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# Manager: Our company's mail-order sales have recently increased

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Manager: Our company's mail-order sales have recently increased 25 percent. This increase started around the time we started offering unlimited free shipping, rather than just free shipping on orders over \$50. Thus, our change in policy probably caused the increase.

Which one of the following, if true, most strengthens the manager's argument?

(A) Mail-order sales have been decreasing for companies that do not offer unlimited free shipping.
(B) The company did not widely advertise its change in policy.
(C) The company's profits from mail-order sales have increased since the change in policy.
(D) The company's change in policy occurred well after its competitors started offering unlimited free shipping.
(E) Most companies offer free shipping only on mail-order purchases over \$50.

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Manager: Our company's mail-order sales have recently increased 25 percent. This increase started around the time we started offering unlimited free shipping, rather than just free shipping on orders over \$50. Thus, our change in policy probably caused the increase.

Which one of the following, if true, most strengthens the manager's argument?

Two things could be compared if those two thing are in common. The company's claim could be true if there is any evidence shows that the new policy has a good effect on company's mail-order sales, or shows that other companies that implement this new policy also enjoy increase in mail-order sales.

Only A conveys this comparision so A is the correct answer. Other choices are irrelevant to the argument.
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26 May 2019, 07:15
Argument says: Policy changes caused increase in sales (X caused Y).

Any answer saying Z caused Y or Y did not happen implies X did not happen can be correct.

Option A talks in similar lines to the latter logic above.
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26 May 2019, 09:02
I also picked A but I must admit that C was pretty tempting. Can you please explain why the option cant be C?
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elifceylan wrote:
I also picked A but I must admit that C was pretty tempting. Can you please explain why the option cant be C?

For Strengthener type questions there must be addition of new information to the existing stimulus, check carefully , option (C) is a mere restatement of the following from the passage " This increase started around the time we started offering unlimited free shipping "

Hence, (C) may be discarded.
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01 Jun 2019, 04:25
In option A how can I say that the reason for decrease in mail order of other companies is definitely because they did not offer unlimited free shipping. It can also be because of other factors. Bad quality of products, damage during shipping etc.

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02 Jun 2019, 05:55
According to LSAT if you are able to eliminate alternate explanation then that statement is a strenthener.

What is wrong with B.

It says adveritsement was not responsible. It ineffect eliminatrd alternate explaunation.

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In option A how can I say that the reason for decrease in mail order of other companies is definitely because they did not offer unlimited free shipping. It can also be because of other factors. Bad quality of products, damage during shipping etc.

Good question, with a couple really important takeaways if you don't mind me breaking down your post.

1) "how can I say that the reason for decrease in mail order of other companies..."

Note that his isn't your job at all! Your job in Strengthen questions is to strengthen the exact conclusion being given, which here is "our change in policy probably caused the increase" - the problem is about this one company, not all the others.

2) "...is definitely because"

Also important - in Strengthen questions your job isn't to prove something ("definitely") but instead to find a reason that makes it more likely.

What (A) does here is take away the possibility that this particular company's online sales are up primarily because everyone's sales are up - that it isn't a consequence of anything the company itself did, just a consequence of the industry overall doing really well. But if (A) is true, then there's something that this particular company is doing that the others aren't, and one thing we do know that's a difference is that this company has free shipping and the others don't. This doesn't prove at all that the policy is the reason for the increase, but by taking away the "no, everyone's doing well" possibility it does make the conclusion more likely to be true.
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07 Jun 2019, 23:43
Option E also correctly takes into consideration that since other companes are not offering free shipping on below \$50, then this company is at the advantage.?
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08 Jun 2019, 01:11
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Option E also correctly takes into consideration that since other companies are not offering free shipping on below \$50, then this company is at the advantage.?

IMO: E is out of scope

there is no relation b/w sales and shipping.
Sales may have increased or decreased after charging \$50 for Many Companies..we are not sure about it.

