How Much Does a Shipping Container Cost?

Many factors are considered when determining the value of a shipping container. The wide price range of $2,500 to $6,800 slowly gets whittled down to a more specific number when these factors are determined by a retail company or previous owner. From brand new containers to ones that are a little rusted with fading paint, there’s an important relationship between the price range and the condition of the shipping box. Newer usually means a higher price will come along with it, but not always. Some factors that can affect pricing include the container’s size, overall condition, possible delivery and permitting fees and any customization that’s been requested.

Price Points


Usually consists of a container that’s sold as-is, likely used many times before being presented to you. This container likely won’t have any customized features. These as-is containers are probably damaged in some way. The more damaged the container, the cheaper it will be. You can find affordable shipping containers for as low as $2,500, but they will usually have some, if not all, of the following features. Misaligned doors, holes of various sizes, rust, scattered dents, damaged floors from chemical spills or faded paint. While this may seem like a lot, shipping containers are made to last and can be repaired by professionals or as a do-it-yourself project, if you’re up for it.

Middle Ground


Shipping containers for rent is a popular choice among business owners, as it’s convenient and affordable if you only need the container for a short period of time. For around $75 to $200 per month, depending on the same factors that affect container purchase prices, you can have a shipping container to do with as you please. Then when it’s time to return it, the company will pick it up and you won’t have to do a thing.


Just because you choose to buy a used shipping container, doesn’t mean you’re sacrificing quality. Many used containers are still in good condition as they’re made from dense steel that’s built to withstand almost anything. Depending on the size and condition of the container, as reasonable price ranges lands anywhere between $2,500 to $6,800.


For customers looking at shipping containers that are high-quality and have never been used, you’re looking at spending between $3,000 and $5,000. You’re probably looking at adding a few customized features to your container, such as buying a set, having double-door access, openings from the side or top, additional height added for minimal storage or a refrigeration unit installed. These modifications are sure to add to the cost of the container.

Founded in 2005, Storstac is committed to providing customers with high-quality shipping containers, rental and modification services at a competitive price. Servicing the GTA and surrounding areas, we offer new and used containers for sale, rent, storage services, customization and paint facility. As a green company, customer service is our first priority, as our trained team with go as far as they need to in order to meet your expectations. With at-home delivery, call us or visit our website for a free quote.

3 Interesting Pop-Up Shop Ideas

Pop-up shops are an incredible way for small businesses, online companies, and established institutions to test the waters and make extra sales where they do not usually have a presence. No matter your industry a pop-up shop can be a great way to help get your name out there and even see if there is enough of a market for you to establish a more permanent storefront. When you decide to take the plunge and host a pop-up shop, then there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that you have a great experience, that your customers leave happy, and that you turn a profit.

Think Outside the Storefront

With a pop-up shop, you have the ability to get creative with your space. There is no reason you need to be confined within a traditional brick and mortar storefront, in fact, going with something different adds uniqueness and interest to your event. A great option is the recycled shipping container. Not only is it eco-friendly, but they come in many standard sizes and models, including ones that are food safe. They are also a breeze to transport and afford you the opportunity to travel with your pop-up shop to any location your heart desires. Fully customizable, unique, and stand-out, a recycled shipping container is an excellent investment for the future of your business.

Make It Exclusive

Everyone wants tickets to the hottest events, and so by making your pop-up shop invite-only, you can create buzz and have people clamouring for an invite. If you are worried about excluding others, or your goal is to attract as many people as possible, then you can always take a two-prong approach and have opening night be invite-only and then the following days open to the public. That way there is a buzz about your private event without you missing out on the foot traffic you would get from those passing by or who could not get a ticket.


Everyone loves freebies. Whether it is a sample, a buy-one-get-one deal, or a giveaway for the first 20-30 customers of the day, having something to give away to your customers will entice them in the door. Of course, you do not want to give away so much that you have hurt your bottom line, which is why limiting your giveaway to the first so many customers can help boost sales and get people to show up early. You can also do little giveaways that delight customers like mini mocktails and other refreshments, stickers, temporary tattoos, or small samples of your product line. A little goes a long way.

Pop Up Shops with Storstac

At Storstac, we modify and build unique and innovative pop-up shops from modified storage containers. With many different sizes and design options, there is sure to be one that suits your individual needs. If you are interested in getting into the pop-up shop game, then you need to give contact us and request a quote for one of our beautifully designed and well-built pop-up shop storage containers. Expand your business on your own terms.

