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# Six months or so after getting a video recorder, many early

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Six months or so after getting a video recorder, many early buyers apparently lost interest in obtaining videos to watch on it. The trade of businesses selling and renting videos is still buoyant, because the number of homes with video recorders is still growing. But clearly, once the market for video recorders is saturated, businesses distributing videos face hard times.

Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the conclusion above?

(A) The market for video recorders would not be considered saturated until there was one in 80 percent of homes.
(B) Among the items handled by video distributors are many films specifically produced as video features.
(C) Few of the early buyers of video recorders raised any complaints about performance aspects of the new product.
(D) The early buyers of a novel product are always people who are quick to acquire novelties, but also often as quick to tire of them.
(E) In a shrinking market, competition always intensifies and marginal businesses fail
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18 Feb 2010, 12:08
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D is most relevant.

The argument is that an initial group of people bought a video recorder and then grew tired of it after so many months and then stop obtaining new videos. The conclusion is that once everyone who buys this new video recorder (100% market saturation) and then tire of it will ultimately hurt the video production market.

The point of D pokes a hole in this conclusion by showing that author's test group of "initial buyers" may not have the same usage pattern with the video recorder as a "future buyer" might. In a nutshell, D states that the author may be comparing apples to oranges which means that the argument is not conclusive.
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30 Mar 2009, 02:16
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ritula wrote:
Six months or so after getting a video recorder, many early buyers apparently lost interest in obtaining videos to watch on it. The trade of businesses selling and renting videos is still buoyant, because the number of homes with video recorders is still growing. But clearly, once the market for video recorders is saturated, businesses distributing videos face hard times.

Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the conclusion above?

(A) The market for video recorders would not be considered saturated until there was one in 80 percent of homes.
(B) Among the items handled by video distributors are many films specifically produced as video features.
(C) Few of the early buyers of video recorders raised any complaints about performance aspects of the new product.
(D) The early buyers of a novel product are always people who are quick to acquire novelties, but also often as quick to tire of them.
(E) In a shrinking market, competition always intensifies and marginal businesses fail

D is the best

If the trade of buseness ...still be a buoyant, businesses distributing videos DOES NOT face hard times.
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30 Mar 2009, 14:18
A is the answer, which weakens the above argument conclusion "businesses distributing videos face hard times"
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30 Mar 2009, 14:49
If D is true, future buyers of recorders may well buy tapes in greater numbers
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30 Mar 2009, 15:30
D) The early buyers of a novel product are always people who are quick to acquire novelties, but also often as quick to tire of them.

The counter argument is also there which doesn't weaken the argument.
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30 Mar 2009, 16:49
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D) The early buyers of a novel product are always people who are quick to acquire novelties, but also often as quick to tire of them.

The counter argument is also there which doesn't weaken the argument.

It doesn't matter what the customers do after customers buy the video tapes. They can be tired of the tapes, use them repeatedly or discard them. The fact that they will buy more tapes weakens the argument.

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30 Mar 2009, 19:13
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asantosh12 wrote:
D) The early buyers of a novel product are always people who are quick to acquire novelties, but also often as quick to tire of them.

The counter argument is also there which doesn't weaken the argument.

It doesn't matter what the customers do after customers buy the video tapes. They can be tired of the tapes, use them repeatedly or discard them. The fact that they will buy more tapes weakens the argument.

Agree with pbanavara,

D does say that "many early buyers DO interest in obtaining videos to watch on it"
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02 Apr 2009, 20:06
ritula wrote:
Six months or so after getting a video recorder, many early buyers apparently lost interest in obtaining videos to watch on it. The trade of businesses selling and renting videos is still buoyant, because the number of homes with video recorders is still growing. But clearly, once the market for video recorders is saturated, businesses distributing videos face hard times.

Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the conclusion above?

(A) The market for video recorders would not be considered saturated until there was one in 80 percent of homes.
(B) Among the items handled by video distributors are many films specifically produced as video features.
(C) Few of the early buyers of video recorders raised any complaints about performance aspects of the new product.
(D) The early buyers of a novel product are always people who are quick to acquire novelties, but also often as quick to tire of them.
(E) In a shrinking market, competition always intensifies and marginal businesses fail

IMO D)...it is an analogy between novel product and video recorder..........(It tries to say early buyer who are quick to acquire novelties but often tire of them quickly).
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Six months or so after getting a video recorder, many early buyers apparently lost interest in obtaining videos to watch on it. The trade of businesses selling and renting videos is still buoyant, because the number of homes with video recorders is still growing. But clearly, once the market for video recorders is saturated, businesses distributing videos face hard times.

Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the conclusion above?

(A) The market for video recorders would not be considered saturated until there was one in 80 percent of homes.
(B) Among the items handled by video distributors are many films specifically produced as video features.
(C) Few of the early buyers of video recorders raised any complaints about performance aspects of the new product.
(D) The early buyers of a novel product are always people who are quick to acquire novelties, but also often as quick to tire of them.
(E) In a shrinking market, competition always intensifies and marginal businesses fail.
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26 Aug 2009, 17:24
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i will also go with D

Here is the reasoning :-

Conclusion :-
Once the market for video recorders is saturated ->businesses distributing videos face hard times.
Cause -> Effect

Alternate Cause -> Same Effect
D) The early buyers of a novel product are always people who are quick to acquire novelties, but also often as quick to tire of them.

Its not because market is saturated , but because early buyers got tired and didnot use the product
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26 Aug 2009, 22:17
I don't think it helps anyone by pointing out the answer one thinks is correct. Please provide reasons so we can all learn from your knowledge and help each other in turn.
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27 Aug 2009, 04:08
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I will go with D.

The conclusion is based on the assumtion that after six months early buyers loose interest in video. But it's about early buyers, not all buyers. It's wrongly assumed that ALL buyers will be tired from videos after six month usage. The answer D states that only early buyers feel it. Thus, next buyer ("old") will keep interest more than six month, and thus business will find its market.
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27 Aug 2009, 09:57
We need to find another reason to weaken or to prove that why buyers stop buying video record after bought it for six month.
I think D shows that not all buyers will do that but only some of them will...

Am I right?
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02 Sep 2009, 17:16
D...as early buyers are not the only ones using it
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noboru wrote:
Six months or so after getting a video recorder, many early buyers apparently lost interest in obtaining videos to watch on it. The trade of businesses selling and renting videos is still buoyant, because the number of homes with video recorders is still growing. But clearly, once the market for video recorders is saturated, businesses distributing videos face hard times.
Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the conclusion above?
(A) The market for video recorders would not be considered saturated until there was one in 80 percent of homes.
(B) Among the items handled by video distributors are many films specifically produced as video features.
(C) Few of the early buyers of video recorders raised any complaints about performance aspects of the new product.
(D) The early buyers of a novel product are always people who are quick to acquire novelties, but also often as quick to tire of them.
(E) In a shrinking market, competition always intensifies and marginal businesses fail.

Premise1: Six months or so after getting a video recorder, many early buyers apparently lost interest in obtaining videos to watch on it

Premsie 2:The trade of businesses selling and renting videos is still buoyant, because the number of homes with video recorders is still growing

Conclusion:But clearly, once the market for video recorders is saturated, businesses distributing videos face hard times.
Note that the real concluion is not "businesses distributing videos face hard times" but the fact that "Market will become satuarated" and what is the premise....some early buyers have apparenty lost insterest in buying videos to watch it...
what weakens that "video makt will staurate"?
anything which shows that this losing interest beong to a specific community of buyers and not a trend in general. hence D
Though D is the answer choice because it sounds best,it is important to know why it is the best
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17 Sep 2009, 14:32
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what is OA. I see D is not right. D repeats evidence

IMO B. another cause exists.

IMO "B". To weaken the conclusion,we need to break the cause effect relationship as stated in the argument- (Cause) once the market for video recorders is saturated - (effect )businesses distributing videos face hard times."B" provides an alternative by implying that even if market for video recorders gets saturated, demand for video films might not decrease due to other features.What is the OA?
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18 Sep 2009, 18:39
The OA on another forum is given as D. I agree.
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27 Sep 2009, 22:36
orsang8 wrote:
Yeap D.

What is the OA? D looks very weak.Can the originator post the OA and source?
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18 Feb 2010, 12:15
My reasoning is the same. Good explaination. Early adopters are different than late buyers.

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D is most relevant.

The argument is that an initial group of people bought a video recorder and then grew tired of it after so many months and then stop obtaining new videos. The conclusion is that once everyone who buys this new video recorder (100% market saturation) and then tire of it will ultimately hurt the video production market.

The point of D pokes a hole in this conclusion by showing that author's test group of "initial buyers" may not have the same usage pattern with the video recorder as a "future buyer" might. In a nutshell, D states that the author may be comparing apples to oranges which means that the argument is not conclusive.

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