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# Research has shown that shoppers who purchase garments in a "luxury"

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Research has shown that shoppers who purchase garments in a "luxury" material, such as cashmere or angora, are likely to purchase garments in more than one other luxury materials, as well. A recent livestock disease has significantly reduced the amount of cashmere available on the market. This, in turn, has driven up the prices of the cashmere products still available for purchase. We can therefore conclude that more people will be buying angora items of clothing this year than they did in previous years.

Which of the following, if true, best supports the claim that more people will be buying angora clothing this year?

A) Any disease that affects a bovid such as the cashmere goat is unlikely to cross the biological order line and affect lagomorphs such as the angora rabbit.
B) Most consumers cannot tell the difference between cashmere and angora, which are both expensive and similar in texture.
C) When the price of one luxury item sharply rises, many other luxury items see a slight increase in price.
D) In a recent study, shoppers who had recently purchased a garment in a luxury material cited similar reasons for buying angora as buying cashmere.
E) The sales of luxury items are far less sensitive to price fluctuations than are most inexpensive staple items.

Originally posted by ManishKM1 on 03 Jan 2018, 06:47.
Last edited by adkikani on 11 May 2019, 06:08, edited 4 times in total.
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03 Jan 2018, 18:32
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ManishKM1 wrote:
Research has shown that shoppers who purchase garments in a "luxury" material, such as cashmere or angora, are likely to purchase garments in more than one other luxury materials, as well. A recent livestock disease has significantly reduced the amount of cashmere available on the market. This, in turn, has driven up the prices of the cashmere products still available for purchase. We can therefore conclude that more people will be buying angora items of clothing this year than they did in previous years.

Which of the following, if true, best supports the claim that more people will be buying angora clothing this year?

A) The same disease that affected the livestock producing cashmere has also affected the farms that produce angora.
B) Most consumers cannot tell the difference between cashmere and angora, which are both expensive and similar in texture.
C) Consumers are buying more items made from luxury materials in general because the economy has recently improved.
D) In a recent study, shoppers who had recently purchased a garment in a luxury material cited similar reasons for buying angora as buying cashmere.
E) The number of customers purchasing angora has increased every year for the past decade in steady increments.

I think OA should be D and not C..
C just tells us that there is a increase in sale of luxury items, does not talk specifically about garments, so C is out for talking in general.
B is close but D is stronger

D says people buy both type of garments for same reason. So if one type has become expensive, people will chose the alternative..so CORRECT

D
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03 Jan 2018, 20:29
Hi, even I marked D, but later realize why the answe is C.

Please read every word of the question more clearly. In the first sentence it is mentioned that shoppers WHO purchase luxury clothes, and so it is not that customers always purchase luxury clothes. Most importantly the conclusion compares angora clothes sales of two years. first to achieve option D, option C should occur. So if economy is bad people don’t buy luxury clothes. If they can’t buy luxury clothes, sales of luxury clothes(angora clothes) will drop. If you don’t have option C, for sure option D wins. Remember, we have to mark the best answer, least assumption is the best answer!! Hope you got it

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ManishKM1 wrote:
Research has shown that shoppers who purchase garments in a "luxury" material, such as cashmere or angora, are likely to purchase garments in more than one other luxury materials, as well. A recent livestock disease has significantly reduced the amount of cashmere available on the market. This, in turn, has driven up the prices of the cashmere products still available for purchase. We can therefore conclude that more people will be buying angora items of clothing this year than they did in previous years.

Which of the following, if true, best supports the claim that more people will be buying angora clothing this year?

A) The same disease that affected the livestock producing cashmere has also affected the farms that produce angora.
B) Most consumers cannot tell the difference between cashmere and angora, which are both expensive and similar in texture.
C) Consumers are buying more items made from luxury materials in general because the economy has recently improved.
D) In a recent study, shoppers who had recently purchased a garment in a luxury material cited similar reasons for buying angora as buying cashmere.
E) The number of customers purchasing angora has increased every year for the past decade in steady increments.

I think OA should be D and not C..
C just tells us that there is a increase in sale of luxury items, does not talk specifically about garments, so C is out for talking in general.
B is close but D is stronger

D says people buy both type of garments for same reason. So if one type has become expensive, people will chose the alternative..so CORRECT

D
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03 Jan 2018, 20:46
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Hi, even I marked D, but later realize why the answe is C.

