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There are about 75 brands of microwave popcorn on the [#permalink]  10 Jan 2005, 08:49
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There are about 75 brands of microwave popcorn on the market; altogether, they account for a little over half of the money from sales of microwave food products. It takes three minutes to pop corn in the microwave, compared to seven minutes to pop corn conventionally. Yet by weight, microwave popcorn typically costs over five times as much as conventional popcorn. Judging by the popularity of microwave popcorn, many people are willing to pay a high price for just a little additional convenience.

If the statements in the passage are true. Which one of the following must also be true?
(A) No single brand of microwave popcorn accounts for a large share of microwave food product sales.
(B) There are more brands of microwave popcorn on the market than there are of any other microwave food product.
(C) By volume, more microwave popcorn is sold than is conventional popcorn.
(D) More money is spent on microwave food products that take three minutes or less to cook than on microwave food products that take longer to cook.
(E) Of the total number of microwave food products on the market, most are microwave popcorn products.

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Re: There are about 75 brands of microwave popcorn on the [#permalink]  23 Apr 2013, 00:31
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Very interesting MUST BE TRUE question.

In Must be true question, there are couple of things we need to remember:
(1). There's no conclusion. There are only facts. We should always stick to FACTS. Every answers that could be true or adds new information are always WRONG.
(2). There are two types of correct answer: paraphrase & combination.

ANALYZE:
Fact 1: 75 brands of microwave popcorn altogether account for a little over half of the money from sales of microwave food products.
Fact 2: microwave popcorn takes three minutes to pop corn in the microwave, compared to seven minutes to pop corn conventionally.
Fact 3: microwave popcorn typically costs over five times as much as conventional popcorn.
Fact 4: many people are willing to pay a high price for just a little additional convenience.It is the fact, it is NOT a conclusion. because of "many people are willing..."

What does Fact#4 say: it says: people are willing to pay more for a microwave that help them cook faster. ==> More money for less time cooking.

D indeed paraphrases the fact#4. That's why it''s correct.

TAKEAWAY:
- Must be true question ==> Only facts.
- Two types of correct answer: Paraphrase Or Combination.

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I got D too w/o seeing other answers

Reason:
microwave popcorn account for a little over half of the money from sales of microwave food products
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It takes 3 minutes to pop microwave popcorn

=> 3 minute microwave foods account for over half the sales of microwave foods.

Microwave food consists of 3 minute food + > 3 minute food (if any). Therefore more money is spent on microwave food products that take three minutes or less (Microwave popcorns) to cook than on microwave food products that take longer to cook.

Also, every other choice is wrong
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Re: There are about 75 brands of microwave popcorn on the [#permalink]  19 Jun 2013, 15:02
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Hi Veenu08:

veenu08 wrote:
"how D is correct"

You can refer back to my explanation above. It may help.

veenu08 wrote:
"why C is wrong?"

ANALYZE THE STIMULUS:
Fact 1: 75 brands of microwave popcorn altogether account for a little over half of the money from sales of microwave food products.
Fact 2: microwave popcorn takes three minutes to pop corn in the microwave, compared to seven minutes to pop corn conventionally.
Fact 3: microwave popcorn typically costs over five times as much as conventional popcorn.
Fact 4: many people are willing to pay a high price for just a little additional convenience.It is the fact, it is NOT a conclusion. because of "many people are willing..."

Please see fact#1: It only says 75 brands of microwave popcorn altogether account for > 50% of the money from SALES of microwave food products. It does not say HOW MANY microwave popcorn are sold more than conventional popcorn.

Example:
Total sales of market: 100 USD,
Microwave popcorn: 60 USD; 20 USD/each machine (the stimulus say 5 times) ==> total 3 machine sold
Conventional popcorn: 40 USD; 4 USD/each machine ==> total 10 machine sole

Clearly, C is wrong when it says "By volume, more microwave popcorn is sold than is conventional popcorn"

Hope that helps.
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(A) No single brand of microwave popcorn accounts for a large share of microwave food product sales.

-Market share cannot be inferred from the passage.

(B) There are more brands of microwave popcorn on the market than there are of any other microwave food product.

-We only know there are 75 brands of microwave popcorn on the market and know nothing about the number of brands of other microwave food product.

