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A toy store regularly sells all stock at a discount of 20 percent to 40 percent. If an additional 25 percent were deducted from the discount price during a special sale, what would be the lowest possible price of a toy costing $16 before any discount? A.$5.60
B. $7.20 C.$8.80
D. $9.60 E.$15.20
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26 Oct 2010, 09:12
16*60/100*75/100 = 7.2
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20 Jan 2011, 05:39
I understand the answer explanation. But "before any discount" at the end of the question is confusing to me. Shouldn't it be "after discount(s)". I usually don't stumble upon these tricky wordings. But, this one got me. Please explain.
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20 Jan 2011, 06:00
Hi

"costing $16 before any discount?" means that$16 is the Cost Price, i.e., no discount has been applied to it yet.

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09 Jun 2011, 09:24
I dont understand the solution. Can someone elaborate ?
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09 Jun 2011, 09:49
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I dont understand the solution. Can someone elaborate ?

the maximum discount offered is 40% on $16 ; 60% of 16 = 9.6 additional 25 % = 3/4*9.6 = 7.2 hope this helps Fluke: Before discount means = 16 Dollars is the CP of the product( assuming no discount is deducted) Manager Joined: 08 Sep 2010 Posts: 166 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 23 [1] , given: 18 Re: A toy store regularly sells..... [#permalink] ### Show Tags 09 Jun 2011, 20:34 1 This post received KUDOS B$7.20

Price after 1st discount (40%) = 60/100 * 16 = 48/5

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I too stumbled with the question wording initially, but I understood the next time.

Cost price is $16. Lowest possible price is when max discount is applied. So Discount of 40% first and then 25%. Final price = 16 * (1-40/100) * (1- 25/100) = 16 * 60/100 * 75/100 = 7.2 Ans B Intern Joined: 14 Aug 2011 Posts: 2 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 1 [0], given: 1 Re: A toy store regularly sells..... [#permalink] ### Show Tags 12 Jan 2012, 14:28 Easy enough, if you have a calculator. Any suggestions on solving (16 * 0.6 * 0.75) without simply estimating? Even if you figure the first part: 1.6 * 6 = 9.2, how can you accurately find 0.75 of 9.2? I always feel like I'm missing something on these questions, the OG answers simply state the answers as if a calculator were allowed. Manager Joined: 03 Oct 2009 Posts: 62 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 100 [0], given: 8 Re: A toy store regularly sells..... [#permalink] ### Show Tags 15 Jan 2012, 21:24 A toy store regularly sells all stock at a discount of 20 percent to 40 percent. If an additional 25 percent were deducted from the discount price during a special sale, what would be the lowest possible price of a toy costing$16 before any discount?

A. $5.60 B.$7.20
C. $8.80 D.$9.60
E. $15.20 lowest price = max discount = 25% on top of 40% lowest price = 16 * (60/100) * (75/100) = 16 * (3/5) * (3/4) = 4 * 9 / 5 = 36 /5 = 7.20 Intern Joined: 18 May 2012 Posts: 15 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 1 Simple solution yet very confusing question [#permalink] ### Show Tags 17 Nov 2012, 19:42 A toy store regularly sells all stock at a discount of 20% - 40%. If an additional 25% were deducted from the discount price during a special sale, what would be the lowest possible price of a toy costing$16 before any discount?

I find this question extremely confusing, why would it say before any discount whereas what it really means is after all the discount?

The math itself in this question is very simple

16*(0.6)(0.75) = 7.20

Please advice, since i dont want to make silly mistake just because I dont know what the question is asking

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A toy store regularly sells all stock at a discount of 20% - 40%. If an additional 25% were deducted from the discount price during a special sale, what would be the lowest possible price of a toy costing $16 before any discount? I find this question extremely confusing, why would it say before any discount whereas what it really means is after all the discount? The math itself in this question is very simple 16*(0.6)(0.75) = 7.20 Please advice, since i dont want to make silly mistake just because I dont know what the question is asking Thank you I agree. The question is worded a bit poorly. But I think from the context it is quite clear that the 16$ is the price before the discount. You don not have to worry about such issues as the GMAT never frames unclear questions. What they are asking for is clearly conveyed.

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18 Nov 2012, 03:46
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A toy store regularly sells all stock at a discount of 20% - 40%. If an additional 25% were deducted from the discount price during a special sale, what would be the lowest possible price of a toy costing \$16 before any discount?

I find this question extremely confusing, why would it say before any discount whereas what it really means is after all the discount?

The math itself in this question is very simple

16*(0.6)(0.75) = 7.20

Please advice, since i dont want to make silly mistake just because I dont know what the question is asking

Thank you

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09 Feb 2013, 17:08
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16-(40/100)16= 16 - 6.4 = 9.6

9.6-(25/100)10= 7.1 << i used 10 instead of 9.6 to make the calculation easier

7.20 is the closest to 7.10

I know its very long way and inaccurate but i keep solving these kind of question like this :S
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19 Feb 2013, 01:35
Let the price be 100. So its sold between 60 to 80 (during usual discounts given)
60 would be the selling price after getting max discount of 40%.
Also additional 25% discount is given. So 25% of 60 = 15.
So, 100 would be sold at the max discount for 45. So calculating for 16 would be 7.2
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