Please read every word of the question more clearly. In the first sentence it is mentioned that shoppers WHO purchase luxury clothes, and so it is not that customers always purchase luxury clothes. Most importantly the conclusion compares angora clothes sales of two years. first to achieve option D, option C should occur. So if economy is bad people don’t buy luxury clothes. If they can’t buy luxury clothes, sales of luxury clothes(angora clothes) will drop. If you don’t have option C, for sure option D wins. Remember, we have to mark the best answer, least assumption is the best answer!! Hope you got it

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ManishKM1 wrote:
Research has shown that shoppers who purchase garments in a "luxury" material, such as cashmere or angora, are likely to purchase garments in more than one other luxury materials, as well. A recent livestock disease has significantly reduced the amount of cashmere available on the market. This, in turn, has driven up the prices of the cashmere products still available for purchase. We can therefore conclude that more people will be buying angora items of clothing this year than they did in previous years.

Which of the following, if true, best supports the claim that more people will be buying angora clothing this year?

A) The same disease that affected the livestock producing cashmere has also affected the farms that produce angora.
B) Most consumers cannot tell the difference between cashmere and angora, which are both expensive and similar in texture.
C) Consumers are buying more items made from luxury materials in general because the economy has recently improved.
D) In a recent study, shoppers who had recently purchased a garment in a luxury material cited similar reasons for buying angora as buying cashmere.
E) The number of customers purchasing angora has increased every year for the past decade in steady increments.

I think OA should be D and not C..
C just tells us that there is a increase in sale of luxury items, does not talk specifically about garments, so C is out for talking in general.
B is close but D is stronger

D says people buy both type of garments for same reason. So if one type has become expensive, people will chose the alternative..so CORRECT

D

Hi..
But Don'tchange reasoning to suit a choice.
C is least likely of B, C and D. If economy is good people will buy luxury car, how will it improve the sale of angora garment. So don't ASSUME what is not given in para.
And WHY is author talking about Cashmere and angora clothes in reasoning if your choice has nothing to do with it.

Then the para should just read..
Sale of angora garments, a luxury item, will increase this year.

Then your reasoning will fit in perfectly. Advice to you is to have faith in your reasoning. If the member says the C is typo error, then you will change your reasoning again to suit D
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03 Jan 2018, 21:05
Hi,

Option C clearly mentions sales of luxury materials, and also note that the word luxary was mentioned in quotations. And more over conclusion doesn’t say people who buy C will shift to A. They’ve mentioned only sales of A will increase. And even also on negation rule, conclusion falls with C(if no increase in buying luxary materials, for sure no increase in buying A) but as D says that customers having same reasons to buy both metrails doesn’t mean sales of A will go up

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ManishKM1 wrote:
Research has shown that shoppers who purchase garments in a "luxury" material, such as cashmere or angora, are likely to purchase garments in more than one other luxury materials, as well. A recent livestock disease has significantly reduced the amount of cashmere available on the market. This, in turn, has driven up the prices of the cashmere products still available for purchase. We can therefore conclude that more people will be buying angora items of clothing this year than they did in previous years.

Which of the following, if true, best supports the claim that more people will be buying angora clothing this year?

A) The same disease that affected the livestock producing cashmere has also affected the farms that produce angora.
B) Most consumers cannot tell the difference between cashmere and angora, which are both expensive and similar in texture.
C) Consumers are buying more items made from luxury materials in general because the economy has recently improved.
D) In a recent study, shoppers who had recently purchased a garment in a luxury material cited similar reasons for buying angora as buying cashmere.
E) The number of customers purchasing angora has increased every year for the past decade in steady increments.

I think OA should be D and not C..
C just tells us that there is a increase in sale of luxury items, does not talk specifically about garments, so C is out for talking in general.
B is close but D is stronger

D says people buy both type of garments for same reason. So if one type has become expensive, people will chose the alternative..so CORRECT

D
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Hi..
But Don'tchange reasoning to suit a choice.
C is least likely of B, C and D. If economy is good people will buy luxury car, how will it improve the sale of angora garment. So don't ASSUME what is not given in para.
And WHY is author talking about Cashmere and angora clothes in reasoning if your choice has nothing to do with it.

Then the para should just read..
Sale of angora garments, a luxury item, will increase this year.

Then your reasoning will fit in perfectly. Advice to you is to have faith in your reasoning. If the member says the C is typo error, then you will change your reasoning again to suit D[/quote]
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03 Jan 2018, 21:07
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Then your reasoning will fit in perfectly. Advice to you is to have faith in your reasoning. If the member says the C is typo error, then you will change your reasoning again to suit D

Indeed C was a typo error. Apologies for the same. OA has been updated.
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11 Jan 2018, 21:35
the first sentence is merely a distractor, even though people want to buy additional luxury products when they buy one luxury product, there is no direct link between cashmere or angora -> B is out/
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21 Jan 2018, 13:19
ManishKM1 wrote:
Research has shown that shoppers who purchase garments in a "luxury" material, such as cashmere or angora, are likely to purchase garments in more than one other luxury materials, as well. A recent livestock disease has significantly reduced the amount of cashmere available on the market. This, in turn, has driven up the prices of the cashmere products still available for purchase. We can therefore conclude that more people will be buying angora items of clothing this year than they did in previous years.

