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# A new polymer, recently developed as a material for minor car repairs

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A new polymer, recently developed as a material for minor car repairs, was imported to Country M after being sold successfully in Country B. Despite a high number of initial purchases following an effective marketing campaign, sales figures in Country M were unsatisfactory, and importation of the product was eventually discontinued. It can be deduced that consumers in Country M are more critical about car repair products than they are in Country B.

Which of the following would it be most useful to establish in order to evaluate the argument?

A) Whether the use of polymers without professional safety equipment such as gas masks can be harmful to the health of the average consumer
B) Whether consumers in Country M are prepared to perform repairs on their own cars instead of hiring paid professionals
C) Whether consumers in Country M are open-minded as far as the introduction of new products to the market is concerned
D) Whether the polymer's effectivity is influenced by climactic differences between regions
E) Whether repairs done using the new polymer can be painted with regular car paint

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01 Sep 2015, 23:22
D it is.

C is close, but D (if TRUE) gives a new reason to explain the failure of the product in M.
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03 Sep 2015, 11:41
arguments says ... country M consumers are more critical of the product...
when is a consumer more critical about a product ???
when it is not effective ..
when it is not easy to use ..
when it is more expensive to either buy it or use it ??
so (I am thinking), in order to evaluate this argument we need to find an answer to one of these questions ...

D(correct answer) says the product is not effective in country M because of climate ... so customer is critical of it...
B(my choice) the customer is not prepared to get his hands dirty so he might have to use paid service and hence he may be critical of the product ...
I dunno if this is the right pre think method.. Harley1980 can yo please elaborate.. to correct my flaw in reasoning...

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03 Sep 2015, 12:04
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arguments says ... country M consumers are more critical of the product...
when is a consumer more critical about a product ???
when it is not effective ..
when it is not easy to use ..
when it is more expensive to either buy it or use it ??
so (I am thinking), in order to evaluate this argument we need to find an answer to one of these questions ...

D(correct answer) says the product is not effective in country M because of climate ... so customer is critical of it...
B(my choice) the customer is not prepared to get his hands dirty so he might have to use paid service and hence he may be critical of the product ...
I dunno if this is the right pre think method.. Harley1980 can yo please elaborate.. to correct my flaw in reasoning...

Merci...

Hello nikhiljd

You wrote that: "the product is not effective in country M because of climate ... so customer is critical of it..."

I think that words "more critical" can be applied if two groups of people have similar products and one group use this product and another says that the same product is bad.
However in answer D we have two "different" products. In country B it works perfectly and in country M it works bad.
People in M do not like this product not because they are think that this product is bad but because it is really bad.

Let's consider variant B:
B) Whether consumers in Country M are prepared to perform repairs on their own cars instead of hiring paid professionals
If yes or no then what? We do not know how people in B do their repairs so we can infer nothing about criticism of people in M
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26 Mar 2017, 21:04
nikhiljd wrote:
arguments says ... country M consumers are more critical of the product...
when is a consumer more critical about a product ???
when it is not effective ..
when it is not easy to use ..
when it is more expensive to either buy it or use it ??
so (I am thinking), in order to evaluate this argument we need to find an answer to one of these questions ...

D(correct answer) says the product is not effective in country M because of climate ... so customer is critical of it...
B(my choice) the customer is not prepared to get his hands dirty so he might have to use paid service and hence he may be critical of the product ...
I dunno if this is the right pre think method.. Harley1980 can yo please elaborate.. to correct my flaw in reasoning...

Merci...

Even I had the same doubt between B and D.

But I eliminated B based on: Even if professionals do the minor repairs, they can use the product if it is working properly. Hence, D helps in concluding without doubts.
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30 Apr 2017, 06:21
b9n920 wrote:
D it is.

C is close, but D (if TRUE) gives a new reason to explain the failure of the product in M.

I chose C as the answer.
Cannot understand why D is better than C and what is wrong with C?
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30 Apr 2017, 10:55
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b9n920 wrote:
D it is.

C is close, but D (if TRUE) gives a new reason to explain the failure of the product in M.

I chose C as the answer.
Cannot understand why D is better than C and what is wrong with C?

Initial purchases were high , so definitely People are open minded towards new product ...hence there must be some other cause that made product sell decline ..
that is what D is saying ..
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