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# CR Revision: Analyst: The pace of technological development brings a

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Analyst: The pace of technological development brings a constant stream of new devices to the market, and many of them enjoy commercial success. But announcing new technology too soon after the introduction of a successful device can backfire. Once consumers hear about the new device, they may stop buying the one currently on sale. So, if a company wishes to announce the upcoming sale of a new device, it should wait until purchases of the old device have begun to decline.

Which of the following, if true, would best support the analyst’s main assertion?

A. New technology often becomes less expensive after an initial surge in sales.

B. Media outlets, such as television programs and magazines, often report on the planned introduction of new devices while the sales of old devices are still strong.

C. Many consumers are unable to determine whether new technology is superior to current technology.

D. Surveys have shown that some consumers make only one or two technology purchases per year, whereas others make more frequent purchases.

E. Consumers tend to be loyal to technology companies whose products they enjoy using.

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11 Jan 2016, 12:31
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Analyst: The pace of technological development brings a constant stream of new devices to the market, and many of them enjoy commercial success. But announcing new technology too soon after the introduction of a successful device can backfire. Once consumers hear about the new device, they may stop buying the one currently on sale.So, if a company wishes to announce the upcoming sale of a new device, it should wait until purchases of the old device have begun to decline.
Which of the following, if true, would best support the analyst’s main assertion?

A. New technology often becomes less expensive after an initial surge in sales.- Out of scope

B. Media outlets, such as television programs and magazines, often report on the planned introduction of new devices while the sales of old devices are still strong. - Correct

C. Many consumers are unable to determine whether new technology is superior to current technology.- Out of scope

D. Surveys have shown that some consumers make only one or two technology purchases per year, whereas others make more frequent purchases.- Out of scope

E. Consumers tend to be loyal to technology companies whose products they enjoy using. - Out of scope
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11 Jul 2018, 04:51
Hi,
Can some one please explain whats the main assertion in this argument.
Is that
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announcing new technology too soon after the introduction of a successful device can backfire
?
if that is the main assertion the option will be B.
I have chosen A .please explain option A also.

Thank you and please correct me.
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11 Jul 2018, 08:36
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The given argument can be written as:
After, New technology announcements, people stop buying old devices.
So, companies have to wait until old devices sales decrease and then announce.
We can conclude that new technology announcements need to wait.
We need to strengthen this point.

A. New technology often becomes less expensive after an initial surge in sales. - Out of focus.
It is telling that after an initial increase in sales, then new technology becomes less expensive.
If it is true then there is no need to wait for announcements as anyhow it will fall after some time.
It is not strengthening the point.

C. Many consumers are unable to determine whether new technology is superior to current technology. - Out of focus
Here consumers are confused between technologies.
So, what? It does not strengthen.

D. Surveys have shown that some consumers make only one or two technology purchases per year, whereas others make more frequent purchases. - Out of focus.
We do not know what "some" means here and we are not concerned about the number of consumers buying the products.
This does not strengthen the point.

E. Consumers tend to be loyal to technology companies whose products they enjoy using. - Out of scope.
Loyalty towards technology - does not indicate that people buy each and every product from them.
They just indicate that whatever product they buy it is of that company.
It nowhere strengthens the point.

B. Media outlets, such as television programs and magazines, often report on the planned introduction of new devices while the sales of old devices are still strong.
As these programs are speaking about the introduction, a lot of people get to know and so they don't buy old devices and instead wait for a new one.
So, we need to wait before we give announcements.
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11 Jul 2018, 08:42
SonGoku wrote:
Hi,
Can some one please explain whats the main assertion in this argument.
Is that
Quote:
announcing new technology too soon after the introduction of a successful device can backfire
?
if that is the main assertion the option will be B.
I have chosen A .please explain option A also.

Thank you and please correct me.

Hi Assertion is a forceful belief or claim.
Assertion in this argument is So, if a company wishes to announce the upcoming sale of a new device, it should wait until purchases of the old device have begun to decline.

A New technology often becomes less expensive after an initial surge in sales.

Option A is not strengthening the assertion of the argument. Well this may be true but it still does not explain the assertion and the plan. It may be correct in general but it does not influence behavior rather it may be because of more companies entering market with the same product.

B Media outlets, such as television programs and magazines, often report on the planned introduction of new devices while the sales of old devices are still strong.

Option B on the other hand talks about dispersing information regarding the new product launch. This action may cause consumers to wait for the new product rather to buy existing product.

Hope it helps.
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