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# Six months or so after getting a video recorder, many early

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Six months or so after getting a video recorder, many early buyers apparently lost interest in obtaining videos to watch on it. The trade of businesses selling and renting videos is still buoyant, because the number of homes with video recorders is still growing. But clearly, once the market for video recorders is saturated, businesses distributing videos face hard times.

Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the conclusion above?

(A) The market for video recorders would not be considered saturated until there was one in 80 percent of homes.
(B) Among the items handled by video distributors are many films specifically produced as video features.
(C) Few of the early buyers of video recorders raised any complaints about performance aspects of the new product.
(D) The early buyers of a novel product are always people who are quick to acquire novelties, but also often as quick to tire of them.
(E) In a shrinking market, competition always intensifies and marginal businesses fail
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Six months or so after getting a video recorder, many early buyers apparently lost interest in obtaining videos to watch on it. The trade of businesses selling and renting videos is still buoyant, because the number of homes with video recorders is still growing. But clearly, once the market for video recorders is saturated, businesses distributing videos face hard times.

Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the conclusion above?

(A) The market for video recorders would not be considered saturated until there was one in 80 percent of homes.
(B) Among the items handled by video distributors are many films specifically produced as video features.
(C) Few of the early buyers of video recorders raised any complaints about performance aspects of the new product.
(D) The early buyers of a novel product are always people who are quick to acquire novelties, but also often as quick to tire of them.
(E) In a shrinking market, competition always intensifies and marginal businesses fail

D is the best

If the trade of buseness ...still be a buoyant, businesses distributing videos DOES NOT face hard times.
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30 Mar 2009, 13:18
A is the answer, which weakens the above argument conclusion "businesses distributing videos face hard times"
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30 Mar 2009, 13:49
If D is true, future buyers of recorders may well buy tapes in greater numbers
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30 Mar 2009, 14:30
D) The early buyers of a novel product are always people who are quick to acquire novelties, but also often as quick to tire of them.

The counter argument is also there which doesn't weaken the argument.
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30 Mar 2009, 15:49
asantosh12 wrote:
D) The early buyers of a novel product are always people who are quick to acquire novelties, but also often as quick to tire of them.

The counter argument is also there which doesn't weaken the argument.

It doesn't matter what the customers do after customers buy the video tapes. They can be tired of the tapes, use them repeatedly or discard them. The fact that they will buy more tapes weakens the argument.

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30 Mar 2009, 18:13
pbanavara wrote:
asantosh12 wrote:
D) The early buyers of a novel product are always people who are quick to acquire novelties, but also often as quick to tire of them.

The counter argument is also there which doesn't weaken the argument.

It doesn't matter what the customers do after customers buy the video tapes. They can be tired of the tapes, use them repeatedly or discard them. The fact that they will buy more tapes weakens the argument.

Agree with pbanavara,

D does say that "many early buyers DO interest in obtaining videos to watch on it"
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30 Mar 2009, 21:07
OA is D
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02 Apr 2009, 19:06
ritula wrote:
Six months or so after getting a video recorder, many early buyers apparently lost interest in obtaining videos to watch on it. The trade of businesses selling and renting videos is still buoyant, because the number of homes with video recorders is still growing. But clearly, once the market for video recorders is saturated, businesses distributing videos face hard times.

Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the conclusion above?

(A) The market for video recorders would not be considered saturated until there was one in 80 percent of homes.
(B) Among the items handled by video distributors are many films specifically produced as video features.
(C) Few of the early buyers of video recorders raised any complaints about performance aspects of the new product.
(D) The early buyers of a novel product are always people who are quick to acquire novelties, but also often as quick to tire of them.
(E) In a shrinking market, competition always intensifies and marginal businesses fail

IMO D)...it is an analogy between novel product and video recorder..........(It tries to say early buyer who are quick to acquire novelties but often tire of them quickly).
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16 Apr 2009, 14:25
got D
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16 Apr 2009, 18:08
I think it should be D.
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18 Feb 2010, 11:08
no doubt it should be D
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D is most relevant.

