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Last month a certain music club offered a discount to preferred customers. After the first compact disc purchased, preferred customers paid $3.99 for each additional compact disc purchased. If a preferred customer purchased a total of 6 compact discs and paid $15.95 for the first compact disc, then the dollar amount that the customer paid for the 6 compact discs is equivalent to which of the following?

(A) 5(4.00) + 15.90
(B) 5(4.00) + 15.95
(C) 5(4.00) + 16.00
(D) 5(4.00 - 0.01) + 15.90
(E) 5(4.00 - 0.05) + 15.95

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Last month a certain music club offered a discount to preferred customers. After the first compact disc purchased, preferred customers paid $3.99 for each additional compact disc purchased. If a preferred customer purchased a total of 6 compact discs and paid $15.95 for the first compact disc, then the dollar amount that the customer paid for the 6 compact discs is equivalent to which of the following?

(A) 5(4.00) + 15.90
(B) 5(4.00) + 15.95
(C) 5(4.00) + 16.00
(D) 5(4.00 - 0.01) + 15.90
(E) 5(4.00 - 0.05) + 15.95

The cost of 6 compact discs would be $15.95 for the first compact disc plus $3.99 for each of the other 5 discs, so it's \($15.95+5*$3.99\).

We can see that no answer choice matches this value. So, we should manipulate with that expression to get the answer which is listed.

\($15.95+5*$3.99=15.95+5*(4-0.01)=15.95+5*4-0.05=5*4+15.90\).

Answer: A.

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The first disc is for $15.95 and the 5 subsequent ones for $3.99 each.

Total = 15.95 + 5(3.99)
= 15.95 + 5(4.00-0.01)
= 15.95 + 5(4.00)-0.05
= 15.90 + 5(4.00)

Answer A is correct.

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Hi,

Difficulty level: 600, answer is straight forward, but a little manipulation is required to reach to the answer.

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New post 16 Jun 2012, 03:20
Difficulty level 600+. Minor manipulations required. However, very close answer choices might force to mark wrong answer under pressure.

I solved as given below;

3.99*5=19.95+15.95= 35.90 and then just checked the answers matching the total.
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New post 17 Jun 2012, 03:29
Its not A.. its E..

(4-.01) that will be is equal to the 3.99 *5+(15.95)..

i dont think so dificulty level wud be 650.. it wub be 550 or 600..
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OHH m wrong :(.. its A.. i thought in E its .01 but its .05..

Its A..
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1st : 15.95$
Remaining 5 discs : 5 x 3.99
15.95 + 5 x 3.99
15.95 + 5(4 - 0.01)
15.95 + 5x4 - 0.05
15.90 + 5(4)
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Hi All,

Like many GMAT questions, this prompt isn't really about doing lots of math - it's about organizing the information that you're given so that you can avoid doing lots of calculations.

Notice how the first disc is $15.95? That's $0.05 LESS than $16.
Notice how the additional discs are all $3.99? That's $0.01 LESS than $4.

It's interesting that the question tells us that after the first disc is purchased, EXACTLY 5 additional discs are purchases. The total of those 5 additional discs would be $0.05 less than $20. Thinking in these terms (the $0.05 'pieces' that you have to subtract from the 1st disc and the sum of the next 5 discs), the numbers in this prompt are actually pretty easy to combine and simplify.

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Last month a certain music club offered a discount to preferred customers. After the first compact disc purchased, preferred customers paid $3.99 for each additional compact disc purchased. If a preferred customer purchased a total of 6 compact discs and paid $15.95 for the first compact disc, then the dollar amount that the customer paid for the 6 compact discs is equivalent to which of the following?

(A) 5(4.00) + 15.90
(B) 5(4.00) + 15.95
(C) 5(4.00) + 16.00
(D) 5(4.00 - 0.01) + 15.90
(E) 5(4.00 - 0.05) + 15.95


The preferred customer paid 15.95 + 5(3.99) dollars for the 6 CDs. However, we don’t see this expression in the answer choices. We can see that had the 15.90 in choice D been 15.95, then D would be the correct answer. Or had the 0.05 in choice E been 0.01, then E would be the correct answer. However, since they aren’t, neither one is the correct answer.

Now let’s analyze the remaining three answer choices. A, B and C. Notice that each one has 4.00, which is 0.01 more than 3.99 and the difference between 5(4.00) and 5(3.99) is 5(0.01) = 0.05. Thus we see that, since 5(4.00) overvalued the cost by 0.05, we must undervalue 15.95 by 0.05 to 15.90 to have an equivalent cost. Thus, equivalently, the customer paid 5(4.00) + 15.90 dollars.

Answer: A
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