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A hardware store generally sells roughly equal numbers of Maxlast brand hammers and Styron brand hammers. Last week, all of the Maxlast hammers were put on sale and placed in a display case just inside the store entrance while the Styron hammers retained their usual price and location. Surprisingly, the Styron hammers slightly outsold the Maxlast hammers.

Which one of the following, if true, does most to explain the surprising result?

(A)  For the first several seconds after shoppers enter a store, they do not take detailed notice of the store's merchandise. 

(B)  Most of the hardware store's customers are attracted by quality and service rather than low prices. 

(C)  Customers who bought the Maxlast hammers last week commonly mentioned the sale as their reason for buying a hammer at that time. 

(D)  The hardware store circulated flyers that publicized the sale prices on Maxlast hammers. 

(E)  In general, a single item that is on sale will not motivate shoppers to make a special trip to a store.

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Stated in the argument : Maxlast hammers were placed at entrance.

A. For the first several seconds after shoppers enter a store, they do not take detailed notice of the store's merchandise.

If shoppers do not take detailed notice of merchandise several second after they enter store, they will surely miss what was displayed at entrance i.e. Maxblast.
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+1 for A

Stated in the argument : Maxlast hammers were placed at entrance.

A. For the first several seconds after shoppers enter a store, they do not take detailed notice of the store's merchandise.

If shoppers do not take detailed notice of merchandise several second after they enter store, they will surely miss what was displayed at entrance i.e. Maxblast.


Could you please explain how you are eliminating B.

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+1 for A

Stated in the argument : Maxlast hammers were placed at entrance.

A. For the first several seconds after shoppers enter a store, they do not take detailed notice of the store's merchandise.

If shoppers do not take detailed notice of merchandise several second after they enter store, they will surely miss what was displayed at entrance i.e. Maxblast.


Could you please explain how you are eliminating B.

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Nowhere in the argument it is mentioned that styron hammers are superior in quality. In the argument only given thing is(A hardware store generally sells roughly equal numbers of Maxlast brand hammers and Styron brand hammers)

(B) Most of the hardware store's customers are attracted by quality and service rather than low prices. Option B is irrelevan. Maybe maxblast are more superior in quality than styron but that doesn't help.


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A hardware store generally sells roughly equal numbers of Maxlast brand hammers and Styron brand hammers. Last week, all of the Maxlast hammers were put on sale and placed in a display case just inside the store entrance while the Styron hammers retained their usual price and location. Surprisingly, the Styron hammers slightly outsold the Maxlast hammers.

Which one of the following, if true, does most to explain the surprising result?

(A)  For the first several seconds after shoppers enter a store, they do not take detailed notice of the store's merchandise. 

(B)  Most of the hardware store's customers are attracted by quality and service rather than low prices. 

(C)  Customers who bought the Maxlast hammers last week commonly mentioned the sale as their reason for buying a hammer at that time. 

(D)  The hardware store circulated flyers that publicized the sale prices on Maxlast hammers. 

(E)  In general, a single item that is on sale will not motivate shoppers to make a special trip to a store.

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Question Type: Resolve the Paradox

Premise 1: The hardware store sells, roughly equal number of Hammer M & Hammer S. Last week Hammer M is put on sale & displayed in a special case near the store entrance.

Premise 2: Hammer S outsold Hammer M

It comes down to Answer choice A & B.

We can reject B, since it doesn't specifically mention Hammer S is of better quality than Hammer M.

Answer A, is very straight & points out that the location of the display is somewhat unnoticed & hence customers simply walk in the stores, probably unaware of the Sale on Hammer M. This could be the possible reason for sale of Hammer M less than that of Hammer S.

Moreover choice A follows a pattern of answers that i have noticed on GMAT & GMAT type questions from other sources that the correct answer choice is usually the one that is more REAL LIFE based & practical to imagine. Ron Purewal says that you should be able explain the argument to a 10 year old & i add to that that you should also expect an answer that a 10 year old will most probably give.

The above is not a rule, just a trick you can use when stuck with two answer choices, by just keeping it simple.


Answer A.


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