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+1 C
If the movies are not avl in DVD then ppl are buying the movie more on tapes than on dvd...

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IMO it can't be C. The premise stated that the number of videocassettes sold are twice the DVDs sold of the SAME MOVIE. Thus it doensn't matter how few movies are published in DVDs, they are sold at a slower rate

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Sorry but here the conclusion clearly state that: the sell is due to the fact of a winning campaign.......so option D tell us what: that something or someone else bought a lot of VCR........

OA is D for sure.
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D is incorrect since library has only starting buying videocassetts since a month and we are asked to explain the sales doubling "After six months in business".

C should be correct because it explains well why more people buy videocassetts from the store: since those titles are not available on dvd

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D is incorrect since library has only starting buying videocassetts since a month and we are asked to explain the sales doubling "After six months in business".

C should be correct because it explains well why more people buy videocassetts from the store: since those titles are not available on dvd


Hi. Premise says that Movie Tapes is newly opened and that it has started an ambitious publicity campaign.

Option D states that the library started buying videocassettes a month before the campaign started. So if the library continued to buy videocassettes even after the campaign started and continued for 6 months then it is quite likely that the purchases made by the library were the cause of the doubled sales. Answer must be D in that case.

Is there something I am missing?

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D,

Can't be C can it ? There is a clear mismatch b/w what's being said in argument and what's being said in the option C. We are not comparing average sales are we ? The argument already said that both the DVD and VHS tape option is available for the movies being compared, so how can C even hold as it directly contradicts the argument.

D, on the other hand seems correct as it does not matter when public library began to buy the book, but how this affected the overall sales: six months after the publicity campaign was initiated.
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+1 for D.
if C is true then why was this not happening before the campaign ...
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+1 for D.
if C is true then why was this not happening before the campaign ...

We have to weaken the conclusion. Hence, if there are fewer number of stores selling DVDs and more number selling Tapes, that means that the advertising wasn't responsible for the high sale of Tapes. Option D can be rejected on the grounds that Public library started buying a month before. How much did they buy? We have no idea. What about the 5 preceding months? We again have no idea.

That is my reasoning. Hope that helps.

Edit: Infact, reading the question and answer choices again, it seems to be very ambiguous.

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On first glance i choose D , but on reading further i realized

Conclusion : The publicity stunt led to increase in sales of Video cassettes , we have to weaken this ... say some other reason caused the increase in the sales of Video cassettes

D) A month before the campaign began, the public library started buying videocassettes to lend.
This does not do much , it only says how the sales of the videocassettes could have increased .

C) Only a very small number of the movies the store sells are available on DVD.
If this is true then it gives us enough reason to assume that the store sold very few DVD and more Videocassettes . Hence people had no other choice then to purchase the Videocassettes .. hence sales went up due to less availability of DVD and not the publicity .

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C it is
Apart from what everyone said against D, D does not specifically mean Movies...the library could buy other documentaries and not movies at all. D is a lil ambigious

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...After six months in business, Movie Tapes found that its sales had doubled — in fact, it had sold twice as many copies of movies on tape as all the other stores in town had sold on DVD of the same movies. ...

In option D, it is clear that we are comparing only those movies that were sold by the Movie Store and nothing else.

In option E, it is not clear what video cassettes did the public library buy and from whom.

Option D is the answer.

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Noting the success of DVDs in the marketplace, the newly opened video store Movie Tapes, which sells specialty videocassettes, began an ambitious publicity campaign to promote the sale of their tapes over more technologically advanced DVDs. After six months in business, Movie Tapes found that its sales had doubled — in fact, it had sold twice as many copies of movies on tape as all the other stores in town had sold on DVD of the same movies. Clearly, the publicity campaign was responsible for Movie Tapes' video cassettes selling better than DVDs.

Which of the following, if true, casts the most serious doubt on the conclusion drawn above?

A) DVDs include special features that enhance the viewing experience.
B) The local school system uses only VCRs in the classroom.
C) Only a very small number of the movies the store sells are available on DVD.
D) A month before the campaign began, the public library started buying videocassettes to lend.
E) Neither the price of DVDs nor that of videocassettes has risen in two years.



Can someone explain why D is incorrect . And why C is correct. I think C actually strengthens the conclusion . If the store lack DVDs and customers are still buying technically inferior cassettes instead of going for the DVDs from other stores, then the advertisement might have worked. Please explain why C is correct?

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OA is C! Do not know how and why!!!!
D seems better than C. Experts please help

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Experts please advise! IMO it is 'D'...option 'C' sounds close but not correct.