(C) By volume, more microwave popcorn is sold than is conventional popcorn.

-This is somewhat a repeat of what has been mentioned in the passage, and we don't know it is good or not. Keep this one in mind.

(D) More money is spent on microwave food products that take three minutes or less to cook than on microwave food products that take longer to cook.

-The passage only compares microwave popcorn and conventional popcorn. We have no idea about the comparison of money spent on microwave food products that take 3 or less minutes to cook and the ones that need longer time to cook.

(E) Of the total number of microwave food products on the market, most are microwave popcorn products.

-We know that microwave popcorn accounts for a little over half of the money from sales of microwave food products, but this does not mean of the total number of microwave food products on the market, most are microwave popcorn products.

So, C is the one I choose by POE. OA please.
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opsss..... it's not C

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Hmm I did think it is C as well. I guess I was wrong, and my next choice is E. Too bad can't do that on the real GMAT:)
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my first choice was C. but looks like thats not the OA. my second best shot would be A.
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my choice is B but this question seems to have a problem with it.

my rationale is that I eliminated all other choices. B is the one where you can deduct something that make sense to the passage.

about 75 brands and a little over half the markets. If you assume (this assumption is somewhat weak to begin with) that number of brands is a reflection of market share, then other microwave food products in eash sub-segments must have less number of brand per sub-segment.

I admit that this explanation is weak, but POE led me to this choice.
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The OA is D ..........

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woww..........

excellent nocilis, .... got it !! .. thanks, what a good explanation...

this question was pretty tricky

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Nice inference by nocilis, I retract my previous answer, C. Very trick one.

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GMATPIPO, Sorry came in late but nocilis came out with the same kind of reasoning like mine.
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Re: There are about 75 brands of microwave popcorn on the [#permalink]  04 May 2013, 06:49
pqhai wrote:
Very interesting MUST BE TRUE question.

In Must be true question, there are couple of things we need to remember:
(1). There's no conclusion. There are only facts. We should always stick to FACTS. Every answers that could be true or adds new information are always WRONG.
(2). There are two types of correct answer: paraphrase & combination.

ANALYZE:
Fact 1: 75 brands of microwave popcorn altogether account for a little over half of the money from sales of microwave food products.
Fact 2: microwave popcorn takes three minutes to pop corn in the microwave, compared to seven minutes to pop corn conventionally.
Fact 3: microwave popcorn typically costs over five times as much as conventional popcorn.
Fact 4: many people are willing to pay a high price for just a little additional convenience.It is the fact, it is NOT a conclusion. because of "many people are willing..."

What does Fact#4 say: it says: people are willing to pay more for a microwave that help them cook faster. ==> More money for less time cooking.

D indeed paraphrases the fact#4. That's why it''s correct.

TAKEAWAY:
- Must be true question ==> Only facts.
- Two types of correct answer: Paraphrase Or Combination.

Hope it helps.

The statement : Judging by the popularity of microwave popcorn, many people are willing to pay a high price for just a little additional convenience.

Clearly implies that the statement is a conclusion not a fact.
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Re: There are about 75 brands of microwave popcorn on the [#permalink]  19 Jun 2013, 12:00
can someone please explain how D is correct while C is wrong?
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Re: There are about 75 brands of microwave popcorn on the [#permalink]  20 Jun 2013, 08:06
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There are about 75 brands of microwave popcorn on the market; altogether, they account for a little over half of the money from sales of microwave food products. It takes three minutes to pop corn in the microwave, compared to seven minutes to pop corn conventionally. Yet by weight, microwave popcorn typically costs over five times as much as conventional popcorn. Judging by the popularity of microwave popcorn, many people are willing to pay a high price for just a little additional convenience.

If the statements in the passage are true. Which one of the following must also be true?
(A) No single brand of microwave popcorn accounts for a large share of microwave food product sales.
(B) There are more brands of microwave popcorn on the market than there are of any other microwave food product.
(C) By volume, more microwave popcorn is sold than is conventional popcorn.
(D) More money is spent on microwave food products that take three minutes or less to cook than on microwave food products that take longer to cook.
(E) Of the total number of microwave food products on the market, most are microwave popcorn products.

