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Division manager: I want to replace the Microton computers in my division with Vitech computers.
General manager: Why?
Division manager: It costs 28 percent less to train new staff on the Vitech.
General manager: But that is not a good enough reason. We can simply hire only people who already know how to use the Microton computer.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the general manager's objection to the replacement of Microton computers with Vitechs?

(A) Currently all employees in the company are required to attend workshops on how to use Microton computers in new applications.
(B) Once employees learn how to use a computer, they tend to change employers more readily than before.
(C) Experienced users of Microton computers command much higher salaries than do prospective employees who have no experience in the use of computers.
(D) The average productivity of employees in the general managerтАЩs company is below the average productivity of the employees of its competitors.
(E) The high costs of replacement parts make Vitech computers more expensive to maintain than Microton computers.
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18 Jan 2006, 22:27
Division manager: I want to replace the Microton computers in my division with Vitech
computers.
General manager: Why?
Division manager: It costs 28 percent less to train new staff on the Vitech.
General manager: But that is not a good enough reason. We can simply hire only people
who already know how to use the Microton computer.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the general managers objection to
the replacement of Microton computers with Vitechs?

A. Currently all employees in the company are required to attend workshops on how to useMicroton computers in new applications.

B. Once employees learn how to use a computer, they tend to change employers morereadily than before.

C. Experienced users of Microton computers command much higher salaries than doprospective employees who have no experience in the use of computers.

D. The average productivity of employees in the general managers company is below theaverage productivity of the employees of its competitors.

E. The high costs of replacement parts make Vitech computers more expensive tomaintain than Microton computers.
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18 Jan 2006, 22:33
I woulld go with C..
Expericend users of Microton wud command higher salaires so as to take away the cost advantage tht Microton has
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18 Jan 2006, 23:10
C stands tall and clear. Unless I have missed something in the argument.

The idiot, General Manager's argument is based on the reasoning that people with expereince can be hired easily. C provides evidence against his reasoning and hence undermines his objection.
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18 Jan 2006, 23:34
C for me
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18 Jan 2006, 23:55
We need to find out that this reason is enough to replace computers: "It costs 28 percent less to train new staff on the Vitech"

Only C says about that. All others seem out of scope.
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19 Jan 2006, 00:03
Pls anybody explain why A is wrong .

BTW OA is C
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19 Jan 2006, 00:06
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Pls anybody explain why A is wrong .

BTW OA is C

I think A is not talking about the cost. Here Division manager is more concerned about the cost savings as a result of traning activities.
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11 Jun 2010, 04:21
Division Manager: I want to replace the Microton computers in my division with Vitech computers.
General Manager: Why?
Division Manager: It costs 28 percent less to train new staff on the Vitech.
General Manager: But that is not a good enough reason. We can simply hire only people who already know how to use the Microton computer.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the general manager's objection to the replacement of Microton computers with Vitechs?
A) Currently all employees in the company are required to attend workshops on how to use the Microton computers in new applications.
B) Once employees learn how to use a computer, they tend to change employers more readily than before.
C) Experienced used of Microton computers command much higher salaries than do prospective employees who have no experience in the use of computers.
D) The average productivity of employees in the general manager's company is below the average productivity of the employees of its competitors.
E) The high costs of replacement parts make Vitech computers more expensive to maintain than Microton computers.
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11 Jun 2010, 04:30
IMO C.

The general manager's objection is based on avoiding the proposed training costs.

If, as choice C says, hiring experienced users of Microton computers is more costly than hiring employees who have no experience (who would have to be trained to use Vitech computers), the objection made by the General Manager is undermined or weakened. Choice C, therefore, is the best answer.

Choices A, B, and D are incorrect because none of them provides information relevant to an evaluation of Microton computers against Vitech computers. Choice E is also incorrect because it argues against replacing Microton computers with Vitech computers.
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11 Jun 2010, 07:14
OA =
[Reveal] Spoiler:
C, I thought E would have been a relatively good answer, but you are right, the concern is the proposed training costs, which C addresses.

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11 Jun 2010, 07:23
Thank you I3igDmsu. Nice question by the way!
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11 Jun 2010, 11:48
C for me.

Experienced techies of Microton computers will demand more salaries than the inexperienced Vitech ones thus weakening GM's objection.
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19 Jun 2010, 02:12
Find the Division Manager another reason to switch to ViTech!
A- Support GM
B- Support neither
C-Support Div Manager by giving a reason to switch
D- Support neither, not even talking computers
E- support GM who wants to keep Microton
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23 Mar 2012, 14:52
I have chosen the answer C:

A. This answer choice neither weakens nor strengthens the argument made by the general manager. It may sound like the cost is high to train all employees, but we are concerned only with "training new staff."

B. This answer choice tends to support the argument. The reason is because if new staff were trained on Vitech, it sounds like many of them would change companies. This provides another reason not to switch over.

C. This is the correct answer. The general manager assumes that hiring Microton experts is easy to do and relatively inexpensive. However, if the cost of these experienced users is higher than to train new employees for Vitech, then this argument is weakened.

D. We are not concerned about the average productivity.

E. We are only concerned with the training costs for new staff, not the high costs of replacement parts.
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24 Mar 2012, 05:49
C in 1:05.
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13 Dec 2013, 12:34
What is the problem in A?

