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Jennifer: Video rental outlets in Centerville together handled 10,000 fewer video rentals in 1994 than in 1993.
The decline in rentals was probably due almost entirely to the February 1994 opening of Videorama, the first
and only video rental outlet in the area that, in addition to renting videos, also sold them cheaply.
Brad: There must be another explanation: as you yourself said, the decline was on the order of 10,000
rentals. Yet Videorama sold only 4,000 videos in 1994.
Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the force of the objection that Brad
presents to Jennifer's explanation?
A. In 1994 Videorama rented out more videos than it sold.
B. In 1994 two new outlets that rent but that do not sell videos opened in Centerville.
C. Most of the video rental outlets in Centerville rent videos at a discount on certain nights of the week.
D. People often buy videos of movies that they have previously seen in a theater.
E. People who own videos frequently loan them to their friends.

Please explain this one. I believe the answer is A.
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Re: Jennifer: Video rental outlets in Centerville together handl [#permalink] New post 24 Apr 2012, 08:05
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Jennifer: Video rental outlets in Centerville together handled 10,000 fewer video rentals in 1994 than in 1993.
The decline in rentals was probably due almost entirely to the February 1994 opening of Videorama, the first
and only video rental outlet in the area that, in addition to renting videos, also sold them cheaply.
Brad: There must be another explanation: as you yourself said, the decline was on the order of 10,000
rentals. Yet Videorama sold only 4,000 videos in 1994.
Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the force of the objection that Brad
presents to Jennifer's explanation?
A. In 1994 Videorama rented out more videos than it sold.
B. In 1994 two new outlets that rent but that do not sell videos opened in Centerville.
C. Most of the video rental outlets in Centerville rent videos at a discount on certain nights of the week.
D. People often buy videos of movies that they have previously seen in a theater.
E. People who own videos frequently loan them to their friends.

Please explain this one. I believe the answer is A.


Nm, not going to spend time explaining to someone wo can't search, or browse down half a page.
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Re: Jennifer: Video rental outlets in Centerville together handl [#permalink] New post 24 Apr 2012, 10:01
My bad, i did not think that the question would be there.

Thanks for the heads'up anyway.
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Re: Jennifer: Video rental outlets in Centerville together handl [#permalink] New post 24 Apr 2012, 11:54
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Jennifer: Video rental outlets in Centerville together handled 10,000 fewer video rentals in 1994 than in 1993.
The decline in rentals was probably due almost entirely to the February 1994 opening of Videorama, the first
and only video rental outlet in the area that, in addition to renting videos, also sold them cheaply.
Brad: There must be another explanation: as you yourself said, the decline was on the order of 10,000
rentals. Yet Videorama sold only 4,000 videos in 1994.
Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the force of the objection that Brad
presents to Jennifer's explanation?
A. In 1994 Videorama rented out more videos than it sold.
B. In 1994 two new outlets that rent but that do not sell videos opened in Centerville.
C. Most of the video rental outlets in Centerville rent videos at a discount on certain nights of the week.
D. People often buy videos of movies that they have previously seen in a theater.
E. People who own videos frequently loan them to their friends.

Please explain this one. I believe the answer is A.


Tech3,

"A" states that Videorama rented out more videos than it sold. Jennifer specifically mentions 'video rental outlets in Centreville', and Videorama is also a video rental outlet, therefore Videorama's rental number also contributes to the total number of rentals in Centreville. Even if Videorama rented out more videos than it sold, it does not necessarily explain why the total number declined.

On the other hand, if people purchase videos and lends out to friends after they had viewed it, then the rental figure will certainly decline.

Hope this helps.
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Re: Jennifer: Video rental outlets in Centerville together handl [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2012, 21:43
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A. In 1994 Videorama rented out more videos than it sold. (there is still an uncertainty here of whether Videorama handled 10k videos. if they rented out 4,001 videos then the totaled handled would still be less than 10k videos.

E. People who own videos frequently loan them to their friends.
This give a good reason of what the cause of the situation is. Many people are giving rental less business.

Side note: how do we know for sure that it is the entire cause of the difference of 6k.
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Re: Jennifer: Video rental outlets in Centerville together handl [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2014, 07:01
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A. In 1994 Videorama rented out more videos than it sold. (there is still an uncertainty here of whether Videorama handled 10k videos. if they rented out 4,001 videos then the totaled handled would still be less than 10k videos.

E. People who own videos frequently loan them to their friends.
This give a good reason of what the cause of the situation is. Many people are giving rental less business.

Side note: how do we know for sure that it is the entire cause of the difference of 6k.


We don't have to calculate if it is 5.89k or 6k. We need to find out given the options, we can say if we can weaken the arguments.
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Re: Jennifer: Video rental outlets in Centerville together [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2014, 20:14
tech3 wrote:
Jennifer: Video rental outlets in Centerville together handled 10,000 fewer video rentals in 1994 than in 1993.
The decline in rentals was probably due almost entirely to the February 1994 opening of Videorama, the first
and only video rental outlet in the area that, in addition to renting videos, also sold them cheaply.
Brad: There must be another explanation: as you yourself said, the decline was on the order of 10,000
rentals. Yet Videorama sold only 4,000 videos in 1994.
Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the force of the objection that Brad
presents to Jennifer's explanation?
A. In 1994 Videorama rented out more videos than it sold.
B. In 1994 two new outlets that rent but that do not sell videos opened in Centerville.
C. Most of the video rental outlets in Centerville rent videos at a discount on certain nights of the week.
D. People often buy videos of movies that they have previously seen in a theater.
E. People who own videos frequently loan them to their friends.

Please explain this one. I believe the answer is A.


Isn't E actually strengthening the argument?

When Jennifer says 'The decline in rentals was probably due almost entirely to the February 1994 opening of Videorama' then Brad argues 'There must be another explanation'

Now option E i.e. People who own videos frequently loan them to their friends , is indeed another explanation.

Whereas the question says 'Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the force of the objection'

Please correct me if i am wrong!
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Re: Jennifer: Video rental outlets in Centerville together [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2014, 21:12
Brad argues that there must be some other explanation that does not have to do with the opening of videorama.

Because of videorama, people were now able to buy videos and rent them to their friends, thereby preventing the friends for renting videos.


On another note, I'm not a big fan of this question since it seems to require a lot of assumptions (as straightforward as they may be)on the reader's part. I'd like to know the source of this question. If it is not a reputed source, I suggest not bothering about the question any more.
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Re: Jennifer: Video rental outlets in Centerville together [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2014, 21:27
Not sure what the source is, but you can find Manhattan staff answer this question here:

http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/jen ... t8752.html
Re: Jennifer: Video rental outlets in Centerville together   [#permalink] 05 Mar 2014, 21:27
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