Wednesday, April 20, 2011


I was trying to get an estimate of how much it would cost to get rid of some stuff in a storage unit. 1-800 GOT JUNK trucks and billboards are all around and at their website you can get an estimate and see how much it would cost depending on how much of a truck you would fill. That data begged to be scraped and graphed to see what the set up cost and incremental cost of junk removal would be. They also provide pictures of how much of the truck would be filled as well as a picture of how much junk would fill it. I combined them all into the following chart, click it for a larger version.

Just a trip for a minimal amount of junk costs $142, and each increment of 1/8 of truck costs about $65. I added the little graphics of the amount of truck and junk next to each point so that a user could see it build, but I also wanted the full truck in the larger size. The 1-800 GOT JUNK website does do a nice job of letting you click to see each of these, but I like the graph to get the full view.

The payback time is based on a storage unit at $456/month. For a full truck costing $598 it only costs about 40 days of rent and then you have no rent after that. Might be worth it.

(source: 1-800 GOT JUNK, and my own imagination)

1 comment:

JunkOwners said...

Hi Richard,
Nice job on the chart. We have completed many storage cleanout jobs over the years--most of the time with the customer realizing how much they spent for years on storage.

I think we will have our guys include your argument (and similar chart) in their sales tool kit. Too bad our marketing dept didn't think about this analysis and representation.

Thanks for plugging the service as well; our owner's will appreciate it.

(Got) Junk Owner's Group