Tips to follow when starting a Pop-Up Shop

Pop-up shops are becoming increasingly popular as more of our daily shopping needs are done online. Essentially a pop-up shop is a physical store location for a shop that either does not operate normally in the city it is popping up in or that is entirely e-commerce based that has an “expiration date.” Some pop-up shops last a couple of weeks, others over the span of a weekend, and some just for a single day. Often springing up in areas that have high foot traffic, pop-up shops traditionally take over a brick and mortar store. There are alternatives to renting out a store to open up a pop-up shop, though, and that is modified shipping containers. Modified shipping containers can be made into unique and custom-to-you pop-up shops that you can take around the country, a one-time investment in your company rather than continually paying premium rental costs for short-term leases. Here are our top tips for opening up your own pop-up shop!

Use Influencer Marketing

Influencer marketing is not just for big brands. It is an incredibly successful way for any size of the company to get their brand out there and to advertise special events, like a pop-up shop. When you have a pop-up, using geo-targeted influencers can help get people to come to your event. Influencer marketing can range from very expensive to quite affordable, and many micro-influencers are willing to trade products in exchange for posts.

“Get It While It Lasts”

When you make a pop-up shop, especially one that has a very short open window, you have created a sense of urgency. Your products are there for a short period, and while you may have an online store, customers will not have the opportunity to go to your pop-up to make their purchases. One way to help spur on this urgency and get customers to make more purchases is not to flood the store with your merchandise. Put out smaller amounts of merchandise and restock as needed throughout the day to create a sense of scarcity and boost your sales.

Make It an Event

Shoppers are purchasing more and more at home. A brick and mortar store still offers a lot of benefits, including a higher rate of impulse purchasing, and so pop-up shops can be an excellent opportunity to push your product. The thing you need to do though is bringing people in the door. Making your pop-up shop into an event and not just an opportunity to shop can help bring patrons in the door and get them spending.

Design Around Your Brand

Your brand is part of your business. Having a strong brand identity helps you to move your business forward. A pop-up shop is the perfect opportunity to push your brand and create a physical identity. Think of the colour scheme, the way items are stocked, the ambience, the music, everything that goes into your pop-up shop should be a reflection of your brand.

One of the best ways to build a pop-up shop that is a reflection of you, and have something that is trendy and eye-catching, is to invest in a portable shipping container modified just for you. At Storstac, we have over 450 years of combined experience in modifying shipping containers as well as offering portable storage and portable storage containers. Contact us today!

Storstac Installs Hamilton Shipping Container House

Storstac is excited to announce that we have successfully fabricated and installed the Downtown Hamilton Shipping Container House. This precedent-setting build nicknamed the Hamilton Shipping Container House was installed in just EIGHT HOURS and consists of eight 40′ high cube shipping containers sitting on top of a solid concrete foundation. Designed by Toronto Architect Jason Halter, the house has been custom designed to suit his clients’ specific tastes which Jason describes as being “iconoclastic”. Although the unmodified shipping containers themselves are fabricated in China (China manufactures the large majority of new shipping containers) all of the modification work (Cut and framing of all window and door openings, interior openings, structural reinforcements, window installation and exterior paint) were undertaken at our Toronto, Canada modification facility. Unlike a number of shipping container homes built around the world, this one will not be clad with any additional materials. Instead, the containers Corten Steel corrugated walls will remain naked, and they were painted (In Storstac’s dedicated paint shop) brick brown; allowing the house to better blend in with the surrounding Victorian era homes. The rugged industrial look of this shipping container home pays homage to the fact that the home is located in “Steel Town”, but a number of subtle architectural design elements (like the seven walkout balconies that will utilize the shipping container doors as the balconies side walls) will make this shipping container home stand out from most others. Until now there has only been a hand full of container homes built in Canada, almost all of which have been erected outside of cities urban centres, mostly in rural areas as cottages. As stated earlier in this article, the Hamilton shipping container home was modified and fabricated at Storstac‘s modification facility located at 90 North Queen Street in Toronto, Canada and will rely strictly on 100% Canadian steel (for framing and modified structural work), paint, windows doors and most importantly local labor. Follow us on Instagram (@storstac_containers) to follow some of our favorite modification projects.


Hamilton shipping container house

Front view of the Hamilton Shipping Container House

Hamilton shipping container house

A look at the Hamilton Shipping Container House from the rear

Hamilton shipping container house

Installing the Hamilton Shipping Container House

Self Storage Container on Demand

A modified mini or self-storage container might be the solution to your businesses storage needs. Thinking of starting a self-storage business? Has your brick and mortar self-storage business run out of storage units? Or maybe you just need a storage solution for your own business or personal property. A modified new or used shipping container might be the right choice when it comes to your self-storage and mini storage needs. Over the years Storstac has custom modified hundreds of shipping containers into clean, attractive, modular, self-storage units. We can custom order any size and number of doors, add divider walls, and insulate the interior. Our self-storage easy open roll-up doors and dedicated paint shop will ensure your self-storage containers look great and are easy to maintain.


