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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.

please explain your answers.

Originally posted by bmwhype2 on 20 Sep 2007, 06:26.
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New post 20 Sep 2007, 08:06
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.
We are not concerned about year before last to last year

(B) Most people who are interested in owning a videocassette recorder have already purchased one.
This will support the argument

(C) Videocassette recorders are less expensive this year than they were last year.
Just beacause VC are more cheap...does not mean that it can sell more..this is irrelevant

(D) Of the videocassette recorders sold last year, almost 60 percent were sold in January.
it may or may not be more than last year ....

(E) Typically, over 70 percent of the sales of videocassette recorders made in a year occur in the months of November and December.
best answer....its only 35 % now ...but by the end of December its expected to increase by 70%, based on the trend


please explain your answers.
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New post 20 Sep 2007, 11:04
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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.
We are not concerned about year before last to last year

(B) Most people who are interested in owning a videocassette recorder have already purchased one.
This will support the argument

(C) Videocassette recorders are less expensive this year than they were last year.
Just beacause VC are more cheap...does not mean that it can sell more..this is irrelevant

(D) Of the videocassette recorders sold last year, almost 60 percent were sold in January.
it may or may not be more than last year ....

(E) Typically, over 70 percent of the sales of videocassette recorders made in a year occur in the months of November and December.
best answer....its only 35 % now ...but by the end of December its expected to increase by 70%, based on the trend


please explain your answers.


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New post 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.

please explain your answers.


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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New post 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.

please explain your answers.


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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New post 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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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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New post 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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