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Successfully launching a new product for supermarket sale requires either that supermarkets give prominent shelf
space to the product or that plenty of consumers who have not tried it seek it out. Consumers will seek out a new
product only if it is extensively advertised, either on television or in the press. One way for a manufacturer to
obtain prominent shelf space for a new product is to promote it in trade journals.

If the statements given are true, which of the following must on the basis of them also be true?

A. Provided that a manufacturer promotes a new product in trade journals, the product will have a successful launch.
B. If consumers who have not tried a new product do not seek it out and if its manufacturer does not promote it in trade
journals, then it will not have a successful launch.
C. Any new product that is advertised extensively on television will be sought out by many consumers who have not tried it.
D. If a new product is not given prominent shelf space by supermarkets and if television advertising is too expensive, a
successful launch of the product will not occur without press advertising.
E. If a new product is successfully launched for supermarket sale without extensive advertising, then the manufacturer
must have promoted it in trade journals.

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Should be answer D

A product will be successful only If a prominent shelf space is given or a product is advertised on the TV or in the press.
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A product will not be successful unless a prominent shelf space is given or a product is advertised on the TV or in the press.
Answer D states that shelf space is not given, TV ads are too expensive ==> we need press ads
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Successfully launching a new product for supermarket sale requires either that supermarkets give prominent shelf
space to the product or that plenty of consumers who have not tried it seek it out. Consumers will seek out a new
product only if it is extensively advertised, either on television or in the press. One way for a manufacturer to
obtain prominent shelf space for a new product is to promote it in trade journals.

If the statements given are true, which of the following must on the basis of them also be true?

A. Provided that a manufacturer promotes a new product in trade journals, the product will have a successful launch.
B. If consumers who have not tried a new product do not seek it out and if its manufacturer does not promote it in trade
journals, then it will not have a successful launch.
C. Any new product that is advertised extensively on television will be sought out by many consumers who have not tried it.
D. If a new product is not given prominent shelf space by supermarkets and if television advertising is too expensive, a
successful launch of the product will not occur without press advertising.
E. If a new product is successfully launched for supermarket sale without extensive advertising, then the manufacturer
must have promoted it in trade journals.

OA only after discussions.

Make a correlation chart in your mind like this:

Successful launch NEEDS (but it may not be enough for successful launch so this is a necessary condition, not sufficient)
I. Prominent shelf space - one method is trade journals. There could be other methods.
OR
II. Consumers seeking - NEEDS either extensive television advertising or press advertising (again, it is necessary to extensively advertise, not sufficient. Note the use of 'only if' which suggests a necessary condition. Consumers may still not seek it even after extensive advertising)

Once you understand this, you can easily see that only option D is necessary to be true.

A. Provided that a manufacturer promotes a new product in trade journals, the product will have a successful launch.
Prominent shelf space can lead to successful launch. It is not sufficient for successful launch.

B. If consumers who have not tried a new product do not seek it out and if its manufacturer does not promote it in trade
journals, then it will not have a successful launch.
(II) does not happen so (I) must happen. Trade journals is just one of the ways of making (I) happen. There could be many other ways too. So it is not necessary that successful launch did not happen.

C. Any new product that is advertised extensively on television will be sought out by many consumers who have not tried it.
As discussed, advertising is necessary to make consumers seek out a product, not sufficient. Consumers may still not seek out the product.

D. If a new product is not given prominent shelf space by supermarkets and if television advertising is too expensive, a
successful launch of the product will not occur without press advertising.
(I) doesn't happen so (II) must happen. For (II) to happen, extensive advertising is must either in TV or press. If TV advertising is out of reach, press advertising is a must. True.

E. If a new product is successfully launched for supermarket sale without extensive advertising, then the manufacturer
must have promoted it in trade journals.
Not necessary. As discussed, trade journals are only one way of getting shelf space. There could be other ways too.
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06 Nov 2012, 02:50
Thanks karishma ... I got ur point
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06 Nov 2012, 03:42
Hello Karishna,
Thanks for the clear explanations for the above question; OA is indeed
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Kindly assist with the explanation for the question thread below as there isn't a clear explanations
for the OA.

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06 Nov 2012, 06:45
i have a question regarding option D:

Option D says NOT X and NOT Y, so NOT Z.
Is the absence of X and Y sufficient for Z (successful launch) NOT to take place?
I thought other factors could as well lead to Z. (not mentioned, but implied from “successful launch requires”)
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Hello Krishna, MacFauz, Vipss et al,
any contributions to my inquiry above?
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07 Nov 2012, 19:43
gmatbull wrote:
i have a question regarding option D:

Option D says NOT X and NOT Y, so NOT Z.
Is the absence of X and Y sufficient for Z (successful launch) NOT to take place?
I thought other factors could as well lead to Z. (not mentioned, but implied from “successful launch requires”)

A - successful launch

X - shelf space
Y - consumer seeking through TV ads
Z - consumer seeking through press ads

The argument says that you need to do atleast one of X, Y and Z for A to happen. It says "A needs either X or Y/Z". So one of X/Y/Z is necessary for A.
Option D tells you NOT X and NOT Y. This means Z must happen if you want A to happen. That is correct.
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gmatbull wrote:
Successfully launching a new product for supermarket sale requires either that supermarkets give prominent shelf
space to the product or that plenty of consumers who have not tried it seek it out. Consumers will seek out a new
product only if it is extensively advertised, either on television or in the press. One way for a manufacturer to
obtain prominent shelf space for a new product is to promote it in trade journals.

