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New post 11 Jun 2015, 07:32
swappatil123 wrote:
How can E be the answer? I went for A.
E talks about people loaning their CDs to friends. If this is the case, why would this trend suddenly change in 1994? People would have been following this practice of loaning CDs to friends for long time and would not suddenly increase or decrease so as to cause a 10k decline in sells. Moreover, this has nothing to do with opening of new shop at the town.

A seems to be best answer



Hi Swapnil,

Jennifer: Video rental outlets in Centerville together handled 10,000 fewer video rentals in 1994 than in 1993. The decline in rentals was probably due almost entirely to the February 1994 opening of Videorama, the first and only video rental outlet in the area that, in addition to renting videos, also sold them cheaply.

Clearly as per Jennifer's argument, Videorama, opened in 1994, started selling CDs in addition to renting them out. There is no explicit mention of CDs being sold in 1993 before the opening of Videorama. Therefore option E which states that "People who own videos frequently loan them to their friends." will only be applicable from 1994 when people actually started buying CDs (in 1993, people only took CDs on rent) from Videorama. Therefore, option E surely weakens Brad's argument!

Hope this will make things clear.

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Conclusion : Must be another reason for decline as 10000 fewer videos rented but only 4000 sold.
Missing info : Any other impact on video renting due to this new outlet.


(A) In 1994 Videorama rented out more videos than it sold.
Irrelevant as it does not help in any way to reconcile the difference highlighted by Brad.

(B) In 1994 two new outlets that rent but that do not sell videos opened in Centerville.
If two new outlets for renting has opened, then it should actually increase renting but as the argument mentions, it does not. So this information is not helpful.

(C) Most of the video rental outlets in Centerville rent videos at a discount on certain nights of the week.
Whether they give on discount on certain nights or not, the end result is there were fewer rentings in 1994 than in 1993.

(D) People often buy videos of movies that they have previously seen in a theater.
Irrelevant.

(E) People who own videos frequently loan them to their friends.
Correct. So people who bought the videos loaned it to their friends and hence, those people did not have rent them through the outlets and thus reducing the rentings.
This clarifies that the reason for fewer rentings was the new Video rental outlet.
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Imo E

It clearly other reason for the decline in the rental videos .
If people are subletting the videos at a cheaper rate then people renting from the stores will not rent or buy videos from stores thereby reducing number of videos sold and rented.
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Jennifer: Video rental outlets in Centerville together handled 10,000 fewer video rentals in 1994 than in 1993. The decline in rentals was probably due almost entirely to the February 1994 opening of Videorama, the first and only video rental outlet in the area that, in addition to renting videos, also sold them cheaply.
Brad: There must be another explanation: as you yourself said, the decline was on the order of 10,000 rentals. Yet Videorama sold only 4,000 videos in 1994.

Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the force of the objection that Brad presents to Jennifer's explanation?


A. In 1994 Videorama rented out more videos than it sold. -Irrelevant- since choice A doesn't provide any concrete reason why a smaller number of sales could cancel out a larger number of rentals.
B. In 1994 two new outlets that rent but that do not sell videos opened in Centerville. - Irrelevant
C. Most of the video rental outlets in Centerville rent videos at a discount on certain nights of the week. - Irrelevant
D. People often buy videos of movies that they have previously seen in a theater. - Out of scope
E. People who own videos frequently loan them to their friends. - Correct - The 4000 videos might have been loaned by buyers to their friends

Answer E
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Let me do a better job of showing why (A) is not the answer. In doing so, I'll address Charlemagne original explanation.

Sold videos and rented videos are not discrete in terms of who watches the videos. Think of it this way, if I go over to my friend's house and watch a movie, it doesn't matter whether he bought the video or rented the video. I most likely will not rent the movie myself (I've already seen it).