Which of the following, if true, best supports the claim that more people will be buying angora clothing this year?

A) The same disease that affected the livestock producing cashmere has also affected the farms that produce angora.
B) Most consumers cannot tell the difference between cashmere and angora, which are both expensive and similar in texture.
C) Consumers are buying more items made from luxury materials in general because the economy has recently improved.
D) In a recent study, shoppers who had recently purchased a garment in a luxury material cited similar reasons for buying angora as buying cashmere.
E) The number of customers purchasing angora has increased every year for the past decade in steady increments.

Hi Manish, Can you please provide the OE .
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ManishKM1 wrote:
Research has shown that shoppers who purchase garments in a "luxury" material, such as cashmere or angora, are likely to purchase garments in more than one other luxury materials, as well. A recent livestock disease has significantly reduced the amount of cashmere available on the market. This, in turn, has driven up the prices of the cashmere products still available for purchase. We can therefore conclude that more people will be buying angora items of clothing this year than they did in previous years.

Which of the following, if true, best supports the claim that more people will be buying angora clothing this year?

A) The same disease that affected the livestock producing cashmere has also affected the farms that produce angora.
B) Most consumers cannot tell the difference between cashmere and angora, which are both expensive and similar in texture.
C) Consumers are buying more items made from luxury materials in general because the economy has recently improved.
D) In a recent study, shoppers who had recently purchased a garment in a luxury material cited similar reasons for buying angora as buying cashmere.
E) The number of customers purchasing angora has increased every year for the past decade in steady increments.

Hi Manish, Can you please provide the OE .
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Hi Sandy,
Magoosh's OE is mentioned below:

The conclusion that we’re working with is that angora sales will go up. The evidence for this is that cashmere will become more expensive. To strengthen this argument, we need to strengthen the assumption that links these two ideas. We need to find a point that connects cashmere to angora; (D) does this by showing that the customers purchase these two materials for similar reasons, making it more likely that those who now want cashmere but find it too expensive will be likely to purchase angora.

If the farms that produced angora also fell victim to the cashmere disease (A), people would be less likely to purchase angora, not more. If supply drops, then by the Law of Supply and Demand, price would rise, and fewer people would buy it. This is a weakener for the argument given, not a strengthener.

Choice (B) is a flawed strengthener. It doesn’t matter that most customers cannot distinguish between angora and cashmere. In the first place, we’re looking at a select group of customers here—only those who buy luxury goods, who are most certainly not identical to "most customers." In the second place, this wouldn’t necessarily make it more likely that they would buy angora—it's possible that if the buyers can't tell the difference between cashmere and angora, they also can't tell the difference between these genuine materials and synthetic imitations, which presumably would be much cheaper; thus, the cheap knock-off imitations would rise in sales more than genuine angora.

People buying more luxury goods might buy more angora (C), but this argument links low cashmere production, not a general increase in luxury purchases, to a projected increase in the sale of angora. This is actually a weakener for the argument.

The idea that angora sales have been steadily rising (E) also undermines the argument that low cashmere production will drive angora sales, as, in this scenario, angora sales would have been rising anyway

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22 Jan 2018, 21:48
ManishKM1 wrote:
sandysilva wrote:
ManishKM1 wrote:
Research has shown that shoppers who purchase garments in a "luxury" material, such as cashmere or angora, are likely to purchase garments in more than one other luxury materials, as well. A recent livestock disease has significantly reduced the amount of cashmere available on the market. This, in turn, has driven up the prices of the cashmere products still available for purchase. We can therefore conclude that more people will be buying angora items of clothing this year than they did in previous years.

Which of the following, if true, best supports the claim that more people will be buying angora clothing this year?

A) The same disease that affected the livestock producing cashmere has also affected the farms that produce angora.
B) Most consumers cannot tell the difference between cashmere and angora, which are both expensive and similar in texture.
C) Consumers are buying more items made from luxury materials in general because the economy has recently improved.
D) In a recent study, shoppers who had recently purchased a garment in a luxury material cited similar reasons for buying angora as buying cashmere.
E) The number of customers purchasing angora has increased every year for the past decade in steady increments.

Hi Manish, Can you please provide the OE .
Thanks.

