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In an attempt to abate the pernicious decline in MicroChip's revenue brought about by shrinking demand that is accompanying an economic recession, MicroChip is offering customers a 50% discount for the next three months on all purchases fully paid for within 15 days.

Which of the following assumptions most underlies the chip maker's offer of a discount?

A) MicroChip expects this discount to help the company retain existing customers and gain new ones, enabling the firm to survive in the long-term.

B) There are no other competing chip companies with prices lower than the reduced price.

C) The government will provide massive technology tax credits to businesses, spurring them to purchase chips and other related products.

D) The government will not pursue MircoChip if in fact its behavior in offering a deep discount amounts to a violation of predatory pricing laws.

E) The decrease in revenue brought about by the reduction in price will be smaller than the anticipated increase in revenue brought about by the increase in demand (spurred by the reduction in price).


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Good one!

Hint: Stay focused on the revenue (not the same as profit).
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- In answering this question, we must keep separate revenue and profit. Further, we must separate revenue from all other aspects of the business. It is important to keep in mind that MicroChip's efforts are aimed at increasing revenue so any assumption that does not pertain to revenue is almost certainly unnecessary.

A. This answer addresses "enabling the firm to survive in the long-term." However, the original argument deals with "an attempt to abate the pernicious decline in MicroChip's revenue." In other words, this answer deals with the ability of the firm to survive in the long-term and retain customers instead of addressing how the company will increase its revenue (which is different from the number of customers or the level of profitability). It is not necessary to make an assumption about long-term survival in order to make a conclusion about increasing revenue.

B. Even if there were other companies with lower prices, as long as the other companies do not further lower their prices, it will not affect MicroChip's ability to increase its demand and revenue. Further, the original argument only deals with MicroChip's attempt to increase its revenue. In other words, the original argument deals with MicroChip's ability to raise its revenue on absolute terms—not its ability to raise revenue more than rivals. It is not necessary to make an assumption about other firms' prices in order to make a conclusion about increasing MicroChip's revenue.

C. Although this would improve MicroChip's revenue, it is not a necessary assumption underlying MicroChip's strategy of offering a discount as the company did not need to offer a discount to increase revenue if it assumed the government would stimulate demand on its own. In other words, if MicroChip assumed the government would stimulate demand, MicroChip would not have offered a discount for the discount would not have been necessary.

D. This answer does not address an assumption that underlies increasing revenue, but rather legality. Further, the answer does not state that MicroChip's actions violate a law. Finally, even if the government pursued charges, this would not necessarily decrease revenue (although it would certainly decrease profit as MicroChip would incur legal fees etc.).

E. This answer contains the assumption that directly relates to MicroChip's attempt to increase its revenue. In order for the decrease in price to increase total revenue, the volume of sales must increase as total revenue equals price multiplied by volume.
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Quite difficult :/ can someone explain?
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I disagree with OA.
I chose B, and I believe it should be the correct answer. The argument says that revenues went down because of the low demand. low demand is due to recession.

then, the argument says that a discount of 50% will help the company increase revenues.

if there are other companies offering same products for lower prices, WOULD YOU BUY A PRODUCT AT A HIGHER PRICE IN A RECESSION PERIOD? I doubt it. the price might be so high as the customers would not buy even after 50% discount. Moreover, RECESSION is a key word here. It is a period of time when everyone is looking to minimize his/her costs. Thus, the plan that 50% discount would increase the revenues because of an increase in # of sold units is not valid.
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avohden wrote:
In an attempt to abate the pernicious decline in MicroChip's revenue brought about by shrinking demand that is accompanying an economic recession, MicroChip is offering customers a 50% discount for the next three months on all purchases fully paidfor within 15 days.

Which of the following assumptions most underlies the chip maker's offer of a discount?

A) MicroChip expects this discount to help the company retain existing customers and gain new ones, enabling the firm to survive in the long-term.

B) There are no other competing chip companies with prices lower than the reduced price.

C) The government will provide massive technology tax credits to businesses, spurring them to purchase chips and other related products.

D) The government will not pursue MircoChip if in fact its behavior in offering a deep discount amounts to a violation of predatory pricing laws.

E) The decrease in revenue brought about by the reduction in price will be smaller than the anticipated increase in revenue brought about by the increase in demand (spurred by the reduction in price).


The highlighted part of the stimulus suggests that the company is resorting to discounts to increase its Sales/revenue. Since revenue is shrinking the company is planning to boost Sales/revenue by offering discounts.

Option (E) clearly states that the effect of offering the discount will boost revenue.
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