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# Investigator: XYZ Coins has misled its clients by promoting

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29 Sep 2011, 20:43
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Investigator: XYZ Coins has misled its clients by promoting some coins as “extremely rare” when in fact those coins are relatively common and readily available.

XYZ Agent: That is ridiculous. XYZ Coins is one of the largest coin dealers in the world. We authenticate the coins we sell through a nationally recognized firm and operate a licensed coin dealership.

The XYZ agent’s reply is most vulnerable to the criticism that it

(A) exaggerates the investigator’s claims in order to make them appear absurd
(B) accuses the investigator of bias but presents no evidence to support that accusation
(C) fails to establish that other coin dealers do not also authenticate the coins those dealers sell
(D) lists strengths of XYZ Coins while failing to address the investigator’s charge
(E) provides no definition for the inherently vague phrase “extremely rare”

[Reveal] Spoiler: Doubt
I eliminated D because the XYZ agent give the "facts"...they aren't really the strengths of the company...i mean it can be a mandate for such industry type to sell coins through recognized firm...and hence chose E by POE.

Someone pls help me understand option D
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30 Sep 2011, 03:54
DeeptiM wrote:
Investigator: XYZ Coins has misled its clients by promoting some coins as “extremely rare” when in fact those coins are relatively common and readily available.

XYZ Agent: That is ridiculous. XYZ Coins is one of the largest coin dealers in the world. We authenticate the coins we sell through a nationally recognized firm and operate a licensed coin dealership.

XYZ >>> Not misleading >>> we make sure our coins are authentic.

So we can very clearly notice that speaker A is talking about something and speaker B is disagreeing but talking about something completely different.

The XYZ agent’s reply is most vulnerable to the criticism that it

(A) exaggerates the investigator’s claims in order to make them appear absurd
No exaggeration at all between A and B
(B) accuses the investigator of bias but presents no evidence to support that accusation
No accuses. Only connection between them is - "That is ridiculous".
(C) fails to establish that other coin dealers do not also authenticate the coins those dealers sell
Out of scope.
(D) lists strengths of XYZ Coins while failing to address the investigator’s charge
Sounds good. speaker B is talking in favor of XYZ and he is talking about different things than speaker A.
(E) provides no definition for the inherently vague phrase “extremely rare”
Out of scope. He is talking about something completely different. besides, speaker B never talked about extremely rare and in this question he does not have to.

[Reveal] Spoiler: Doubt
I eliminated D because the XYZ agent give the "facts"...they aren't really the strengths of the company...i mean it can be a mandate for such industry type to sell coins through recognized firm...and hence chose E by POE.

Someone pls help me understand option D

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30 Sep 2011, 04:36
DeeptiM wrote:
Investigator: XYZ Coins has misled its clients by promoting some coins as “extremely rare” when in fact those coins are relatively common and readily available.

XYZ Agent: That is ridiculous. XYZ Coins is one of the largest coin dealers in the world. We authenticate the coins we sell through a nationally recognized firm and operate a licensed coin dealership.

The XYZ agent’s reply is most vulnerable to the criticism that it

(A) exaggerates the investigator’s claims in order to make them appear absurd
(B) accuses the investigator of bias but presents no evidence to support that accusation
(C) fails to establish that other coin dealers do not also authenticate the coins those dealers sell
(D) lists strengths of XYZ Coins while failing to address the investigator’s charge
(E) provides no definition for the inherently vague phrase “extremely rare”

[Reveal] Spoiler: Doubt
I eliminated D because the XYZ agent give the "facts"...they aren't really the strengths of the company...i mean it can be a mandate for such industry type to sell coins through recognized firm...and hence chose E by POE.

Someone pls help me understand option D

Your doubt is justified but I see D as the most appropriate answer choice indeed.

First of all, for Bold Face CR, method of reasoning and parallel reasoning questions, the range of the words may vary a great deal but still can be considered relevant.

e.g. in "D", although FACTS may be mentioned, but those properties can be considered STRENGTHS as well. Even if that is a part of the law or is a mandate, you can't deny they are strengths at the same time. So, any synonymous words close to FACTS, STRENGTHS, EXTRAORDINARY TRAITS etc. could be considered correct to describe XYZ's rebuttal. The words in these types of question fall in a big spectrum, making the questions more difficult.

