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Getting started in your search for a shipping container can feel like a daunting task. There's such a large variety of shipping containers for sale and ways to buy them, so it's totally understandable that you may feel overwhelmed- particularly if this is the first time you're buying shipping containers.

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Luckily, buying storage containers is easier than it seems. Once you understand exactly what type of shipping container you need to suit your individual needs, the process is usually fairly straightforward. Here's a handy little guide to get you started in the world of shipping containers for sale near you.

What can Shipping Containers be used for?

Shipping containers can be used for a multitude of endeavors, from exporting products for sale to becoming houses. The possibilities of shipping containers is really endless if you're a creative mind!

You might often hear shipping containers also be referred to as 'C cans', 'sea cans', ‘conex box’, or ISO containers. It's important to recognize that these terms are completely interchangeable and all refer to the same thing.


The primary function of shipping containers may surprise you; storage. People often find creative ways to use the square footage that comes with cargo containers, this use of containers as a stand-still storage system is the primary reason people come to Container One. 


Millions of ship containers are used every single day to ship goods overseas. This includes country exports and imports of food and other crucial items, businesses that send their stock overseas to be sold in countries around the world, and the outsourcing of recycling to other nations.

You're probably familiar with these types of shipping containers, particularly when used for their original purpose of shipping. We've all seen the huge 40ft containers stacked upon one another on freight ships and in harbors. It's estimated that this form of shipping container accounts for around 80% of all seaborne trade.


In recent years, given the relatively cheap price of shipping containers in comparison to houses, purchasing shipping containers and refurbishing them into housing has become incredibly popular.

Given that the typical storage container is tall enough for a person to stand up in, as well as the fact they can easily be stacked upon one another and have walls removed to blend them into one another, they make a great option for those looking to build a unique house.

They're usually a very popular option for minimalists or those looking for the 'tiny house' aesthetic, given a shipping containers' fairly small space in comparison to a traditional house.


Similar to the rise in people using shipping containers as houses, many businesses have started to open shop in shipping containers as opposed to the conventional brick-and-mortar store. Take Downtown Container Park in Vegas, USA for example; a series of refurbished shipping containers stacked upon one another with a different independent business in each.

Types of Shipping Container

This leads us into the crucial topic of different types of shipping containers that are out there for purchase or rent. Here's where shipping containers for sale can get a little bit confusing as there's a wide variety in shapes, sizes, and functions.


The first thing to know when going to buy a shipping container is what size you want. Typically, containers for sale come in the following sizes:

Usually, the most common (and therefore easiest to find and purchase) storage containers are those that are 20 foot or 40 foot. 10 foot is also fairly common given that it can usually fit into a parking space, which is handy for businesses who need a shipping container outside, or those wanting to use a container as storage in a yard. 

When talking about the sizes of shipping containers, remember that '_ foot' refers to the length of the container. Almost all shipping containers stand at the exact same height: 8'6". This is to make them stack easily when used as vessels for freight shipping.

Despite this, you can buy 'high cube' containers, though usually only in the 40-45 foot varieties. 'High cube' containers are those that are 9'6" as opposed to the traditional 8'6".

Door and Roof Options

Container One does not offer these customizations, however, with most shipping container sizes, you can add a variety of different door and/or roof options. For instance, you can have a roll up door, a soft top, or a container with sides that open up. Each of these serves a different purpose so it really depends what you're using the container for.

Those using shipping containers for their intended purpose of being freight will want a standardized model that has no unusual door or roof specifications.

However, if you're intending to use the container as a home or business, it's likely you'll want to look into those with quirkier features or that can be easily customized.

New and Used

The choice is yours when it comes to buying a container used or new. Most people opt for used shipping containers given that they are much cheaper to purchase than a new one, though be wary that the condition of a used shipping container is sometimes not great.

Most companies offering used shipping containers for sale will have a graded system for the condition of the container. Nearly all shipping containers are considered wind and water tight, as many companies won't sell those that aren't. However, being wind and watertight alone is not enough for the container to pass an inspection and be allowed to travel as freight on a ship.

After the WWT category is 'cargo worthy' containers. These are used shipping containers, but are still suitable for shipping on cargo-carrying ships. This is ideal for businesses looking to invest in shipping containers in order to expand their business to overseas markets but can't quite afford a brand new container. Cargo worthy containers are typically 10-15 years old and must pass a 'container safety certification' survey in order to travel.

Following this is the new, one-trip containers. These are containers that are brand new, having only been on one trip across the ocean, usually when they are shipped to their new owner. New (one trip) containers are often popular among those wanting to build a permanent structure out of shipping containers given that they have few dents and still have an evenly painted exterior with no signs of rust etc.

Other Modifications

There are plenty of places selling storage containers in good condition with other modifications or customization available. These include refrigerated containers, flat rack containers, and an insulated container.

Shipping Container Prices

Due to the massive range of used containers available, as well as new ones, prices vary massively. They also largely depend on your location. Using Container One's website, you can easily input your zip code to see the best container prices in your area.

How much is a 10 foot shipping container?

A 10 foot shipping container can be anywhere from around $1500 to $2500 if bought in 15 unit packs, depending on whether it's a used shipping container or new. For those in good condition, you're obviously looking closer towards the $5500 mark. Don't forget to factor in delivery prices when assessing your container options.

How much does a 20 foot container cost?

On average, a 20 foot used shipping container with delivery costs around $1800-$2500. A new one averages at around $3500. Bear in mind that delivery costs can often be very expensive; if you buy from Container One, you're guaranteed free delivery on your container no matter where you are in the US.

How much does a 40 foot container cost?

40 foot used shipping container costs about $2300-$2800. However, a brand new one will average at around $5000. With us, you're guaranteed delivery on your container from a local partner. 

Are shipping container houses cheap?

Yes and no. Storage container houses are not cheap by any stretch of the imagination, given that people will often use more than one container in order to build a house to give them more space. However, the more containers you buy, as well as the containers' shipping costs, the more money you spend. Don't forget you also have to factor in the cost of turning the interior into a livable space.

Whilst this all in all is quite a lot of money, it's still comparably cheaper to buying a house, making it a popular option for those struggling to get onto the housing market ladder. They're estimated to cost around half the amount that a physical house of the same size would usually cost.

How much does it cost to transport a shipping container?

The answer to this question really lies in where you purchase your container from. Here at Container One, we help partner you with local providers for delivery on all containers we sell here within the US. However, many other companies will charge for delivery based on the size of the container.

Some charge a flat rate for delivery. Other places, such as if you buy a container from an individual on eBay, will determine their own delivery charge based on transportation options.

Essentially, the choice is yours when it comes to delivery costs!