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  • There's a fair amount of confusion in the marketplace about the differences and similarities between storage containers and shipping containers. Most people assume they're the same thing, however the similarities stop at the shape of the box. Shipping containers and storage pods both have great features and benefits, but depending on your requirements choosing one over the other could leave your b ...
  • There are a lot of good ways to save money when buying a used shipping container, and if you know what to look for and the right questions to ask, there are some great deals to be found. The most basic question that needs to be asked is, “what will the container be used for?” From there decisions can be made on condition (including color), price, and the location.   Shipping Container ...
  • We regularly get calls from people looking to purchase cheap shipping containers, and they're surprised when the containers don't cost only a couple of hundred dollars. "I went down the highway and saw stacks of containers all over the place, why can't you sell them to me for a cheaper price?" What most people don't realize is that the container yards they're passing are essentially parking lots f ...
  • Shipping container inventory has dropped off, while prices has increased in the past few months due to a slowdown of production in China due to the new paint regulations, and shipping lines picking up a lot of the available used container inventory in the United States and other parts of the world. This hic-up in the supply chain has caused an overall price increase in both new and used shipping c ...
  • If you're building something out of shipping containers, occasionally an engineer or area planning commission will require a spec sheet (short for specifications). The question comes back to the staff at ContainerAuction.com a couple of times a week wanting to know what exactly they want, and where can a spec sheet be found. What is a Shipping Container Spec Sheet? A spec sheet is a set of doc ...
  • Go down the highway outside of nearly any major city and chances are you see stacks and stacks of shipping containers. Many people drive by them every day and never notice them, but once you do they're likely to spark a little bit of curiosity – where have they been? What was carried in them? Who owns them? Does the owner even know where they are? Surplus Shipping Containers Technically, som ...
  • Buying a used shipping container is a lot like buying a used car. There are a lot of great ones out there, but there are also some lemons that can make their way into the depots. There are a few things to watch out for, or specific questions to ask, when you get started in the process: Age, condition, location, and prefix code are the factors that will tell you a lot about the container. Age of th ...
  • Shipping containers come in a few different standard sizes, and many different colors; and which color the shipping container is can tell you a lot about the life that it's had, how old it is, and who owned it. Furthermore, when you're buying a shipping container it can also impact the price of the unit. Tan (Almond) or White (Ivory) Shipping Containers Tan and white shipping containers are typ ...
  • If you're involved with shipping containers, either as a regular buyer or have been thinking about purchasing one, you may have noticed a quick rise in pricing and demand for 20' containers in most locations throughout North America. Many people are asking what's caused this bump and how long will it last? What's caused the Rise in Shipping Container Prices? As previously noted, shipping conta ...
  • What's in a name? Conex box, sea can, cargo container, shipping container; no matter what you call it, Containerauction.com can provide one (or several) for you. No matter if you need a conex box that's 20', 40', or a 40' high cube one of the sellers on the shipping container trading platform will be able to assist you. What to Look for When Buying a Conex When you buy a conex box it should be ...
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