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# The recent upheaval in the office-equipment retail business,

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The recent upheaval in the office-equipment retail business, in which many small firms have gone out of business, has been attributed to the advent of office equipment â€œsuperstoresâ€
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14 Sep 2006, 17:48
Will go for 'D'

The argument compares Office-equiment retailing with Generice Retailing and this is explained in 'D'
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14 Sep 2006, 19:06
i choose B.
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14 Sep 2006, 19:54
My choice is D
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15 Sep 2006, 03:28
Between A and D.
I'll go for A.
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15 Sep 2006, 03:37

Super stores advertised their low prices heavily. As a result customers started asking for similar prices from retailers. Large retailers could offer furniture at low price. Many smaller retailers could nt and went out of business. Even in that case, retailers might be having large market share.
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15 Sep 2006, 09:56
(B) The superstoresâ€™ heavy advertising of their low prices has forced prices down throughout the retail market for office supplies.

Although the superstores might control a small share, the prices may be affected due to their advertising low prices.

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15 Sep 2006, 14:53
count my vote for (B) too
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16 Sep 2006, 11:09
B it is
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17 Sep 2006, 09:42
ak_idc wrote:

Super stores advertised their low prices heavily. As a result customers started asking for similar prices from retailers. Large retailers could offer furniture at low price. Many smaller retailers could nt and went out of business. Even in that case, retailers might be having large market share.

This does not prove that superstores control a large market share. Your statement "As a result customers started asking for similar prices from retailers" is an assumption.
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17 Sep 2006, 09:45
Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the argument that the analysis is flawed?

(B) The superstoresâ€™ heavy advertising of their low prices has forced prices down throughout the retail market for office supplies.

Don't the bold parts imply that his assumption is correct?

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ak_idc wrote:

Super stores advertised their low prices heavily. As a result customers started asking for similar prices from retailers. Large retailers could offer furniture at low price. Many smaller retailers could nt and went out of business. Even in that case, retailers might be having large market share.

This does not prove that superstores control a large market share. Your statement "As a result customers started asking for similar prices from retailers" is an assumption.
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17 Sep 2006, 13:35
Why not C???

Even new superstores have abandoned the market...it means the other superstores have control not a very small share of the retail market.
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17 Sep 2006, 18:31
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Facts
Small firms have gone ouf business

ROOT CAUSE (as per the argument)
Superstores high sales volumes with low prices operating on a narrow profit margin

Above analysis is flawed as
superstores are still controlling a very small share of retail market.

Possible Inference - Superstores could chase out small retailers of office equipment but could not do the same for other small retailers. Hence their market share is quite small.

Question :- most weaken the claim that the analysis is flawed. In otherwords strenghthens the original argument.

(A) - Out of scope
(B) - Adds more to the facts.
(c) - Usage of some - ambiguous; not definite
(d) - out of scope. Talks about retail chains
(e) - Quite generic. Not relevant

Change my original stand from 'D' to 'B'

B seems to be the one.
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17 Sep 2006, 20:23
abba_rv wrote:
ak_idc wrote:

Super stores advertised their low prices heavily. As a result customers started asking for similar prices from retailers. Large retailers could offer furniture at low price. Many smaller retailers could nt and went out of business. Even in that case, retailers might be having large market share.

This does not prove that superstores control a large market share. Your statement "As a result customers started asking for similar prices from retailers" is an assumption.

I never said that superstores control a large market share. I was just trying to explain how superstores' small market share, and their low price offerings go together.
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17 Sep 2006, 20:32
This is my analysis:

The flawed analysis blames on market share as the reason that small mum&pop stores have gone out of business. To weaken this argument, we just need another reason.

B presented that the heavily advertising of low prices could be another reason. so it weakened the market share claim. so, B is the answer.

C and D are too far from the argument itself.
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