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A study of ticket sales at a summer theater festival found that people

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EMPOWERgmatVerbal wrote:
A study of ticket sales at a summer theater festival found that people who bought tickets to individual plays had a no-show rate of less than 1 percent, while those who paid in advance for all ten plays being performed that summer had a no-show rate of nearly 30 percent. This may be at least in part because the greater the awareness customers retain about the cost of an item, the more likely they are to use it.

Which of the following would, if true, best serve as an alternative explanation of the results of the study?

(A) The price per ticket was slightly cheaper for those who bought all ten tickets in advance.
(B) Many people who attended the theater festival believed strongly that they should support it financially.
(C) Those who attended all ten plays became eligible for a partial refund.
(D) Usually, people who bought tickets to individual plays did so immediately prior to each performance that they attended.
(E) People who arrived just before the performance began could not be assured of obtaining seats in a preferred location.



EMPOWERgmat Enhanced Explanation:

Type: Weaken (asked in a rather creative manner)
Boil It Down: Awareness of cost -> More likely to use
Missing Information: An alternative cause
Goal: This question is asking us for an alternative cause to the one given, and is there by asking us to effectively weaken the explanation given. One particularly obvious explanation has to do with when these different groups by tickets. The farther in advance, the greater the chance that something might come up.

This is a 180 option. If the package includes a slight discount, then that would further reinforce the explanation given that the awareness of cost is to blame. The more expensive, the more likely they are to attend, and vice versa.

This option raises a factor that’s applicable to both the individual ticket purchasers and the 10 pack purchasers, and thus provides no alternative explanation.

Another 180 option. This option says that those who ATTEND ALL 10 plays become eligible for a partial refund; therefore, this option would provide a rationale for people to attend ALL of the plays. We need an alternative rationale as to why they didn’t attend all 10 plays. As an aside, if they have to attend all 10 to then be eligible for a partial refund, I’m not exactly sure what they’d be refunded for since they've already gone, but nonetheless, this option definitely doesn’t give us an alternative cause.

Here we go. This option explains that those who purchase tickets to attend individual plays are right there and ready to watch the show. Well, that definitely explains why individual show purchasers have an attendance rate that is so much higher. These are people who are there, and ready to watch that particular play right then.

The seat people are sit in doesn’t clearly appear to be linked to no-show rates. Additionally, this option actually doesn’t specify which type of ticket holder the option is referring to: single or 10 pack holders? In that sense this option is a wash.


How is option A and C opposite answers?? Can you please explain?
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New post 14 Apr 2019, 14:49
I do not quite agree.

The OA explains why people who buy individual tickets have a no show rate less of than 1% but this option does not say anything at all about people who but tickets for all the shows at the same time. Had this option stated that such a group tends to buy the tickets in advance. It would have made a stronger case for itself. I chose the OA assuming what should have been stated in the correct answer choice. Please correct me if you think otherwise. Thanks!
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