If the statements given are true, which of the following must on the basis of them also be true?

A. Provided that a manufacturer promotes a new product in trade journals, the product will have a successful launch.
B. If consumers who have not tried a new product do not seek it out and if its manufacturer does not promote it in trade
journals, then it will not have a successful launch.
C. Any new product that is advertised extensively on television will be sought out by many consumers who have not tried it.
D. If a new product is not given prominent shelf space by supermarkets and if television advertising is too expensive, a
successful launch of the product will not occur without press advertising.
E. If a new product is successfully launched for supermarket sale without extensive advertising, then the manufacturer

must have promoted it in trade journals.

OA only after discussions.

Make a correlation chart in your mind like this:

Successful launch NEEDS (but it may not be enough for successful launch so this is a necessary condition, not sufficient)
I. Prominent shelf space - one method is trade journals. There could be other methods.
OR
II. Consumers seeking - NEEDS either extensive television advertising or press advertising (again, it is necessary to extensively advertise, not sufficient. Note the use of 'only if' which suggests a necessary condition. Consumers may still not seek it even after extensive advertising)

Once you understand this, you can easily see that only option D is necessary to be true.

A. Provided that a manufacturer promotes a new product in trade journals, the product will have a successful launch.
Prominent shelf space can lead to successful launch. It is not sufficient for successful launch.

B. If consumers who have not tried a new product do not seek it out and if its manufacturer does not promote it in trade
journals, then it will not have a successful launch.
(II) does not happen so (I) must happen. Trade journals is just one of the ways of making (I) happen. There could be many other ways too. So it is not necessary that successful launch did not happen.

C. Any new product that is advertised extensively on television will be sought out by many consumers who have not tried it.
As discussed, advertising is necessary to make consumers seek out a product, not sufficient. Consumers may still not seek out the product.

D. If a new product is not given prominent shelf space by supermarkets and if television advertising is too expensive, a
successful launch of the product will not occur without press advertising.
(I) doesn't happen so (II) must happen. For (II) to happen, extensive advertising is must either in TV or press. If TV advertising is out of reach, press advertising is a must. True.

E. If a new product is successfully launched for supermarket sale without extensive advertising, then the manufacturer
must have promoted it in trade journals.
Not necessary. As discussed, trade journals are only one way of getting shelf space. There could be other ways too.

Hi...

For me this question is not very clear cut.

The question states that in order that there be a successful launch the manufacturer must push for
1. Larger shelf space OR

There fore if one of the conditions are met ie, promoting the product in trade journals, then that by itself is sufficient to ensure the successful launch of the product. Therefore, why is A wrong?

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For me this question is not very clear cut.

The question states that in order that there be a successful launch the manufacturer must push for
1. Larger shelf space OR

There fore if one of the conditions are met ie, promoting the product in trade journals, then that by itself is sufficient to ensure the successful launch of the product. Therefore, why is A wrong?

Notice the first sentence of the argument:
Successfully launching a new product for supermarket sale requires either that supermarkets give prominent shelf
space to the product or that plenty of consumers who have not tried it seek it out

'requires' means 'needs'. It means that one of these two things is necessary for a successful launch. It doesn't mean that one of these two things is sufficient for a successful launch. Without one of these two, you cannot have a successful launch. Even with one of these 2, you may or may not have it.
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Hi,
I have a doubt.
how 'Successfully launching a new product' is necessary condition??

in this case I selected opposite('Successfully launching a new product' as sufficient condition) and went on to select option B.

in these type of questions how to select necessary and sufficient condition.

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Hi,
I have a doubt.
how 'Successfully launching a new product' is necessary condition??

in this case I selected opposite('Successfully launching a new product' as sufficient condition) and went on to select option B.

in these type of questions how to select necessary and sufficient condition.

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'Successfully launching a new product' is not a necessary condition.
To successfully launch a new product, you NEED one of two things - 'prominent shelf space' or 'consumers seeking'
So the necessary condition is 'EITHER prominent shelf space OR consumers seeking'.

Notice the use of REQUIRES in the first sentence: Successfully launching a new product for supermarket sale requires either that supermarkets give prominent shelf
space to the product or that plenty of consumers who have not tried it seek it out.

(B) If consumers who have not tried a new product do not seek it out and if its manufacturer does not promote it in trade
journals, then it will not have a successful launch.

B tells you that consumers do not seek it. So we need it to have prominent shelf space. B does not tell you that the product doesn't get prominent shelf space too. Notice it only says that it is not promoted in trade journals. There are many other ways in which a product can get prominent shelf space (the last line of the argument says 'one way .... is trade journals.' It doesn't say the only way is trade journals.).
B only says that trade journals are not used. We don't know if any of the other methods are not used either. Hence, we cannot say that the product will not have a successful launch.
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