Sea Containers are sold through brokers or dealers as well as auction houses and a shipping company’s own procedures for rotating their container inventory. The sale of used sea containers is big business around the world but like any commodity there are times when they are cheaper and other times when the price goes too high for most buyers to contemplate.
The reasons for this fluctuation is the same reason for the fluctuation in price of anything sold on the open market. Market forces. Supply and Demand. If you notice more signs saying ‘Sea Containers for Sale’ or ‘used sea containers for sale’ on the web or on the fence at a storage container yard, then demand is low and so will be the price. If there are no signs about and thus fewer items available for sale, then the price naturally will rise.
When the yards are full of unused sea containers and trade is slow due to other economic factors, then the price of these units drops. Transporting and relocating sea containers usually costs the same regardless of supply and demand however in times of over supply you can sometimes negotiate free delivery at time of purchase. Worth asking anyway!