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According to an independent computer-industry analyst, the new Regent microcomputer is of high quality, is fast, and costs less than any currently existing competing model. It is reasonable to conclude, therefore, as the manufacturer’s prospectus does, that the Regent will quickly establish itself as a fast-selling, low-priced alternative to currently available microcomputers.

Which of the following, if true, would LEAST weaken the argument above?

(A) Many retailers already carry one or more low-priced microcomputer models and are disinclined to carry another.
(B) Several faster and lower-priced models of microcomputers will soon be introduced by other computer manufacturers.
(C) The Regent Corporation’s microcomputer can be used in conjunction with higher-priced microcomputers manufactured by other companies.
(D) Most of those individuals and companies that could be expected to make up the potential market for the Regent microcomputer have already filled their microcomputer needs.
(E) The independent computer-industry analyst whose assessment was incorporated in the prospectus has used measures of quality that are not universally accepted by the computer-buying public.
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04 Oct 2005, 12:52
C.

which one LEAST weaken. I read is which one strenthen(my strategy offcourse, not necessarily true).

Except C all else weaken argument.
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04 Oct 2005, 15:56
Clearly, (C).
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05 Oct 2005, 00:05
I think C least weakens the argument. It does not suggest in any sense if people will not want to purchase a Regenet microcomputer.
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05 Oct 2005, 00:43
go C go...
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05 Oct 2005, 07:46
I'm with C too...all others weaken the argument
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05 Oct 2005, 09:49
I think C is the best choice
A - Weakens
B - May weaken
C - Doesn't do any harm
D - Weakens
E - Not relevant
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05 Oct 2005, 10:33
C, with the crowd!
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05 Oct 2006, 10:01
Matt taught me

LEAST weaken questions should be viewed as " Strengthen" so

C is the answer strengthen the Regent Microcomputer.
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05 Oct 2006, 10:20
Yes Least weaken is to look for a strengthner choice but could you please explain why C is correct?

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05 Oct 2006, 10:29
C is the one.
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05 Oct 2006, 10:47
I beleive that all others almost weaken the argument or are out of scope.C does not strenghten it altogether.But it weakens it to the least.Since "Regent Corporationâ€™s microcomputer can be used in conjunction" so their sales will increase but not decrease.Since it is "can" and not "have".If they "had" to be used in conjunction then it would weaken the argument.Hence (C0 is correct.
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05 Oct 2006, 17:10
B for me.
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05 Oct 2006, 20:28
Matt taught me

LEAST weaken questions should be viewed as " Strengthen" so

C is the answer strengthen the Regent Microcomputer.

Works every time. Actually, this is an MGMAT stategy.
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05 Oct 2006, 22:26
It has to be C...
Ayushi, next time would you please post the OA a little later?!
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05 Oct 2006, 23:59
C neither strenthens it nor weakens it. All other choices weaken the argument.
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13 Sep 2011, 18:31
gmat2006 wrote:
According to an independent computer-industry analyst, the new Regent microcomputer is of high quality, is fast, and costs less than any currently existing competing model. It is reasonable to conclude, therefore, as the manufacturer’s prospectus does, that the Regent will quickly establish itself as a fast-selling, low-priced alternative to currently available microcomputers.

Because the Regent microcomputers are high quality, fast, and cheap microcomputers, they will be sold at considerably high rate soon.

Which of the following, if true, would LEAST weaken the argument above?

(A) Many retailers already carry one or more low-priced microcomputer models and are disinclined to carry another.
It is targeting one of the reasons used as a basis for the conclusion, COST. Retailers won't buy new microcomputers on the basis of their low cost. While this is not an absolute weakener because retailers may see other such other good qualities of the microcomputer as its speed or its quality, this does weaken the conclusion to an extent.

(B) Several faster and lower-priced models of microcomputers will soon be introduced by other computer manufacturers.
Just speed or the low price can't increase its sale then. Two of the factors used as the basis of conclusion are targeted. Quality is the only factor that's not directly targeted, but this again weakens the argument to an extent.

