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# Jennifer: Video rental outlets in Centerville together handled 10,000

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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.
(B) In 1994 two new outlets that rent but that do not sell videos opened in Centerville.
(C) Most of the video rental outlets in Centerville rent videos at a discount on certain nights of the week.
(D) People often buy videos of movies that they have previously seen in a theater.
(E) People who own videos frequently loan them to their friends.

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Hopefully, I can clear up any doubt between (A) and (E) .

We need to weaken Brad's objection, which states that Videorama only sold 4,000 videos. Therefore, that number is not enough to account for the 10,000 fewer videos that the video rental outlets rented out in 1994 vs. 1993.

(A) is tempting because it is easy to think that Brad is only focusing on the number of videos Videorama sold not on the number it rented. Even then, had Videorama rented 5,000 videos that doesn't quite add up to 10,000. (A) therefore is not the 'best answer.'

(E) Brad's objection focuses on the number of videos bought at Videorama. His argument is that number alone cannot account for the 10,000. However (E) directly counters Brad's argument by offering an explanation for how 4,000 can account for the 10,000: friends frequently lend videos they own to other friends. For instance, if one video is loaned 5 times that is 5 fewer people who will rent that video from the other Centerville video stores. THE ANSWER

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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.
B. In 1994 two new outlets that rent but that do not sell videos opened in Centerville.
C. Most of the video rental outlets in Centerville rent videos at a discount on certain nights of the week.
D. People often buy videos of movies that they have previously seen in a theater.
E. People who own videos frequently loan them to their friends.
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I am confused between A and E....

Can somebody explain ??
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18 Apr 2012, 18:08
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I am confused between A and E....

Can somebody explain ??

Should be E.
A is wrong because VideoRama is a part of Centerville too.
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I choose A.

Brad's argument starts with an inherent belief that the reason presented by Jennifer is not enough. He backs it with data about the number of videos sold by Videorama. 'A' most seriously weakens Brad's argument as it shows that the impact felt by the other Video Rental outlets is more so due to the number of videos rented out by VIdeorama as opposed to the number of videos sold.
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19 Apr 2012, 00:36
I agree with charlemagne. The conclusion by Brad states sales but the argument is about rentals. This leaves only A as the option
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21 Apr 2012, 00:51
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I agree with charlemagne. The conclusion by Brad states sales but the argument is about rentals. This leaves only A as the option

Thanks for the vote of confidence dude...wonder if Chris' argument is definitive though?
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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.

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22 Apr 2012, 19:56
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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 .

Hmm...I do understand why E is a good answer....and I also get the whole lending out the bought/rented DVDs stuff..

But could you please explain how option E is a 'better' answer than option 'A'?

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22 Apr 2012, 20:12
Has to be (E)

If people who own videos lend it to friends , then it's unlikely that "these" friends would go and rent the video when they can get it for free.

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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.
B. In 1994 two new outlets that rent but that do not sell videos opened in Centerville.
C. Most of the video rental outlets in Centerville rent videos at a discount on certain nights of the week.
D. People often buy videos of movies that they have previously seen in a theater.
E. People who own videos frequently loan them to their friends.

Nm, not going to spend time explaining to someone wo can't search, or browse down half a page.
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24 Apr 2012, 11:01
My bad, i did not think that the question would be there.

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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.
B. In 1994 two new outlets that rent but that do not sell videos opened in Centerville.
C. Most of the video rental outlets in Centerville rent videos at a discount on certain nights of the week.
D. People often buy videos of movies that they have previously seen in a theater.
E. People who own videos frequently loan them to their friends.

Tech3,

"A" states that Videorama rented out more videos than it sold. Jennifer specifically mentions 'video rental outlets in Centreville', and Videorama is also a video rental outlet, therefore Videorama's rental number also contributes to the total number of rentals in Centreville. Even if Videorama rented out more videos than it sold, it does not necessarily explain why the total number declined.

On the other hand, if people purchase videos and lends out to friends after they had viewed it, then the rental figure will certainly decline.

Hope this helps.
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A. In 1994 Videorama rented out more videos than it sold. (there is still an uncertainty here of whether Videorama handled 10k videos. if they rented out 4,001 videos then the totaled handled would still be less than 10k videos.

E. People who own videos frequently loan them to their friends.
This give a good reason of what the cause of the situation is. Many people are giving rental less business.

Side note: how do we know for sure that it is the entire cause of the difference of 6k.
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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.
(B) In 1994 two new outlets that rent but that do not sell videos opened in Centerville.
(C) Most of the video rental outlets in Centerville rent videos at a discount on certain nights of the week.
(D) People often buy videos of movies that they have previously seen in a theater.
(E) People who own videos frequently loan them to their friends.

