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19 Feb 2006, 10:16
Fresh potatoes generally cost about $2 for a 10 pound bag whereas dehydrated instant potatoes cost about$ 3 per pound. It can be concluded that some consumers will pay 15 times as much for convenience, since sales of this convenience food continues to rise.

Which of the following, if true, indicates that there is a major flaw in the argument?

(A) Fresh potatoes bought in convenient 2-pound bags are about $1 a bag, or 2 Â½ times more expensive than fresh potatoes bought in 10-pound bags. (B) Since fresh potatoes are 80 percent water, one pound of dehydrated potatoes is the equivalent of 5 pounds of fresh potatoes. (C) Peeled potatoes in cans are also more expensive than the less convenient fresh potatoes. (D) Retail prices of dehydrated potatoes have declined by 20 percent since 1960 to the current level of about$3 a pound.
(E) As a consequence of labor and processing costs, all convenience foods cost more than the basic foods from which they are derived.
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19 Feb 2006, 10:36
imo B looks good, though it is not the best answer. Other answers are far away.

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Fresh potatoes generally cost about $2 for a 10 pound bag whereas dehydrated instant potatoes cost about$ 3 per pound. It can be concluded that some consumers will pay 15 times as much for convenience, since sales of this convenience food continues to rise.

Which of the following, if true, indicates that there is a major flaw in the argument?

(A) Fresh potatoes bought in convenient 2-pound bags are about $1 a bag, or 2 Â½ times more expensive than fresh potatoes bought in 10-pound bags. (B) Since fresh potatoes are 80 percent water, one pound of dehydrated potatoes is the equivalent of 5 pounds of fresh potatoes. (C) Peeled potatoes in cans are also more expensive than the less convenient fresh potatoes. (D) Retail prices of dehydrated potatoes have declined by 20 percent since 1960 to the current level of about$3 a pound.
(E) As a consequence of labor and processing costs, all convenience foods cost more than the basic foods from which they are derived.
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20 Feb 2006, 06:46
(B) looks best becuase it highlights the greatest flaw- exactly how much potatoe the consumer is getting for the buck.
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20 Feb 2006, 16:29
B it is.

Its not the convenience, for which consumers are paying extra but they both are equivalent.
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20 Feb 2006, 20:30
I vote for (B).
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20 Feb 2006, 21:54
watever wrote:
Fresh potatoes generally cost about $2 for a 10 pound bag whereas dehydrated instant potatoes cost about$ 3 per pound. It can be concluded that some consumers will pay 15 times as much for convenience, since sales of this convenience food continues to rise.

Which of the following, if true, indicates that there is a major flaw in the argument?

(A) Fresh potatoes bought in convenient 2-pound bags are about $1 a bag, or 2 Â½ times more expensive than fresh potatoes bought in 10-pound bags. OOS - the argument deals with fresh and instant potatoes(B) Since fresh potatoes are 80 percent water, one pound of dehydrated potatoes is the equivalent of 5 pounds of fresh potatoes. yeah gives reason that consumers are not paying for convenience. (C) Peeled potatoes in cans are also more expensive than the less convenient fresh potatoes. peeled potatoes are OOS(D) Retail prices of dehydrated potatoes have declined by 20 percent since 1960 to the current level of about$3 a pound.

concerns only dehydrated potatoes , the srgument does not concern historical prices of such potatoes
(E) As a consequence of labor and processing costs, all convenience foods cost more than the basic foods from which they are derived.
OOS

Hence B.
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21 Feb 2006, 11:53
OA is "B" - good effort people!
21 Feb 2006, 11:53
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