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# A marketer bought N crates of empty cardboard gift boxes. Each crate

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A marketer bought N crates of empty cardboard gift boxes. Each crate held Q individual gift boxes, and the lot of N crates was purchases at a wholesale price of W dollars. This marketer will sell collections of J cardboard gift boxes to retailers, at a price of P dollars for each collection. (Note: J is a divisor of Q.) The marketer knows that, when he has sold all the cardboard gift boxes this way, he wants to net a total profit of Z dollars on the entire transaction. What price P must he charge, to net this profit? Express P in terms of N, Q, W, J, and Z.

A. J(Z - W)/(NQ)
B. J(Z + W)/(NQ)
C. Q(Z - W)/(NJ)
D. Q(Z + W)/(NJ)
E. N(Z - W)/(QJ)

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Bunuel wrote:
A marketer bought N crates of empty cardboard gift boxes. Each crate held Q individual gift boxes, and the lot of N crates was purchases at a wholesale price of W dollars. This marketer will sell collections of J cardboard gift boxes to retailers, at a price of P dollars for each collection. (Note: J is a divisor of Q.) The marketer knows that, when he has sold all the cardboard gift boxes this way, he wants to net a total profit of Z dollars on the entire transaction. What price P must he charge, to net this profit? Express P in terms of N, Q, W, J, and Z.

A. J(Z - W)/(NQ)
B. J(Z + W)/(NQ)
C. Q(Z - W)/(NJ)
D. Q(Z + W)/(NJ)
E. N(Z - W)/(QJ)

The marketer initially paid W= cost.

There are Q boxes in each crate, and J boxes make a collection,

so there are Q/J collections in each crate, and NQ/J collections in total.

If he charges a price P, his revenue would be PNQ/J.

Now, profit = revenue - cost,

so Z = PNQ/J – W

i.e. P = (Z+W)J / NQ

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Bunuel wrote:
A marketer bought N crates of empty cardboard gift boxes. Each crate held Q individual gift boxes, and the lot of N crates was purchases at a wholesale price of W dollars. This marketer will sell collections of J cardboard gift boxes to retailers, at a price of P dollars for each collection. (Note: J is a divisor of Q.) The marketer knows that, when he has sold all the cardboard gift boxes this way, he wants to net a total profit of Z dollars on the entire transaction. What price P must he charge, to net this profit? Express P in terms of N, Q, W, J, and Z.

A. J(Z - W)/(NQ)
B. J(Z + W)/(NQ)
C. Q(Z - W)/(NJ)
D. Q(Z + W)/(NJ)
E. N(Z - W)/(QJ)

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J (W) / (NQ) should be price to break even.
Add Z and it should be price to net the profit

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Option B should be price to net the profit.

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Answer = B. J(Z + W)/(NQ)

Total Profit = Z

Total cost price = w

Total boxes = nq

Selling price per box $$=\frac{p}{j}$$

Total selling price $$= \frac{p}{j} * nq$$

Setting up the profit equation

$$z = \frac{pnq}{j} - w$$

$$p = \frac{z+w}{nq} * j$$
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Hi All,

This question is wordy and loaded with variables, but it can be solved by TESTing VALUES. There are some fantastic 'shortcuts' in the the answer choices as well.

We're told that there are N crates and that each crate holds Q gift boxes.

N = 3 crates
(3)(4) = 12 total gift boxes

We're told that all of the crates were purchased for a total of W dollars

W = 12
12 gift boxes for 12 dollars

The seller will sell J gift boxes per 'collection' at a price of P dollars per 'collection' (we're told that J is DIVISOR of Q)

J = 2 gift boxes per 'collection'
12/2 = 6 'collections available

P = 3 dollars per 'collection'
(6)(3) = $18 in revenue after ALL collections|gift boxes are sold Total profit is Z dollars$18 in revenue
$12 cost$18 - $12 =$6 = Z

We're asked for the value of P, using the other variables....

N = 3
Q = 4
W = 12
J = 2
Z = 6

We're looking for an answer that equals 3.

Now, before jumping into the answer choices, notice all of the PATTERNS that exist:
1) Answers A and B are almost exactly the same.
2) Answers C and D are almost exactly the same.
3) Each parentheses is either (Z+W) or (Z-W)

You can use the patterns to avoid doing the same calculation over and over. Let's start with Answers A and B:

A= 2(-6)/12 = -1 NOT a match
B= 2(18)/12 = 3 This IS a match

Now, let's do C and D tougher (note that we ALREADY KNOW the values of Z+W and Z-W from our prior work):

C= 4(-6)/6 = -4 NOT a match
D= 4(18)/6 = 12 NOT a match

E= 3(-6)/8 = -18/8 NOT a match

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OK, that’s an unusual enough set of number that we expect no more than one solution will work. We will plug in N = 7, Q = 30, W = 95, J = 3, and Z = 45, and we hope to get an output of P = 2.
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Thus, because we chose numbers well, the only possible answer is (B).

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05 Aug 2018, 11:39
In the Algebraic solution the Equation is set up as

(PNQ)/J = Z + W

What clues in the question signal that you should'nt perform operations on Z or W?

I was setting up the cost as W*N, the number of crates times the cost.
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