The later part of D:
"failing to address the investigator’s charge"

This tells us that the investigator's charge that the coins provided are not rare, but rather commonplace. XYZ doesn't refute this challenge at all. XYZ doesn't say anything such as:
The coins are unique and your theory is baseless and without evidence.
OR
The coins that available outside may look similar but are inherently different from what we provide, so our claim still stands.

"E" could be correct IF investigator said something like this:
XYZ Coins market its coins as "extremely rare" and trying to deceive the customers, for most customers don't actually understand what "extremely rare" actually means.

From the argument, it is clear that both parties agree on the usage of the word "extremely rare", a word neither of them thinks needed clarification.
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17 Oct 2012, 20:53
fluke wrote:
DeeptiM wrote:
Investigator: XYZ Coins has misled its clients by promoting some coins as “extremely rare” when in fact those coins are relatively common and readily available.

XYZ Agent: That is ridiculous. XYZ Coins is one of the largest coin dealers in the world. We authenticate the coins we sell through a nationally recognized firm and operate a licensed coin dealership.

The XYZ agent’s reply is most vulnerable to the criticism that it

(A) exaggerates the investigator’s claims in order to make them appear absurd
(B) accuses the investigator of bias but presents no evidence to support that accusation
(C) fails to establish that other coin dealers do not also authenticate the coins those dealers sell
(D) lists strengths of XYZ Coins while failing to address the investigator’s charge
(E) provides no definition for the inherently vague phrase “extremely rare”

[Reveal] Spoiler: Doubt
I eliminated D because the XYZ agent give the "facts"...they aren't really the strengths of the company...i mean it can be a mandate for such industry type to sell coins through recognized firm...and hence chose E by POE.

Someone pls help me understand option D

Your doubt is justified but I see D as the most appropriate answer choice indeed.

First of all, for Bold Face CR, method of reasoning and parallel reasoning questions, the range of the words may vary a great deal but still can be considered relevant.

e.g. in "D", although FACTS may be mentioned, but those properties can be considered STRENGTHS as well. Even if that is a part of the law or is a mandate, you can't deny they are strengths at the same time. So, any synonymous words close to FACTS, STRENGTHS, EXTRAORDINARY TRAITS etc. could be considered correct to describe XYZ's rebuttal. The words in these types of question fall in a big spectrum, making the questions more difficult.

The later part of D:
"failing to address the investigator’s charge"

This tells us that the investigator's charge that the coins provided are not rare, but rather commonplace. XYZ doesn't refute this challenge at all. XYZ doesn't say anything such as:
The coins are unique and your theory is baseless and without evidence.
OR
The coins that available outside may look similar but are inherently different from what we provide, so our claim still stands.

"E" could be correct IF investigator said something like this:
XYZ Coins market its coins as "extremely rare" and trying to deceive the customers, for most customers don't actually understand what "extremely rare" actually means.

From the argument, it is clear that both parties agree on the usage of the word "extremely rare", a word neither of them thinks needed clarification.

Hii fluke. I have a little doubt regarding your explanation. Don't you think that XYZ agents denies the allegations by saying " That is ridiculous"?
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24 Aug 2013, 04:33
Marcab wrote:
Hii fluke. I have a little doubt regarding your explanation. Don't you think that XYZ agents denies the allegations by saying " That is ridiculous"?

The agent doesnt back up his response with any facts related to the allegation.

"Extremely rare" cannot be compared to "size of the company" or "authenticity of coins" or "delearship".
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18 Aug 2017, 22:33
Hello Experts,

Could someone explain this one?

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24 Aug 2017, 15:15
snjainpune wrote:
Hello Experts,

Could someone explain this one?

The investigator's charge (or accusation) is that "XYZ Coins has misled its clients by promoting some coins as 'extremely rare' when in fact those coins are relatively common and readily available."

XYZ responds by pointing out that...

• "XYZ Coins is one of the largest coin dealers in the world."
• "[XYZ] authenticates the coins [they] sell through a nationally recognized firm and operate a licensed coin dealership."

Notice that the investigator has accused XYZ of MISLEADING clients with false information. XYZ responds by listing two of XYZ's positive qualities (i.e. strengths). Having these two qualities might suggest that XYZ is a reputable company, but XYZ's response does not specifically address the investigator's accusation (that XYZ has misled clients with false information).

Choice (D) best describes XYZ's response: "(D) lists strengths of XYZ Coins while failing to address the investigator’s charge."

I hope that helps!
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