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I marked the answer as A which differs from OA
SOme thing tells me that OA is not the right deduction as it is outside the scope of the argument
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Straight (E),
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.
No.of videos sold is only 4000 but the decline was on the order of 1000 rentals means that the rentals are more than the purchase.
From where the other orders could have come from which is lost now?
lending from a friend !
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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.
(B) In 1994 two new outlets that rent but that do not sell videos opened in Centerville.
(C) Most of the video rental outlets in Centerville rent videos at a discount on certain nights of the week.
(D) People often buy videos of movies that they have previously seen in a theater.
(E) People who own videos frequently loan them to their friends.

Quote:
I marked the answer as A which differs from OA
SOme thing tells me that OA is not the right deduction as it is outside the scope of the argument
Some help desired!

"maybeam": in weakening question, you must deal with alternatives or disprove the structural premise-premise-conclusion relationship. you connect out side pertinent event to attack the argument that would be fine and logical, because your action is to hurt the argument.

the rewritable formate may be like this one

Jennifer:Video rental outlets industry in Centerville rented 10,000 fewer videos in 1994 than in 1993 for opening of Videorama( in 94'), the newly video rental outlet in the area that rent and sold videos cheaply.

Brad: the decrease in rental videos for overall industry is not for the opening the newly video rental outlet but for other reasons because it sold only 4,000 videos in 1994.

you must prove that videos sales decreases only for the the newly video rental outlet not for the other reasons or explanations..........right?

(A) In 1994 Videorama rented out more videos than it sold.---------the most tempting choice is this.say for total market sales for videos rental is fixed for the time. more videos rent means--may be 4001 or something that doesnot cover 10000 videos rental. mathmatics can be applied here X>-1 . IS X>0? WHAT IS your response? is there any clear cut answer here,NO, because both can be, same thing goes here.BCZ atleast one point is here to support BRAD's claim-----4000+4001=8001 that does not capture the figure discussed in the stimulus. ther might have some other explanation. so we can not take it as a weakening point.

(B) In 1994 two new outlets that rent but that do not sell videos opened in Centerville. ok good. two new outlets--although in stimulus it was said about opening one new outlet------rented more videos than sold. does it quantify any figure discussed in the stimulus? so how can we weak the argument?

(C) Most of the video rental outlets in Centerville rent videos at a discount on certain nights of the week. see the explanation in B- there is not quantifiable data for weakening the brad's claim.

(D) People often buy videos of movies that they have previously seen in a theater. so what? does it tell anything for reducing rental or sales of videos by newly outlet or by any other causes?

(E) People who own videos frequently loan them to their friends. this slightly shows a cause to reduce the overall industry videos sales for the time being. if 4000 videos are sold by the newly rented outlet, there must have possibility to spread out this copy to the fixed market ,as it is guessed, potential users this events ultimately reduced the overall rental service for industry.

though it is not cet percent justifiable. but you should not apply common myths in gmat. whatever discussed in gamt is right whether it happens in real world or not. the fact is find the best one from the five alternatives. i am ryte ?
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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 objectiron that Brad presents to Jennifer's explanation?

(A) In 1994 Videorama rented out more videos than it sold.
(B) In 1994 two new outlets that rent but that do not sell videos opened in Centerville.
(C) Most of the video rental outlets in Centerville rent videos at a discount on certain nights of the week.
(D) People often buy videos of movies that they have previously seen in a theater.
(E) People who own videos frequently loan them to their friends.

Quote:
I marked the answer as A which differs from OA
SOme thing tells me that OA is not the right deduction as it is outside the scope of the argument
Some help desired!

First, you must analyze the question stem: Which of following would most seriously weaken the force of the objection that Brad presents to Jennifer's explanation?

What is the objection of Brad? The decline was on the order of 10,000 rentals. Yet Videorama sold only 4,000 videos in 1994.

We must interpret this objection:

Brad want to object that the Videorama is not the direct cause of the decline in 10,000 rental. However, choice (E) the paradox here, the sale of 4,000 videos will indirectly affect the revenue of rentals when the video purchasers lend videos to their friends.
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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.
B. In 1994 two new outlets that rent but that do not sell videos opened in Centerville.
C. Most of the video rental outlets in Centerville rent videos at a discount on certain nights of the week.
D. People often buy videos of movies that they have previously seen in a theater.
E. People who own videos frequently loan them to their friends.

after choice eliminations, I was left with choice A and B. Can someone please explain why answer choice E. is the correct answer? Thank you very much.
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