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Stores L and M each sell a certain product at a different regular price. If both stores discount their regular price of the product, is the discount price at Store M less than the discount price at Store L ?

(1) At Store L the discount price is 10 percent less than the regular price; at Store M the discount price is 15 percent less than the regular price.

(2) At Store L the discount price is $5 less than the regular store price; at Store M the discount price is$6 less than the regular price.
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Stores L and M each sell a certain product at a different regular price. If both stores discount their regular price of the product, is the discount price at Store M less than the discount price at Store L ?

Let the regular price of a certain product at store L be $$x$$ and the regular price of a certain product at store L be $$y$$.

If the rates of discounts were $$s$$ and $$t$$ then the prices would become: $$x(1-s)$$) and $$y(1-t)$$. Question: is $$x(1-s)>y(1-t)$$.

(1) At Store L the discount price is 10 percent less than the regular price; at Store M the discount price is 15 percent less than the regular price --> $$s=0.1$$ and $$t=0.15$$ --> no info about the initial prices - $$x$$ and $$y$$, hence not sufficient.

(2) At Store L the discount price is $5 less than the regular store price; at Store M the discount price is$6 less than the regular price --> $$x(1-s)=x-5$$ and $$y(1-t)=y-6$$. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) As from (1) $$s=0.1$$ and from (2) $$x(1-s)=x-5$$ then $$0.9x=x-5$$, $$x=50$$ and similarly as from (1) $$t=0.15$$ and from (2) $$y(1-t)=y-6$$ then $$0.85y=y-6$$, $$y=40$$ --> we have all information needed. Sufficient. ($$x(1-s)=45>34=y(1-t)$$).

Answer: C.
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Product Price @ L= 100
After Discount = 90
Product Price @ M= 100
After Discount = 85
M's Price after Discount < L's price after discount.

Product Price @ L= 50
After Discount = 45
Product Price @ M= 100
After Discount = 85
L's Price after Discount < M's price after discount.

Not Sufficient.

(2)
Product Price @ L= 100
After Discount = 95
Product Price @ M= 100
After Discount = 94
M's Price after Discount < L's price after discount.

Product Price @ L= 50
After Discount = 45
Product Price @ M= 100
After Discount = 94
L's Price after Discount < M's price after discount.

Not Sufficient.

Combing both;
5 = 0.1L; L=50; After discount: 45
6 = 0.15M; M=40; After discount: 34
M's price after discount < L's price after discount.

Sufficient.

Ans: "C"
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+1 for you Bunuel, originally i thought the regular price cld not be determined, so i picked E. But it looks like with the eqn you've setup, you were able to solve for the reg price, very nice...
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Great explanation from Bunuel. Thank you.
The explanation from OG is very succint. Your explanation definitely helped.
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Bunuel wrote:
Stores L and M each sell a certain product at a different regular price. If both stores discount their regular price of the product, is the discount price at Store M less than the discount price at Store L ?

Let the regular price of a certain product at store L be $$x$$ and the regular price of a certain product at store L be $$y$$.

You mean the regular price of the product at store M is y right?
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Stores L and M each sell a certain product at a different regular price. If both stores discount their regular price of the product, is the discount price at Store M less than the discount price at Store L ?

(1) At Store L the discount price is 10 percent less than the regular price; at Store M the discount price is 15 percent less than the regular price.
(2) At Store L the discount price is $5 less than the regular store price; at Store M the discount price is$6 less than the regular price.

Solution:

We are given that stores L and M sell a certain product at different regular prices. We are also given that both of these stores discount the regular price of the product. We must determine whether the discount price at Store M is less than the discount price at Store L.

Statement One Alone:

At store L the discount price is 10 percent less than the regular price; at store M the discount price is 15 percent less than the regular price.

Even though we know the percent discount at each store, without actually knowing the regular price of the product at each store, we can’t determine the discount price of the product in each store. Thus, we can’t compare their discount prices. Statement one alone is not sufficient to answer the question. We can eliminate answer choices A and D.

Statement Two Alone:

At store L the discount price is $5 less than the regular store price; at store M the discount price is$6 less than the regular price.

Even though we know the amount of discount at each store, without actually knowing the regular price of the product at each store, we still can’t determine the discount price of the product in each store. Thus, we can’t compare their discount prices. We can eliminate answer choice B.

Statements One and Two Together:

From statements one and two we have the following information:

a) At store L the percent discount is 10% and the amount of discount is $5. b) At store M the percent discount is 15% and the amount of discount is$6.

