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03 Oct 2017, 22:11
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Advertisement: Northwoods Maple Syrup, made the old-fashioned way, is simply tops for taste. And here is the proof: in a recent market survey, 7 out of every 10 shoppers who expressed a preference said that Northwoods was the only maple syrup for them, no ifs, ands, or buts.

(A) The proportion of shoppers expressing no preference might have been very small.
(B) Other brands of maple syrup might also be made the old-fashioned way.
(C) No market survey covers more than a sizable minority of the total population of consumers.
(D) The preference for the Northwoods brand might be based on such a factor as an exceptionally low price.

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04 Oct 2017, 00:52
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IMO Option D.
The preference for NorthWoods Male Syrup is based on taste according to the market survey.The preference is not based on the unusually low price.Low price could be an alternate reason for the preference of Northwoods Male Syrup .This is clearly expressed by Option D.This provides the strongest reason why the ad could be misleading or unconvincing.Please give me kudos. I need them badly to increase my score.
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05 Feb 2018, 05:24
broall wrote:
Advertisement: Northwoods Maple Syrup, made the old-fashioned way, is simply tops for taste. And here is the proof: in a recent market survey, 7 out of every 10 shoppers who expressed a preference said that Northwoods was the only maple syrup for them, no ifs, ands, or buts.

(A) The proportion of shoppers expressing no preference might have been very small.
(B) Other brands of maple syrup might also be made the old-fashioned way.
(C) No market survey covers more than a sizable minority of the total population of consumers.
(D) The preference for the Northwoods brand might be based on such a factor as an exceptionally low price.

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In my IMO it's D. Ad claims that Syrup tastes top and surveys only about preference which can be any thing price , appealing etc. Give Komodo if help. It will be my first one.
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14 Oct 2018, 20:04

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(C) No market survey covers more than a sizable minority of the total population of consumers.

Why cannot the survey be misleading?? Option C says that the survey was done on a small scale.Since a large population was not involved in survey, we can doubt the plausibility of the survey.
So this can be an option to choose as an answer.

I know D is also correct. The price was the factor and not the taste. But I,somehow,am not able to eliminate C.

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15 Oct 2018, 03:05
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(C) No market survey covers more than a sizable minority of the total population of consumers.

Why cannot the survey be misleading?? Option C says that the survey was done on a small scale.Since a large population was not involved in survey, we can doubt the plausibility of the survey.
So this can be an option to choose as an answer.

I know D is also correct. The price was the factor and not the taste. But I,somehow,am not able to eliminate C.

In a recent market survey, 7 out of every 10 shoppers who expressed a preference said that Northwoods was the only maple syrup for them.
So Northwoods is the best in taste.

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(C) Surveys are always done on a sample - they cannot be done on the whole population. (C) just tells us this fact. That doesn't make us question the validity of the survey. Had we been told that the survey was biased in some way, that would have weakened our advertisement.

(D) We cannot deduce "best taste" just because people prefer it. The preference could be due to other factors such as cost.

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