Mini Storage 4 Pack Shipping Container

Mini Self Storage Container Complex

Mini Self Storage Container Complex

3 Roll Up Door Container freshly painted in our dedicated paint shop

Shipping Container Home Myths Debunked

Shipping Container Home Myths Debunked

Although they have been popular in various parts for the world for years now, shipping container homes are beginning to draw some interest here in Canada. There is a lot of information available on the internet regarding container home construction, but not all of it is as accurate or true as the authors lead you to believe. In this article we will briefly discuss the single most popular misconception when it comes to shipping container housing: THEIR COST.

A look at what the Hamilton Shipping Container Home will look like once complete - waiting for door and window install before site installation

A look at what the Hamilton Shipping Container Home will look like once complete – waiting for door and window install before site installation – Designed by Jason Halter of Wonder Inc, fabricated by Storstac in Toronto, Canada.

Shipping Container Housing Costs “a lot less” than traditional home building – FALSE

The cost of shipping container housing is the most popular misconception related to container housing that exists today. From internet articles, to news paper and magazine articles to TV shows, various sources have claimed that a shipping container home is an inexpensive alternative to traditional housing that will “save you thousands”.

Here are the facts: Shipping container housing costs nearly as much, if not as much as traditional home builds when you are comparing apples to apples. Let’s say you are building a two story home with a basement. If you were to build a two story home with a basement out of shipping containers, and then you were to build the same square footage home using traditional building methods, the end costs will end up being nearly identical. Using shipping containers to build your home or cottage comes with a number of advantages, but unfortunately, significant cost savings is not one of them. Compared to traditional building methods, a shipping container house could save you upwards of 5-10% of the structures overall cost once the build is complete.

Queen Street West Container Home Extension - Installed - Built at our Toronto, Canada modification facility

Queen Street West Container Home Extension – Installed – Modified at Storstac’s Toronto, Canada modification facility

Why do people claim Shipping Container Housing Costs “a lot less” than traditional home building?

There are various reasons why people claim Shipping Container Housing Costs “a lot less” than traditional home building. Reasons range from using used containers vs new containers, the other costs associated with home building (floors, electrical, plumbing, kitchens, washrooms ect), unaccounted costs of personal time invested in the project. When it comes to using New vs. Used containers for housing/living purposes, we always encourage our customers from to go with new containers instead of using used shipping containers for housing or living in for two reasons.

  • Age: Used containers are typically anywhere from 12-20 years old. They have most likely been around the world a number of times and thus, have been exposed to some of the harshest environments on planet earth. This adds wear and tear to all parts of the container including the exterior, interior and floors. Using a used container is a great way to save money, but the expected life of your shipping container house or cottage will have a much shorter life span with used containers
  • Contents: There is no way to track the contents of a container over its life span. Everything from harmless baby toys, right up to nuclear waste can be transported inside of a shipping container. The last thing you want is to live inside of a home that has transported hazardous materials across the globe.

Shipping containers only account for part of the homes overall costs. Shipping containers make up the structure of a home. Although the structures accounts for a chuck of the overall project cost, things like windows, doors, electrical, plumbing and most importantly final interior finishing (washrooms, kitchens, hardwood floors etc.) vastly outweigh the cost of the structure when all is said and done. Don’t forget that whether something is being installed in a shipping container home, or whether that same something is being installed in a traditionally built home, the costs are the equivalent.

Another dynamic people don’t take into consideration is the “sweat equity” that is put into the build. From shipping container cottages and homes, to “tiny homes”, when a project is undertaken by an individual, the material costs may be the only major element that is factored into a builds final price. What they don’t factor in is the hundreds, and even thousands of hours of their own time they put into their project. This again, significantly impacts the projects final costs further emphasising the misconception that container housing is an inexpensive alternative to shipping container housing.

In this article, we have discussed a few of the factors that contribute to the general misconception that shipping container housing Costs “a lot less” when compared to traditional home building methods. Factors can range from using used containers vs new containers, the other costs associated with home building (floors, electrical, plumbing, kitchens, washrooms ect) and the unaccounted costs of personal time invested in building out the project. If you want to learn more about the services we can offer, feel free to get in touch with one of our shipping container modification experts to discuss your next potential project.

Rendering of what the Queen Street West Shipping Container Extension will look like once complete

Rendering of what the Queen Street West Shipping Container Extension will look like once complete