Marketmeri Blog | Buying & Selling in PNG

  • The Toyota Hilux in PNG has been classified as a utility vehicle. And while that makes it sound like a pure workhorse car, what sets it apart from others is that it has a luxurious and modern design that many may not expect from a car that packs so much power. 'Utilities' or 'Utes' like the Hilux are a popular option for many people in PNG, especially in urban areas such as Port Moresby because of its strong build and range of features -- perfect for the rough terrains and less than ideal roads in the country. The Toyota Hilux is value for your money, durable, and reliable. It's a vehicle that will get the job done, whatever that may be.   Overview   1st and 2nd Generation (1968 to 1978): Ironically, one of the top-selling cars of Toyota from this generation didn't start out under the Toyota branding. It was under the manufacturer Hino for their Briska line. Seeing how well the model did upon its release, Toyota then decided to do minor improvements...
  • With all the competition out there, Kia is set on keeping its name afloat the chaos with its set of high quality but affordable cars. One of which is the Kia Sportage – a compact crossover car that carries features that are sure to surprise anyone who does not think highly of it, especially when comparing it to its competitors: Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and the Hyundai Tucson. In PNG and Port Moresby in particular, the Sportage is an ever popular choice thanks to both its affordability, off-road credentials and size. Given PNG’s poor roads and the eve-resent danger of carjacking, the Sportage is affordable, tough, reliable and has the bulk needed to get you out of trouble should you need it.    Overview: 1st and 2nd Generation: The Kia Sportage was introduced way back in 1995 under the joint venture of Kia with Lotus engineering. Since then, they’ve made several improvements. And due to its popularity, the second generation came...
  • Importing a secondhand car can be pretty intimidating and challenging for someone who is not familiar with the vehicle importation process. This is enough to deter anyone from pursuing this specific course of action.  However, once knowledgeable, buyers and sellers can import a range of models that had been previously unavailable in the country. That’s why Marketmeri created this step by step guide, to help you jumpstart your way to importing vehicles in PNG. What are the advantages and disadvantages of importing a secondhand car? The car import industry has had its fair share of praises and complaints in recent years – even raising concerns of quality from the Road Traffic Authority back in 2015, and again in mid-2017. This is the risk you have to take when shipping from overseas. However, that doesn’t mean that all imported secondhand cars in PNG have issues. Given the right amount of foresight and market insight, you can buy a good quality car at a fairly...
  • According to Car Sales Base, in just a span of a decade, car sales in Papua New Guinea have increased by 66.49%. People are increasingly wealthy enough to own a car and further proof is the number of cars listed for sale at dealers and through online classified websites such as MarketMeri. But anyone planning to buy a car must abide by certain legal obligations with the government. This includes having a car registered before being able to drive it. In this article, we explain the the requirement to register your car or motorbike, the process to obtain registration and the the costs involved. What do I need in order to register my vehicle? Quite simply, you only need: 1. Valid identification 2. Completed application (Download here) 3. The specifics of your vehicle (weight, make, model, seating capacity, etc.) 4. A safety sticker 5. Proof of insurance (obtained from the insurance company itself) 6. Money to pay the registration fees for your car / vehicle....
  • While Papua New Guineans are generally hardworking and honest, there remains to be a handful of people who are out there to trick people for their own personal gain. So, much like you would a normal online ad, it’s important that you approach job listings with extreme caution. If something seems off or odd, listen to your instinct. However, many fake job postings will also seem like legitimate ads. So, how do you distinguish the bad apples from the good ones? Here are a few tips to help you filter out sketchy job listings and to help you avoid putting your personal information at risk. If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Many people warn us about being careful when they see that something we like looks a little perfect… maybe a little too perfect. That’s because our human nature includes a natural defense mechanism against danger. Much like pain sends our brain a signal that we’re getting hurt even if we don’t see it; our intuition also warns us...
