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# In the first half of this year, from January to June, about

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In the first half of this year, from January to June, about three million videocassette recorders were sold. This number is only 35 percent of the total number of videocassette recorders sold last year. Therefore, total sales of videocassette recorders will almost certainly be lower for this year than they were for last year.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the conclusion above?

(A) The total number of videocassette recorders sold last year was lower than the total number sold in the year before that.
(B) Most people who are interested in owning a videocassette recorder have already purchased one.
(C) Videocassette recorders are less expensive this year than they were last year.
(D) Of the videocassette recorders sold last year, almost 60 percent were sold in January.
(E) Typically, over 70 percent of the sales of videocassette recorders made in a year occur in the months of November and December.

Originally posted by bmwhype2 on 20 Sep 2007, 06:26.
Last edited by broall on 12 Mar 2018, 08:51, edited 1 time in total.
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20 Sep 2007, 11:35
bmwhype2 wrote:
In the first half of this year, from January to June, about three million videocassette recorders were sold. This number is only 35 percent of the total number of videocassette recorders sold last year. Therefore, total sales of videocassette recorders will almost certainly be lower for this year than they were for last year.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the conclusion above?
(A) The total number of videocassette recorders sold last year was lower than the total number sold in the year before that.
(B) Most people who are interested in owning a videocassette recorder have already purchased one.
(C) Videocassette recorders are less expensive this year than they were last year.
(D) Of the videocassette recorders sold last year, almost 60 percent were sold in January.
(E) Typically, over 70 percent of the sales of videocassette recorders made in a year occur in the months of November and December.

Again a somple one....first quarter is compared with full last yr by author, so if Nov-Dec accunts for 70% sale....his argument is weaken.
so E.

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20 Sep 2007, 22:18
bmwhype2 wrote:
In the first half of this year, from January to June, about three million videocassette recorders were sold. This number is only 35 percent of the total number of videocassette recorders sold last year. Therefore, total sales of videocassette recorders will almost certainly be lower for this year than they were for last year.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the conclusion above?
(A) The total number of videocassette recorders sold last year was lower than the total number sold in the year before that.
(B) Most people who are interested in owning a videocassette recorder have already purchased one.
(C) Videocassette recorders are less expensive this year than they were last year.
(D) Of the videocassette recorders sold last year, almost 60 percent were sold in January.
(E) Typically, over 70 percent of the sales of videocassette recorders made in a year occur in the months of November and December.

E.

A: Irrelevant, doesn't explain why how the rest of the year is going to perform.
B. So... they may want more. This doesn't explain why the total #sold will be less than last year.
C. This actually somewhat strengthens the argument in my opinion. If they were cheaper this year, then more should have sold from J-J. Not helpful.
D. This strengthens the argument.

E. Weakens b/c it says that more will be sold in coming months when using data from previous years.
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23 Sep 2007, 17:49
This is more of a math question rather than a CR one.

If total number of items sold this year are x, then x >= 0.7x + 0.35(3000000)
solving this, x > 3 millions
Hence this weakens the conclusion.
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31 Jul 2018, 03:44
bmwhype2 wrote:
In the first half of this year, from January to June, about three million videocassette recorders were sold. This number is only 35 percent of the total number of videocassette recorders sold last year. Therefore, total sales of videocassette recorders will almost certainly be lower for this year than they were for last year.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the conclusion above?

(A) The total number of videocassette recorders sold last year was lower than the total number sold in the year before that.
(B) Most people who are interested in owning a videocassette recorder have already purchased one.
(C) Videocassette recorders are less expensive this year than they were last year.
(D) Of the videocassette recorders sold last year, almost 60 percent were sold in January.
(E) Typically, over 70 percent of the sales of videocassette recorders made in a year occur in the months of November and December.

Only E weakens the conclusion.
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31 Jul 2018, 04:43
Hope you are preparing well.
Let us try to solve this question.
The claim made the argument can be identified by observing the conclusion indicator, Therefore which states that the sales of the cassette players will remain lower as compared to the sale of last year. Now the conclusion is supported by the premise which suggests that this year only 35% of the cassettes were sold as compared to the previous year.
Now the question task is to weaken the argument, the correct answer should provide a way to negate author's claim supporting that the sales are not only dependent on the numbers of the first six months.
A-This is out of scope
B-This is irrelevant to the discussion.
C-Price is not discussed in the argument.
D-This strengthens the claim made in the argument.
E -This is the right answer.
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26 Aug 2018, 10:02
The author believes that since the sales in the 1st half of this year is 35% of the total sales recorded in the last year, total sales this year would hence drop.
A - No impact whatsoever on the argument, if anything this strengthens the argument by stating that the trend will likely continue this year as well and hence the total sales this year will be lesser than those recorded last year, however there are no reasons to believe this.
B - strengthens the argument by stating that interested people have already purchased VCRs and hence no more purchasing is likely to happen, strengthening the author's conclusion that sales this year will be lesser than last year.
C - Trap answer, this forces us to think that as the VCRs this year are cheaper than they were last year hence more people may in all probability end up buying them. But again cheaper products does not necessarily imply that people will buy more of those as there are several factors that influence people's buying habits. Even if people end up buying more VCRs there is no guarantee that the sales this year will be higher than those last year.
D - No impact whatsoever on the argument, if anything this strengthens the argument by stating that if the trend were to repeat this year then most of the purchasing has already been done and total sales this year will be lower than they were last year.
E - this gives a reason to believe that sales this year will not necessarily be lower than they were last year. This option says that most of the shopping is yet to happen and it is too early to make a prediction for the total sales for this year.
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