The argument is that an initial group of people bought a video recorder and then grew tired of it after so many months and then stop obtaining new videos. The conclusion is that once everyone who buys this new video recorder (100% market saturation) and then tire of it will ultimately hurt the video production market.

The point of D pokes a hole in this conclusion by showing that author's test group of "initial buyers" may not have the same usage pattern with the video recorder as a "future buyer" might. In a nutshell, D states that the author may be comparing apples to oranges which means that the argument is not conclusive.
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18 Feb 2010, 11:15
My reasoning is the same. Good explaination. Early adopters are different than late buyers.

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D is most relevant.

The argument is that an initial group of people bought a video recorder and then grew tired of it after so many months and then stop obtaining new videos. The conclusion is that once everyone who buys this new video recorder (100% market saturation) and then tire of it will ultimately hurt the video production market.

The point of D pokes a hole in this conclusion by showing that author's test group of "initial buyers" may not have the same usage pattern with the video recorder as a "future buyer" might. In a nutshell, D states that the author may be comparing apples to oranges which means that the argument is not conclusive.

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19 Feb 2010, 22:32
D) The early buyers of a novel product are always people who are quick to acquire novelties, but also often as quick to tire of them.

the above statement criticizes the early buyers so this obviously weakens the argument
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23 Feb 2011, 06:50
I'm struggling with what the conclusion is based on the responses above. It looks like the conclusion could be the first sentence, because the writer uses the word apparently, which is his/her opinion/conclusion. If that's the case, isn't the conclusion that early buyers don't want videos to watch on their recorder. It implies that there must be something wrong with the recorder. It doesn't imply that people don't like watching videos, because the demand for players is still high. If you want to weaken this conclusion, which I think means on the contrary, wouldn't C be on the contrary. Since people still want to watch videos, they will need a player. If there aren't very many complaints, then why wouldn't people want the player that the early buyers bought.
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keyword "clearly" separates the conclusion from the premise.

Paraphrase - People get tired of watching the VCR after 6 months of purchase. The sales which is high now will slacken in the coming days. Clearly, the market for VCR is going to face hard times when the market is saturated.

"Weaken" means weaken the conclusion.

(D) The early buyers of a novel product are always people who are quick to acquire novelties, but also often as quick to tire of them. -> this tells us that there will ALWAYS be a market for the product and hence weakens the conclusion.

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I'm struggling with what the conclusion is based on the responses above. It looks like the conclusion could be the first sentence, because the writer uses the word apparently, which is his/her opinion/conclusion. If that's the case, isn't the conclusion that early buyers don't want videos to watch on their recorder. It implies that there must be something wrong with the recorder. It doesn't imply that people don't like watching videos, because the demand for players is still high. If you want to weaken this conclusion, which I think means on the contrary, wouldn't C be on the contrary. Since people still want to watch videos, they will need a player. If there aren't very many complaints, then why wouldn't people want the player that the early buyers bought.
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Assumtion: Early buyers => tired of product
D's point: Early buyers =/= (might not) later buyers so the argument falls apart.
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23 Feb 2011, 09:34
I was lost on this one... not one of the statements looked relevant. Thank you everyone for your input.
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23 Feb 2011, 10:39
proccountant wrote:
D is most relevant.

The argument is that an initial group of people bought a video recorder and then grew tired of it after so many months and then stop obtaining new videos. The conclusion is that once everyone who buys this new video recorder (100% market saturation) and then tire of it will ultimately hurt the video production market.

The point of D pokes a hole in this conclusion by showing that author's test group of "initial buyers" may not have the same usage pattern with the video recorder as a "future buyer" might. In a nutshell, D states that the author may be comparing apples to oranges which means that the argument is not conclusive.

Thank you very much for helping me clear up this question. I was totally lost. I found that discussing it with someone helps to bring out ideas. When you have to explain it to someone, you discover the answer, so I recommend, for those like me, who have a hard time with these questions, read them out loud to someone. Preferably an older child or teenager, so you have to explain it and understand it while you're explaining.
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