Marketmeri Blog | Buying & Selling in PNG

  • A vehicle is not just a means of transport. A vehicle is a reliable tool of communication, it gives the opportunity to actually talk face to face and not just whatsapp or facebook chat. A car is a money making tool, it gets you and your product or service where it needs to be, for maximum profitability. A car can be a life saving tool, if your loved one is sick you can bring them to the nearest health facility and get proper medical attention. A vehicle can get you to your perfect rest and relaxation destination whenever you need a break from the rigors of daily life.   A vehicle is indeed one of the most useful tools that you invest in. It is vital for you to ensure that you are taking care of and protecting this investment. Protection not only means the daily checks on fluids, nuts and bolts, pressures and cleaning as best you can; but a more profound means of protection called ‘insurance’.   What is insurance? Insurance generally speaking, is an arrangement...
  • It takes you and your family to and from work and school, it allows you to rush to a hospital when you need to, it brings you to all the places you need to get to – when you need to. It is the most useful money making tool for SMEs and any sales or marketing related business.  Just like your teeth you should clean and examine your car every day. Most drivers know that their car needs some basic care but for new drivers and for those that forget because their mornings and evenings involve: getting food ready and water hot, getting many different peoples items of clothing ready and avoiding traffic jams – these tips are especially for you. Here are 10 daily checks you can do to ensure that your car stays in good running condition. Woman filing tyre with air | Source: State Farm Daily car checklist Quick visual check 1) Look under the car are there any spills or leaks of any kind? 2) Look at the body, any spots that look rusty or dented or scratched?...
  • Buying and selling online has taken most working Papua New Guineans by storm! In fact almost 73,000 people are buying or selling on the Marketmeri.com website or  Marketmeri, Meri PNG, Buy & Sell Anything PNG on facebook. Source: VideoBlocks Working class Papua New Guineans who are unable to leave their offices for more than an hour daily, are opting to look online for almost all non-grocery products especially electronics, clothing and fashion accessories, property and vehicles.   Papua New Guineans are opting to do their shopping online because:   1) It is convenient - it is less time consuming and you don’t have to leave your desk nor do you have to worry about traffic jams that are an issue in all PNG centres now. With online shopping you can sit in the comfort of your airconditioned office and spend ten minutes browsing, reading, deciding and buying.   2) It is safe - you don’t have to worry about someone robbing you as travel or as you...
  • Papua New Guinea presents an exciting opportunity for anyone that loves travelling the unpaved path. The most amazing views, the most pristine beaches and the coolest rivers require some radical off road experiences!  A vehicle with excellent 4WD can get you to places like Ambua Lodge | Source: Wildlife Wordwide For the majority of Papua New Guineans the road ‘home’ often means unsealed roads,  zero bridges, wet crossings, kilometers of loose gravel, mud and at times almost 45-degree-angle drives uphill on unpaved, rock and root ridden roads. Rural PNG roads are perfect testing grounds for off-road vehicles and thrill seekers. In rural PNG, you will notice that the most preferred, the most driven off roader is the Toyota Land Cruiser Troop Carrier, or as it's commonly known, the ‘10 seater’. Mining companies, non-government organizations, security firms, government departments all prefer a version of the LC to provide logistical support for their rural teams. But...
  • Pom City Markets | Source: Pascoe Promotions Port Moresby is a great place to live and work. There is always something to do but most times fun things to do for one member can mean boredom for different members of the family. Frequently, what Mum wants to do is not fun for the kids, or what the kids want to do can be financially draining for parents. Perhaps you are a visitor to our multifarious city and are looking to take home a souvenir or two? If you are looking for a particular PNG traditional basket, mat or necklace; or maybe you'd like to know what a traditional polynesian or melanesian tattoo would look like on you?    Why go to the Pom City Markets? Marketmeri.com has the perfect solution for you. The Pom city markets are one of very few events that are open to the public and happen from morning until night (8am - 8pm). They occur every second Saturday of every month at the Sir John Guise Stadium, in that field in front of the Indoor Complex. The location is...
  • Source: Technogoondu We all do not want to lose memories of precious moments. We all want good quality images of those memories. Whether a beautiful scene, an epic event like a wedding, a 21st birthday party,  or if you need to take pictures for legal reasons - you want to have clear images of what you are supposed to be seeing. Although a good camera is the best way to capture and save these moments - a camera is beyond most budgets, a camera cannot be inconspicuous, a camera can be chunky and you can’t climb a tree, or jump across a flooded creek, you can't just finish work and stand at the edge of your tall office building with a camera in a moment of spontaneity. In these circumstances what is best is a good phone camera where you don’t have to fiddle with the lens, aperture or shutter speed - you just look, point and capture that precious moment.  A phone camera is mobile, is more affordable, is convenient in getting those shots in those instananeous moments....
