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# Salesperson A's compensation for any week is $360 plus 6 percent of SORT BY: Tags: Show Tags Hide Tags Math Expert Joined: 02 Sep 2009 Posts: 94421 Own Kudos [?]: 642367 [85] Given Kudos: 86332 Most Helpful Reply Math Expert Joined: 02 Sep 2009 Posts: 94421 Own Kudos [?]: 642367 [22] Given Kudos: 86332 Manager Joined: 21 Mar 2011 Status:GMATting Posts: 96 Own Kudos [?]: 288 [12] Given Kudos: 104 Concentration: Strategy, Technology GMAT 1: 590 Q45 V27 General Discussion Intern Joined: 03 Aug 2012 Status:Never Give up!!! Posts: 42 Own Kudos [?]: 103 [2] Given Kudos: 28 Location: India Concentration: Finance, General Management Re: Salesperson A's compensation for any week is$360 plus 6 percent of [#permalink]
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Let A's total sales for the week be 'x'
Let B's total sales for the week be 'y'

Now A gets a fixed salary(salary irrespective of sales) + variable salary = 360 + 0.06*(x-1000)

B gets only a variable salary = 0.08*(y)

Now assuming A sells nothing. i.e 0 $Then A's weekly income will be 360$
Since income of both has to be same 0.08*y = 360
thus y = 4500 $Now A gets a fixed income irrespective of his sales. So A's total sales for the week = 0 and B's total sales for the week = 4500 Thus TOTAL weekly sales at which both get the same earnings = x+y = 4500$. Answer - Option (D)
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Re: Salesperson A's compensation for any week is $360 plus 6 percent of [#permalink] Bunuel wrote: SOLUTION Salesperson A's compensation for any week is$360 plus 6 percent of the portion of A's total sales above $1,000 for that week. Salesperson B's compensation for any week is 8 percent of B's total sales for that week. For what amount of total weekly sales would both salespeople earn the same compensation? (A)$21,000
(B) $18,000 (C)$15,000
(D) $4,500 (E)$ 4,000

A's compensation = $360 + 6 percent of the A's total sales above$1,000.
B's compensation = 8 percent of B's total sales.

Whose compensation is greater? Well it depends on the sales:
If each has the sales of $1,000, then A's compensation is$360 and B's compensation is $80, so for$1000 A's compensation is greater than that of B's BUT if each has the sales of $100,000, then A's compensation is$360+0.06*99,000=$6,300 and B's compensation is$8,000, so for $100,000 A's compensation is less than that of B's. The question asks: for what amount would both salespeople earn the same compensation? Say that amount is$x, then we need such x for which 360+0.06(x-1,000)=0.08x --> x=$15,000. So, if each has the sales of$15,000, then A's compensation is the same as that of B's.

Why did you substract 1000 from x while computing A's compensation ? I understand the question as if A made a $2000 total sales, his compensation is 360+ 2000*0,06 Math Expert Joined: 02 Sep 2009 Posts: 94421 Own Kudos [?]: 642367 [1] Given Kudos: 86332 Re: Salesperson A's compensation for any week is$360 plus 6 percent of [#permalink]
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lool wrote:
Bunuel wrote:
SOLUTION

Salesperson A's compensation for any week is $360 plus 6 percent of the portion of A's total sales above$1,000 for that week. Salesperson B's compensation for any week is 8 percent of B's total sales for that week. For what amount of total weekly sales would both salespeople earn the same compensation?

(A) $21,000 (B)$18,000
(C) $15,000 (D)$ 4,500
(E) $4,000 A's compensation =$360 + 6 percent of the A's total sales above $1,000. B's compensation = 8 percent of B's total sales. Whose compensation is greater? Well it depends on the sales: If each has the sales of$1,000, then A's compensation is $360 and B's compensation is$80, so for $1000 A's compensation is greater than that of B's BUT if each has the sales of$100,000, then A's compensation is $360+0.06*99,000=$6,300 and B's compensation is $8,000, so for$100,000 A's compensation is less than that of B's.

The question asks: for what amount would both salespeople earn the same compensation?

Say that amount is $x, then we need such x for which 360+0.06(x-1,000)=0.08x --> x=$15,000. So, if each has the sales of $15,000, then A's compensation is the same as that of B's. Answer: C. Why did you substract 1000 from x while computing A's compensation ? I understand the question as if A made a$2000 total sales, his compensation is 360+ 2000*0,06

No.

