Find all School-related info fast with the new School-Specific MBA Forum

It is currently 25 Jul 2014, 10:21

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

The postal service is badly mismanaged. Forty years ago,

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
TAGS:
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
Joined: 08 Sep 2004
Posts: 258
Location: New York City, USA
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 8 [0], given: 0

GMAT Tests User
The postal service is badly mismanaged. Forty years ago, [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2006, 14:35
00:00
A
B
C
D
E

Difficulty:

(N/A)

Question Stats:

0% (00:00) correct 0% (00:00) wrong based on 0 sessions
The postal service is badly mismanaged. Forty years ago, first-class letter delivery cost only three cents. Since then, the price has increased nearly tenfold, with an actual decrease in the speed and reliability of service.
Each of the following statements, if true, would tend to weaken the argument above EXCEPT:

(A) The volume of mail handled by the postal service has increased dramatically over the last forty years.
(B) Unprecedented increases in the cost of fuel for trucks and planes have put severe upward pressures on postal delivery costs.
(C) Private delivery services usually charge more than does the postal service for comparable delivery charges.
(D) The average delivery time for a first-class letter four decades ago was actually slightly longer than it is today.
(E) The average level of consumer prices overall has increased more than 300 percent over the last forty years.
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
Joined: 09 Aug 2005
Posts: 286
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 1 [0], given: 0

GMAT Tests User
 [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2006, 17:37
I think A - Volume has increased but that does not tell us anything good or bad
Manager
Manager
avatar
Joined: 06 Aug 2005
Posts: 92
Location: Minneapolis
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 2 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2006, 18:26
A
Rest actually weaken the argument.
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
Joined: 22 Nov 2005
Posts: 482
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 3 [0], given: 0

GMAT Tests User
 [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2006, 10:18
I think its E.
Conclusion-- Postal service is mismanaged.

Argument - price has increase, and reliability and speed has decrease.


E says that inflation has increased to 300(3 fold), but postal service's price has increased to ten folds. hence its support the conclusion.
Director
Director
avatar
Joined: 24 Oct 2005
Posts: 577
Location: NYC
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 7 [0], given: 0

GMAT Tests User
 [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2006, 11:49
I agree, E.. Inflation 3 times.. Prices have risen 10 times.. So, postal service is mismanaged..
_________________

Success is my only option, failure is not -- Eminem

Director
Director
avatar
Joined: 27 Feb 2006
Posts: 634
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 13 [0], given: 0

GMAT Tests User
 [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2006, 12:09
Agree with gmat_crack and bewakoof. It should be ^ E ^
VP
VP
User avatar
Joined: 07 Nov 2005
Posts: 1133
Location: India
Followers: 3

Kudos [?]: 27 [0], given: 1

GMAT Tests User
 [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2006, 19:15
Agree with E.
Director
Director
avatar
Joined: 24 Oct 2005
Posts: 662
Location: London
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 6 [0], given: 0

GMAT Tests User
 [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2006, 02:24
I would go with A.
If volume of letters increase, we would expect price per letter to go down. Not up.
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 21 Feb 2006
Posts: 27
Location: India
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 2 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2006, 02:57
A
Conclusion :The postal service is badly mismanaged.
Argument :Forty years ago, first-class letter delivery cost only three cents. Since then, the price has increased nearly tenfold, with an actual decrease in the speed and reliability of service.


We are looking out for a stmt which does not weaken the argument.
A: it just says ,the volume of mail handled by the postal service has increased dramatically over the last forty years. This does not weaken the argument

E: The average level of consumer prices overall has increased more than 300 percent over the last forty years.
This supports the argument and the conclusion ( prices of postal service went up by 10 ten fold when compared .This does not weaken the argument)

So according to me, A does not weaken

Whats the OA?
Director
Director
User avatar
Joined: 08 Jun 2004
Posts: 502
Location: Europe
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 10 [0], given: 0

GMAT Tests User
 [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2006, 03:28
E it is.
gmat_crack nic explanation.
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
Joined: 06 Apr 2005
Posts: 355
Location: USA
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 8 [0], given: 0

GMAT Tests User
 [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2006, 03:44
My answer is A.

E is a classic answer choice, that will lead you away from the correct answer. E says that the average level of consumer prices has increased by 300%. You cannot assume, that postal goods and services were affected by this increase. For all you know the postal service is not impacted by any increase or decrease in consumer goods. And even if it were, isn't 300% = a threefold increase, whereas the postal service has increased 4 times. E does not explain this discrepancy

If according to A, the volume of mail has increased dramatically, then an increase in the price will help offset the increase in volume.
Director
Director
User avatar
Joined: 08 Jun 2004
Posts: 502
Location: Europe
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 10 [0], given: 0

GMAT Tests User
 [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2006, 03:51
Darth_McDaddy wrote:
My answer is A.

If according to A, the volume of mail has increased dramatically, then an increase in the price will help offset the increase in volume.


I can not agree with you.
A is not the correct answer as it weakens the conclusion - "The postal service is badly mismanaged."
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
Joined: 06 Apr 2005
Posts: 355
Location: USA
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 8 [0], given: 0

GMAT Tests User
 [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2006, 04:13
I didn't elaborate on my answer. I will still stick to A. If there is a dramatic increase in postal volume, then there must have been a corresponding decrease in speed and reliability of service. A is the only one that supports the conclusion. All other answer choices weaken the conclusion.

I am sorry, I didn't stress this point more clearly.

M8 wrote:
Darth_McDaddy wrote:
My answer is A.

If according to A, the volume of mail has increased dramatically, then an increase in the price will help offset the increase in volume.


I can not agree with you.
A is not the correct answer as it weakens the conclusion - "The postal service is badly mismanaged."
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
Joined: 08 Sep 2004
Posts: 258
Location: New York City, USA
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 8 [0], given: 0

GMAT Tests User
 [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2006, 09:39
OA is E. I think the important thing here is to realize that 10 fold increase is more than 300% increase.

Sorry I do not have OE. The source of the question is CR-1000.

- Vipin
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
User avatar
Joined: 24 Jan 2006
Posts: 256
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 3 [0], given: 0

GMAT Tests User
 [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2006, 13:46
D. Other talk about prices majorly but D weakens it from the point of view of service.
  [#permalink] 27 Mar 2006, 13:46
    Similar topics Author Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
1 The postal service is badly mismanaged. Forty years ago, sushantdsahu 3 29 Apr 2010, 14:03
The postal service is badly mismanaged. Forty years ago, ak_idc 17 31 Oct 2006, 07:22
The postal service is badly mismanaged. Forty years ago, gmacvik 18 12 Oct 2005, 15:10
The postal service is badly mismanaged. Forty years ago, ywilfred 19 07 Sep 2005, 06:15
The postal service is badly mismanaged. Forty years ago, wunderbar03 24 28 Apr 2005, 20:31
Display posts from previous: Sort by

The postal service is badly mismanaged. Forty years ago,

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  


GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Privacy Policy| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.