We have some facts;

1. cook time: 3 mins in microwave vs. 7 mins by traditional method
2. cost: microwave costs 5 times more than does traditional method
3. People are willing to pay more for little additional convenience

This is Must be true question, so we look for answer choice that rephrase base on the premise. Only D does the job. D states that people pay more for microwaves that takes less than 3 mins to cook than other microwaves that take longer time. "Less than 3 mins" is additional convenience.

D is the correct answer choice.
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Re: There are about 75 brands of microwave popcorn on the [#permalink]  09 Oct 2013, 04:50
Folks - Can someone, please, help me with answer E? Wording is confusing me:

The stimulus implied: "...altogether, they account for a little over half of the money from sales of microwave food products. "

The answer stated: "(E) Of the total number of microwave food products on the market, most are microwave popcorn products."

If I cannot assume that more than half of sales of microvewave products come from popcorn products, would the correct reasoning be: "Most of popcorn sales derives from microwave popcorn, as opposed to conventional popcorn"? Is this the correct way to elimate this answer?
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Re: There are about 75 brands of microwave popcorn on the [#permalink]  15 Oct 2013, 16:40
There are about 75 brands of microwave popcorn on the market; altogether, they account for a little over half of the money from sales of microwave food products. It takes three minutes to pop corn in the microwave, compared to seven minutes to pop corn conventionally. Yet by weight, microwave popcorn typically costs over five times as much as conventional popcorn. Judging by the popularity of microwave popcorn, many people are willing to pay a high price for just a little additional convenience.

If the statements in the passage are true. Which one of the following must also be true?
(A) No single brand of microwave popcorn accounts for a large share of microwave food product sales.
- there was no comparison between one MW popcorn brand and the rest of MS category - wrong
(B) There are more brands of microwave popcorn on the market than there are of any other microwave food product.
- comes from nowhere - wrong
(C) By volume, more microwave popcorn is sold than is conventional popcorn.
- nth was mentioned abt the volumn sales of conventional popcorn - wrong
(D) More money is spent on microwave food products that take three minutes or less to cook than on microwave food products that take longer to cook.
- this takes the case in one product to the whole microwave category - wrong
(E) Of the total number of microwave food products on the market, most are microwave popcorn products.
- the value share of MW popcorn accounts for over 50%, but not sure about volumn share. But i think this is the one that makes most sense - my answer
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Re: There are about 75 brands of microwave popcorn on the [#permalink]  15 Oct 2013, 21:37
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Folks - Can someone, please, help me with answer E? Wording is confusing me:

The stimulus implied: "...altogether, they account for a little over half of the money from sales of microwave food products. "

The answer stated: "(E) Of the total number of microwave food products on the market, most are microwave popcorn products."

If I cannot assume that more than half of sales of microvewave products come from popcorn products, would the correct reasoning be: "Most of popcorn sales derives from microwave popcorn, as opposed to conventional popcorn"? Is this the correct way to elimate this answer?

No this is not the correct reasoning. Your reasoning is just a paraphrase of Option C which is wrong. You cannot assume that since the microwave food products account for more than over half of the money, that they even account for more than half of the sales i.e they sell more than conventional pop-corns. Maybe the reason for high sales money is not huge amount of sales but because of those pop-corns being more expensive. Maybe Conventional pop-corns sell > Microwave Pop corns because they are being priced less.
Thus TL;DR you cannot assume anything in Must Be True Questions. Only go with the facts.
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Re: There are about 75 brands of microwave popcorn on the [#permalink]  30 Oct 2013, 10:22
nechets wrote:
Folks - Can someone, please, help me with answer E? Wording is confusing me:

The stimulus implied: "...altogether, they account for a little over half of the money from sales of microwave food products. "

The answer stated: "(E) Of the total number of microwave food products on the market, most are microwave popcorn products."

If I cannot assume that more than half of sales of microvewave products come from popcorn products, would the correct reasoning be: "Most of popcorn sales derives from microwave popcorn, as opposed to conventional popcorn"? Is this the correct way to elimate this answer?

The questions claims that over half the money spent on microwave products is on popcorn products.

All this means is that the rest of the money spent on microwave products is on all other products ie: pizza pockets, soups, and so on.

We do not know how many other products are made for the microwave, only that they account for less than half of the overall money spent on microwaveable foods. Eliminate.
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