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# Researchers recently asked dozens of shoppers, chosen at

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Researchers recently asked dozens of shoppers, chosen at random coming out of a FoodBasket supermarket, what they had purchased. The prices of the very same items at the nearest ShopperKing supermarket were totaled and compared with the FoodBasket total. The ShopperKing totals averaged five percent higher than the FoodBasket totals. Nevertheless, this result does not necessarily show that shoppers at ShopperKing would save money overall by shopping at FoodBasket instead, since ______.
A. shoppers who shop regularly at a given supermarket generally choose that store for the low prices offered on the items that they purchase most often
B. for shoppers with more than 20 items, the ShopperKing totals averaged more than five percent higher than the FoodBasket totals
C. many shoppers consider factors other than price in choosing the supermarket at which they shop most regularly
D. there is little variation from month to month in the overall quantity of purchases made at supermarkets by a given shopper
E. none of the people who conducted the research were employees of the FoodBasket supermarket
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24 May 2008, 10:26
A for me
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24 May 2008, 10:47
If possible please try to explain.
(Not insisting... )

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24 May 2008, 13:03
shoppers who shop regularly at a given supermarket generally choose that store for the low prices offered on the items that they purchase most often -> thus the stuff bought at Foodbasket was less than Shopperking, thus folks who usually buy at shopperking buy there because of the low cost of items and thus they cannot save any money if they buy the same at Foodbasket.

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24 May 2008, 16:22
I get A too..basically..it says that people will go to the other supermarket cause there might certain items there wich are cheaper..

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25 May 2008, 01:12
http://gmatclub.com/forum/11-t64443

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Since people who went to foodbasket usually buy certain items they know is cheaper than the other store. And shopper who shops at shopperking will buy a certain selection of items that averages to be cheaper than the ones at foodbasket.

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25 May 2008, 03:33
+1 to poster, very confusing between A and B.
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Researchers recently asked dozens of shoppers, chosen at random coming out of a FoodBasket supermarket, what they had purchased. The prices of the very same items at the nearest ShopperKing supermarket were totaled and compared with the FoodBasket total. The ShopperKing totals averaged five percent higher than the FoodBasket totals. Nevertheless, this result does not necessarily show that shoppers at ShopperKing would save money overall by shopping at FoodBasket instead [conclusion], since ______.
A. shoppers who shop regularly at a given supermarket generally choose that store for the low prices offered on the items that they purchase most often This looks tempting but this would require us to make a rather big leap of judgment outside the evidence provided in this argument
B. for shoppers with more than 20 items, the ShopperKing totals averaged more than five percent higher than the FoodBasket totals <-- I'm not sure whether this would be the answer, but I'll go for this.
C. many shoppers consider factors other than price in choosing the supermarket at which they shop most regularly <-- irrelevant - argument is about saving money
D. there is little variation from month to month in the overall quantity of purchases made at supermarkets by a given shopper <-- weakens the conclusion
E. none of the people who conducted the research were employees of the FoodBasket supermarket <-- irrelevant

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26 May 2008, 15:17
I would go for A.
Since the survey is primarily a comparison of the items bought in Foodbasket(FB) supermarket against Shopperking(SK) supermarket. Even after publishing the survery, if people continue to buy things at SK, then the price of the items bought in SK should be cheaper when compared against FB which is not covered in the survey.

B --> Gaint leap, beyond what is given.
C --> Not relevant
D --> Not relevant
E --> Not relevant

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04 Dec 2008, 22:44
saravalli wrote:
Researchers recently asked dozens of shoppers, chosen at random coming out of a FoodBasket supermarket, what they had purchased. The prices of the very same items at the nearest ShopperKing supermarket were totaled and compared with the FoodBasket total. The ShopperKing totals averaged five percent higher than the FoodBasket totals. Nevertheless, this result does not necessarily show that shoppers at ShopperKing would save money overall by shopping at FoodBasket instead, since ______.
A. shoppers who shop regularly at a given supermarket generally choose that store for the low prices offered on the items that they purchase most often
B. for shoppers with more than 20 items, the ShopperKing totals averaged more than five percent higher than the FoodBasket totals
C. many shoppers consider factors other than price in choosing the supermarket at which they shop most regularly
D. there is little variation from month to month in the overall quantity of purchases made at supermarkets by a given shopper
E. none of the people who conducted the research were employees of the FoodBasket supermarket

Even the price of the vey same items at ShopperKing totally averaged higher than the FoodBasket totals, it doesn't show that shoppers at ShopperKing would save money by shopping at FoodBasket instead. Because this survey was among the shoppers of FoodBasket. According Answer A, the shoppers of FoodBasket choose FoodBasket for the low prices offered on the items that they purchase most often. That means this survey result is biased. If the same survey are making among the shoppers of ShopperKing, the result may be contrary with the current one due to the reason raised by Answer A.
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04 Dec 2008, 23:17
even i'll go with A....
explanation is the same as posted by other members....

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05 Dec 2008, 08:58
I too go with A.

In the Premise, comparision is between total prices but if you choose particular/certain items, they may be cheaper at SK than FB.

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23 Mar 2011, 12:48
but if every product is cheaper at FB than at SK, you could save money shopping at FB, dont you?
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23 Mar 2011, 13:05
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I will go with "A"

dont have anything to explain since it is already explained by the people

Whats OA

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23 Mar 2011, 19:38
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26 Mar 2011, 11:06
IMO A
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28 Mar 2011, 09:03
+ 1 for A.
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20 Nov 2011, 21:38
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21 Nov 2011, 02:29
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+1 to poster, very confusing between A and B.
saravalli wrote:
Researchers recently asked dozens of shoppers, chosen at random coming out of a FoodBasket supermarket, what they had purchased. The prices of the very same items at the nearest ShopperKing supermarket were totaled and compared with the FoodBasket total. The ShopperKing totals averaged five percent higher than the FoodBasket totals. Nevertheless, this result does not necessarily show that shoppers at ShopperKing would save money overall by shopping at FoodBasket instead [conclusion], since ______.
A. shoppers who shop regularly at a given supermarket generally choose that store for the low prices offered on the items that they purchase most often This looks tempting but this would require us to make a rather big leap of judgment outside the evidence provided in this argument
B. for shoppers with more than 20 items, the ShopperKing totals averaged more than five percent higher than the FoodBasket totals <-- I'm not sure whether this would be the answer, but I'll go for this.
C. many shoppers consider factors other than price in choosing the supermarket at which they shop most regularly <-- irrelevant - argument is about saving money
D. there is little variation from month to month in the overall quantity of purchases made at supermarkets by a given shopper <-- weakens the conclusion
E. none of the people who conducted the research were employees of the FoodBasket supermarket <-- irrelevant

I too fell for it and selected B but its a very tempting trap answer. One primary reason i can see is the keywords *more than 20 items*. I don't think there is a mention of quantity of items in the premises.

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21 Nov 2011, 12:56
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13 Dec 2011, 02:16
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