Pulcheria Chung, 18 St Mary's Canossian College No. I don't really trust online shopping. Firstly, I have doubts about the quality of the products. There's no guarantee they can be shipped safe and sound. You can't check the products before you buy them and you can't even see them clearly on the computer. They may turn out to be faulty. Think of all the procedures you then have to go through, sending e-mails, returning the problematic products, waiting for the new ones, only to find they're still not perfect. How frustrating is that? Secondly, online products are not any cheaper, while those with discounts don't guarantee quality. Some prices are similar to those of local stores, but you need to pay extra for shipping. Security is another concern. It just doesn't seem safe to give out information such as credit card details on the internet. Lastly, online shopping is for convenience. But I am a student with holidays and plenty of time to shop. I have supermarkets within walking distance of my home. There's no need to risk all the above. Therefore, I would not buy things online. Oliver Kwan, 18 Delia School of Canada I would buy something online any day of the week. No matter what people say, the security is there. My friends and family have bought everything from books to clothing without any security issues. Online credit card theft, like credit card theft in the real world, can be minimised by using common sense. Just like you wouldn't give your card away to shady businesses in the real world, don't give your card number to sites that don't have proper security. Some people argue you don't see the product before you pay for it, but I attribute that to laziness on the part of the consumer. I have gone to stores in Hong Kong to check out merchandise before ordering it via the internet. Why didn't I just buy what I wanted in the stores? Because prices on the internet are often lower. Even with shipping costs some books I've bought cost a fraction of what I would pay in the stores. I might hurt the local economy, but that's what happens in a free market. Something cheaper always comes along, and if people don't compete, they're left in the dust. I feel the internet is a safe, cheap option that shouldn't be discounted because of paranoia over credit card theft.