  • Ravaging the roads since 1983 is the Toyota Camry, the world-class iconic car that continues to attract midsize sedan seekers, especially in Papua New Guinea. Unlike many cars it ran with back in the days, a Toyota Camry in PNG has managed to achieve fuel efficient status without having to rely on “advanced” technologies. Instead, the upgrades came with the improvement of the already-existing technologies it had, juicing whatever the manufacturers could to maximize the features of the car.   What are new; however, are the Camry’s 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and the optional V-6 and gas-saving hybrid. The 4-cylinder engine has the capacity of 178 horsepower in comparison to its predecessors   Speaking of power, the Toyota Camry in PNG has plenty of it for everyday driving but revs loudly under acceleration. The suspension is composed in curves and can absorb bumps well.   In terms of transmission, the Toyota Camry’s gasoline models are packed with the new...
  • The internet has become a place to do many things such as going shopping, socialising with friends, transmitting information and playing games, to name just a few. However, it is important for users to be aware that the Internet is also giving new life to a lot of scams. Fraudsters have been around for years, but the internet has given them a new way to steal from people through playing fraudulent tactics. It has been noted that every year millions of people use Western Union Money Transfer service to send money to support family members back home, rescue travelers in emergencies or keep their businesses operating smoothly. However, most people in PNG involved in shopping online have been victims of online scams. Two of the most common scams that can occur when buying or selling items online are the "overpayment scam" and the "online purchase scam." In the overpayment scam, the criminal sends you a check as payment for a service or product such as office...
  • Dear MarketMeri Users, The online shopping experience is spreading in PNG and everyone is excited to sell their items in a fast, profitable and secure way! Here are a few handy tips that will make sure your listings stand out above the competition and make your profile more visible and trustworthy in the eyes of other users. Follow them and sit back and watch your items sell faster than ever on MarketMeri! Are you ready to be seen as a professional online seller? Just follow these easy steps!   Create a Professional profile:   Sign up as a “Private Seller” or a “Retail Shop”.  By doing so, potential buyers will know whether you have items in stock or if it’s just a one off sale item.    Upload your picture or your store logo and use an easy and recognisable username. For example, if you are a shop owner you should use your shop’s name and upload your business’ logo as your profile image. This will allow you to build brand awareness across...
  • Selling your products online can take its toll sometimes because there are a lot of things you have to put in order first before actual sales come rolling in. And majority of the deals you close become highly dependent on how much you price your items. If you charge too much, people might get intimidated by the high price tag. If you charge too little, people may get the wrong idea and think your goods are damaged. So, pricing is a very important factor for online sales, especially when you're signing up for online listing sites. So, if that’s the case, how does one go about coming up with the perfect price? Here are a few tips to get you on the right track. Check the Quality and Condition Some of the first few things people consider before buying products like bags or electronics are the condition and quality. People’s needs vary and they may sometimes look for items that have been pre-owned just to slash off a few Kinas. Having this in mind, you can’t sell your used...
  • Some people consider the internet one of the best inventions created because it has revolutionized the way we think, the way we interact, the way we search, and the way we conduct different types of transactions. From blogs to e-commerce websites and portals, it contains trillions of valuable data that anybody can use to make the best decisions. But if you’re not careful and you don’t know how to use the resources you have, you can end up broke because of all the opportunists that are out there right now. So, it’s important that you find out which clues should set off the scam alarm, especially when you’re buying expensive things like cars. Here are a few things to remember before you hit that “buy now” and purchase a vehicle. Steer Clear From too Much Repair When there’s been too much things done to the car just before a sale, this should cause a spark of doubt in your head. It’s not likely that a seller would have a car repair done just before the sale if...
  • There are literally millions of people buying new and used products and even services online every single day. But despite having a large population of consumers all around the world wide web, there are still a lot of sellers struggling to attract more customers and close the deal. In comparison, you’ll also be able to see people making a living out of the e-commerce industry that had gone on to make their own online retail empires. So, what differentiates the successful ones from the rest?   There’s really no secret. Successful online sellers in listing sites just understand a few key principles and apply them. If you’re looking for ways to improve your online sales strategy, MarketMeri’s compiled some of the most useful tips that you can apply for your own online store   Marketing A lot of people think that just because they already exist in the online world, that their online presence automatically exists too. This isn’t true. Just like any physical store,...
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