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more expensive equipment when the economy is strong than when it is
weak. Hill and Dale is a business that sells high-quality, expensive camping
and hiking equipment in Boravia. Although all the signs are that Boravia’s
economy is now entering a period of sustained strength, the managers
of the business do not expect a substantial increase in sales.
Which of the following, if true, would provide the strongest
justification for the managers’ judgment?
A. A significant proportion of Hill and Dale’s sales are made to
customers who enter the store in order to buy one particular
item but, once there, find other items to buy as well.
B. In Boravia when the economy is strong, those who might
otherwise go camping tend to take vacations overseas.
C. The economic upturn is likely to allow Boravia’s national
parks, where most of the camping and hiking is
done, to receive extra funding to improve their visitor facilities.
D. Advances in materials technology have led to the
development of hiking and camping equipment that
is more comfortable and lightweight than before.
E. Many people in Boravia not only are committed to
preserving the country’s wilderness areas but also
are interested in spending some time in them.

IMO "B" but OA is some thing else
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13 Jan 2009, 10:13
IMO C
I think improved visitors facilities means national park will be having more resorts to stay.
Hence camping will reduce.

B is slighly weaker than C
"In Boravia when the economy is strong, those who might
otherwise go camping tend to take vacations overseas."
This "tend to" most probably means still there will be a population who will end up going camping. And as the economy growing, they will buy expensive equipments.

In sum, not a good CR question.
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13 Jan 2009, 12:01
I stopped reading vivektripathi postings, he doesn't post OAs. So when there is a discrepancy, you will end up very confused.
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13 Jan 2009, 12:57
lol.

I did a search on the question, and everyone's consensus is B, but the OA says C.

I'd still go with B.

salr15 wrote:
I stopped reading vivektripathi postings, he doesn't post OAs. So when there is a discrepancy, you will end up very confused.
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13 Jan 2009, 13:06
for me B....
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14 Jan 2009, 01:52
B..........
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15 Jan 2009, 15:58
sandipchowdhury wrote:
IMO C
I think improved visitors facilities means national park will be having more resorts to stay.
Hence camping will reduce.

B is slighly weaker than C
"In Boravia when the economy is strong, those who might
otherwise go camping tend to take vacations overseas."
This "tend to" most probably means still there will be a population who will end up going camping. And as the economy growing, they will buy expensive equipments.

In sum, not a good CR question.

Where are the resorts coming from? How does improving facilities stop any one from buying camping/hiking equipment? In fact his goes against the argument. If the facilities are improved at parks, people will do more camping and hiking and will buy more equipment in a good economy

C is clearly wrong. B is correct.
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15 Jan 2009, 16:36
vivektripathi wrote:
more expensive equipment when the economy is strong than when it is
weak. Hill and Dale is a business that sells high-quality, expensive camping
and hiking equipment in Boravia. Although all the signs are that Boravia’s
economy is now entering a period of sustained strength, the managers
of the business do not expect a substantial increase in sales.
Which of the following, if true, would provide the strongest
justification for the managers’ judgment?
A. A significant proportion of Hill and Dale’s sales are made to
customers who enter the store in order to buy one particular
item but, once there, find other items to buy as well.
Not relevant
B. In Boravia when the economy is strong, those who might
otherwise go camping tend to take vacations overseas.
Would explain why they think sales are gonna go down
C. The economic upturn is likely to allow Boravia’s national
parks, where most of the camping and hiking is
done, to receive extra funding to improve their visitor facilities.
Not relevant
D. Advances in materials technology have led to the
development of hiking and camping equipment that
is more comfortable and lightweight than before.
Not relevant
E. Many people in Boravia not only are committed to
preserving the country’s wilderness areas but also
are interested in spending some time in them.

Not relevant
IMO "B" but OA is some thing else
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15 Jan 2009, 23:13
I totally agree with icandy. B is definitely true.
Re: CR -Consumers planning   [#permalink] 15 Jan 2009, 23:13
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