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An artist who sells her paintings for a fixed price decides that she must increase her income. Because she does not believe that customers will pay more for her paintings, she decides to cut costs by using cheaper paints and canvases. She expects that, by cutting costs, she will increase her profit margin per painting and thus increase her annual net income.

Which of the following, if true, most weakens the argument above?

(A) Other area artists charge more for their paintings than the artist charges for hers.

(B) The artist has failed to consider other options, such as renting cheaper studio space.

(C) The artist’s plan will result in the production of inferior paintings which, in turn, will cause a reduction in sales.

(D) If the economy were to enter a period of inflation, the artist’s projected increase in income could be wiped out by increases in the price of art supplies.

(E) The artist considered trying to complete paintings more quickly and thus increase production, but concluded that it would be impossible.

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Artist decides to increase the profit margins from her paintings. She feels that customers won't buy her paintings if price is increased and hence decides to use inferior paints. - One way to weaken this argument is to show that customer wont purchase her paintings if inferior paints are used.

(A) Other area artists charge more for their paintings than the artist charges for hers. - Incorrect - Irrelevant

(B) The artist has failed to consider other options, such as renting cheaper studio space. - Incorrect - Irrelevant

(C) The artist’s plan will result in the production of inferior paintings which, in turn, will cause a reduction in sales. - Correct - Inferior paints result in inferior paintings, leading to reduced sales and hence lesser profits.

(D) If the economy were to enter a period of inflation, the artist’s projected increase in income could be wiped out by increases in the price of art supplies. - Incorrect - The argument is concerned only with increased profit margins from paintings. This option gives info about external factors affecting the income earned.

(E) The artist considered trying to complete paintings more quickly and thus increase production, but concluded that it would be impossible. - Incorrect - Irrelevant

IMO answer is C.
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option A and B are out of context
option D tells us information about external factors affecting the income
option E is giving irrelevant information
option C clearly points the flaw in reasoning that if the painter produces painting of inferior because she decides to cut costs by using cheaper paints and canvases there will clearly a drop in sales
so correct answer - C
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An artist who sells her paintings for a fixed price decides that she must increase her income. Because she does not believe that customers will pay more for her paintings, she decides to cut costs by using cheaper paints and canvases. She expects that, by cutting costs, she will increase her profit margin per painting and thus increase her annual net income.

Which of the following, if true, most weakens the argument above?

(A) Other area artists charge more for their paintings than the artist charges for hers.

(B) The artist has failed to consider other options, such as renting cheaper studio space.

(C) The artist’s plan will result in the production of inferior paintings which, in turn, will cause a reduction in sales.

(D) If the economy were to enter a period of inflation, the artist’s projected increase in income could be wiped out by increases in the price of art supplies.

(E) The artist considered trying to complete paintings more quickly and thus increase production, but concluded that it would be impossible.

We need to attack the highlighted part of the stimulus...

NOne but (C) suggests that cutting costs by using cheaper paints and canvases will adversely affect her sales, hence correct answer must be (C)
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