PODS has lower initial prices than 1-800-PACK-RAT, but 1-800-PACK-RAT often has lower final prices (because of discounts and aggressive price matching). PODS typically has lower prices for small homes and short distances, while 1-800-PACK-RAT is usually more affordable for big houses and long distances.
We collected quotes from PODS and 1-800-PACK-RAT to see how their prices match up. To identify each company’s strengths, we requested quotes for six distances and four home sizes.
Both companies offer discounts, and price matching (1-800-PACK-RAT is more aggressive). Taxes aren’t part of your quotes, but 1-800-PACK-RAT sometimes gives you a tax estimate upon request. PODS's 30% discount is a game-changer. Its average price is $3,810, but after applying the discount, the final price is about $400 cheaper.
PODS has lower rates for most home sizes, while 1-800-PACK-RAT has better prices for the largest home size of the quotes we gathered. PODS’s average cost of $2,559 for one room is about $200 lower than 1-800-PACK-RAT’s fee of $2,760. 1-800-PACK-RAT’s average cost of $5,879 for five rooms is about $266 lower than PODS’s average cost of $6,145.
PODS has cheaper rates for most distances. 1-800-PACK-RAT is slightly less expensive for moves between 1,050–1,7550 miles. PODS’s average cost of $1,367 for a 100-mile move is approximately $577 cheaper than 1-800-PACK-RAT. 1-800-PACK-RAT’s average cost of $4,559 for moves around 1,750 miles is about $438 less expensive than PODS.
PODS and 1-800-PACK-RAT have discounts and price matching that affect your final costs. 1-800-PACK-RAT beats out PODS in price-matching.
While PODS sometimes offers price matching, it can depend on the customer service rep you talk to. On the other hand, 1-800-PACK-RAT offered PODS price matching virtually every time we spoke to them when we posed as customers.
While 1-800-PACK-RAT has ton of discounts for everyone from teachers to first responders, PODS offers large discounts primarily for Move.org readers, military, and long-term storage. More recently, we've noticed PODS's uptick in seasonal promotions. For example, it had a 30% Black Friday discount on end of year moves. This adds up to almost $1,000 in savings on an average PODS move.
1-800-PACK-RAT's price-matching is no match, but in the end, PODS has lower prices for most home sizes and distances and competes with its regular and seasonal discounts for customers.