  • Many of us Papua New Guineans did not grow up having electronic gadgets around the house. The most that we got exposed to was a transistor radio and perhaps a box television set.   The generation that are in their early thirties right down to the children of today are a different story! Most touch a mobile phone before they can walk. To them it’s a norm that everyone has a mobile phone and having a laptop is something that is as common as having a front door. Second to the mobile phone - a laptop is the most common electronic device in any urban Papua New Guinean home.   What is a laptop? If you ask google, it will tell you that a laptop is a computer that is portable and suitable for use while travelling. A laptop basically offers everything a desktop computer offers but with the added advantage of being portable.   Who Uses laptops? These days EVERYONE uses a laptop! Toddlers and children that can’t speak or walk are shown clips of nursery rhymes and...
  • Papua New Guinea’s road conditions take their toll on every vehicle’s alignment and suspension, never mind the tyres and rims. Although a smaller vehicle is preferred because of: 1. Easier maneuverability 2. Easier and cheaper access to parts 3. Ease to maintain your vehicle yourself and 4. Cheaper registration. Unfortunately, our roads create a huge disadvantage for sedans; while most of us would prefer to own a ute the cost to maintain a ute, make it a major deterrent. This has made the SUV or sports utility vehicle, fast become one of the most seen on all PNG roads.   Why SUVs are the answer for PNG? SUVs have many off-road capabilities yet they’re ‘dressed up’ as a taller and wider sedan, with a much larger ground clearance. For any Papua New Guinean who has to do large grocery or fresh market produce shopping at various times in a year,  the large trunk space and an interior almost as spacious as any ute also makes any SUV pretty attractive. While...
  • Marketmeri.com is your best platform to sell products online in Papua New Guinea - that is a given. This why there more than 56, 000 followers on facebook and more than 1,800 have subscribed to our weekly newsletters. We are THE best at selling in Papua New Guinea.   There are thousands that have set up accounts and sell hundreds of their products at a time faster - through Marketmeri but there are a handful that have highly marketable products but aren’t finding interest as quickly as they should. This handful of sellers find it difficult to sell not because there is not a demand for their product but simply because the product doesn’t look appealing.   When someone is searching for a particular item online they cannot touch and feel or smell the item. That is why if one wants to market something online - it MUST be attractive or pleasing to the eye, it must be an accurate representation, it must give as much information about the product as possible and must be...
  • “When women have access to finances, credit, technologies and markets, they are likely to expand their businesses and contribute effectively to sustained economic growth and development,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. The government of Papua New Guinea recognizes that women need to be active players in the business industry in order for the PNG economy to maintain and sustain its current growth. For this purpose the government has sanctioned certain non-government organizations to focus on empowering women to venture into small businesses. One such organization is the Women’s Business Resource Center (WBRC).   The WBRC was opened in 2016 by American NGO Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and is jointly funded by the Australian and US governments. It offers women access to business information and services, training and support in a secured environment together with free onsite childcare services.   Margaret Aila, program manager  for the WBRC...
  • Are you looking to purchase a new car? Perhaps you are looking for a vehicle to add to working fleet? Or you want to surprise your child who has just gotten their driver’s license with a vehicle of their own. Marketmeri offers you the perfect site with many options to choose from. Sedans, utes, SUV’s and the list goes on. If the vehicle is new, meaning less than a year on the road or an average of less than 10,000Km mileage, the less vehicle problems you will face.   Second-hand or used vehicles are a different story. You have to make sure that you are in fact getting value for your money. Here is a quick checklist of things that every potential buyer of used vehicles should check and do in order to protect themselves from being ripped off.   Before you even have a look at the vehicle you should do some research, online and if you can - ask car dealers or mechanics for reviews on the vehicle you are interested in. You should also compare prices to see if you are...
  • In an age where ridiculously large off-road vehicles have been reduced to a humiliating role as people-movers, not all car manufacturers take the 4WD brief too seriously. After all, the car’s main job may be to look the part, and its toughest treatment may be dished out by kids in the back seat during the commute to school.   But Toyota doesn’t just take their commitment to off-road vehicles seriously; when it comes to creating each new series of Toyota Land Cruiser, they’re maintaining an icon, a trailblazer and the flag bearer of the company’s off-road range. Creating a Land Cruiser that was all show and no guts would be more than damaging to a household name; it would be outright criminal.   This is one car that has never strayed far from its origins, and despite its slow metamorphosis into a vehicle that can match rivals for comfort and style, the Land Cruiser continues to beg for one thing: to be thrown at Mother Nature’s toughest environments. And of...
  • 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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