Now if we let p = the regular price of the product at store L and q = the regular price of the product at store M. Then:
a) 0.10p = 5
b) 0.15q = 6

Thus p = 5/.10 = $50 and q = 6/.15 =$40. Furthermore, the discount price of the product at store L is 50 – 5 = $45 and the discount price of the same product at store M is 40 – 6 =$34. Thus, we know that the discount price at store M is indeed less than the discount price at store L.

The answer is C.
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Imo C
from 1 Discount price of L =0.9x and Discount price of of M=0.15y not sufficient as we don not have relation between x and y.
from 2 Discount price of L =x-5 and Discount price of of M=y-6 not sufficient again
Taking together we have 0.9x=x-5 , X=50 and 0.15y=6 , y=4
yes discount price of m is less than l
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Stores L and M each sell a certain product at a different regular price. If both stores discount their regular price of the product, is the discount price at Store M less than the discount price at Store L ?

Let the regular price of a certain product at store L be $$x$$ and the regular price of a certain product at store L be $$y$$.

If the rates of discounts were $$s$$ and $$t$$ then the prices would become: $$x(1-s)$$) and $$y(1-t)$$. Question: is $$x(1-s)>y(1-t)$$.

(1) At Store L the discount price is 10 percent less than the regular price; at Store M the discount price is 15 percent less than the regular price --> $$s=0.1$$ and $$t=0.15$$ --> no info about the initial prices - $$x$$ and $$y$$, hence not sufficient.

(2) At Store L the discount price is $5 less than the regular store price; at Store M the discount price is$6 less than the regular price --> $$x(1-s)=x-5$$ and $$y(1-t)=y-6$$. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) As from (1) $$s=0.1$$ and from (2) $$x(1-s)=x-5$$ then $$0.9x=x-5$$, $$x=50$$ and similarly as from (1) $$t=0.15$$ and from (2) $$y(1-t)=y-6$$ then $$0.85y=y-6$$, $$y=40$$ --> we have all information needed. Sufficient. ($$x(1-s)=45>34=y(1-t)$$).

Answer: C.

Hi there, here the question asks if the "Discount Price" is at store M is less than that of store L. And statement II clearly states the "Discount prices" for both the stores.

I interpreted the question as word play. Am I missing something here?
How do I avoid such traps going forward?

Thanks in advance.
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Stores L and M each sell a certain product at a different regular price. If both stores discount their regular price of the product, is the discount price at Store M less than the discount price at Store L ?

(1) At Store L the discount price is 10 percent less than the regular price; at Store M the discount price is 15 percent less than the regular price.

(2) At Store L the discount price is $5 less than the regular store price; at Store M the discount price is$6 less than the regular price.

Let the regular prices be $L1 &$M1
Discounted prices be $L2 &$M2

(A) L2 = 0.9L1 & M2 = 0.85M1 --> Not sufficient
(B) L2 = L1-5 & M2 = M1 - 6 --> Not sufficient
(C) 0.1L1 = 5 & 0.15M1 = 6 --> Sufficient (This info can be used to find L1 & M1 and compare them respectively)
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gtr022001 wrote:
Stores L and M each sell a certain product at a different regular price. If both stores discount their regular price of the product, is the discount price at Store M less than the discount price at Store L ?

(1) At Store L the discount price is 10 percent less than the regular price; at Store M the discount price is 15 percent less than the regular price.

(2) At Store L the discount price is $5 less than the regular store price; at Store M the discount price is$6 less than the regular price.

Bunuel : Please validate my process.

I am assuming $5 equals to 10% discount and same for$6. Is this way correct?

$5 = 10% , So regular price would be 100/10 (%) * 5 =$ 50

$6 = 15%, So regular price would be 100/15 (%) * 6 =$ 40

Hence we can solve. (C)
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Should the question not be saying 'discounted price' in place of 'discount price'? Because 'discounted price' is the price comes after given discount and the 'discount price' is the price that is being discounted.

What question quotes is "is the DISCOUNT PRICE at Store M less than the discount price at Store L ?" AKA ....Which store gave more discount?

Now what statement 2nd says is " At Store L the discount price is $5 less than the regular store price; at Store M the discount price is$6 less than the regular price". AKA....... Store L is giving $5 discount and Store M is giving$6 discount, meaning the discount price of M is greater than that of L.
So, the answer should be 'B', if we don't replace 'discount' to 'discounted'.
However, the answer is 'C', if we have to find something about 'discounted price aka price after discount'.

So this is a bit ambiguous

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