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# Questions 13-14 The only way that bookstores can profitably

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Questions 13-14 The only way that bookstores can profitably sell books at below-market prices is to get the books at a discount from publishers. Unless bookstores generate a high sales volume, however, they cannot get discounts from publishers. To generate such volume, bookstores must either cater to mass tastes or have exclusive access to a large specialized market, such as medical market, or both.

13. Which one of the following can be properly inferred from the passage?

(A) If a bookstore receives discounts from publishers, it will profitably sell books at below-market prices.
(B) A bookstore that caters to mass tastes or has exclusive access to a large specialized market will have a high sales volume.
(C) A bookstore that profitably sells books at below-market prices gets discounts from publishers.
(D) A bookstore that does not sell books at below-market prices does not get discounts from publishers.
(E) A bookstore that not only caters to mass tastes but also has exclusive access to a large specialized market cannot profitably sell books at below-market prices.

14. If all statements in the passage are true and if it is also true that a bookstore does not cater to mass tastes, which one of the following CANNOT be true?

(A) The bookstore profitably sells some of its books at below-market prices.
(B) The bookstore does not profitably sell any of its books at below-market prices.
(C) Either the bookstore has exclusive access to a large specialized market or else it does not get a discount from any publishers.
(D) The bookstore does not have exclusive access to a large specialized market but profitably sells some of its books at below-market prices.
(E) The bookstore does not have exclusive access to a large specialized market, nor does it get a discount from any publishers.

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31 Mar 2005, 15:29
i change my mind to C) and D)

in 13:

a) is out because the argument states that "The only way that bookstores can profitably..." and so it is not certain that they "will"

b) is out because the argument states "To generate such volume...". when a bookseller caters to mass tastes or have exclusive access to a large specialized market, it doesnt mean that it initially has a high sales volume. maybe it will have a high volume in 1 or in 10 years.

c) "the only way" is the keyword. the only way why it profitably sells books at below-market prices is because it gets discounts from publishers

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31 Mar 2005, 20:34
1) The only way that bookstores can profitably sell books at below-market prices is to get the books at a discount from publishers.
2) Unless bookstores generate a high sales volume, however, they cannot get discounts from publishers.
3) To generate such volume, bookstores must either cater to mass tastes or have exclusive access to a large specialized market, such as medical market, or both.

13. Which one of the following can be properly inferred from the passage?

(A) If a bookstore receives discounts from publishers, it will profitably sell books at below-market prices.
- We're told if the bookstore receives discounts, it will sell the books at below market prices. But we do not know if the bookstore will do that. It might want to sell at market price so it gets more profit.

(B) A bookstore that caters to mass tastes or has exclusive access to a large specialized market will have a high sales volume.
- Not nescessarily. We're only told it's a means to generate high volume. Whether you actually get the desired result is another thing.

(C) A bookstore that profitably sells books at below-market prices gets discounts from publishers.
- We're told receiving discouts from publisher is the ONLY WAY to operate profitably by selling books at below market prices. C is the answer.

(D) A bookstore that does not sell books at below-market prices does not get discounts from publishers.
- Out. A bookstore might get a discount and still not sell books at below market prices.

(E) A bookstore that not only caters to mass tastes but also has exclusive access to a large specialized market cannot profitably sell books at below-market prices.
- We don't know this from the passage. We only know they might have high volume sales.

Q13: (C)

14. If all statements in the passage are true and if it is also true that a bookstore does not cater to mass tastes, which one of the following CANNOT be true?

(A) The bookstore profitably sells some of its books at below-market prices.
- The bookstore could cater to specialized market, generate that nescessary high volume profit to attract publishers to give them the discouts that would enable them to profitably sell their books at below market prices. But that's a whole lot of assumption (assuming that catering to specialized market gives them the high volume they're looking for)

(B) The bookstore does not profitably sell any of its books at below-market prices.
- Same problem with A

(C) Either the bookstore has exclusive access to a large specialized market or else it does not get a discount from any publishers.
- One of two can happen with this statement. You can either have exclusive access, or you can get no discount from the publisher.

(D) The bookstore does not have exclusive access to a large specialized market but profitably sells some of its books at below-market prices.
- This is definitely not true. If they do not have specialized market, they do not have the means to generate high volume sales. This is nescessary for them to get publishers to grant them discounts, which in turn is the only way for them to generate a profits when they sell the books at below market prices.

(E) The bookstore does not have exclusive access to a large specialized market, nor does it get a discount from any publishers.
- This can happen to any bookstore, no matter if the rules above are true or not.

Q14: (D)

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31 Mar 2005, 21:04
harshi wrote:
The only way that bookstores can profitably sell books at below-market prices is to get the books at a discount from publishers.

from this sentence, we could get :

"No discount from publisher ----> No profitbaly sell books at below-market prices," which translates to "sell books at below market prices---> get discount from publisher."

so C is the answer for 13.

I used POE to get D for 14.

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01 Apr 2005, 08:31

C and D are the OAs.

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02 Apr 2005, 06:45
harshi wrote:
Questions 13-14 The only way that bookstores can profitably sell books at below-market prices is to get the books at a discount from publishers. Unless bookstores generate a high sales volume, however, they cannot get discounts from publishers. To generate such volume, bookstores must either cater to mass tastes or have exclusive access to a large specialized market, such as medical market, or both.

13. Which one of the following can be properly inferred from the passage?

(A) If a bookstore receives discounts from publishers, it will profitably sell books at below-market prices.
(B) A bookstore that caters to mass tastes or has exclusive access to a large specialized market will have a high sales volume.
(C) A bookstore that profitably sells books at below-market prices gets discounts from publishers.
(D) A bookstore that does not sell books at below-market prices does not get discounts from publishers.
(E) A bookstore that not only caters to mass tastes but also has exclusive access to a large specialized market cannot profitably sell books at below-market prices.

14. If all statements in the passage are true and if it is also true that a bookstore does not cater to mass tastes, which one of the following CANNOT be true?

(A) The bookstore profitably sells some of its books at below-market prices.
(B) The bookstore does not profitably sell any of its books at below-market prices.
(C) Either the bookstore has exclusive access to a large specialized market or else it does not get a discount from any publishers.
(D) The bookstore does not have exclusive access to a large specialized market but profitably sells some of its books at below-market prices.
(E) The bookstore does not have exclusive access to a large specialized market, nor does it get a discount from any publishers.

The only way that bookstores can profitably sell books at below-market prices is to get the books at a discount from publishers.

I think this seems as "only if" speaking, and this is the necessary condition.

1, Profitably sell books -->get discount price

Unless bookstores generate a high sales volume, however, they cannot get discounts from publishers.

sufficient condition
2, if no high sales volume --> get no discounts

To generate such volume, bookstores must either cater to mass tastes or have exclusive access to a large specialized market, such as medical market, or both

This should be the necessary condition.
3, generate such volumn--> cater to mass tastes or have exclusive access

13. Which one of the following can be properly inferred from the passage?
(C) A bookstore that profitably sells books at below-market prices gets discounts from publishers.
it totally accords to our principle 1.

14. If all statements in the passage are true and if it is also true that a bookstore does not cater to mass tastes, which one of the following CANNOT be true?
(D) The bookstore does not have exclusive access to a large specialized market but profitably sells some of its books at below-market prices.

no cater, no exclusive acess --> cannot generate such volume
cannot generate such volume-->cannot get discount
cannot get discount-->no profit

correct me, if I'm wrong.

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