This is one of the most expensive items in Papua New Guinea in relation to overseas prices. At a time when the Australian was paying $8.00 for twenty pounds, the Papuan New Guinean was paying around K11.50 ($15.00 Australian). But if the high price is not enough, it can also prove something of an ordeal to procure.

In places like Port Moresby and Rabaul, no trouble, just take your bottles along to the nearest agent. But in places like Madang, you are likely to find your bottle has been sent off by ship to Lae with a delivery time of up to one week and a very definite possibility that you will never see your bottle again, it being replaced by someone else's bottle.

Before leaving your bottle anywhere, make sure that it will be filled locally and that you will get your own bottle returned. This is possible even in Madang where one company fills locally and another sends to Lae — and seldom bothers to warn a newcomer.

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