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Offline mj74

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Where do you buy/bid on sea containers?
« on: October 10, 2011, 01:23:22 AM »
I have heard of people buying full sea containers,and I have searched the internet on where to buy/bid on them,but have found nothing.

Anyone know? All help will be greatly appreciated. :)

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Re: Where do you buy/bid on sea containers?
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2011, 03:12:53 AM »
Kinda a hard nut to crack at first, but once you do you'll know why... info on these auctions are hard to get and therefore hardly attended.  That leaves a few containers for just a handful of buyers to bid on (i.e. low competition).

What I did was went to Google Maps and searched near my location with terms like "container storage", "container rental", "mobile container", etc... that will turn up business names in your area.  Then it is up to you to call them and acquire info about their delinquent rentals.

Conversation usually goes like this:

Mgmt: "Hi."
Me:"Hi, I was told that you auction off the contents of your delinquent accounts... I would like to inquire if that is true, and if so, find out if I can be placed on a list to be notified when those units come up for auction."

At that point, management will say that they don't do rentals (something you should've verified) and therefore don't auction off delinquent accounts or that they do conduct auctions and will then help you obtain the info you need.

My experience has been mixed: 30% put me on an email notification list, 10% say to just check the website, and the other 60% I haven't lasted long enough through the large automated phone service to get the answer I need.

Hope that helped.

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Re: Where do you buy/bid on sea containers?
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2011, 03:36:22 AM »
Have you been to one?

Do u get to look to see if ur bidding on a container full of potatoes

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Re: Where do you buy/bid on sea containers?
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2011, 04:30:21 AM »
I just started branching into the container side of things.  So far I've only been to a few... and then only as a looki loo.  Some didn't have much, but others had a lot and went for a lot (i.e. $5000-7000).

I've heard that some have sight unseen bidding.  Wouldn't really want to do those.

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Re: Where do you buy/bid on sea containers?
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2011, 03:34:05 PM »
I would like to get on those types of containers. Will have to look into any that are along the Texas Coast Line. Most likely Houston and Galveston area. Hey Travis have you seen these up that way?