MPK vendors sell less at BITC

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

VENDORS from the Village Consultative Councils (MPK) sold less products at this year’s Brunei International Trade and Consumer Exhibition (BITC), with many blaming their poor sale to the “secluded” location of their booths.

The five-day event, participated by at least 380 exhibitors, ended yesterday.

In an interview, representative of MPK Lepong Baru Temburong Jefri Abdullah said that his sales were significantly less compared to the last exhibition at the International Convention Centre (ICC).

“Sales haven’t been good this time. We only managed to sell $200 worth of products compared to the $2,000 we made at ICC last year,” he said, attributing the sales outcome to the location of his booth in Dewan two.

“We are at the edge of the hall. Human traffic flow isn’t coming into our area,” Jefri said.

A representative of MPK Sungai Liang, who wished to remain anonymous, also experienced slower sale and echoed Jefri’s sentiment.

Selling wooden handicraft, he noted the slow sales were due to the set-up of the booths. “I feel the set-up was not right. A lot of people don’t know we are selling here because we are hidden away.”

“You see here it’s a bit secluded and there are not a lot of people, but if you walk there (centre of the hall) there’s a great traffic of people,” the representative of MPK Sungai Liang said, adding that he was grateful for the sales made nonetheless.

Hjh Zaleha Hj Mokti, representing MPK Mumong Belait, said that in 2013 in the same venue, the sales were better compared to this year. “It could be that people don’t really know that there are further booths here as we are blocked by a cubicle wall.”

“Before we were out in the open like the other booths, so I feel this (location) highly contributes to the sales we made this year,” she said.

A representative of MPK Labi II Belait, who requested anonimity, said that her sales hit $2,000 during the exhibition at the Airport Mall. But now she managed to sell only around $900, she said.

The Brunei Times