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04 Sep 2008, 23:57
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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05 Sep 2008, 00:18
IMO D.

The early buyers get tired of the product quickly, but we know nothing of the 'not-so-early' buyers.
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05 Sep 2008, 01:21
Between C and D, D is better.
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05 Sep 2008, 09:26
Am I having a weird day? I am not agreeing with the popular opinion

Conclusion once the market for video recorders is saturated, businesses distributing videos face hard times.

We need to find some thing that says saturation will not cause business failure.

Look at B, If many of the items are specifically produced video features, People have to watch them on their video recorders. They cant go any where else to watch that feature.

If you look at D. It saying that early adopters quit early. But its not saying that later adopters will have a good deal of interest in the videos/video recorders. We simply don't know.

Hence B.
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05 Sep 2008, 09:32
I choose D.

The st says that early buyers get tired quickly of the novelties they buy, thus they cannot be used to make forecasts on future sales.
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05 Sep 2008, 09:47
mgcosta wrote:
I choose D.

The st says that early buyers get tired quickly of the novelties they buy, thus they cannot be used to make forecasts on future sales.

I understand what you are saying but if you look at the conclusion,

But clearly, once the market for video recorders is saturated, businesses distributing videos face hard times.

It's about the video distributors that will have hard time. If they are distributing stuff that's only available on video chances of failure are less likely, regardless of early buyers who lose interest quickly. IMO, Its not about the forecast of future sales after all

You guys feel like I am still going off a tangent here?
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05 Sep 2008, 10:06
OA is D
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05 Sep 2008, 10:46
I don't like this question.. or the OA.

I chose B as well.

My problem with D is that it talks about early adopters, who only consist of a very small portion of the marketplace, the stem talks of market saturation, which may occur, but not because of early adopters. The market will saturate with 'normal consumers' who may or may not display tendencies related to the adopters

P.S I still like B here
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05 Sep 2008, 11:43
Nihit 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. I see several people like this answer - but if this is true, it doesn't change the fact that early adopters lost their interest in obtaining videos. This doesn't solve the problem of businesses facing hard times when everyone loses interest

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. I like D - the passage clearly speaks to the "early adapters", anything that clearly states that early adapters act differently from those who adopt a technology later would weaken the argument the most

E. In a shrinking market, competition always intensifies and marginal businesses fail.
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05 Sep 2008, 13:08
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I don't like this question.. or the OA.

I chose B as well.

My problem with D is that it talks about early adopters, who only consist of a very small portion of the marketplace, the stem talks of market saturation, which may occur, but not because of early adopters. The market will saturate with 'normal consumers' who may or may not display tendencies related to the adopters

P.S I still like B here

Still riding on B

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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. I like D - the passage clearly speaks to the "early adapters", anything that clearly states that early adapters act differently from those who adopt a technology later would weaken the argument the most

D says that Early adapters are the first to acquire and lose interest. IMHO, It is not equivalent to the later adapters having interest in it. Who knows? There might be products out there in the market that are turned down by both early adapters ( because its a fad for them ) and by later adapters as well (because the product is simply bad)
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05 Sep 2008, 21:53
Nihit 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)
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