Hi Sandy,
Magoosh's OE is mentioned below:

The conclusion that we’re working with is that angora sales will go up. The evidence for this is that cashmere will become more expensive. To strengthen this argument, we need to strengthen the assumption that links these two ideas. We need to find a point that connects cashmere to angora; (D) does this by showing that the customers purchase these two materials for similar reasons, making it more likely that those who now want cashmere but find it too expensive will be likely to purchase angora.

If the farms that produced angora also fell victim to the cashmere disease (A), people would be less likely to purchase angora, not more. If supply drops, then by the Law of Supply and Demand, price would rise, and fewer people would buy it. This is a weakener for the argument given, not a strengthener.

Choice (B) is a flawed strengthener. It doesn’t matter that most customers cannot distinguish between angora and cashmere. In the first place, we’re looking at a select group of customers here—only those who buy luxury goods, who are most certainly not identical to "most customers." In the second place, this wouldn’t necessarily make it more likely that they would buy angora—it's possible that if the buyers can't tell the difference between cashmere and angora, they also can't tell the difference between these genuine materials and synthetic imitations, which presumably would be much cheaper; thus, the cheap knock-off imitations would rise in sales more than genuine angora.

People buying more luxury goods might buy more angora (C), but this argument links low cashmere production, not a general increase in luxury purchases, to a projected increase in the sale of angora. This is actually a weakener for the argument.

The idea that angora sales have been steadily rising (E) also undermines the argument that low cashmere production will drive angora sales, as, in this scenario, angora sales would have been rising anyway

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hello, do you know how to get the full explanation from Magoosh?

You have to login through your Magoosh account. All text and video explanations are there.
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Official Explanation

Answer = (D). The conclusion that we’re working with is that angora sales will go up. The evidence for this is that cashmere will become more expensive. To strengthen this argument, we need to strengthen the assumption that links these two ideas. We need to find a point that connects cashmere to angora; (D) does this by showing that the customers purchase these two materials for similar reasons, making it more likely that those who now want cashmere but find it too expensive will be likely to purchase angora.

If the farms that produced angora also fell victim to the cashmere disease (A), people would be less likely to purchase angora, not more. If supply drops, then by the Law of Supply and Demand, price would rise, and fewer people would buy it. This is a weakener for the argument given, not a strengthener.

Choice (B) is a flawed strengthener. It doesn’t matter that most customers cannot distinguish between angora and cashmere. In the first place, we’re looking at a select group of customers here—only those who buy luxury goods, who are most certainly not identical to "most customers." In the second place, this wouldn’t necessarily make it more likely that they would buy angora—it's possible that if the buyers can't tell the difference between cashmere and angora, they also can't tell the difference between these genuine materials and synthetic imitations, which presumably would be much cheaper; thus, the cheap knock-off imitations would rise in sales more than genuine angora.

People buying more luxury goods might buy more angora (C), but this argument links low cashmere production, not a general increase in luxury purchases, to a projected increase in the sale of angora. This is actually a weakener for the argument.

The idea that angora sales have been steadily rising (E) also undermines the argument that low cashmere production will drive angora sales, as, in this scenario, angora sales would have been rising anyway
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11 May 2019, 06:15

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Research has shown that shoppers who purchase garments in a "luxury" material, such as cashmere or angora, are likely to purchase garments in more than one other luxury materials, as well. A recent livestock disease has significantly reduced the amount of cashmere available on the market. This, in turn, has driven up the prices of the cashmere products still available for purchase. We can therefore conclude that more people will be buying angora items of clothing this year than they did in previous years.

Crux of argument:
Conclusion:
more people will be buying angora items of clothing this year than they did in previous years
Why:
Supply of cashmere down since livestock are affected by disease -> price to go up for available cashmere
Quote:
D) In a recent study, shoppers who had recently purchased a garment in a luxury material cited similar reasons for buying angora as buying cashmere.

I could not understand how does D make me believe that more people would buy angora WITHOUT knowing what similar reasons this option is talking about?
Can you let me know what I missed?
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26 May 2019, 22:39
How can we remove a, can we say that since its about livestock that has similar names but doesn't has relation,provided in the passage, with the brand, we can remove it.
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25 Jun 2019, 22:56
The argument states two primary things -
2. Prices of Cashmere go up, sales for should Angora go up.

Stuck between two options - A and D. D states that customers do not have a preference, but the argument already states that with the first premise.

The main reason people will prefer Angora over Cashmere is the prices, indicating that the customers are price sensitive. If the prices of Angora also go up, customers would not buy that. Hence, we need A to ensure that prices of Angora do not go up.
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