My analysis

Division manager wants to replace the M computers with V computers because V costs 28 percent less to train new staff on the Vitech.

GM says that there is no need for training if DM hires only people who know how to use M Computer

Option A : Currently all employees in the company are requiredto attend workshops on how to use Microton computers in new applications.

This is applicable to all the employees and the DM or GM cannot change this requirement. So even if we hire staff that know M computer the basic workshop is to be attended.

Option C : Experienced users of Microton computers command much higher salaries than do prospective employees who have no experience in the use of computers.

The argument is concerned with training cost and appointing experienced employees… Why we need to salary factor for weakening the argument.

Please let me know what is wrong in the above analysis.
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What is the problem in A?

My analysis

Division manager wants to replace the M computers with V computers because V costs 28 percent less to train new staff on the Vitech.

GM says that there is no need for training if DM hires only people who know how to use M Computer

Option A : Currently all employees in the company are requiredto attend workshops on how to use Microton computers in new applications.

This is applicable to all the employees and the DM or GM cannot change this requirement. So even if we hire staff that know M computer the basic workshop is to be attended.

Option C : Experienced users of Microton computers command much higher salaries than do prospective employees who have no experience in the use of computers.

The argument is concerned with training cost and appointing experienced employees… Why we need to salary factor for weakening the argument.

Please let me know what is wrong in the above analysis.

The conversation between DM and GM takes places because DM wants to decrease the costs. That's why the argument about salary (C) is relevant - employees' salaries are a cost to the company. If higher salaries are to be paid to new employees just because they are trained to use M computers, then DM's position is strengthened.
Answer A only tells us that all employees need to attend the training to use Microton computers. However, this choice does not specify who pays for the training. Thus, the fact that all employees are trained to use M computers does not help decrease costs. Only if we knew that it was the employees who covered the cost of training, we could treat this argument as relevant.
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Hi CARK,

Let me paste the question here for easy reference:

Division manager: I want to replace the Microton computers in my division with Vitech computers.
General manager: Why?
Division manager: It costs 28 percent less to train new staff on the Vitech.
General manager: But that is not a good enough reason. We can simply hire only people who already know how to use the Microton computer.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the general manager's objection to the replacement of Microton computers with Vitechs?

(A) Currently all employees in the company are required to attend workshops on how to use Microton computers in new applications.
(B) Once employees learn how to use a computer, they tend to change employers more readily than before.
(C) Experienced users of Microton computers command much higher salaries than do prospective employees who have no experience in the use of computers.
(D) The average productivity of employees in the general managerтАЩs company is below the average productivity of the employees of its competitors.
(E) The high costs of replacement parts make Vitech computers more expensive to maintain than Microton computers.

CARK wrote:
What is the problem in A?

My analysis

Division manager wants to replace the M computers with V computers because V costs 28 percent less to train new staff on the Vitech.

GM says that there is no need for training if DM hires only people who know how to use M Computer

You are correct till here in your understanding of the argument.

CARK wrote:
Option A : Currently all employees in the company are requiredto attend workshops on how to use Microton computers in new applications.

This is applicable to all the employees and the DM or GM cannot change this requirement. So even if we hire staff that know M computer the basic workshop is to be attended.

Please remember whenever you read an option statement, you need to read that within the context of the argument. What is the given context? The given context is that currently the company trains its employees for Microton computers. Right?

Now, tell me what is so new thing that you find in option A? If the company currently trains its employees to use Microton computers, then currently employees should be supposed to attend some training programs. Isn't it? We can't say whether GM or DM can change the training process, but using common sense, we can say that if the company starts hiring trained people, then it may not need to have these workshops. Right? So, these workshops might not be fixed costs.

Also, if you read this option clearly, it explicitly says "Currently"; it is something which happens currently and probably may not happen in the future. So, this option statement only tells us about the present when we need to train employees for Microton computers.

Even if you ignore what I said so far and just say that workshop is a cost to the company and hence, option A weakens the claim of GM, in that case too, option A is too mild a weakener as compared to option C. Think about it. Here, we are just considering the cost of a workshop whereas option C talks about "much higher salaries". Definitely, option C much more strongly indicates that the cost of hiring trained people will be higher.

CARK wrote:
Option C : Experienced users of Microton computers command much higher salaries than do prospective employees who have no experience in the use of computers.

The argument is concerned with training cost and appointing experienced employees… Why we need to salary factor for weakening the argument.

Please let me know what is wrong in the above analysis.

If you say that the argument is only concerned about training costs and no other costs, then you are not looking at it from a real life perspective; probably, you are applying the lens of formal logic, which is too myopic and generally doesn't work well in GMAT argument, where real life logic is tested.

If DM is talking about saving training costs, it does not mean that he is not at all concerned about other costs at all. Common sense wise, he wants to reduce the costs by reducing training costs. Try to apply your real life reasoning here. Would you meet a manager who says that I just want to reduce my hiring costs by 30% even though my operational costs may increase 3 times? Not really. Right?

Therefore, even though the argument only talks about training costs, it is essentially talking about costs to the division. Therefore, option C is relevant and correct as explained previously.

Does it help?

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