A shows the co-relation b/w sales and shipping ...much clear; Hence Correct

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08 Jun 2019, 11:31
IMO this should be a 600-700 level question. Passage and alternatives are pretty straight forward. Thanks.
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07 Dec 2019, 15:32
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elifceylan wrote:
I also picked A but I must admit that C was pretty tempting. Can you please explain why the option cant be C?

For Strengthener type questions there must be addition of new information to the existing stimulus, check carefully , option (C) is a mere restatement of the following from the passage " This increase started around the time we started offering unlimited free shipping "

Hence, (C) may be discarded.

According to me C is not the right option because it talks about increase in profits while I argument talks about increase in sales. We cannot correlate the increase in profits with increase in sales nor can we say that increase in sales and profits are the same. Hence, the option itself is out of context or irrelevant to strengthen the argument
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07 Dec 2019, 23:04
elifceylan wrote:
I also picked A but I must admit that C was pretty tempting. Can you please explain why the option cant be C?

The question solely discusses about increase in "mail-order sales". Any discussion about profit is out of scope imo.

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23 Dec 2019, 20:48
Hi Expert
If i am not wrong this is cause and effect type question
Option B is providing alternate solution of incresing sales. So why optoion B is not correct.
Or is it that option B is assumption we are making here
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Manager: Our company's mail-order sales have recently increased 25 percent. This increase started around the time we started offering unlimited free shipping, rather than just free shipping on orders over \$50. Thus, our change in policy probably caused the increase.

Which one of the following, if true, most strengthens the manager's argument?

Strengthen question

Pre-thinking

The argument says that after a change in policy there was an increase in sales and hence such increase has to be related to the change in policy.

Falsification scenario: What if the increase is related to some other X factor

Assumption: the increase is not related to any other factor than the change in policy

POE

(A) Mail-order sales have been decreasing for companies that do not offer unlimited free shipping.
Normally I would eliminate this one since it is always a stretch to compare two entities in this way (the decrease in sales might be related to other factors as well). However after eliminating all the other options this one is the best one since it allows a scenario in which the decrease in sales is related to the lack of implementation of the free delivery shipping

(B) The company did not widely advertise its change in policy.
Irrelevant

(C) The company's profits from mail-order sales have increased since the change in policy.
Profits do not remotely suggest that the change in policy is related to the increase in sales. OUT

(D) The company's change in policy occurred well after its competitors started offering unlimited free shipping.
Irrelevant

(E) Most companies offer free shipping only on mail-order purchases over \$50.
Irrelevant

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25 Dec 2019, 20:02
Manager: Our company's mail-order sales have recently increased 25 percent. This increase started around the time we started offering unlimited free shipping, rather than just free shipping on orders over \$50. Thus, our change in policy probably caused the increase.

Which one of the following, if true, most strengthens the manager's argument?

Strengthen question

Pre-thinking

The argument says that after a change in policy there was an increase in sales and hence such increase has to be related to the change in policy.

Falsification scenario: What if the increase is related to some other X factor

Assumption: the increase is not related to any other factor than the change in policy

POE

(A) Mail-order sales have been decreasing for companies that do not offer unlimited free shipping.
Normally I would eliminate this one since it is always a stretch to compare two entities in this way (the decrease in sales might be related to other factors as well). However after eliminating all the other options this one is the best one since it allows a scenario in which the decrease in sales is related to the lack of implementation of the free delivery shipping

(B) The company did not widely advertise its change in policy.
Irrelevant

(C) The company's profits from mail-order sales have increased since the change in policy.
Profits do not remotely suggest that the change in policy is related to the increase in sales. OUT

(D) The company's change in policy occurred well after its competitors started offering unlimited free shipping.
Irrelevant

(E) Most companies offer free shipping only on mail-order purchases over \$50.
Irrelevant

Hi
How is B irrelevant?
If we say company did advertise it policy of unlimited shipping then author assimption[change in policy cause increase in profit] is in question
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