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Recent trends in the clothing industry have suggested that more clothing is being produced more quickly and cheaply than in the past; styles can go from the runway to stores in as little as three weeks. While most experts have focused on minimizing the time this process takes, True Clothing has in fact made efforts to take longer to produce its clothing.

Which of the following would, if true, most help to explain the strategy of True Clothing referred to above?

A. Some items of clothing can be worn in different ways to create different styles, depending on the individual consumers.
B. Clothing once produced only for adult consumers is increasingly being produced for teenagers.
C. The wholesale price of a particular item of clothing decreases as its supply increases.
D. The sales of well-made clothing, which takes longer to produce, are less likely to fluctuate in different market conditions.
E. Companies with large market shares in the clothing industry tend to be less concerned with industrial trends.

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Answer = (D). Lots of clothing companies are making clothes more quickly and cheaply than they used to. True Clothing, on the other hand, has not. Quick and cheap are virtues for a company’s profits--unless the company is trying to profit by emphasizing other, incompatible values. In this case, (D) provides incompatible values that might be tempting: well-made clothing that is likely to sell steadily in different market conditions.

The use of different garments (A) by different consumers is irrelevant to why True Clothing would refuse to make clothing more quickly and cheaply. Similarly, the issue of who wears the clothing produced (B) would be relevant only if clothing quality or other factors that appeal to different consumer segments came into play, as in (D).

Wholesale prices would fluctuate for both kinds of companies, no matter what their production philosophy (C). Something true for all companies would not explain why True Clothing has such a different approach to manufacturing.

While (E) might be true, we don’t know what True Clothing’s market share is, so we don’t know whether it applies to True Clothing or not.
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22 May 2018, 08:41
I brought it down to C or D, but I will go for D. What is OA?

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25 May 2018, 01:12
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Recent trends in the clothing industry have suggested that more clothing is being produced more quickly and cheaply than in the past; styles can go from the runway to stores in as little as three weeks. While most experts have focused on minimizing the time this process takes, True Clothing has in fact made efforts to take longer to produce its clothing.

Which of the following would, if true, most help to explain the strategy of True Clothing referred to above?

A. Some items of clothing can be worn in different ways to create different styles, depending on the individual consumers. Incorrect, Out of scope
B. Clothing once produced only for adult consumers is increasingly being produced for teenagers. Incorrect, Out of scope
C. The wholesale price of a particular item of clothing decreases as its supply increases. Incorrect, we don't know if the true clothing supply has increased or decreased.
D. The sales of well-made clothing, which takes longer to produce, are less likely to fluctuate in different market conditions. Correct, True Clothing's stratergy might be to produce well - made clothing, which won't fluctuate. This resolves the paradox!
E. Companies with large market shares in the clothing industry tend to be less concerned with industrial trends. Incorrect, we dont know about market share of True Clothing
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