The stem says that "A's compensation for any week is $360 plus 6 percent of the portion of A's total sales above$1,000 for that week."

Thus if A's sales were $2,000 for a certain week, then the compensation would be$360 plus 6 percent of the portion of A's total sales above $1,000, so 6 percent of$2,000-$1,000=$1,000: 360 + 0.06*1,000.

Hope it's clear.
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Re: Salesperson A's compensation for any week is $360 plus 6 percent of [#permalink] 1 Kudos 1 Bookmarks Expert Reply Bunuel wrote: The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND Edition Salesperson A's compensation for any week is$360 plus 6 percent of the portion of A's total sales above $1,000 for that week. Salesperson B's compensation for any week is 8 percent of B's total sales for that week. For what amount of total weekly sales would both salespeople earn the same compensation? (A)$21,000
(B) $18,000 (C)$15,000
(D) $4,500 (E)$ 4,000

We are given that salesperson A's compensation for any week is $360 plus 6 percent of the portion of A's total sales above$1,000 for that week.

If we let t = total sales for salesperson A, we can create the following equation:

Salesperson A’s compensation = 360 + 0.06(t - 1000)

We are also given that salesperson B's compensation for any week is 8 percent of B's total sales for that week.

Since we need to determine what total sales would earn salesperson A and B the same compensation, we can also let t = the total sales for salesperson B and create the following equation:

Salesperson B’s compensation = 0.08t

Let’s now equate the two equations and determine t:

360 + 0.06(t - 1000) = 0.08t

360 + 0.06t - 60 = 0.08t

300 = 0.02t

30,000 = 2t

15,000 = t

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Re: Salesperson A's compensation for any week is $360 plus 6 percent of [#permalink] 3 Kudos This question asks "For what amount for the total weekly sales would both salespeople earn the same compensation" It is not asking for the amount of compensation, rather the total weekly sales. But you do need to make sure what their compensations are the same. When I first worked this question, I knew right away it was a question where I could manipulate the possible answers to determine the correct answer. Afterward, I reduced it to an equation. I'll show what I did first: 1. Assuming$4,000 is the correct answer, salesperson A's compensation is 6% above $1,000 plus$360. $4,000 is$3,000 above $1,000. So, I took ($3,000 x 6) /100 + $360 =$540. With salesperson B, there is no given condition that states that the percentage is factored only if total sales is above $1,000. So, with salesperson B, you just calculate ($4000 x 8) / 100 = $320 which is not the same as person A's compensation; thus eliminating choice (E) 2. For answer choice (D),$4,500 is $3,500 above$1,000; (3500 x 6) / 100 + 360 = 570 compensation for Sales A. For Sales B, (4500 x 8) / 100 = 360, not the same comp as SP A.
3. I got lucky, because I did not have to eliminate all answers seeing as the right answer was in the middle - (C). (14000 x 6) / 100 + 360 = $1200. (15000 X 8) /100 =$1200, which is the same compensation as SP A. Therefore, the correct answer is (C) $15,000 total sales for both person A and B would give same compensation. However, on the real GMAT test, this may take too long for some, and a simple equation is needed to account for time. Let X = total sales 1. 360 + 0.06 (x-1000) = 0.08x 2. 360 -60 = 0.08x 3. 300/0.02 = x 4. 15000 =x Hope this helps Director Joined: 20 Apr 2022 Posts: 591 Own Kudos [?]: 336 [1] Given Kudos: 330 Location: India GPA: 3.64 Re: Salesperson A's compensation for any week is$360 plus 6 percent of [#permalink]
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Really not understanding this. According to the question, "Compensation" should be the same for A and B, not "sales".

So, why have you assumed the the "sales" of A and B are the same?

