Covid-19 Container FAQs
Why are containers so expensive now / why do prices keep increasing?
Like many commodities, shipping containers are quite sensitive and there are many external factors that can influence their price. In 2021 and until recently, a decrease in container production meant the cost of manufacture increased sharply (in order for the factories to continue trading). This cost was being passed on to customer in the form of increased container prices.
Currently, prices have now stabilised and are less expensive than during this period, which is great news for the customer.
At S Jones, we always price our units competitively but never at the expense of our industry-leading service. No matter how the market is performing, you can always count on us to give you a fair price.
Shall I wait for prices to come down?
Container prices have stablised since their peak in prices in 2021 / early 2022. This isn’t to say that they won’t increase again as containers are particularly sensitive to external events that can be hard to predict.
Our advice is not to wait if you have an urgent container requirement. You can count on us to provide a fair price that is in line with the rest of the market while offering guidance, support, and customer services that exceed that offered by other container providers.
I can see you build bars and gyms, can you give me a ball park figure?
Our conversions team handle a large variety of conversion work, a lot of which is completely bespoke and very technically detailed. As customer requirements are different, it is very hard to give a ‘ball park’ figure. As a result, we normally ask you for as much detail as possible (such as sketches/architects drawings, planning permission and budget) before quoting, as a lot of time is allocated to each quotation request.
Do you have any containers in stock / what do you have in stock?
We have depots nationwide and stock holding at each will vary and change rapidly. What is in the depot today might not be there tomorrow, so we would urge you to call us on 01922 741752 (or get a quote) and place an order sooner rather than later if you have an urgent requirement.
How old are the used containers?
Used options could be 20 years old or so. They will have knocks, dents, scrapes, patch repairs and rust patches and will look like used units. If aesthetic appearance is important to you, we would suggest taking a single trip unit or purchasing a refurbished container, which offers the best of both worlds.
What do they look like?
You can find some examples on our used containers page. Imagine the difference between a new car in a showroom and one 15-20 years old on average. While aesthetically these will be poles apart, they serve the same purpose. The same could be said of a container! Though the used containers are wind and watertight, they will not look pretty. If aesthetic appearance is important, we would suggest going for a single trip or fully refurbished option.