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A certain manufacturer produces items for which the production costs consist of annual fixed costs totaling \$130,000 and variables costs averaging \$8 per item. If the manufacturer’s selling price per item is \$15, how many items the manufacturer produce and sell to earn an annual profit of \$150,000?

(A) 2,858
(B) 18,667
(C) 21,429
(D) 35,000
(E) 40,000
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Let the items manufactured or sold be "x"

130000+8x = 15x-150000
7x = 280000
x = 40000

Ans: "E"
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12 Sep 2013, 02:30
E is the Right as per view you. Nice calculation provided by fluke to understand the quest.

http://www.somatextiles.com/home.php/te ... g-industry

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A certain manufacturer produces items for which the production costs consist of annual fixed costs totaling \$130,000 and variables costs averaging \$8 per item. If the manufacturer’s selling price per item is \$15, how many items the manufacturer produce and sell to earn an annual profit of \$150,000?

(A) 2,858
(B) 18,667
(C) 21,429
(D) 35,000
(E) 40,000

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If the sell price is \$15 and the cost is \$8 per item, then there's a profit of \$7/item

To make up the \$130,000 fixed cost and make \$150,000 in profit, we need to have \$280,000 in revenue.

7X = 280,000

X = 40,000 items

Choice E

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19 Sep 2017, 18:11
it is just cool math!!!

no. of manufacturer produce = (fixed costs + expected profit) / (selling price of per unit - variable costs of per unit)

so, (130,000+150,000)/(15-8)
=280,000/7
=40,000

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A certain manufacturer produces items for which the production costs consist of annual fixed costs totaling \$130,000 and variables costs averaging \$8 per item. If the manufacturer’s selling price per item is \$15, how many items the manufacturer produce and sell to earn an annual profit of \$150,000?

(A) 2,858
(B) 18,667
(C) 21,429
(D) 35,000
(E) 40,000

I eliminated, then backsolved with a shortcut.

Answers A, B, and C have numbers that are absurd. Eliminate them. If GMAT writers require calculations with those numbers in PS, I will risk being wrong over losing too much time for other questions.

Between remaining answers D and E, E looks better: 40,000 is quicker in calculation.

The shortcut: take three zeros off the large numbers. The calculated answer similarly will short by three zeros.

Total revenue = SP * # items
15 * 40 = 600

Total cost = Variable Cost + Fixed Cost

Variable Cost= (cost/item * # items)
Variable Cost = (8 * 40) = 320
Fixed Cost = 130
Total Cost = 320 + 130 = 450

Profit = TR - TC
600 - 450 = 150
That's a match.

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