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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.
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Re: CR 1000 D 8 [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2008, 14:08
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OA is E as explained below:

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. weakens..it is volume of mail and not mismanagement
(B) Unprecedented increases in the cost of fuel for trucks and planes have put severe upward pressures on postal delivery costs.weakens..it is fule cost and not mismanagement
(C) Private delivery services usually charge more than does the postal service for comparable delivery charges.weakens
(D) The average delivery time for a first-class letter four decades ago was actually slightly longer than it is today.weakens
(E) The average level of consumer prices overall has increased more than 300 percent over the last forty years.strengthens..consumer prices only increased 300% whereas mail prices increased 10 fold..which is a 900% increase..thus it must be mismanagement
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Re: CR 1000 D 8 [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2009, 06:50
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OA is E as explained below:

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. weakens..it is volume of mail and not mismanagement
(B) Unprecedented increases in the cost of fuel for trucks and planes have put severe upward pressures on postal delivery costs.weakens..it is fule cost and not mismanagement
(C) Private delivery services usually charge more than does the postal service for comparable delivery charges.weakens
(D) The average delivery time for a first-class letter four decades ago was actually slightly longer than it is today.weakens
(E) The average level of consumer prices overall has increased more than 300 percent over the last forty years.strengthens..consumer prices only increased 300% whereas mail prices increased 10 fold..which is a 900% increase..thus it must be mismanagement


Thanks for the explaination. I agree E
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Re: CR 1000 D 8 [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2011, 20:27
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OA is E as explained below:

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. weakens..it is volume of mail and not mismanagement
(B) Unprecedented increases in the cost of fuel for trucks and planes have put severe upward pressures on postal delivery costs.weakens..it is fule cost and not mismanagement
(C) Private delivery services usually charge more than does the postal service for comparable delivery charges.weakens
(D) The average delivery time for a first-class letter four decades ago was actually slightly longer than it is today.weakens
(E) The average level of consumer prices overall has increased more than 300 percent over the last forty years.strengthens..consumer prices only increased 300% whereas mail prices increased 10 fold..which is a 900% increase..thus it must be mismanagement


E says "more than 300 percent", which could be 900 percent as well.
I was able to narrow it down to C and E but I chose C.
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Re: CR 1000 D 8 [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2011, 11:37
OA please...

I think C can be the answer
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Re: CR 1000 D 8 [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2011, 13:55
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.Weaken

(B) Unprecedented increases in the cost of fuel for trucks and planes have put severe upward pressures on postal delivery costs.Weaken

(C) Private delivery services usually charge more than does the postal service for comparable delivery charges.Weaken

(D) The average delivery time for a first-class letter four decades ago was actually slightly longer than it is today.Well this answer to slightly weakening the stimulus

(E) The average level of consumer prices overall has increased more than 300 percent over the last forty years.Aha the correct answer, this one has no impact on the stimulus...This is what we are looking for....
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Re: CR 1000 D 8 [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2011, 20:31
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bhatia_ash2002 wrote:

E says "more than 300 percent", which could be 900 percent as well.
I was able to narrow it down to C and E but I chose C.


If it were a Quants problem, I would have agreed with you but here we can safely assume that more that 300% may mean 350% or 400% but not 900%.
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Re: CR 1000 D 8 [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2011, 20:40
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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.


I believe C should be the answer
A - Weakens
B - Weakens
C - Irrelevant (So C should be the answer)
D - Weakens
E - Weakens
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Re: CR 1000 D 8 [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2011, 23:08
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Re: The postal service is badly mismanaged. Forty years ago, [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2014, 11:49
First of all always post the OA once the question is posted.

IMO the answer is "C".
The answer would have been more clear if the words in the premise were twofold rather than tenfold. And I'll tell you why.

(A) The volume of mail handled by the postal service has increased dramatically over the last forty years.
Weakens. Because the volume of the mails has increased to such an extent that postal services cannot be blamed for the mismanagement.

(B) Unprecedented increases in the cost of fuel for trucks and planes have put severe upward pressures on postal delivery costs.
Weakens. Because cost is some other reason explaining why the postal services cannot be claimed as mismanaged.

(C) Private delivery services usually charge more than does the postal service for comparable delivery charges.
Irrelevant. Because no comparison of delivery charges between Private and Postal services justifies the mismanagement of Postal services. It could be that Private delivery charges were greater forty years ago. Also, the word 'usually' suggests uncertainty. Thus this option could be our possible answer. But, lets go through other options as well. :arrow:

(D) The average delivery time for a first-class letter four decades ago was actually slightly longer than it is today.
Weakens. Because the timings of certain type of delivery was longer than what is it now. So slightly weaken the premise, but weakens.

(E) The average level of consumer prices overall has increased more than 300 percent over the last forty years.
Weakens. Because average level of consumer price increased more than 4 times(300% over the original value) in last forty years. Whereas the premise of the argument states that the price of postal services increased nearly tenfold(ten times). So the crucial word here is 'more than'. It could mean that increase in consumer price is either 1)<(less than tenfold) or 2) =(equal to tenfold) or 3) > (greater than tenfold). In the second and third cases the option could support the argument whereas in the first case the option is clearly weakening the argument. So the argument is partly Weakened.

So Clearly, the best answer choice we are left with is 'C'.

P.S. This question is not very clear in meaning and its lack a proper framework. In Fact it is from the group of questions that aren't good enough to be tagged as GMAT level question. In here we have to chose the best option among the worst. :roll:
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