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OE from Kaplan is below. I don't like this question - neither C nor D option provides a meaningful explanation, both options could be equally strong criticized


Identify the Question Type:

The words "casts the most serious doubt on" tell us that this is a Weaken question. We need to predict a Weakener that disproves the central assumption.

Untangle the Stimulus:

To cast doubt on the argument's conclusion—that “the publicity campaign was responsible for Movie Tapes' video cassettes selling better than DVDs”— we should try to undermine the assumption(s) linking it to the evidence — that “the store had sold twice as many copies of movies on tape as all the other stores in town had sold on DVD of the same movies.” In this case, the author is assuming that the only reason for the store's success is its publicity campaign.

You might have identified this as one of the three special CR cases—Causality. If you did, you saved yourself valuable time!

Predict the Answer:

A good Weakener in this case would show that something other than the ad campaign is responsible for the video cassettes selling better than the DVDs.

Evaluate the Choices:

Answer Choice (C) is correct; it undermines the assumption by suggesting that Movie Tapes has succeeded because it sells movies not available in DVD format.

Choice (A) makes DVDs more attractive, but would not provide an alternate explanation (other than the publicity campaign) for Movie Tapes' sales success.

Choices (B) and (D) suggest that the school system and the library, respectively, are potential buyers of videocassettes, but we don't know that either of them alone could account for Movie Tapes' tremendous sales, or that they bought only from Movie Tapes.

Choice (E) neither strengthens nor weakens the argument, and so is irrelevant to this argument.

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We need to focus on "the publicity campaign" ,,,

A) DVDs include special features that enhance the viewing experience.
strengthen! dvds should be more popular ,but coz of the campaign, VCRs have been more successful
B) The local school system uses only VCRs in the classroom.
--Neither Strengthen or weaken ... it would be different if it says " The local school system started to use only VCRs in the classroom 3 months ago"
C) Only a very small number of the movies the store sells are available on DVD.
Yes....weaken! It is the availability ,not the campaign that made the sales soar
D) A month before the campaign began, the public library started buying videocassettes to lend.
not relevant--
E) Neither the price of DVDs nor that of videocassettes has risen in two years.
this only indicates that price isn't a factor for the sales

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I've gotta go with C. We're talking about a specific store. Clearly, if there's 90% tapes and 10% DVDs, you're more likely to sell more tapes than DVDs.

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The premises states "Movie Tapes found that its sales had doubled — in fact, it had sold twice as many copies of movies on tape as all the other stores in town had sold on DVD of the same movies". That means , the sales doubled than it was 6 months earlier for the tapes.

C) Only a very small number of the movies the store sells are available on DVD.
How could this be the option? This senario could keep the sales constant or may pull down the sales. But not increase.
D) A month before the campaign began, the public library started buying videocassettes to lend.
This option states that the library has started buying the tapes. So the sales has increased in the 6 months, which doubled.

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To everyone who chose C, I have one question:
C) Only a very small number of the movies the store sells are available on DVD.

C simply states two things:
1. distribution of tapes and DVDs in the store (the number of tapes being more than that of DVDs).
2. Most of the movies the store sells are exclusive to tapes (not available on DVD).
These two points have been constant throughout. How can "doubling of sales" be attributed to a constant scenario? At most, C suggests that the sales should have been the same throughout the period.

Option D at least mentions something that changed recently (1 month prior to campaign). I am not buying that the logic of "assuming how much or where from the library bought tapes from" is enough to rule out D. D gives a simple explanation for a disruptive pattern that can strongly weaken the conclusion. The only assumption that I'm wary of with D is that the library keeps buying for a period long enough so that it intersects with the store's campaign.


Is this just one of those vague/idiotic questions that wouldn't come up on the GMAT, or is there something fundamentally wrong with my reasoning?

PS. They also slightly modified the question in Kaplan's Diagnostic Test:
Q. Noting the success of DVDs in the marketplace, the newly opened video store Movie Tapes, which sells specialty videocassettes, began an ambitious publicity campaign to promote the sale of their tapes over more technologically advanced DVDs. After six months in business, Movie Tapes found that its sales had doubled. Clearly, the publicity campaign was responsible for Movie Tapes' video cassettes selling better than DVDs.

Which of the following, if true, casts the most serious doubt on the conclusion drawn above?
A. DVDs include special features that enhance the viewing experience.
B. The local school system uses only VCRs in the classroom.
C. Only a very small number of the movies the store sells are available on DVD.
D. A month before the campaign began, the public library started buying videocassettes to lend.
E. Neither the price of DVDs nor that of videocassettes has risen in two years.

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