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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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26 Aug 2009, 13:34
IMO D
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26 Aug 2009, 13:48
Aleehsgonji wrote:
IMO D

Good reasoning!
So deep!
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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, 21:17
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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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, 08:57
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, 14:53
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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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02 Sep 2009, 16:16
D...as early buyers are not the only ones using it
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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.

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, 13:32
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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, 17:39
The OA on another forum is given as D. I agree.
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26 Sep 2009, 02:50
I'll say D too.
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27 Sep 2009, 21:18
Yeap D.
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27 Sep 2009, 21:36
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Yeap D.

What is the OA? D looks very weak.Can the originator post the OA and source?
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28 Sep 2009, 23:17
agree with sasen.
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20 Dec 2010, 13:31
BTW, OA is D.
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21 Dec 2010, 08:11
can anyone give a logical explanation for why B is wrong? fine D is the OA. In a weaken question the burden of proof is just to tilt the balance enough; not to affirmatively and conclusively prove the conclusion wrong.

is b wrong because it uses "video features" -- 'features' is not used anywhere in the passage

if "video features" is the same as "videos" then surely B is a good weakening answer as this stuff is "among the items" handled by the distributors; so even if the mkt saturates they can always sell the other goods and not face a "hard time"...

but is B wrong because it uses 'features'?
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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.

IMO D. The early buyers are not suitable subjects of survey causing the entire argument to fail.

@gmat1011 : B is wrong because early buyers lost interest of videos to watch on the recorders. As Video Features are supplements to the videos, we can surely say that they will not attract the buyers. Moreover further information on Video Features are not provided in the passage allowing us to clear this choice easily.
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