(C) The Regent Corporation’s microcomputer can be used in conjunction with higher-priced microcomputers manufactured by other companies.
This is at least not worse, if not better. It shows that the microcomputer can complement the higher-priced microcomputers. Correct.

(D) Most of those individuals and companies that could be expected to make up the potential market for the Regent microcomputer have already filled their microcomputer needs.
The prospective buyers have already saturated their inventory that may lead to drastic reduction in sales and demand, something contrary to Analyst's anticipation.

(E) The independent computer-industry analyst whose assessment was incorporated in the prospectus has used measures of quality that are not universally accepted by the computer-buying public.
What Analyst called high quality may not be high quality after all. Weakens.

Ans: "C"
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14 Sep 2011, 01:17
i will also go for C with simple strategy which one is strengthening the conclusion.

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gmat2006 wrote:
According to an independent computer-industry analyst, the new Regent microcomputer is of high quality, is fast, and costs less than any currently existing competing model. It is reasonable to conclude, therefore, as the manufacturer’s prospectus does, that the Regent will quickly establish itself as a fast-selling, low-priced alternative to currently available microcomputers.

Because the Regent microcomputers are high quality, fast, and cheap microcomputers, they will be sold at considerably high rate soon.

Which of the following, if true, would LEAST weaken the argument above?

(A) Many retailers already carry one or more low-priced microcomputer models and are disinclined to carry another.
It is targeting one of the reasons used as a basis for the conclusion, COST. Retailers won't buy new microcomputers on the basis of their low cost. While this is not an absolute weakener because retailers may see other such other good qualities of the microcomputer as its speed or its quality, this does weaken the conclusion to an extent.

(B) Several faster and lower-priced models of microcomputers will soon be introduced by other computer manufacturers.
Just speed or the low price can't increase its sale then. Two of the factors used as the basis of conclusion are targeted. Quality is the only factor that's not directly targeted, but this again weakens the argument to an extent.

(C) The Regent Corporation’s microcomputer can be used in conjunction with higher-priced microcomputers manufactured by other companies.
This is at least not worse, if not better. It shows that the microcomputer can complement the higher-priced microcomputers. Correct.

(D) Most of those individuals and companies that could be expected to make up the potential market for the Regent microcomputer have already filled their microcomputer needs.
The prospective buyers have already saturated their inventory that may lead to drastic reduction in sales and demand, something contrary to Analyst's anticipation.

(E) The independent computer-industry analyst whose assessment was incorporated in the prospectus has used measures of quality that are not universally accepted by the computer-buying public.
What Analyst called high quality may not be high quality after all. Weakens.

Ans: "C"
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gmat2006 wrote:
According to an independent computer-industry analyst, the new Regent microcomputer is of high quality, is fast, and costs less than any currently existing competing model. It is reasonable to conclude, therefore, as the manufacturer’s prospectus does, that the Regent will quickly establish itself as a fast-selling, low-priced alternative to currently available microcomputers.

Which of the following, if true, would LEAST weaken the argument above?

(A) Many retailers already carry one or more low-priced microcomputer models and are disinclined to carry another.
(B) Several faster and lower-priced models of microcomputers will soon be introduced by other computer manufacturers.
(C) The Regent Corporation’s microcomputer can be used in conjunction with higher-priced microcomputers manufactured by other companies.
(D) Most of those individuals and companies that could be expected to make up the potential market for the Regent microcomputer have already filled their microcomputer needs.
(E) The independent computer-industry analyst whose assessment was incorporated in the prospectus has used measures of quality that are not universally accepted by the computer-buying public.

I preferred E over C for the following reasons:
E says that the quality measures are NOT universally accepted but author doesn't talk about the sales of Regent's computers in an international market. Maybe, the quality measures are accepted in the potential market of the R computers. So, E isn't a strong -ve or weakener, so, this sounded the best of the lot.

C says the R computers can be used in conjunction with higher-priced computers of other companies (sounds like they can't be used without other company's computers) => their low prices doesn't mean these computer would effectively cost low to its buyer since the buyer would have to buy other company's computers too to make these work as they work in conjunction with others. => it defies "low-priced alternative" => strongly weakens the argument

Experts, please explain in detail where my reasons are flawed.
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