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Fresh potatoes generally cost about $2 for a 10-pound bag, [#permalink] ### Show Tags 09 Apr 2010, 22:59 2 This post was BOOKMARKED 00:00 Difficulty: (N/A) Question Stats: 79% (02:38) correct 21% (01:06) wrong based on 133 sessions ### HideShow timer Statistics Fresh potatoes generally cost about$2 for a 10-pound bag, whereas dehydrated instant potatoes cost, on average, 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 continue to rise Which of the following, if true, indicates that there is a major flaw in the argument above? (A) Fresh potatoes bought in convenient 2-pound bags are about$1 a bag, or 2 ½ 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. [Reveal] Spoiler: OA--B If you have any questions you can ask an expert New! Senior Manager Joined: 19 Nov 2009 Posts: 326 Followers: 5 Kudos [?]: 89 [1] , given: 44 Re: Fresh potatoes [#permalink] ### Show Tags 10 Apr 2010, 13:46 1 This post received KUDOS It's B ! Evidence : Fresh potatoes generally cost about$2 for a 10-pound bag, whereas dehydrated instant potatoes cost, on average, about $3 per pound. Conclusion : It can be concluded that some consumers will pay 15 times as much for convenience, since sales of this convenience food continue to rise Inorder to weaken the conclusion, we need to find a statement which states that "Some factor, other than convenience is the reason for consumers to pay 15 times more for dehydrated instant potatoes ." (A) Fresh potatoes bought in convenient 2-pound bags are about$1 a bag, or 2 ½ times more expensive than fresh potatoes bought in 10-pound bags. - It just compares fresh potatoes in convenient 2-pound bags and 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 - It mentions a factor other than convenience... hence it weakens the conclusion
(C) Peeled potatoes in cans are also more expensive than the less convenient fresh potatoes - irrelevant(D) Retail prices of dehydrated potatoes have declined by 20 percent since 1960 to the current level of about $3 a pound. - This will kind of strengthen the argument ! (E) As a consequence of labor and processing costs, all convenience foods cost more than the basic foods from which they are derived. - irrelevant _________________ "Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiam." - Winston Churchill As vs Like - Check this link : http://www.grammar-quizzes.com/like-as.html. Senior Manager Joined: 07 Jan 2010 Posts: 250 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 8 [0], given: 16 Re: Fresh potatoes [#permalink] ### Show Tags 12 Apr 2010, 06:29 Nice explanation NSP... B it is. Intern Joined: 11 Feb 2013 Posts: 19 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 4 Re: Fresh potatoes [#permalink] ### Show Tags 13 Apr 2013, 07:00 nsp007 wrote: It's B ! Evidence : Fresh potatoes generally cost about$2 for a 10-pound bag, whereas dehydrated instant potatoes cost, on average, about $3 per pound. Conclusion : It can be concluded that some consumers will pay 15 times as much for convenience, since sales of this convenience food continue to rise Inorder to weaken the conclusion, we need to find a statement which states that "Some factor, other than convenience is the reason for consumers to pay 15 times more for dehydrated instant potatoes ." (A) Fresh potatoes bought in convenient 2-pound bags are about$1 a bag, or 2 ½ times more expensive than fresh potatoes bought in 10-pound bags. - It just compares fresh potatoes in convenient 2-pound bags and 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 - It mentions a factor other than convenience... hence it weakens the conclusion
(C) Peeled potatoes in cans are also more expensive than the less convenient fresh potatoes - irrelevant(D) Retail prices of dehydrated potatoes have declined by 20 percent since 1960 to the current level of about $3 a pound. - This will kind of strengthen the argument ! (E) As a consequence of labor and processing costs, all convenience foods cost more than the basic foods from which they are derived. - irrelevant Can anyone please explain to me that the D option is wrong...how come its strengthening the stimulus..... i thought the right answer is D ...thats y m getting totally confused that how come its strengthen t argument. According to me , its another reason that y consumers r buying dehydrated potatoes.....as the rated are decreasing of hydrated potatoes so ppl r interested to buy them... Please correct me .... Thanks in advance !!! :D Intern Joined: 14 Apr 2013 Posts: 44 GMAT 1: 740 Q50 V40 Followers: 3 Kudos [?]: 98 [0], given: 3 Re: Fresh potatoes [#permalink] ### Show Tags 15 Apr 2013, 05:13 Perhaps wrote: nsp007 wrote: It's B ! Evidence : Fresh potatoes generally cost about$2 for a 10-pound bag, whereas dehydrated instant potatoes cost, on average, about $3 per pound. Conclusion : It can be concluded that some consumers will pay 15 times as much for convenience, since sales of this convenience food continue to rise Inorder to weaken the conclusion, we need to find a statement which states that "Some factor, other than convenience is the reason for consumers to pay 15 times more for dehydrated instant potatoes ." (A) Fresh potatoes bought in convenient 2-pound bags are about$1 a bag, or 2 ½ times more expensive than fresh potatoes bought in 10-pound bags. - It just compares fresh potatoes in convenient 2-pound bags and 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 - It mentions a factor other than convenience... hence it weakens the conclusion
(C) Peeled potatoes in cans are also more expensive than the less convenient fresh potatoes - irrelevant(D) Retail prices of dehydrated potatoes have declined by 20 percent since 1960 to the current level of about $3 a pound. - This will kind of strengthen the argument ! (E) As a consequence of labor and processing costs, all convenience foods cost more than the basic foods from which they are derived. - irrelevant Can anyone please explain to me that the D option is wrong...how come its strengthening the stimulus..... i thought the right answer is D ...thats y m getting totally confused that how come its strengthen t argument. According to me , its another reason that y consumers r buying dehydrated potatoes.....as the rated are decreasing of hydrated potatoes so ppl r interested to buy them... Please correct me .... Thanks in advance !!! :D (D) Retail prices of dehydrated potatoes have declined by 20 percent since 1960 to the current level of about$3 a pound.
This means that Prices came down from Rs 3.75 to Rs 3 (20% decline) which implies that people were paying around 18 times and now paying 15 times. This is not much of a difference to affect the buying behaviour of customers. Hence D cannot be the correct option
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24 Jul 2016, 13:41
paidlukkha wrote:
can someone help me on solving this question via the negation technique?
I got the answer right, but without the negation technique

As mentioned in my reply to your previous post, negation technique is recommended to be used ONLY with assumption questions.
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