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Salesperson A's compensation for any week is $360 plus 6 percent of [#permalink] Expert Reply Elite097 wrote: Really not understanding this. According to the question, "Compensation" should be the same for A and B, not "sales". So, why have you assumed the the "sales" of A and B are the same? Let's take a close look at the question, Elite097: Quote: For what amount of total weekly sales would both salespeople earn the same compensation? The implication is that we're searching for an amount of total weekly sales for which the compensations are exactly equal. Not two different amounts of total weekly sales (one for salesperson A and a different one for salesperson B). Director Joined: 01 Mar 2015 Posts: 533 Own Kudos [?]: 371 [1] Given Kudos: 762 Location: India GMAT 1: 740 Q47 V44 Re: Salesperson A's compensation for any week is$360 plus 6 percent of [#permalink]
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Bunuel wrote:
Salesperson A's compensation for any week is $360 plus 6 percent of the portion of A's total sales above$1,000 for that week. Salesperson B's compensation for any week is 8 percent of B's total sales for that week. For what amount of total weekly sales would both salespeople earn the same compensation?

(A) $21,000 (B)$18,000
(C) $15,000 (D)$ 4,500
(E) $4,000 One way of doing the question is to try the weekly sales figures in the answer choices one by one. A and B will have the same compensation for one of the sales figures Start with the middle value (C)=$15,000

A's compensation
= 360 + (0.06 * 14,000) = 360 + (6 * 140) = 360 + 840
= 1200

B's compensation
= .08 * 15000 = 8 * 150
= 1200

Started with (C) and it worked. Otherwise, I would have tried (B) next.

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Re: Salesperson A's compensation for any week is $360 plus 6 percent of [#permalink] avigutman wrote: Elite097 wrote: Really not understanding this. According to the question, "Compensation" should be the same for A and B, not "sales". So, why have you assumed the the "sales" of A and B are the same? Let's take a close look at the question, Elite097: Quote: For what amount of total weekly sales would both salespeople earn the same compensation? The implication is that we're searching for an amount of total weekly sales for which the compensations are exactly equal. Not two different amounts of total weekly sales (one for salesperson A and a different one for salesperson B). avigutman then why cant total sales be taken to mean a+b? How do we know we are talking about each's total sales as one figure/ Tutor Joined: 17 Jul 2019 Posts: 1304 Own Kudos [?]: 1745 [1] Given Kudos: 66 Location: Canada GMAT 1: 780 Q51 V45 GMAT 2: 780 Q50 V47 GMAT 3: 770 Q50 V45 Re: Salesperson A's compensation for any week is$360 plus 6 percent of [#permalink]
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Elite097 wrote:
then why cant total sales be taken to mean a+b? How do we know we are talking about each's total sales as one figure/

Look at the preceding two sentences, Elite097:
Quote:
Salesperson A's compensation for any week is $360 plus 6 percent of the portion of A's total sales above$1,000 for that week. Salesperson B's compensation for any week is 8 percent of B's total sales for that week.

Without this context, sure, "total sales" can be taken to mean a+b.
Context matters.
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Re: Salesperson A's compensation for any week is $360 plus 6 percent of [#permalink] Let's denote the total weekly sales for both salespeople as S. For Salesperson A, the compensation is$360 plus 6% of the portion of total sales above $1,000. Mathematically, it can be expressed as: Compensation for Salesperson A =$360 + 0.06(S - $1,000) For Salesperson B, the compensation is 8% of the total sales. Mathematically, it can be expressed as: Compensation for Salesperson B = 0.08S To find the amount of total weekly sales for which both salespeople earn the same compensation, we can set these two equations equal to each other and solve for S:$360 + 0.06(S - $1,000) = 0.08S Now, let's solve this equation:$360 + 0.06S - $60 = 0.08S$300 = 0.02S

Dividing both sides by 0.02:

$300 / 0.02 = S S =$15,000

Therefore, both salespeople would earn the same compensation when the total weekly sales amount is (C) $15,000. RC & DI Moderator Joined: 02 Aug 2009 Status:Math and DI Expert Posts: 11476 Own Kudos [?]: 34445 [0] Given Kudos: 322 Re: Salesperson A's compensation for any week is$360 plus 6 percent of th [#permalink]

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Salesperson A's compensation for any week is $360 plus 6 percent of the portion of A's total sales above$1,000 for that week. Salesperson B's compensation for any week is 8 percent of B 's total sales for that week. For what amount of total weekly sales would both salespeople earn the same compensation?

A. 21000
B. 18000
C. 15000
D. 4500
E. 4000

$$300+0.06A = 0.08A ..............0.02A = 300 .............. A = \frac{300}{0.02} = 15,000$$