Work & Business

E-Commerce is now common in Hong Kong and all over the world. We can easily buy and get a product from a foreign company on the Internet. We just need to order it on the website, pay it with credit card, and then the product would be delivered to our home or places nearby. This attracts many people to buy products online. Therefore, the demand for E-Commerce keeps rising.

It seems that many people in Hong Kong have heard of a website called “Taobao”, which was founded in Mainland, China. It is a platform where sellers sell their products in low prices and buyers can buy what they want with many choices cheaply. It is especially well-known among teenagers, since they can buy clothes, shoes and bags with limited budget on the website.

Some teenagers grasp this chance and open an online shop in an application called “Instagram”. It is a social networking app which let users to follow other users in order to keep in touch with their friends or artists. These teenagers sell the products that they purchase from “Taobao” in their accounts. And then they add tags and follow teenagers to attract them to follow their updated news and have a look at their products. They just behave as merchandisers who perform the work of reselling and earn the difference of prices.

From my point of view, they are smart and clever. They make use of the Internet to do a small business. They just need to order products from “Taobao”, wait for the buyers and then mail the products to them. Some sellers may also require the buyers to pay for the mailing fee. So I think that they mostly just need to contribute their time and then they can earn money. It is a good way for students to earn a little profit.

One of my friends is an owner of an online shop. She told me that she can earn around $2,500 a month. Although it may not be a big money, they earn them just by the difference of prices. I appreciate their good work.

Besides, online shopping is not just for physical products, there are virtual products that we can purchase online. That is application in app store in our mobile phones. Many of the applications are sold at two types of pricing methods. One is free of charge, which is a trial version to attract people to use. Another one is the advanced version which provides more functions and features for people to purchase. In other words, it is for people who really love the application.

I have never bought any application online. So I feel thankful to the investors of the useful applications. They are well-designed and give lots of fun and convenience to us. Many informational apps provide updated information to us, for example, public transportation, weather, etc. These are important in today’s Hong Kong.

Beside the local E-Commerce, the global E-Commerce is also popular. Big online shop, Amazon, has dominated the global market. It was founded in the United States. Many people in different countries buy different kinds of product on this platform. They can search the information of products at home, and choose which products are the most suitable for them. They do not need to go out but still can buy high quality products. This is convenient for people who are not free to go shopping. After they have taken orders, they just need to pay for it and then wait for them. It is so convenient and useful for the busy people. So it attracts many people to go online.

I really love today’s digital world. We can easily do what we want, just have some clicks on the Internet and then we can get them. However, we cannot touch them before we buy. Sometimes, there are differences between the photos and real products. So we may be disappointed if there is a big difference. Therefore, both the outdoor shopping and online shopping are valuable to many people. Just another choice for us.

Here is a video clip showing the guidelines of using “Taobao” together with other people.

 Related Websites:

Official website of TaoBao Hong Kong (http://hk.taobao.com/)

Official website of Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/)

Articles about Online Shopping – Economic Times (http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/keyword/online-shopping)

More Consumers Prefer Online Shopping – WSJ.com (http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424127887324063304578523112193480212)

Interface of “Taobao”

Example of online shop on “Instagram”

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Family

Nowadays, many parents in Hong Kong buy digital products to their young children. Some may even buy more than one product to them. They think that their children can use them for learning, playing and communicating. The products and functions inside are useful, interesting and their children like them. Plus, they can take a rest when their children use the product on their own. However, these digital products could hinder the development of children, especially their brains and eyesight.

The most popular digital product among Hong Kong families is iPad from Apple. They are well-designed and parents can download various applications for their children. Some apps are designed for teaching children, like play the piano, write English letters (like ABC), and sing songs with body movements. These are obviously interesting and attract children to learn and to think. Moreover, there are lots of games for them to play, like the Angry Bird and Fruit Ninja, which are easy to play and just need to move your fingers. Children would find them interesting and play them all the time. As a result, their eyes may get hurt.

There is an increasing number of children having short sightedness. Since they always play with the products with a huge amount of light behind the LCD screens, this would deeply affect their eyesight. This is dangerous for children in young age having short sightedness. They will need to wear glasses from then on. Many parents are not clear about the consequences of playing with this kind of digital products all the time, they may let them continue to play, so that the situation will continue to get worse.

These digital products can also affect the brains of young children. If they have prolonged exposure to rapid image change will result in a preconditioned mind which expect high levels of stimulation, they are more likely to have attentional problem in later life. Since they adapt to fast changing in their mind, they will started to be not ably to pay attention easily and continuously. This would deeply affect their academic result in the future since they cannot study well.

Let me share my experience. My cousin, Cindy, is at the age of 3. She always plays with iPad at home and in restaurant. She knows how to open an application, play games with little techniques, and use the apps to learn. She really learns a lot from them, but we all afraid that she will rely on digital technology very much and don’t know how to use the traditional products, like books instead of e-books. We will need to make extra efforts to let her learn the traditional things. Many children and parents in the world are experiencing this too. Here is a video clip showing that children nowadays have the ability to control and play with iPad very well.

Besides those popular products, there are lots of interesting digital products that give less harm to children. They still can enjoy a lot of funs, some may even teach children too. For example, animated speech teachers can teach children to understand the difference between positive and negative terms. They are products without a screen but have awesome functions. Everyone with spare money should have a try to any of the products.

In my opinion, digital technology really gives a lot of convenience to us. They let all of us play and learn in funny way. I also enjoy using the applications. There are lots of choices in the app store, and most importantly, they are free of charge. We can download it easily and enjoy the functions provided. However, it really gives us some disadvantages. We can continue to use them but should not use them all the time or even get addicted to them. Not only the children, we, as adults can also get hurt to our eyes and other parts of the body. We should protect our own bodies, and do more exercises. Also, we should talk and play more with people to enjoy the real life.

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Screenshot from Angry Bird:

Screenshot from Fruit Ninja: