rental service. If you have a continuous business related to shipping and transport of products especially in international trade, then you should consider using shipping containers.

Tip Number 3:
Are you going to buy newly made shipping containers or are you happy to use re-used ones? This of course will be dependent on your budget. It is also important to note that the lifespan of a re-used container will be considerably shorter than a newly made one.

Tip Number 4:
Ensure that you buy your container from a reputable shipping manufacturer or supplier. Buying from these companies will assure you that you can have the best quality at the right prices. Be cautious that there are manufacturers online who compromise quality just to sell shipping containers.

Tip Number 5:
Take note that you will need a large space to store your containers particularly if they are the larger shipping containers. For example if you buy a 20 ft shipping container, your storage space should be at least double the size of your container to ensure easy transportation.

With these 5 simple tips you can ensure that you buy a high quality container at a reasonable price that is tailored to your businesses needs.