Therefore the argument is not "due to the number of videos rented out by Videorama as opposed to the number of videos sold", but rather to why fewer people are renting videos from Videorama in the first place. 'Sold videos' can thus have a major impact on whether someone rents from Videorama. If I know my buddy Jake bought a cheap copy of Avatar from Videorama, then I am less likely to run down there and rent Avatar. As (E) says, friends are likely to loan videos. I ask Jake he loans me his copy: one fewer person to rent Avatar for Videorama.

Hope that was clearer :).


ChrisLele: Sorry to bring this up after so many days.....but people could have rented the videos in 1993 too. Why just in 1994?
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IMO OA is E

(A) In 1994 Videorama rented out more videos than it sold.
-> Even though A is correct, we cannot assure Videorama lent how many videos. It is possible that Videorama lent only 10 videos.
(B) In 1994 two new outlets that rent but that do not sell videos opened in Centerville.
-> two new? Out of scope
(C) Most of the video rental outlets in Centerville rent videos at a discount on certain nights of the week.
-> discount? Out of scope
We have to narrow our thinking to 'lent' and 'sold'.
(D) People often buy videos of movies that they have previously seen in a theater.
-> Theater? Out of scope
(E) People who own videos frequently loan them to their friends.
-> Correct.
'Own' means people buy the video tapes.
This can strengthen Jennifer's argument.
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ChrisLele wrote:
Let me do a better job of showing why (A) is not the answer. In doing so, I'll address Charlemagne original explanation.

Sold videos and rented videos are not discrete in terms of who watches the videos. Think of it this way, if I go over to my friend's house and watch a movie, it doesn't matter whether he bought the video or rented the video. I most likely will not rent the movie myself (I've already seen it).

Therefore the argument is not "due to the number of videos rented out by Videorama as opposed to the number of videos sold", but rather to why fewer people are renting videos from Videorama in the first place. 'Sold videos' can thus have a major impact on whether someone rents from Videorama. If I know my buddy Jake bought a cheap copy of Avatar from Videorama, then I am less likely to run down there and rent Avatar. As (E) says, friends are likely to loan videos. I ask Jake he loans me his copy: one fewer person to rent Avatar for Videorama.

Hope that was clearer :).


ChrisLele: Sorry to bring this up after so many days.....but people could have rented the videos in 1993 too. Why just in 1994?

I'm not sure if this answers your question, but before Videorama opened in 1994, fewer videos were being sold in the area. That means that if you wanted to watch a video, you probably had to rent it (rather than borrowing a copy that, for example, your friend owned). So yes people were renting videos in both 1993 and 1994. But once Videorama opened, more people started buying videos. Those people could then loan their purchased copies to friends, so those friends would not have to rent as many videos.

I hope that helps!
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ChrisLele: Sorry to bring this up after so many days.....but people could have rented the videos in 1993 too. Why just in 1994?

I'm not sure if this answers your question, but before Videorama opened in 1994, fewer videos were being sold in the area. That means that if you wanted to watch a video, you probably had to rent it (rather than borrowing a copy that, for example, your friend owned). So yes people were renting videos in both 1993 and 1994. But once Videorama opened, more people started buying videos. Those people could then loan their purchased copies to friends, so those friends would not have to rent as many videos.

I hope that helps!


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We have to weaken Brad's Conclusion: There must be alternative explanation for the decline in the no.of rented videos.

Negating the conclusion :- There must not be the alternative reason. --> Videorama is the only cause that led to the effect in the question.

Aim :- We have to show the evidence how sold 4K videos affected decline in the no. of rented videos.

E is the only option that suits.


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New post 01 Feb 2018, 23:32
Now, after reading a few words from experts, I utterly comprehend this question.
Most test takers feel struggling with this question is b/c the main idea in both the argument and options is not clear.

Here is the main idea: Jennifer blames that Videorama sells too many video at the cheap price, leading to video-renting business.
Brad argues that there are only 4000 videos sold (4000 out of 10000), suggests some other causes.
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How come E weakens the force of the objection?? Brad says that there is another explanation. And explanation is option E. So, IMO E supports Brad's claim. But, we need to weaken the force of objection.
Please someone explain.

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